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PSCI 104: Introduction to International Politics

Joe Rollins

(Submission #24)

Course Description

International politics is the study of the interaction of states, groups, organizations, and individuals in the world arena. Once considered the purview of states, international politics throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century has become increasingly multifaceted and complex, inclusive international organizations, multi-national corporations and terrorist organizations. The goal of this course is to organize our understanding of these myriad groups and interests in the making of international politics. Three themes dominate this effort. First, who or what makes international politics? Within states, who or what makes foreign policy? For non-state actors, what organizations, individuals, or structures dominate policymaking? Second, what are the goals of the actors in international politics? Is power the ultimate goal of the members of the international system? Wealth? Are there moral imperatives behind foreign policy, or are other concerns more important? Third, what tools do actors on the international scale bring to bear in order to obtain their desired outcome? In what circumstances are military means useful or likely? Economic pressure? What are the causes of war and peace? In this course, students will have an opportunity to delve into competing scholarly and policy debates on these important questions, as well as to engage them with critical reflection.


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Analyzing Social Structures (SS)
Context of Experience: World Cultures (WC)
Extended Requirement: Abstract or Quantitative Reasoning (QR)

Additional Course information

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Existing Course: Existing
Existing Course Number: PS 104
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 3
Number of Seats: 55


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