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POL 121 - International Relations

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
The international system is examined from perspectives of the United States, Russia and China. Emphasis is placed upon ideology, national interest, the use of power, international law and organization.
Competencies
  1. Evaluate the field of International Relations
    1. Assess the major themes of International Relations
    2. Discuss the key sub-fields of International Relations
  2. Evaluate the basic concepts underlying the nation-state system
    1. Examine the birth of the modern state system
    2. Identify the characteristics of the nation-state
    3. Classify the issues of nationalism, national interest and rule of law
  3. Review the different theoretical viewpoints of the international system
    1. Identify the key tenets of Realism
    2. Show the key tenets of Liberalism
    3. List the key tenets of Constructivism
    4. Summarize the alternative perspectives on International Relations
  4. Evaluate relations in International Political Economy
    1. Appraise relations between developed states
    2. Compare developed and developing states’ economic endeavors
    3. Contrast the differences between mercantilism, economic liberalism and Marxism
    4. Assess efforts in international development
  5. Examine the concept of power and how states influence other states in accomplishing their objectives
    1. Outline political methods of power
    2. Distinguish changing methods of warfare as an extension of politics
    3. Identify underlying causes of war and the search for security
    4. Discuss the various states of polarity in the world political system
  6. Critique the importance of international organizations and international law
    1. Appraise the differences between bilateral agreements, IGOs and NGOs
    2. Explain the functions of the major institutions and officers of the United Nations
    3. Relate the importance of regional organizations
    4. Interpret the importance of international law, common law, and treaties
  7. Evaluate contemporary issues impacting the international system
    1. Discuss Recognize current struggles in human rights
    2. Interpret the role of the global environment and geography in modern relations
    3. Organize the role nationalism, ethnicity, and religion plays in International Relations
    4. Classify different Humanitarian crises
  8. Demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking skills through writing



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