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POLS 310 Introduction to International Relations

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Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Completion of ENGWR 101 or eligibility for ENGWR 300 is advised.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D8; IGETC Area 4H
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an introduction to international relations and a survey of the nation-state system, techniques of interaction, the issue of war, nationalism, power alignments, international actors, transnational movements, diplomacy, political economy, and perceptions in world politics. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the processes associated with globalization and the impact such processes are having upon the conduct of international relations.

Updated 6/18/13

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of the field of international relations and a conceptualization of the methods associated with the research into international phenomena.
  • Analyze the evolution of the the current nation-state system and the problems associated with the conduct of relations between sovereign actors in the international arena.
  • Conceptualize the primary topics of focus of the field, including but not limited to: Power, Balance of Power, Ideology, International Security, The Formulation and Implementation of Foreign Policy, the Causes and Nature of War, International Political Economy, Transnational Movements, Diplomacy, and International Trade, Monetary Exchange, Law, and Organizations.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of and the ability to apply international relations theory to ongoing global issues. Such issues include but are not limited to: global environmental politics, international political economy, human rights, the rights of women, nuclear non-proliferation, migration, and the spread of technology.

Syllabus Links:

Professor David Reese Syllabus


Relevant Websites to the Course:

United Nations

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization

The European Union

The African Union

Association of Southeast Asian Nations

World Affairs Council of Northern California