POLS& 203 International Relations • 5 Cr.


Examines the struggle for power and peace and the methods by which affairs are conducted between modern nations.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Apply core concepts in international relations, such as power, anarchy, conflict, cooperation, globalization, interdependence, and sustainability.
  • Critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of major international relations perspectives such as Liberalism and Realism as well as secondary perspectives such as Constructivism, Feminism, and Marxism.
  • Differentiate major global actors, including states, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, multinational corporations, individuals, and transnational advocacy networks.
  • Express informed opinions about issues of global importance, such as global warming, interstate and intrastate conflict, global inequality, and international human rights.
  • Articulate the paradox and dilemma of global citizenship and demonstrate basic competencies in the realm of advocacy.
  • Identify the geographic locations of the United Nations' member states.