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POLS& 203 - International Relations

Credits: 5
A broad overview of international relations. Explores key theoretical approaches and concepts for studying international politics. Examines a host of central issues in international relations including: the evolution of the state system, international cooperation and conflict, international political economy, and international institutions and organizations. 

Enrollment Requirement: Eligible for ENGL& 101  or instructor consent.

Satisfies Requirement: Social Science

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Explain and analyze the origins and evolution of the state system and international politics.
  2. Demonstrate command of key concepts and theories used in the study of international relations.
  3. Demonstrate critical understanding of principal actors, international institutions, and organizations.
  4. Articulate and explain salient issues and key debates in international relations.

Program Outcomes
Demonstrate knowledge of politics and government in the United States and/or across the world.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

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