C-ID Descriptor
Introduction to International Relations

  • Final
  • Political Science
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • 3.0
  • An introduction to international relations theory with an examination of national, international, transnational, and sub-national actors and their institutions, interactions and processes as they relate to global issues.

  • 140
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    1. International relations theory.
    2. International institutions.
    3. The roles of national, international, transnational, and sub-national actors
    4. Strategic interaction between domestic and international politics
    5. Key topics in the field of international relations such as climate change, globalization, conflict, cyber conflict, cooperation, diplomacy, international law, international environmental agreements, bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, human rights, and international political economy (financial, monetary, intellectual property).
    6. Contemporary issues in international relations.
    7. Application of theoretical concepts to events.

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  • At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. Explain international relations theory.
    2. Identify international institutions.
    3. Describe the roles of national, international, transnational, and sub-national actors
    4. Analyze and evaluate key topics such as climate change, globalization, conflict, cyber conflict, cooperation, diplomacy, international law, international environmental agreements, bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, human rights, and international political economy (financial, monetary, intellectual property).
    5. Discuss contemporary issues in international relations.
    6. Apply relevant theoretical concepts to events.

  • May include as appropriate:

    In-class or take-home examinations
    Research papers or projects
    Written assignments
    Analytical papers
    Simulations
    Oral presentations
    Participation in class discussions and debates

  • Any college-level introduction to international relations textbook including, but not limited to

    Frieden, Jeffry A., David A. Lake, and Kenneth A. Schultz. 2018. World Politics: Fourth Edition. W.W. Norton & Company.

    Goldstein and Pevehouse. International Relations

    Kaarbo and Ray. Global Politics.

    Kegley and Blanton. World Politics: Trends and Transformation

    Mingst.  Essentials of International Relations.

    Nau. Perspectives on International Relations: Power, Institutions, and Ideas

    Rourke and Boyer. International Politics on the World Stage

    Shimko, International Relations: Perspectives, Controversies and Readings

    Spiegel, Matthews, Taw, and Williams. World Politics in a New Era

    Viotti and Kaupi. International Relations and World Politics

    May also include supplementary materials such as, but not limited to, primary sources, readers, etc.

    OER Canvas Course Shell for Introduction to International Relations – OPoliSci.com

  • May 23, 2012
  • May 12, 2022