Political Science | Intro to International Relations
Y109 | 20634 | Thompson

This course is an introduction to international politics.  No
previous background is assumed.  We will examine the historical
evolution of international politics and how its structures and
processes interact to shape the world in which we live.  Equal
attention will be paid to patterns of conflict and cooperation,
international political economy, and international policy problems.
The anticipated and primary texts for the course are Russett, Starr,
and Kinsella, World Politics and Rourke, Taking Sides.  Check to see
whether you have the right edition before purchasing.  Evaluation
will proceed along customary lines.  There will be three exams at
assigned times in addition to some brief essays on current event
topics and a final.  All identification terms and essay questions
will be revealed prior to testing.  The point is not to catch you
unaware but rather to focus and facilitate your digestion of the
course material.