Political Science | Intro to International Relations
Y109 | 3357 | Spechler

	Poverty. Inequality. Scarce resources. Ethnic identity. Territorial
ambitions. As we enter a new millennium, nearly every area of the world is
beset by violent conflict arising from these and many other sources. This
introductory-level course will provide students with basic conceptual tools
and information to help them understand some of the major problems in world
politics in recent decades and think critically about possible solutions to
those problems. The primary focus will be on the causes of conflict and war
in the twentieth century, the alternatives to force for achieving foreign
policy goals, and ways of preventing or reducing the likelihood, severity
and duration of war. The course will include a simulation of the United
Nations General Assembly in which all students will participate as delegates
	Requirements: approximately 60 pages of reading per week from one or
more introductory texts and a course reader; three exams (short answer and
essay questions) and short writing assignments.
	Prerequisites: none, but background or interest in world politics or
history will help.