Political Science | Intro to International Relations
Y109 | 3703 | Spechler
Poverty. Inequality. Scarce resources. Ethnic identity.
Territorial ambitions. Ideology. 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, 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
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.