Political Science | Introduction to International Relations
Y109 | 9886 | 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 you with basic conceptual tools and information to help
you 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 advantages and disadvantages of and 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.