Political Science 270 - Introduction to International Relations - David C. Andrus
|Course:||Introduction to International Relations|
|Professor:||David C. Andrus|
This course is being taught as a completely 100% online class. There will be no required real time (synchronous) class meetings. If you are the type of student that requires in person, face-to-face instruction, the format of this class might not be to your liking. However, the course instruction is set up, in part, with prerecorded video lectures in an attempt to replicate the lecture component of a traditional face-to-face class. Occasional voluntary real time Zoom teleconferencing class sessions will be offered for those that would like to discuss matters in person and have review sessions.
Political Science 270 is the introductory study of the field of International Relations. It is a study of the relations among nation-states throughout our large and complex world, with special emphasis on United States foreign policy. International Relations is a dynamic and complex subject that is ever evolving with the balance of power and focus constantly changing due to a large number of factors. Traditionally this subject has been conceived strictly as the study of the relationships among governments. However, these relations cannot be viewed in a vacuum. They are inextricably determined by other actors and factors, such as the International organizations (e.g., the United Nations), multinational corporations, individuals, cultures, economics, geography and history. All of these dimensions will be covered throughout the course in various isolated and integrated approaches.
This course will provide each student with a solid background in the major trends and issues of current world politics and in the main theories and explanations used by scholars of International Relations. Students will gain a greater understanding of the various systems employed by nation-states and groups to control policy and gain influence (e.g., economic, legal, political and social systems.) Upon conclusion of the course, students will become aware of the complexity and difficulty foreign policy makers face when managing world affairs, and the resulting consequences for the people of the world. Students will also become aware of the various interests at play in day-to-day events, how best to assess and analyze events and how to project latent intentions and interests of the international actors.
More specifically, students will:
-Delineate basic theories of international relations.
-Assess factors influencing the formation of foreign policy from domestic, regional, and international levels of analysis.
-Propose alternative solutions to past international interactions.
-Appraise the various constraints on decisions makers and the impact this has upon international relations.
-Evaluate the interplay between economic and security factors in international relations
-Analyze a specific issue area's impact on international relations.
-Correlate the increase in global communication, trade, travel, interaction to the changing world stage.
-Diagram the impact of multiple types of polarity on the stability and peace of the international system.
-Assess student generated hypotheses on a current international crisis.
-Relate the tension between systemic movement toward macro-organizations and the resistant efforts to reassert micro-identities.
-Judge the fungibility of multiple sources of power
-Formulate feasible outcomes to edited case studies.
-Apply broad theoretical constructs to tangible examples.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLO’S)
-Delineate basic theories of international relations and analyze factors influencing the formation of foreign policy from domestic, regional, and international levels of analysis.
What to Expect in this Course
In addition to the introductory information above, students can expect to conduct critical thinking and analysis. Memorization means nothing if you do not understand the concepts of the course. You must be able to identify the manifestation of IR concepts and theories throughout the global system of power. Students are expected to leave the class at semester’s end with an entirely different set of analytical tools for understanding how and why the global system of power works the way it does. Students should also acquire an expectation to use their course knowledge toward the development of the discipline rather than merely absorb existing doctrines and curriculum in a passive way.
Types of Assessments
The assignments for this course will vary. The required weekly-recorded lectures covering the assigned chapter material will be followed by multiple choice or short answer questions to ensure students have in fact watched the lectures. There will also be regular discussion board assignments requiring students to post analytical and critical thinking responses to posed questions. Additional assignments will also be assigned for particular weeks. There will also be weekly un-timed “Learning Quizzes” as well as higher point value timed quizzes. The Mid-Term and Final Exams will consist of timed essay exams and possibly a multiple-choice component as well. An analytical research paper will be assigned.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Textbook Title: World Politics; International Relations and Globalisation in the 21st Century
2nd Edition Jeffrey Haynes, et al... Sage Publishing
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Last updated: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 980