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1 Proposal: number 24

24. PSCI 104: Introduction to International Politics

Contact:Joe Rollins
Abstract:International politics is the study of the interaction of states, groups,
organizations, and individuals in the world arena. Once considered the purview
of states, international politics throughout the twentieth and into the
twenty-first century has become increasingly multifaceted and complex,
inclusive international organizations, multi-national corporations and
terrorist organizations.
The goal of this course is to organize our understanding of these myriad groups
and interests in the making of international politics. Three themes dominate
this effort. First, who or what makes international politics? Within states,
who or what makes foreign policy? For non-state actors, what organizations,
individuals, or structures dominate policymaking? Second, what are the goals of
the actors in international politics? Is power the ultimate goal of the members
of the international system? Wealth? Are there moral imperatives behind foreign
policy, or are other concerns more important? Third, what tools do actors on
the international scale bring to bear in order to obtain their desired outcome?
In what circumstances are military means useful or likely? Economic pressure?
What are the causes of war and peace? In this course, students will have an
opportunity to delve into competing scholarly and policy debates on these
important questions, as well as to engage them with critical reflection.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
PSCI 104 2008-04-20 SS Submitted Dept
PSCI 104 2008-04-20 WC Submitted Dept
PSCI 104 2008-04-20 QR Submitted Dept
PSCI 104 2008-11-05 SS Approved GEAC
PSCI 104 2008-11-05 WC Approved GEAC
PSCI 104 2008-12-04 SS Approved UCC
PSCI 104 2008-12-04 WC Approved UCC
PSCI 104 2009-02-05 SS Approved Senate
PSCI 104 2009-02-05 WC Approved Senate