POL S 203 A: Introduction To International Relations

Meeting Time: 
MWF 10:30am - 11:20am
Location: 
SMI 120
SLN: 
18591
Instructor:
Jonathan Mercer

Syllabus Description:

INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Political Science 203                            Professor Jonathan Mercer

Spring 2017                                         Gowen 135

M,W, F: 10:30-11:20                           Office hours: M 3:30 – 5:00

Room: Smith 120                                 543-7887, mercer@uw.edu

 

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This course introduces students to the major theoretical approaches to international relations—Realism, Liberalism, and Marxism—and uses these approaches to address a variety of issues. For example, we will discuss the rise of the modern state system, the origins of World War I, the Cold War, the Gulf and Iraq Wars, genocide in Rwanda, free trade, globalization, North-South relations, the environment, and human rights. The primary aims of the course are to demonstrate how theory influences our explanations; to familiarize students with some important issues in international politics; and most important, to help students evaluate contemporary issues in international politics.

Required Texts

Obtain all readings, TA reading questions, lecture outlines, and past exams from the canvas course page

 *Daily reading of the New York Times. Hardcopy and full access to nyt.com: visit/call HUB Games Area at 206.543.5975 or the By George Newsstand at 206.543.4087. Digital subscription, nytimes.com/college27

 

 

Catalog Description: 
The world community, its politics, and government. Offered: AWSpS.
Department Requirements: 
Introductory Courses
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:45pm