Pols 203 Introduction to International Relations
This course is a broad overview of the historical and contemporary political, economic, and social actors including states and decision makers and international and non-governmental organizations that influence the distribution of power and wealth in the global community. Special topics include the transformation of the global security and economic structures, globalization and integration, the rise of authoritarian-nationalist states and leaders, terrorism, continuing conflict in the Middle-East, the increasing influence of China, migration and refugees, and energy and the environment. Students are expected to complete all assigned readings. Tests include 2 midterms, 2 short papers, and participation in and completion of section assignments.