International Relations Courses Fall 2018

IR 002-010: Current Issues in World Affairs   CRN 43625; 3 credits (SS)    TR 1:10 – 2:25pm   This is a survey course designed primarily for non-IR majors or minors. The purpose is to acquaint students with some of the concepts and historical facts behind current global issues. The content of this course will, in part, be dictated by international events as they unfold.    *Not intended for International Relations Majors   Teaching Staff 

IR 010-010: Introduction to World Politics   CRN 40124; 4 credits (SS)   MW 2:35 – 3:50pm   Introduction to the major principles, concepts, and theories of international relations, along with a historical background focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics to be covered include the nature of power, balance of power theories, national interest, decision-making in foreign policy, theories of war and expansion, patterns of Cooperation, and international political economy.   *Intro course for International Majors   Teaching Staff 

IR 015-010: Authoritarianism   CRN 43626; 4 credits (SS) TR 1:10 – 2:25pm    Authoritarianism has been the dominant form of government throughout history, and more than half of the world lives under it today. This course addresses its various forms and central dynamics. Learn how rulers organize coups, repress societal opposition, create cults of personality, enrich cronies, and avoid being overthrown by rivals. Use real-world case studies from the Mideast, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America to find out how authoritarian regimes have dealt with technological change and Western democracy promotion.   Professor Kevin Narizny 

IR 040-010: The United Nations   CRN 43623; 4 credits (SS)    TR 2:35 – 3:50pm   Provides overview of key issues and debates in the United Nations and helps students understand the formal and informal operations of this global organization. We will explore two major questions. First, what are the major obstacles to effective international cooperation in the United Nations? Second, what does globalization mean for UN efforts to promote democracy, development, and human rights? Includes a trip to UN Headquarters in NY and an in-class UN simulation exercise.    Teaching Staff 

IR 074-010: U.S. Foreign Policy   CRN 44260; 4 credits (SS)   TR 10:45am – 12:00pm   Addresses major themes and trends in U.S. foreign policy, including its historical evolution. Assesses the interests and values that underlie the goals of policy and the beliefs that shape decisions on how to achieve those goals. Also examines issues such as the constitutional division of authority, bureaucratic politics and processes, civil-military relations, and public opinion.    Teaching Staff 



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