PSCI 202
World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations Spring 2010 (also offered Fall 2009)
Division II
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International politics differs from domestic politics in the absence of centralized, legitimate institutions. Anarchy characterizes the world of sovereign states-there is no world government, nor agreement that one is desirable or even possible. This lack of a common authority means that any dispute among countries is up to the countries themselves to settle, by negotiating, appealing to shared norms, or using force. For this reason, while international relations involves many of the same topics that consume domestic politics-ethnic antagonisms, spending on aid, war, national identity, inequality, weapons manufacture, finance, loans, pollution, migration-it shares few of the same processes for dealing with them. This course covers problems central to international relations. It considers the importance that this radical decentralization has for achieving values we hold, and examines processes that might undermine or support the anarchical system in which we live.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 30-35
Expected: 30-35
Class#: 3153
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: first semester: midterm paper or exam, final exam, four short papers and class participation; second semester: two midterm exams, one paper, and a final exam
Extra Info: first semester: enrollment limit: 35 (expected 35); second semester: two sections offered with enrollment limit of 30 per section
Prerequisites: this is an introductory course, open to all, including first-year students
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students and sophomores
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: POEC Required Courses
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