PSCI 202
World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations Fall 2019 (also offered Spring 2020)
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“World politics is often taken to be an arena of human interaction unto itself, where the concepts which serve us well in understanding domestic politics and our everyday public lives — democracy, law, morality, authority — are displaced by their opposites — rule by the strong, use of force, raison d’├ętat, anarchy. In particular, the discipline of International Relations claims special responsibility for analyzing and explaining this arena. But is world politics really so different? We now live in a world in which resolutions of the United Nations Security Council carry the aura of law and authority; human rights are held up as universal moral standards; international treaties regularly restrain supposedly sovereign states in regulating their domestic economies; and the vast majority of wars are now ‘civil’ ones. This course is about politics at the world scale and the myriad ways in which scholars and practitioners interpret and explain it.”
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 1843
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: some combination of short papers, midterm exam/paper, final exam, and class participation
Prerequisites: this is an introductory course, open to first-year students and sophomores; juniors and seniors may enroll only with permission of instructor and under special circumstances (Fall Only)
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students and sophomores intending to major in Political Science
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: POEC Required Courses
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