PSCI 120
Introduction to International Relations: World Politics Spring 2025 (also offered Fall 2024)
Division II

Class Details

This course provides an overview of the central theories, concepts and debates in international relations. Students evaluate competing answers to central questions in the field: What are the implications of an anarchic political structure for order and justice in world politics? What are the primary causes of international war and conflict? Are there necessary conditions for peace and stability? What role do moral and legal considerations play in world politics? How has globalization changed the way that the international system operates?
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3675
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Depending on the semester and instructor, some combination of essays, a midterm paper, one or two short response papers, a group project and presentations, a podcast, and an in-person final exam.
Prerequisites: This is an introductory course, open to first-year students and sophomores; juniors and seniors may enroll only with the permission of instructor and under special circumstances.
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students and sophomores
Unit Notes: International relations subfield
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PSCI International Relations Courses

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