World Affairs / GenEd 0866
International developments have profound consequences for our lives. This course explores major topics in world affairs from several disciplinary perspectives to help students understand how changes in the nature of wars, international law, political and economic development, disease, the global environment, and human rights affect our lives and those of others around the world. World Affairs was developed as a gateway course for students interested in global issues. It meets the GenEd curriculum’s World Society requirement.
Introduction to International Relations / PS1301
This introductory course provides students with a basic understanding of the field of International Relations (IR). The first part examines major IR theories and addresses the discipline's central questions, including the evolution of state sovereignty and the causes of war and peace. Particular attention is given to post-war settlements, the role of force, international organizations and law in the modern state system. The second part is chiefly devoted to the politics of the global economy, international economic organizations (IMF, World Bank, European Union, etc.), development, and the consequences of globalization. Finally, the third part addresses the politics of global environmental sustainability, how states have responded to changes in modern technology, and the role of non-governmental organizations in the contemporary international system.
Politics of the Global Economy /PS 2303
This course studies competing explanations for the evolution and operations of the international political economy from the origins of the industrial era in the late 18th century through the "information economy" of the 21st. It focuses on four functional areas: international trade in goods and services, the management of currency exchange and international monetary policy, the pattern and flow of investment capital, and the pattern and structure of global production
Globalization / PS 3332
The course examines the origins and consequences of the modern period (1990-present) of globalization, including its political, economic, social, and cultural dimensions. Particular attention is devoted to the status of the sovereign state, global governance in the monetary, trade, and labor domains, and to the domestic consequences of global economic, political, and cultural forces.
Political Science Capstone / PS3996-7, 4996-7
This topical seminar focuses on a broad theme of theoretical, substantive, or practical interest within a subfield of political science (including International Relations). This is a writing-intensive course designed to integrate all the skills learned in the major. Each seminar focuses on close oral and written analysis of major readings in a particular area of political science. Such analyses will take students beyond basic exegesis of analytic arguments towards critical evaluation of contrasting forms of social science investigation and argument. A research project is required.
Honors Capstone / PS3996-7, 4996-7
This combined junior/senior seminar rotates among selected advanced topics in one of the major fields of Political Science (including International Relations). The seminar focuses on a close analysis and discussion of assigned readings and a final research paper. This course satisfies the capstone requirement for the major.