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Global Politics: Conflict & Cooperation

Course Number: PS 205
Transcript Title: Global Politics:Conflict/Coop
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit


WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Examines the nature of relations among states. Topics include motivating factors such as nationalism and imperialism, economic rivalries and the quest for security, questions of national sovereignty and international cooperation, war and peace, global issues, and the future. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Explore how culturally based assumptions shape any countries’ foreign policies and international interactions, as well as, with inter-governmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations.
  2. Examine historical bases for evolving economic and political relationships among national states, including the impact of diverse cultural ideas, behaviors, and issues upon these relationships, (for example, how economic globalization often includes elements of cultural imperialism).
  3. Analyze how policies relating to International Law and Human Rights (including issues of privilege, discrimination, environmental degradation) are often a function of unequal international power relationships.
  4. Formulate and apply personal value judgments, while demonstrating sensitivity and empathy for people of other nations with different points of view.
  5. Engage in lifelong learning that includes the ability to conceptually organize information while practicing ethical and social requirements of responsible global citizenship.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Exams consisting of essay or other method that integrates and requires application of concepts, themes and issues in the course.
  2. Written assignments such as papers, reviews, journals and other writing assignments that demonstrate understanding of content knowledge and appropriate application by students of content to clarification of their own views on political issues.
  3. Oral presentations, summits, model-UN, discussions, debates, or role-playing that articulate views and values incorporating a comprehensive knowledge of appropriate concepts and issues.
  4. Projects where students can identify resources that provide political information and can utilize these resources to evaluate the political process and identify participatory strategies.
  5. Review and critique of political material from different media.
  6. Use of standard research techniques and acceptable formats in written work and oral presentations.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, and Issues

  • Basic concepts of state, sovereignty, power, and nation.
  • The theories of IR including realism, idealism, dependency, and others.
  • The security dilemma around nuclear weapons and their proliferation.
  • The relationship between the developing and less developed world.
  • The role of international organizations, multinationals, the U and the EU.
  • International law and human rights.
  • Major problems facing the world that need cooperation of all nation-states.

Competencies and Skills

Students should develop the following skills:

  • Support generalizations/arguments with examples or evidence.
  • Accurately articulates ideas in written and oral presentation.
  • Articulates original applications and synthesis of academic theories/frameworks, supporting them by citing valid sources.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of political system in written and oral work.
  • Critiques own assumptions and those of others, validating them with substantial thinking and application of appropriate arguments.
  • Use of standard research techniques and acceptable formats in written work and oral presentations.