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PS (Political Science)
231
018019
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Introduction to International Relations
Internat Relations
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Political Science (16PS)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Michael Struett, Clifford Griffin
Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture4040Yesn/a
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PSINTBA Political Science: International Politics Required
16PSBABA Political Science Elective
16PSAM BA Political Science: American Politics Elective
16PSLJJBA Political Science: Law and Justice, Justice Systems Elective
16PSLJLBA Political Science: Law and Justice, Law and Theory Elective
16PSPUBBA Political Science: Public Policy Elective
16PSBSBS Political Science Elective
16OSMPolitical Science Minor Elective
Evolution of relations among nations and of the roles of the United Nations and other international institutions, including changes in the world political system since the end of the cold war.

Formal GEP review and adding to CourseLeaf system.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Global Knowledge
Social Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Analyze issues in international affairs, especially government and intergovernmental processes.
 
 
Midterm and final exams. Short answer questions test student's understanding of key concepts in international politics, including concepts that examine human behavior, culture, mental process, (especially psychology of political decision making) organizational processes and institutional processes, (especially government and intergovernmental processes.)

Sample prompts:

Choose five of the following terms and explain the significance of each for international politics. Give examples that illustrate the significance of the concept when possible. Make reference to examples from the readings and lectures when appropriate.

1. Bandwagoning
2. Republican Liberalism
3. Prisoner’s dilemma and the Cult of the Offensive
4. States as Rational Unitary Actors
5. League of Nations
6. Measuring Power (Give several examples and explain why it is important)
7. Generalizability of Theories
 
 
Critique approaches, theories, and concepts frequently used to examine practical issues in international affairs.
 
 
Short Essay style writing assignment based on a case study reading requires students to apply theoretical perspectives to understand and explain the real world outcome in the case study.

Sample question:
Both before the US invaded Iraq, and after the US was already in Iraq, there was a tense debate involving Bush administration officials and other foreign policy experts about the extent to which the United States should cooperate with the United Nations in carrying out its policy in Iraq.
Using the assigned case study, explain how realist and liberal views of international affairs influenced the debate in Washington about cooperating with the UN, both in the six months before the US invaded Iraq in 2003, and in the aftermath of the US occupation in late 2003 and 2004. Give examples of statements from the participants in the debate to support your argument.
Your answer should be two pages, type-written, and double-spaced with 12 pt. font. Write clearly and concisely, with a carefully crafted introductory paragraph that responds directly to the prompt. The body of your essay should support your thesis statement.
 
 
Demonstrate knowledge about past and present issues in international affairs that will allow them to evaluate real-world phenomena.
 
 
Midterm Essay questions.
Sample question:
From 1945 to 1963 a Cold War developed between the United States and the Soviet Union. Identify three causes of the Cold War, (one each at the systemic, domestic and individual levels of analysis), that IR theorists have used as possible explanations for the development of the conflict. For each of the 3 explanations you give, identify whether they draw on realist or liberal theory.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
&
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 
already approved under expedited review process
 
 
already approved under expedited review process
 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
no restrictions
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
n/a
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
n/a
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
none
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
Nau, Henry R., Perspectives on International Relations, Washington D.C: Congressional Quarterly Press, 4th edition, 2014
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
no change
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
no change
Course is already a regular offering within the PS Department and will continue to be.

This course has three specific goals focused on empowering students to understand the international political world.  By the end of the class students will be able to: 


1. Analyze reasoning about issues in international affairs.


2. Evaluate analytical approaches and concepts frequently used in the study of international affairs.


3. Examine and critique the base of knowledge about past and present issues in international affairs 


Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will hone analytical reasoning skills and apply them to issues in international affairs, especially government and intergovernmental processes.


2.Students will critique approaches, theories, and concepts frequently used to examine practical issues in international affairs.


3.Students will acquire a base of knowledge about past and present issues in international affairs that will allow them to evaluate real-world phenomena.  


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Other100no change
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
see attached weekly topics

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