INR 2002 Introduction to International Relations

This course serves as an introduction to the study of important issues in modern international relations. The goal of the course is to teach students basic concepts and theories that are useful for making sense of contemporary debates and challenges in international politics. We study current events and the recent history that has shaped how states and other actors interact with each other across national borders. The class surveys majors topics in international relations to encourage further examination in more advanced classes. Major topics include international cooperation, security and conflict, trade, and international law and human rights. By the end of the class, students are able to critique common academic and policy arguments about global affairs and have acquired the tools to begin their own analyses.


3 credits


POS 1041, and student must score into college-level English and reading on placement test.