About POLS 051 ZRB

Examines the major theories of international relations, important concepts in the study of international relations (such as the balance of power and democratic peace theory), dilemmas leaders face when formulating foreign policies, and current international events.


CDE students only even after level restrictions are removed;Degree students enroll in POLS 051 B

Section Description

This course provides students with an introduction to international relations. The course covers the major theories of and approaches to international relations, key concepts in the study of international conflict and cooperation, and the dilemmas foreign policymakers face. Students will learn about academic research on topics ranging from the balance of power to globalization, and discuss these in the context of current events. They will also learn how policymakers deal with these issues, and how these topics relate to a variety of careers in international relations. The course is a mix of lecture and discussion, including organized debates and a policy simulation. After taking this course, students will be able to: 1. Understand important theories and topics in international relations. 2. Analyze the causes and consequences of current events in international relations. 3. Engage in ongoing debates among scholars and policymakers on a variety of international relations topics

Section Expectation

Students should expect to have 4-6 hours of reading a week for the course. Students must do all reading for each session, and be prepared to discuss the relevant topics in class and via Blackboard discussion groups.


Students will be evaluated through in-class quizzes, an in-class final, a writing assignment, and participation/attendance. For the writing assignments, students will either: write a paper responding to academic writing on an IR topic, write a paper presenting policy suggestions for a current event, or write a series of response essays.

Course Dates



Lafayette Hall L207 (View Campus Map)


to on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

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