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Political Science (PL SC)

PL SC 014 (GS;IL) International Relations (3) Characteristics of modern nation-states and forces governing their international relations; nationalism; imperialism; diplomacy; current problems of war and peace. Credit will not be given for both this course and INT U 200.

PL SC 014 International Relations (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course has three major goals. First, you should come away from this course with an idea of what the scientific study of Political Science is all about. Second, you should come away from the course knowing some general theories (explanations) for international behavior that you should use when you think about international politics in the future. Third, you will be introduced to a number of important topics in international politics. These include the end of the Cold War, nuclear weapons, international economics, and international development.

Students will take examinations that include short answer and essay questions. Short projects or papers will supplement exams. Students are also graded on attendance, participation and oral presentations in weekly recitation sections. The course fulfills one of the lower-division requirements for majors in political science and international politics. For non-majors this course may be used to fulfill a general education or bachelor of arts social/behavioral science requirement.

It will be offered at least once per academic year with an enrollment limit of 180.

General Education: GS
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Fall 2007

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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