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Political Science (PL SC)

PL SC 140 (GS) Contemporary Controversies in International Relations (3) Contemporary issues of international security presented rigorously using analytical tools of international relations and political science.

PL SC 140 Contemporary Controversies in International Relations (3)

PL SC 140 investigates international security in the post-Cold War world. It does so by focusing on critical, ongoing, international conflicts and problems. These include the rise of China, resurgence of Russia, and international terrorism. After a brief introduction to key theories and tools of International Relations and some historical context, we will focus on the division of the post-Cold War world into zones of peace (characterized by liberal, free market democracies) and turmoil (characterized by ethno-nationalist, religious, and territorial conflict). The course will also cover a range of related security topics including terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and instability in the developing world.

General Education: GS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2009

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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