2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog


Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
This is an introductory course in the field of International Affairs (IA). It is designed to give students knowledge of the major theoretical approaches and issues in international politics. The course introduces students to basic concepts and schools of thought in IA and examines major institutions and processes through which foreign policies are made and implemented. A major objective is to relate theories and models to major national and international policy debates through the close examination of case studies. Reference will be made throughout to contemporary developments. The interlocking objectives of this course are: 1) to provide a grounding in the nature and characteristics of International Affairs; 2) to develop a broad understanding of the outstanding features of today's world and how it differs from other periods; and 3) to learn the key concepts for categorizing and analyzing the dynamics of international politics.
Academic Career: Graduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: Grad Letter Grade
Course Requirements: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs students only.
Course Attributes: African Studies, Global Studies, West European Studies

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