POLI 150: International Relations and World Politics

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The objectives of this course are three-fold:

  • to introduce students to the central concepts of and analytical approaches to the study of international politics
  • to apply those ideas to historical and current international events
  • to provide students with a foundation of basic knowledge and skills that will enable them to analyze and digest information about international issues outside of the context of the class.

This class will teach students how to think about international politics theoretically, and in so doing improve their understanding of a seemingly random and accidental world. Upon completion of this course, student will have the tools to engage rather than simply accept international events.

Required Texts:

  • Oatley, International Political Economy: Interests and Institutions in the Global Economy, 5th edition, ISBN 978-0205060634
  • Betts, ed., Conflict After the Cold War: Arguments on Causes of War and Peace, 4th edition, ISBN 978-0205851751
  • Nye and Welch, Understanding Global Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History, 9th edition, ISBN 978-0205851638

View a sample course syllabus.

Contact the Friday Center at CCO@unc.edu with any questions or for more information.

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