PS 140-Introduction to International Relations

3-4 Credits

Covers the major issues in international relations since the end of World War II including: the causes of war; civil wars and ethnic conflict; economic development; international trade; exchange rates and international monetary relations; international capital flows and financial crises; foreign direct investment; globalization and the environment; the UN, the IMF, World Bank, WTO, and other international organizations; and international law and human rights. The focus is on states’ relations with each other and the factors determining the nature and outcomes of these international interactions. The course seeks to develop analytical tools for thinking about important questions in world politics regardless of the countries or issues involved, to examine international affairs in a systematic way.

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Course Designation

Breadth – Social Science
Level – Elementary
L&S Credit – Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit


Last Taught

Summer 2019