POL SCI XL 20
This course provides an introduction to the problems of world politics, and furnishes students with the analytical tools and background necessary to better understand world politics.
What you can learn.
- Trace the five major historical periods that set the stage for current international political and economic systems
- Assess how "interests," "interactions," and "institutions" drive actors' behavior in world politics
- Survey the three major paradigms governing state behavior and criticisms posed by various strands of critical theories
- Identify the controversies surrounding free trade and key international trade regimes
- Articulate how international law and norms shape states' understanding of their interests and constrain states' behavior
- Reflect on the challenges states encounter in face of rapid globalization now and in the future and propose collective responses to transnational issues