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POLS 20200 - Introduction to International Relations, Fall 2009

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Author: Daniel Lindley
Notre Dame OpenCourseware (OCW) offers free educational resources for the course "Introduction to International Relations" in the Department of Political Science. The study of International Relations (IR) is the study of human organization at its highest and most complex level. The goal of IR scholarship is thus to try to manage this complexity intellectually by devising theories which help us to understand and predict state behavior. The main purpose of this course, therefore, will be to introduce students to the most important IR theories.
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INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Professor Daniel Lindley, Ph.D.

Political Science
University of Notre Dame

Course Structure: 75 minute classes - twice a week

Photo credit: John and Mel Kots. Some rights reserved.

Course Description

The study of International Relations (IR) is the study of human organization at its highest and most complex level. The goal of IR scholarship is thus to try to manage this complexity intellectually by devising theories which help us to understand and predict state behavior. The main purpose of this course, therefore, will be to introduce students to the most important IR theories. These theories will then, in turn, be applied to real-world IR events in order to test their utility in helping us to understand the world as it actually is. By the end of the course, therefore, the student will have a grounding in both theoretical and factual aspects of IR analysis.

This course was also cross-listed as IIPS 20501.

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