POLS 20200 - Introduction to International Relations, Fall 2009
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Professor Daniel Lindley, Ph.D.
Course Structure: 75 minute classes - twice a week
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.