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2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 455 - International Relations

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This subject provides basic information concerning international relationships. Topics covered are foreign policy, national security, alliances, theories of war, the balance of power, the balance of terror, international law, and diplomacy. Features of Russian, Chinese, U.S., U.S. Allies and Third World foreign policies and internal principles are examined. The student is encouraged to relate theoretical principles discussed with current developments in the international arena. (prereq: none) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Better understand world-wide points of view on international events
  • Better appreciate power structures in the world and the dynamics changes possible in these structures
  • Better understand the dimensions of domestic events in an increasingly interdependent world
  • Gain perspective to assist him/her in becoming a more responsible world citizen

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • International Politics (1 class)
  • Power and Influence (2 classes)
  • National Interest (3 classes)
  • Foreign Policy (2 classes)
  • Causes of War (2 classes)
  • Balance of Power (3 classes)
  • Types of War (1 class)
  • Balance of Terror (2 classes)
  • U.S. Foreign Policy (2 classes)
  • Soviet Foreign Policy (2 classes)
  • European Foreign Policy (2 classes)
  • Japanese Foreign Policy (1 class)
  • Chinese Foreign Policy (1 class)
  • The Third World (2 classes)
  • International Order (2 classes)
  • International Law (1 class)
  • Diplomacy (1 class)

Michael Carriere

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