Jun 17, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 455 - International Relations

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course 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 Developing 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:
  • Articulate world-wide points of view on international events
  • Describe power structures in the world and the dynamics changes possible in these structures
  • Describe the dimensions of domestic events in an increasingly interdependent world
  • Articulate a broad perspective to assist in becoming more responsible world citizens

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • International politics
  • Power and influence
  • National interest
  • Foreign policy
  • Causes of war
  • Balance of power
  • Types of war
  • Balance of terror
  • U.S. foreign policy
  • Soviet foreign policy
  • European foreign policy
  • Japanese foreign policy
  • Chinese foreign policy
  • The Developing World
  • International order
  • International law
  • Diplomacy

Dr. Michael Carriere

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