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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: POSC 292
Course Title: International Relations
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Theory and practice of how nations relate to each other.  Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement. G.E.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered odd Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Any appropriate text for an introductory course in international relations. Recommend a basic text and a reader.


Essentials of International Relations
By Mingst, Karen (Norton)
Category/Comments - Basic Text
International Relations
By Shimko, Keith (Cengage)
Category/Comments - Basic Text
International Relations
By Goldstein, Joshua (Longman)
Category/Comments - Basic Text
Cases in International Relations
By Snow (Longman)
Category/Comments - Reader
Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in World Politics
By Rourke (McGraw-Hill Dushkin)
Category/Comments - Reader
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe significant events in the history of international relations.
  2. Explain and apply the major theoretical approaches to understanding international relations.
  3. Identify and explain the roles played by states and non-state actors in the international system.
  4. Identify and explain institutions and processes associated with international security, global governance and the global economy
  5. Integrate a range of secondary sources into an analysis of contemporary international relations.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Historical development of international relations since 1648
  • Theories of international relations - realism, liberalism, constructivism, radicalism (neomarxism), feminist 
  • Levels of analysis
  • War and International Security: - Types of conflict - Causes of war - sources of ethnic conflict and civil wars - Arms control/proliferation - terrorism
  • International political economy: - International trade - International financial institutions - North-South relations
  • International organizations: - United Nations - European Union - Non-governmental organizations and multinational corporations
  • International law
  • Human rights, Peacekeeping and humanitarian intervention
  • Global environmental issues
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Brian Kessel Date: April 15, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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