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INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL POLITICS POLS 232—001 Instructor : Eric Fattor E-mail: [email protected] Office: Clark C334 Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10-12am Teaching Assistants: Michelle Ehlers [email protected] Office: Clark 341E Office Hours: Tuesday 12-2pm and Wednesday 10-11am Bekah Young [email protected] Office: Clark 341 A/B Office Hours: Monday 11am-1pm OVERVIEW International politics is the study of power and authority among nations. From humble origins in the aftermath of World War I, the subject now enjoys a prestigious place in the halls of academia and in the practical world of diplomacy. One of the most attractive aspects of the study of international politics is its unique and authentic way of presenting fundamental political issues. In a world of anarchy with no central world government, questions of life and death are confronted in a brutally honest manner. The rhetorical flourishes of domestic presidential campaigns give way to the cold logic of the international balance of power—hopeful messages of change gives way to Thucydides’ observation that “the strong do what they will and the weak suffer what they must.” For the student confronting the realm of international politics for the first time, this class offers the opportunity to see the world and one’s place in it in a new and interesting light. By studying how states and other international actors interact with one another, new perspectives are formed that can enrich the study of almost any other topic. In a world that is getting smaller by the day, almost every subject now has an international dimension to it. And as a result, your own aspirations can grow as well. OBJECTIVES Students who participate in this course will gain a broad and comprehensive knowledge of international politics. By the end of the course, students will have basic knowledge of the key actors in the world, the structure of the international system these actors operate in, and the theories that attempt to explain this interaction. Also, students will gain insight on the main issues of international politics, including the process of globalization, traditional and non-traditional security threats, and strategies for creating a stable world order. Also, this course will seek to increase the student’s knowledge of
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history, philosophy, and other disciplines that enhance the intellectual experience of studying international politics. GUIDELINES: DOS AND DON’TS
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