psc_231_syllabus_summer_2011[1] - International Relations...

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1 International Relations (PSC 231) Professor Neda A. Zawahri, Ph.D. Online office hours: Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. And, by appointment To contact me, please use the email function in BlackBoard. I. Course Overview: What causes war and peace? Are democracies more peaceful than other types of governments? Are the increasing trends towards economic interdependence- globalization- likely to contribute to world peace or world wars? This course is designed to analyze these and several other issues. But, before analyzing these issue areas, we will study international relations theories. These theories are means by which scholars perceive how the world operates. They also frame how we respond to any changes in the international system. As a result, it is important to learn these theories and apply them to issues in world politics. II. Course Requirements: 1. Participation: It is essential that you participate in the class discussions. Participation will account for 20 percent of your grade. Each Tuesday a question will be posted and students have until midnight Monday to post an answer to the question and reply to two other students’ posts. Students are graded on the quality of their answers and posts. It is expected that students draw on information from the course material in their answers. It is essential that students respect the opinion of others in this course during the discussion. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2011 for the course POLIT 1550 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Youngstown State University.

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