Course Evaluation Customization Form

Viewing: POLISCI 101, section 01


Term: 1192 - 1192
Instructor: Fearon, Sukin, Fanlo, Snyder, Lee

Learning Goals

By the end of the course, students should be able to provide clear and well-developed answers to the following questions.

1. Why is the world divided up into formally independent countries, and what are the consequences of organizing global politics in this way, as a ``states system"? Does interstate anarchy imply that international politics must be highly conflictual?

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2. What are international organizations and how can they affect state behavior given that they do not have their own capabilities for coercive enforcement? How do states manage cooperation in different issue areas, such as trade, arms control, and the environment?








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3. What is nationalism, where did it come from historically, and what role does it play in international politics?
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4. Why do states sometimes fight wars, despite the costs and risks? What prevents them (sometimes) from negotiating peaceful deals?

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5. What are the implications of nuclear weapons for international politics?

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6. How do democracies and non-democracies differ in their foreign policy behaviors, and why?

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7. What are the major international implications of the economic rise of China, and what factors are relevant for assessing the prospects for US-China conflicts in the coming years?

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8. What factors determine the amount of protectionism and free trade, and what are the domestic political consequences of international trade?

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In addition, students should

9. Feel more capable of understanding current international political events in their broader historical and theoretical context.

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Course Elements

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Additional Questions

What IR topic or topics would you like more on, in terms of lectures and/or readings?


What IR topic or topics would you like less on, in terms of lectures and/or readings?



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