Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   International Relations: D

 Title Abbreviation:   INTERNATNL RELATIONS: D

 Department:    POLS&

 Course #:    203

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    451001

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

A study of the basic concepts involved in the interrelationships of nations including nationalism, balance of power, international law, the causes of war, and the striving for peace.


Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 370
U of W 203
WSU 222
WWU 270

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. More critically gather data, analyze it from different ideological perspectives, and choose strategies to use these insights to conduct life in an increasingly interdependent, pluralistic society
  2. Appreciate the importance of critical thinking in the area of international relations through out the applicaion of models of power, frameworks of analysis
  3. Understand that Western experience, though important in understanding global politics, is not the only valid guide to world politics
  4. Recognize that historically, human beings have organized themselves into a rich variety of groups other than territorial states
  5. Understand that important theories of global politics are rooted in historical conditions

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.2 Identify diverse communities and their shared/competing interests and develop strategies for prevention and resolution of conflict.
5.3 Understand the consequences of choices as they relate to local/global community and environmental issues.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.

Course Contents

  1. Talking about International Relations: Vocabulary and frames of reference
  2. The importance of historical context (examples in ancient Greece, Islamic middle east, China)
  3. The emerging role of the state
  4. Theories of realism, idealism, behavioralism, etc. in understanding international relations
  5. The Cold War (North South Crisis) and Colonialism (East West Crisis)
  6. Non-State Actors (MNCs, NGOs, IGOs)
  7. Issues of Foreign Policy (HIgh and Low Politics)
  8. Roots of International Conflict
  9. Working Alone or Working Together (United Nations, League of Nations)
  10. International Law
  11. Environmental Issues
  12. Human Rights Issues
  13. Future of International Relations