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:    2021

 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: ENGL 099 with a "C" or higher (or placement into ENGL& 101).

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
  6. SOCIAL SCIENCES: Apply concepts from the social sciences to analyze individual or social phenomena, processes, events, conflicts, or issues.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2018 and affects outlines for 2019 and later.


Definition: Interact with humans and the environment informed by an understanding of equity.

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