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POL 242 Introduction to International Relations:

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of the field of international relations. It discusses basic facts about international conflict and cooperation, international law, development, the international economy, global health crises, and the world environment, among other things. It also examines the influence of non-state actors on security, economics, and politics. With an emphasis on contemporary world affairs and global governance, it likewise explores the institutions, interests, ideas, and personalities behind international events. Foundational knowledge will be conveyed by looking at the evolution of theoretical concepts and learning about key historical events that frame our understanding of international relations and informs public policy and foreign policy decisions.

Prerequisite: POL201 Introduction to Political Science
Co-requisite: ENG 101