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IR512 – Current Issues in International Relations and Diplomacy

1.  Course Number:              IR 512                     Credits:  3         Contact hours: 45


2.  Course Title:                     Current Issues in International Relations and Diplomacy


3.  Pre-requisites:                   Graduate Standing


4.  Course Description:

This course is a part of two semester seminar focusing on current issues in the news put into context of history and international relations theory. Student oral presentations included. Students are required to write weekly reports and a term paper as well as to stay current with the news.


5. Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:


Examine current issues in international relations and diplomacy.Exam
Analyze a current issue via a written term paper.Term Paper
Discuss weekly reports in diplomatic reporting style.Weekly reports, presentations

6.  Basic Texts:

Title:                The Globalization of World Politics, 2nd ed

Authors:          Baylis, John, Smith, Stere

Publisher:       OxfordUniversityPress, 2001

ISBN:              0-19-878263-2



7.  Additional Reading and Supplemental Texts:

As assigned by instructor.


8.  Mode of Delivery:

Classroom instruction. See Addendum for specific details.

9. Course Outline:

  • Introduction and theoretical perspectives
  • Transnational actors and international organizations
  • Environmental and nuclear issues
  • Nationalism and Culture
  • Humanitarian interaction
  • Regional integration
  • Trade, finance, development & hunger
  • Communications and Internet violations
  • Human rights & gender issues
  • Student presentations on various topics
  • The future of political community
  • Final examination
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