International Relations

PLSC 1380 Introduction to International Relations

A basic survey of the elements of international relations, including the nation-state system, international organizations, international law, diplomacy, foreign policy, and various non state actors such as multinational Corporations. (Brown, Takeuchi, Skorick)

PLSC 3381 Current Issues in International Relations  

This course surveys contemporary issues and problems in the international arena. The student will research and propose solutions from the U.S. perspective.

PLSC 3382 International Organizations: Global and Regional

A study of the United Nations and other international agencies in their attempts to deal with the great international political problems of our times. (Brown)

PLSC 3383 The American Foreign Policy Process

A survey of the contemporary content and the conduct of American foreign policy.

PLSC 3387 Political Geography 

An examination of topics in international political rivalries within the nation-state system. Major emphasis will be given to the adaptations within that system since 1850 for spatial distributions of physical terrain, populations, economic resources and activities, and political and social divisions.

PLSC 3389 International Political Economy

This course introduces students to the study of international political economy. The expansion of trade and foreign direct investment, and the increase in international migration, are indicators of a new interdependence and globalization. How do nation-states respond to globalization and manage international economic relations. (Brown)

PLSC 3390 Negotiating International Trade

This class examines the means by which countries negotiate international trade. In part, the course is theoretical, examining standard theories of trade. In part, it is empirical, with hemispheric trade as its substantive focus. Finally, in part the course is practical. Students are engaged in a computer-based simulation exercise with students from other universities. 

PLSC 4380 Special Studies in International Relations : National Security/Human Rights

How and why human rights and national security are mutually supportive and sometimes antithetical.  The special challenge that terrorism presents to human rights respecting societies.  the stress that civil wars, insurgencies, and paramilitary operations put on "just war" protections for combatants and noncombatants.  Policies and strategies for minimizing threats to human rights while protecting national security, and for protecting human rights without undermining national security.

PLSC 4380 Special Studies in International Relations: Political Economy of East Asia

This course examines  the interplay between politics and economics in East Asia.  A major objective is to reconcile the region's past success with the challenges faced by many of the countries more recently.  Another primary objective is to consider in what ways and to what degree the growth experiences of the high-performing economies in East Asia she light on the prospects for long-term success of reforms currently under way in China.

PLSC 4380 Special Studies in International Relations : International Relations Theory

This course examines several of the key contemporary debates in the study of international relations.  It surveys the main theories within the field, discusses the methodological approaches used to evaluate them, and explores the empirical applications these ideas have across a diverse sample of current events.

PLSC 4381 National Security Policy

This course provides an introduction to U.S. national security in the post Cold War world.  It examines both theoretical issues and current developments. 

PLSC 4382 The Politics of Military Force 

This course examines the role of military force in world politics: the International and domestic conditions that cause countries to resort to war and that affect the way war is fought; the impact of wars on domestic and international politics; and efforts to reduce the role of force in world politics. It features historical and contemporary case studies and theoretical analysis.  

PLSC 4384 American-Russian Relationship 

A comprehensive overview of Soviet and post-Soviet policy from 1917 to the present, with particular emphasis on postwar developments. Special attention to the role of ideology and how motivations for foreign policy have changed over time. Russian foreign policy in the post Cold War era and prospects for East-West cooperation will also be discussed.

PLSC 4385 Inter-American Relations 

A survey of the diplomatic and commercial relations between the United States and the republics of the western hemisphere with particular attention to involvement in the Caribbean area.

PLSC 4386 Issues of U.S.-East Asia Relations

Analysis of politics of trade imbalance, regional collective security, technology transfer and other problems of bilateral and multilateral relations between the United States and East Asian countries. 

PLSC 4388 Seminar: International Government and Politics 

This seminar will focus on various contemporary issues in international relations and foreign policy.  

PLSC 4391 NAFTA and Free Trade in the Americas 

Exploration of the domestic politics of the three NAFTA countries leading to the North American Free Trade Agreement, the effects of the agreement, and possibilities for expanding free trade in the Americas.

PLSC 4398 Nuclear Weapons and World Politics 

Focuses on the nuclear rivalry between the U.S. and the USSR, and on how this rivalry has transformed the nature and conduct of world politics. Emphasis is placed on theoretical and analytical perspectives, including deterrence theory, bargaining, and game theory. Attention is also given to the implications stemming from both the vertical and horizontal proliferation of nuclear weapons.