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 nonstate actors such as multinational corporations.

PLSC 3381 Current Issues in International Relations  

An interdisciplinary survey of contemporary issues and challenges in the international arena. The student researches and proposes solutions, taking into account the multidimensional aspects of these international challenges.

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 recent times.

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

Introduces the study of international political economy, including the indicators of a new interdependence and globalization: the growth in trade, the expansion of foreign direct investment, and the increase in international migration. Also, the ways nation-states respond to globalization and manage international economic relations.

PLSC 4380 Special Studies in International Relations

Special studies course in International Relations, topics vary.

PLSC 4381 National Security Policy

Examines the changing nature of foreign policy and national security policy issues in a world characterized by growing interdependence and globalization, with particular attention to how technology offers both new opportunities and new dangers. Includes analysis of counterterrorism and homeland security, cyberterrorism, global public health, energy security, nuclear proliferation, and global financial stability. Students learn how to analyze national security policy objectives by using real-world situations and how to determine optimal policy implementation by examining potential actors, potential hurdles to implementation, and sources of funding.

PLSC 4382 The Politics of Military Force 

Examines use of U.S. military force as a political instrument and its effectiveness as a tool of American foreign policy since the end of the World War II.

PLSC 4384 American-Russian Relationship 

Surveys American-Russian relations since 1945, with emphasis on how and why the Cold War began. Also, the reasons for the end of the Cold War, the nature of American-Russian relations in the post-Cold War era, and common interests and issues that divide the two nations. Incorporates a negotiation simulation exercise between American and Russian negotiating teams.

PLSC 4386 International Relations of East Asia

A survey of the history of diplomacy, war, and economic relations of the East Asian region while introducing the leading theories and debates about regional cooperation in the field of international relations.

PLSC 4388 Seminar: International Government and Politics 

An overview of the central questions in the study of international government and politics.

PLSC 4392 Strategy

An introduction to major debates about strategy, or the relationship between military violence and political objectives. Includes close examination of historical cases and current conflicts.

PLSC 4393 Intelligence and National Security

Describes the theory and practice of intelligence. Includes a history of U.S. intelligence agencies and efforts to reform them. Discusses the tension between secret intelligence and democratic norms.

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.