POL 201 International Relations

  • PLEASE NOTE: this abridged outline is an example description of the course, from past years. Instructors can change elements of the course year-to-year.

    COURSE PREREQUISITES:  There are no prerequisites for this course. 

    COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Where does the will to engage in armed conflict come from? How are decisions made to fight or collaborate with others? Why are some states more prosperous and healthy than others? This course answers these questions by studying various dimensions of conflicts, decision making, institutions, international law, human rights, the environment, economic collaboration, and the proliferation of weapons. This course promotes experiential learning through group work, student presentations, research/writing, and participation in a UN simulation.

    REQUIRED TEXT:  Allen Sens and Peter Stoett, Global Politics: Origins, Currents, Directions. 5th ed. Nelson Education: Toronto, 2014.

    Supplementary readings supplied by instructor; as well as the current global media.

    COURSE REQUIREMENTS (please note that these requirements will vary each semester, the following is intended as an example only):

    • Each student completes the following assignments:
    • An internet/ website research project written as a research paper which demonstrates the ability to assess the foreign policy aspects of a selected state from the perspective of the State (30%).
    • An essay and presentation (with PowerPoint) on a selected inter-state or intra-state conflict. (30%).
    • A simulated (model) United Nations meeting in which participants work in small groups  to establish a delegation to represent a particular assigned state and meet to discuss and attempt to resolve a significant global problem. (30%)
    • Contribution to and participation in class sessions through discussion which demonstrates familiarity with required readings. (Participation in class: 5%; Attendance credit: 5%).