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~Welcome to POS 104J—Introduction to International Relations~
Alix Van Sickle PhD, Lecturer, Political Science
Dr. Lynn M. Kuzma, Associate Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Julia M. Edwards, Lecturer, Political Science.
POS 104 is a course in USM’s Political Science Department. This course will introduce students to the major concepts, theories, and institutions of International Relations, as well as cover significant issues in contemporary world politics. After taking this course, students will be prepared for more advanced coursework in Political Science and International Relations as well as have a better understanding of the problems faced by the global community.
This website provides the primary instructional materials for the course. The "Resources" menu at left links to important supporting materials, while the "Course Outline" menu links to the course lessons. Blackboard is used as the primary way to conduct aspects of the course that require USM credentials for access (Quizzes, Exams, Discussion Board threads, etc.). Students will also engage with each other in the Statecraft Simulation during the second half of the course, using Google Hangouts extensively.
Topics of Study
There are 17 weeks of the course, divided into 11 lessons, 2 weeks dedicated to Statecraft Sim, and two weeks "off" for Winter Break and Spring Break and catching up. Lesson learning activities are in the form of reading and discussion of both background knowledge and current events/ issues that are relevant to the lesson topic. Students will also learn the location and names of countries of the world, complete a number of short written assignments and take two exams covering course material. These activities will result in you becoming familiar with the content as well as the practice of international relations. Beginning halfway through our semester, you will participate in the Statecraft Simulation, an activity that allows students to play the role of diplomats and government officials running countries in a fictitious world.
|1||Lesson 1: Theories and Paradigms of International Relations (Part 1)|
|2||Lesson 2: Theories and Paradigms of International Relations (Part 2)|
|3||Lesson 3: History of the International System|
|4||Lesson 4: How Foreign Policy is Made|
|5||Lesson 5: Explanations of War, Violence, and Peace|
|6|| No lesson - Happy Winter Vacation!
Lesson 6: Statecraft Simulation Manual quiz
|8||Lesson 7: Mid-Term Review and Statecraft Turn 0|
|9||Lesson 8: Mid-term exam and Statecraft Turn 1|
|10||Lesson 9: International Law and the Human Rights Revolution & Statecraft Sim Turn 2|
|11||Lesson 10: Economic Globalization & Statecraft Sim Turn 3|
|12||No lesson - Happy Spring Vacation!|
|13||Lesson 11: Working Across Borders: Transnational Actors & Statecraft Sim Turn 4|
|14||Lesson 12: Future of the International System & Statecraft Sim Turn 5|
|15||Lesson 13: Statecraft Sim Turn 6|
|16||Lesson 14: Statecraft Sim Turn 7|