Global Politics: Conflict & Cooperation

Course Number: PS 205
Transcript Title: Global Politics:Conflict/Coop
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 7, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.

Course Description

Examines the nature of relations among states. Includes topics on motivating factors such as nationalism and imperialism, economic rivalries and the quest for security, questions of national sovereignty and international cooperation, war and peace, global issues, and the future. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Recognizehow culturally based assumptions shape any countries’ foreign policies and international interactions, as well as, with inter-governmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations.
  2. Understand historical bases for evolving economic and political relationships among national states and the impact of diverse cultural ideas, behaviors, and issues upon these relationships, (for example, how economic globalization often includes elements of cultural imperialism). 
  3. Conceptually organize information while practicing ethical and social requirements of responsible global citizenship.
  4. Formulate and apply personal value judgments, while demonstrating sensitivity and empathy for people of other nations with different points of view.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)

Not Addressed

5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Tests, research papers, discussion, quizzes, homework, group projects, and other forms of assessment all may be used for this course at the instructor's discretion.

Course Activities and Design

Lectures, discussion, group activities, service learning are some of the potential activities that instructors may use at their discretion in this course.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, and Issues

  • Basic concepts of state, sovereignty, power, and nation.
  • The theories of IR including realism, liberalism, dependency, constructivism and others.
  • The security dilemma around nuclear weapons and their proliferation.
  • The relationship between the developing and less developed world.
  • The role of international organizations, multinationals, the U and the EU.
  • International law and human rights.
  • Major problems facing the world that need cooperation of all nation-states.

Competencies and Skills

Students should develop the following skills:

  • Support generalizations/arguments with examples or evidence.
  • Accurately articulate ideas in written and oral presentation.
  • Articulate original applications and synthesis of academic theories/frameworks, supporting them by citing valid sources.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of political system in written and oral work.
  • Critique own assumptions and those of others, validating them with substantial thinking and application of appropriate arguments.
  • Use of standard research techniques and acceptable formats in written work and oral presentations.