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HIST 351: International Relations: Politics, Conflict & the State


Course Description

In this course, students will critically analyze the behavior among states or governments and the institutions that oversee those interactions. This course begins with an examination of the origins for states and their purpose. Students will then study the key assumptions of international relations theory. Finally, students will apply these theories to historical and current case studies, with a special focus on peace and conflict. The course will combine historical analysis and inquiry into contemporary political problems. Throughout the course, students will learn to articulate the philosophical underpinnings for the foundation of the modern state and a conceptual and moral view of war and peace.

Required Texts

Locke, John, and Paul E. Sigmund. The Selected Political Writings of John Locke: Texts, Background Selections, Sources, Interpretations. W.W. Norton, 2005.
Rolleston, Barbara Sherman. Enduring Questions: for an Intercultural World. Baldwin-Wallace College, 2006.
Elliott, William Yandell, and Neil A. McDonald. Western Political Heritage. Prentice-Hall, 1949.
McKibben, Heather Elko, et al. Essential Readings in World Politics. W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.
Frieden, Jeffry A., et al. World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions. W.W. Norton and Company, 2019.
Levine, Robert S. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.

School: High School

Department: History

Length: One Semester


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