SRJC Course Outlines

11/29/2023 8:09:08 AMPOLS 25 Course Outline as of Fall 1981

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  POLS 25Title:  INTRO TO INTL REL  
Full Title:  Introduction to International Relations
Last Reviewed:9/12/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Introduction to politics, theory and institutions of international relations with emphasis on contemporary practice.


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of ENGL 100B or ENGL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Intro to politics theory & institutions of international relations with emphasis on practice.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Completion of ENGL 100B or ENGL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Social and Behavioral Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 2012
 D8Political Science, Govt, Legal Instutns  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1991Summer 2012
 D8Political Science, Govt, Legal Instutns  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1981Summer 1991
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1981
 4HPolitical Science:Govt and Legal Instutn  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: POLS 140 Introduction to International Relations SRJC Equivalent Course(s): POLS25

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Students will:
1.  Record lecture material and relate the material to the textbook
2.  Define terms, identify political theories, and recognize and
   locate countries, regions and national organizations.
3.  Recognize internal political problems and discuss current issues
   using political analysis to explain their reasoning.
4.  Voluntarily express their points of view in class discussions.
5.  Apply their knowledge of political principles and global processes
   for conflict resolution not only within an academic setting, but
   in their everyday lives.
6.  Be able to calculate the influence of international organizations
   and various state actors in regional disputes.
7.  Demonstrate communication and analytical skill levels on exams and
   in-class discussions.
8.  Question their own values and popular myths with respect to other
   countries and their foreign policy objectives.
9.  Synthesize the ideas of past and current international conflicts
   and formulate their own perceptions of how to meet current world
   order problems of international warfare, global economic
   inequality, human rights deprivation and planetary resource
10. Assess the United States' foreign policy objectives in relation to
   those of other international actors and evaluate the means for
   achieving those goals.

Topics and Scope
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I.    Introduction to the Study of World Politics
     A.  Evolution of the World Politcal System
     B.  System-Level Analysis
     C.  Individual-Level Analysis
     D.  State-Level Analysis
II.   Political Realism and Sources of Conflict Between States
     A.  Nationalism
     B.  Ideas, Ideology and Morality
     C.  National Interests and Orientations
III.  The Tools of Foreign Policy
     A.  Power
     B.  Force
     C.  Intervention
     D.  Diplomacy
     E.  Economic Pressure
IV.   Political Idealism and Prospects for International Cooperation
     A.  International Organizations
     B.  International Law
     C.  Disarmament and Arms Control
     D.  Economic Cooperation
V.    Selected Regional Problems
     A.  Arab-Israeli Conflict
     B.  Economic and Political Developments in the USSR and
         Eastern Europe

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1.  Read and study appropriate chapters in the text.
2.  Keep informed of current international events by reading a
   national newspaper or academic journals and news magazines.
3.  Regular attendance and extensive note-taking in class is
   expected and assumed.
4.  Preparation for in-class, closed book, no-notes examinations.
5.  Submission of a term paper and/or short written assignments
   (book or article reviews).

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 60%
Written homework, Essay exams, Term papers, Oral Presentations
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
30 - 50%
Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 40%
Multiple choice, True/false
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Steven L. Spiegel, WORLD POLITICS IN A NEW ERA, Harcourt Brace
  College Publishers, 1995.
Dushkin, ANNUAL EDITIONS:  WORLD POLITICS, 1995-96, Dushkins
  Publishing Group, 1995.
  ISSUES IN WORLD POLITICS, Dushkins Publishing Group, 1995.

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