SRJC Course Outlines

5/18/2024 12:04:16 PMPOLS 25 Course Outline as of Spring 2004

Changed Course

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 Scheduled013 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
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Catalog Description:
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Introduction to politics, theory and institutions of international relations with emphasis on contemporary practice.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

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:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
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: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Define terms, identify political theories, and recognize and locate
  countries, regions and national organizations.
2. Recognize internal political problems and discuss current issues
  using political analysis to explain their reasoning.
3. Argue a particular point connected to the political theories presented
  in class.
4. Apply their knowledge of political principles and global processes
  for conflict resolution not only within an academic setting, but
  in their everyday lives.
5. Be able to calculate the influence of international organizations
  and various state actors in regional disputes.
6. Demonstrate communication and analytical skill levels on exams and
  in-class discussions.
7. Question their own values and popular myths with respect to other
  countries and their foreign policy objectives.
8. 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
9. 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
25 - 45%
Written homework, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
15 - 20%
Oral presentations
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Multiple choice, True/false, Essay Exams
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, 2nd Edition,
  Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1999.
  Dushkins Publishing Group, 2000.
  ISSUES IN WORLD POLITICS, 10th Edition, Dushkins Publishing Group, 2002
Joshua Goldstein, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, 4th Edition,
  Longman Publisher, 2001.
Charles Kegley Jr. & Eugene R. Wittkopf, WORLD POLITICS: TREND AND
  TRANSFORMATION, 8th Edition, Bedford/St. Martin's Publisher, 2001.

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