POL 240 (Fall 2019) [Syllabus]

This course is an introduction to the study of international conflict and cooperation. The course will focus on a series of central questions in international relations, such as: Why do countries go to war with each other? Are democracies predisposed to peace? What role do nuclear weapons play in ensuring or undermining international security? If international commerce increases economic growth, why do countries put in place trade barriers? And what explains continuing failures in international environmental cooperation? The goal of the course is to provide students with a theoretical foundation that will not only help them understand the answers to these broader questions but that will also give them the necessary tools to interpret events in the world today.