PS 205 : Global Politics: Conflict & Cooperation

Examines the nature of relations among states. Topics include 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.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Course Outcomes

Students will be able to

  • Explore how culturally based assumptions shape any countries’ foreign policies and international interactions , as well as, with intergovernmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Examine historical bases for evolving economic and political relationships among national states , including the impact of diverse cultural ideas, behaviors, and issues upon these relationships, (for example , how economic globalization often includes elements of cultural imperialism).
  • Analyze how policies relating to International Law and Human Rights (including issues of privilege, discrimination, environmental degradation) are often a function of unequal international power relationships.
  • Formulate and apply personal value judgments, while demonstrating sensitivity and empathy for people of other nations with different points of view.
  • Engage in lifelong learning that includes the ability to conceptually organize information while practicing ethical and social requirements of responsible global citizenship.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Social Sciences/AAOT, Social Sciences/AS, Social Sciences/AAS, Social Sciences/AGS, Social Sciences/ASOT-B.

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