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International Relations

Introduction to International Relations and Foreign Policy



Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice

Course outline (Summer 2002)

International Politics and Foreign Policy


PS 2120


Course description:


The present course Introduction to International Relations and Foreign Policy is intended to provide the student with basic keys to understand the ongoing worldwide political transformations and their significance for the future.


The course will also allow the student to identify the long-term forces behind the contemporary turbulence.


Finally, the student will have the opportunity to revise, assimilate and (why not?) probably embrace applied analytical perspectives.



Course objectives:


-                     The student will learn about the main trends in global policy.

-                     The student will learn about the long-term forces behind the contemporay turbulence.

-                     The student will learn some applied analytical perspectives.




There is a book assigned for the course, which is available at the campus bookstore:


Kegley Jr, Charles and Eugene R Wittkopf. World Politics: Trend and Transformation (8th ed) Wadsworth Publishers (ISBN 0 312 24735 4 ).


The book covers all the topics to review during the course; but BEWARE that the lectures are not necessarily fully contained in the textbook. PLEASE bring a notebook and TAKE NOTES.





Additional sources: Information on bibliographical and statistical sources, both printed and online, will be provided during the semester.


One particularly important online source is the WWW Virtual Library at  particularly the seccion on International Affairs. So,


Class Schedule:


1 May 28th          Presentation of the course

2        29th          Introduction/ Exploring 20th Century Politics

3        30th          Theories of World Politics

4        31st          Foreign Policy Decision Making

5 June 3rd          Great-Powers Rivalries and Relations

6        4th          The Plight and Policy Posture of the Global South

7        5th          Intergovernmental Organizations

8        6th          First Exam

9        7th          The Problem and Peril of Nongovernmental Organizations

10      10th          Trade and Monetary Issues in a Globalized Political Economy

11      11th          Globalization and the Disappearance of National Borders

11      12th          Homework to be delivered

12      12th          Pop. Politics and the Demographic Dimensions of Globalization

13      13th          Ecopolitics and the Preservation of the Global Commons

14      14th                                                                   

15      17th          Second Exam

16      18th          Armed Conflict Between and Within States

17      19th                                                         

18      20th          Military Power and National Security in the Age of Globalization

19      21st          Coercive Diplomacy and Interv. in a World of Vanishing Borders

20      24th          Realist Road to Sec. Thru Alliances, B of P, and Arms Control

21      25th          The Liberal Institutional Paths to Peace

22      26th          Ten Questions About Twenty-First-Century Global Prospects

23      27th           Final Exam






There will be two partial exams, assignments, plus a final:

1st      exam                               20% of the mark

2nd     exam                               20%        

Assignments/Presentations        10%                

Final  exam                               50%         


Previous to the exams, each student will receive a list of topics as a study guide. The three exams will have seven questions, out of which only five should be answered. I expect to receive four readable pages per student on each occasion.




Instructor:              Dr. David R. Dávila Villers

Office hours:          Monday - Friday 9:40 11:40 am by appointment)

Office number:          129    (PS/CJ)

Phone:                   262- 3184


Website:  (no www and no @)

This is a PRELIMINARY syllabus. It will suffer (minor) changes, mainly related to the scheduled sessions. Still we are going to use the suggested textbook: Kegley