POLSCI 160 - Introduction to World Politics
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Other Course Info:
F, W, Su.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course provides an introduction to the analysis of world politics. It focuses on theories used to explain international and domestic politics central to world politics in its full generality. The evidence for such theories lies in patterns of behavior over time, although extensive examples and cases will be presented both to illuminate the concepts of the theories and to help the student see how theories try to explain individual events.

The course begins with an introduction to world politics. Six principles focus our attention on the key things we need to know to understand why events happen in world politics. The first part of the course presents and explains these six principles. The second third uses these principles to explain why war occurs, how states prepare for the possibility of war, and the consequences of war afterwards. The final third of the course addresses issues in international political economy and other issues. Specific issues of trade, monetary affairs, finance, the environment, and human rights are covered in this third. The course ends by examining why the state system dominates world politics.

This course is in the World Politics subfield.

Course Requirements:

Students are expected to attend all of the lectures and all of the meetings of their discussion section. The lectures will present material beyond that presented in the readings. Students are also expected to submit their papers by the due dates and take the examinations at the scheduled times. Late papers will suffer a reduction of at least one grade.

Intended Audience:

Primarily for first and second year students

Class Format:

Most class periods will consist of two parts: (1) lecture and (2) discussion. You are encouraged to interrupt and ask questions during lecture to clarify confusing concepts, and you are required to participate in discussion. On some days, we will apply concepts to particular cases as a class.

POLSCI 160 - Introduction to World Politics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
11911
Open
19
 
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MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (DIS)
P
11912
Closed
0
 
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W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
11913
Closed
0
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
11914
Open
1
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
11915
Closed
0
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
11916
Closed
0
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
11917
Closed
0
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
008 (DIS)
P
11918
Open
2
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
11919
Closed
0
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
010 (DIS)
P
11920
Open
2
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
011 (DIS)
P
24953
Closed
0
 
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
012 (DIS)
P
11921
Closed
0
 
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Th 5:00PM - 6:00PM
013 (DIS)
P
20270
Closed
0
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
014 (DIS)
P
27916
Open
6
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
015 (DIS)
P
27917
Closed
0
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
016 (DIS)
P
27918
Open
4
 
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F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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Note:
If you buy a used book, make sure that it has a publication date of 2014 or later. Earlier editions will not contain all of the chapters of the book.
ISBN: 1323248633
Understanding World Politics, Author: Morrow, Publisher: Pearson Custom 2015 2015
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