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International Relations

Courses in international politics or relations (sometimes referred to as IR) examine relations among nation-states, the sources of conflict, and the prospects for stability and order. We offer courses on international security issues, international institutions (organization and law), international political economy, and the foreign policy of the United States and other nations. Advanced seminars look in depth at theoretical issues surrounding international relations and at current topics in international politics.

POLSC 270(W) International Relations: Conceptual Foundations and Current Events
Examines the conceptual foundations of international relations and their application to current issues. Topics include: anarchy, power, war and peace, international cooperation, the role of the state and non-state actors, international institutions, norms and human rights, and the global economy.
Prereq/Coreq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent). Students may not take both POLSC 115 and POLSC 270 at Hunter College for credit. (Transfer students may receive only 100-level credit for a course equivalent for POLSC 11500 after spring 2010, when POLSC 27000 becomes the prerequisite for most advanced courses in international relations.)
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 271(W) International Politics in the Americas
Dynamics of US relations with Latin American countries from the colonial era through the Cold War to the present, and of relations of Latin American countries with each other and with extra-hemispheric nations.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 273 Contemporary Issues in International Politics
Selected topics in international politics.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent). This course number acts as an 'umbrella', with differing courses appearing as decimals (e.g. PolSc 273.07, UN & International Politics).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 274(W) American Foreign Policy
Personalities and processes in making, administering and controlling our foreign policy. Crises and dilemmas.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent). Counts as either American or IR (but not both).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 275(W) Politics of the Global Economy
Introduction to International Political Economy (IPE). Examines the dynamic interaction between politics and economics across national borders, including the politics of trade, development, finance, varieties of capitalism, globalization and environmental protection.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent). Not open to students who have taken POLSC 376.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 276 (W) Global Issues
Examination of current global issues using traditional and critical international relations perspectives. Topics vary each semester: population growth, food insercurity, human trafficking, the future of the euro, immigration challenges in Europe, climate change, resource shortages, global poverty, shared values, and other issues.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent).
3 hrs, 3cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 278(W) International Organizations
Powers, functions and effectiveness of international institutions; emphasis on United Nations and regional organizations.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent) and (PolSc 115 or PolSc 270).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 281(W) Drugs, Politics and Public Policy
Examination of public policies addressing drug use and abuse in the United States and other countries with emphasis on political and cultural determinants, economic and market factors, constitutional implications and United States foreign policy.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 282(W) International Security
An introduction to basic concepts and problems in the area of international security, this course will explore explanations for some of the central causes of security/insecurity and peace/war, as well as examine select contemporary security issues.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 283(W) Terrorism
The course will explore the types, causes, and strategies of terrorism as well as the effectiveness and civil liberty implications of counterterrorism strategies. Both contemporary and historical terrorist groups will be considered.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent). Not open to students who have completed PolSc 273.53.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 373 Contemporary Issues in International Politics
Selected topics in international politics.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent) and (PolSc 115 or PolSc 270). This course number acts as an 'umbrella', with differing courses appearing as decimals (e.g. PolSc 373.02, War and Peace in Africa).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 374(W) International Human Rights
An examination of the origins, substance and processes of human rights in international relations.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 375(W) International Law
Case studies on nature, sources, practices and efficacy of international law, principles and rules.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 376(W) International Political Economy
Examination of the intersection of politics and economics at the international level through a careful reading and analysis of dominant theoretical approaches and their application to central debates concerning the politics of trade, money and finance, development and globalization.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent) and (PolSc 115 or PolSc 270 or PolSc 275). Only open to students who have completed 45 credits and 9 credits in PolSc.
4 hrs, 4 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 377(W) Theories of International Politics
An examination of the central concepts and issues in international politics that underpin the main theoretical debates in the field.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent) and (PolSc 115 or PolSc 270 or PolSc 275 or PolSc 282 or PolSc 379 or PolSc 380).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 378(W) Russian National Interests: Past and Present
In a contemporary, historical and comparative context, this course will explore the factors influencing debates on and definitions of Russia’s national interests, the strategies for promoting those interests and the implications for Russia and the international system.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent) and (PolSc 250 or PolSc 270). Counts as either IR or Comparative (but not both).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B; PD/D

POLSC 379(W) War and Strategy
An examination of strategy and wars between states, within states, and between states and transnational groups. Focuses on how strategy affects the avoidance, outbreak, conduct, and consequences of war and the difficulty of devising strategies that successfully link political ends and military means.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent) and (PolSc 115 or PolSc 270 or PolSc 282). Only open to students who have completed 45 credits and 9 credits in PolSc.
4 hrs, 4 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 380(W) European Security
A theoretically informed examination of current and historical security problems in Europe, with a focus on the sources of war and peace, strategic calculations, alliances, institutions, democratization, norms, and ideological and identity conflicts. A principal aim is to establish a foundation for analyzing the prospects for a secure order in Europe in the first part of the 21st century.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent) and (PolSc 115 or PolSc 270 or PolSc 282). Only open to students who have completed 45 credits and 9 credits in PolSc.
4 hrs, 4 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 382(W) Causes of War
An analysis of the causes of war and peace for both civil and interstate wars including especially the role of bargaining, but also the roles alliances, arms races, rivalries, and institutions.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent) and (PolSc 115 or PolSc 270 or PolSc 282). Only open to students who have completed 45 credits and 9 credits in PolSc.
4 hrs, 4 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 383(W) Power Transitions, the U.S. and World Order
An examination of global power transitions and their consequences for international competition and order. Draws on theoretical insights to explain patterns in historical and contemporary cases, including the current rise of China and other “BRICS” countries.
Prereq: ENGL 120 (or equivalent); POLSC 270; minimum of 45 credits or permission of the instructor.
4 hrs, 4 cr; GER/3/B

 POLSC 384(W) Comparative Foreign Policy
An analysis of why states have different foreign policies and the sources of those differences. Various factors such as power, political culture, religion, regime type, history, economics and state development, and individuals will be explored.
4 hrs, 4cr; GER/3/B