Important Announcement: New International Relations Core Course & Prerequisite for 300-Level Classes
International Relations: Conceptual Foundations and Current Issues
Created as a core course in the international relations (IR) sequence, PLSC 270 is being offered for the first time in Fall 2010. It will replace PLSC 115, which is being discontinued, as the prerequisite for most 300–level and higher IR courses. Students who have already taken 115 are not eligible to take 270, but can use 115 as a pre-requisite where appropriate under the old rules.
POLSC 270 examines the conceptual foundations of IR and their application to current issues. Topics include: the role of the state and non-state actors, international and domestic incentive structures, power, war and peace, international cooperation, international institutions and norms, and the global economy.