POLI 260 Learning Objectives

Introduction to Global Politics

By the end of the course, students will know:

  • The scope and characteristics of the international system and the actors within it
    • i.e. States, Nations, International Organizations, Non-governmental Organizations, Social Movements, Corporations
  • The major transformative events and developments in the history of recent/contemporary global politics and their implications
    • i.e, the World Wars, Cold War, decolonization, economic/financial crises, globalization, rise of China, etc.
  • The main theoretical frameworks and models commonly used by scholars and practitioners in global politics
    • i.e., Realism, Liberalism, (neo)Marxism, Feminism, Constructivism
  • The key concepts, terms, structures, and actors in the study of global politics
    • i.e., anarchy, balance of power, interdependence, self-determination, international law, terrorism, global governance, the United Nations, NATO, EU, G8/G20, World Bank, IMF, MNCs, NGOs

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate the utility of the theoretical frameworks and models commonly used by scholars and practitioners in global politics;
  • Describe and analyze the core subject matter and the key issues in global politics
    • i.e., security, conflict management, international political economy, development, sustainability, international law, international organizations, global environmental politics
  • Compose an analytic research paper on a major conceptual or policy problem in global politics
  • Debate and discuss core subject matter and controversies in a manner informed by research and scholarship
  • Critically challenge and question established policies and dissenting perspectives using research-informed reasoned argument

By the end of the course, students will have acquired and refined the following skills:

  • Use primary data sources, peer-reviewed research literature and other sources of credible information and dialogue on global issues for the purposes of analysis of global politics
  • Recognize and generate sound argument to conduct political analysis
  • Effectively communicate political analysis in written and oral forms