PSCI 150 Fall 2014 Syllabus 1

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POLITICAL SCIENCE 150: INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Fall 2014
Mondays and Wednesdays 10am
Stiteler Hall B6
Office Hours: Mondays 1:30-3:30pm or by appointment

Professor Jessica Stanton
Office: Stiteler Hall 214
Phone: (215) 898-7646
Email: jstan@sas.upenn.edu

HEAD TEACHING ASSISTANT
Ruolin Su suruolin@sas.upenn.edu TEACHING ASSISTANTS
Julia Cramer
Patrick O’Halloran
Javier Revelo-Rebolledo
Jeremy Springman

cramerju@sas.upenn.edu pohal@sas.upenn.edu jrev@sas.upenn.edu jspr@sas.upenn.edu COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is an introductory course, surveying major issues in international politics. The first section of the course provides an overview of the main theoretical approaches to understanding international politics. The second section of the course addresses issues in international security, looking at the causes of both interstate and civil war; the origins of the World Wars; the nature of conflict during the
Cold War; and changes in international conflict following the end of the Cold War. The third section of the course considers issues in international political economy, including international trade; economic growth and development; the role of international institutions such as the WTO, the World
Bank, and the IMF; and debates regarding globalization. In the fourth part of the course, focusing on emerging issues in international relations, topics will include the role of international law in international relations; human rights; prospects for international cooperation to resolve environmental problems; and nuclear proliferation.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Participation in Recitations
20%
You are expected not only to attend recitation, but also to do all of the assigned readings in advance and to come to recitation prepared to participate actively in discussion. In addition, each student is required once during the semester to bring to section a newspaper or magazine article that is relevant to the issues covered in that

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