POL S 203 A Sp 17: Introduction To International Relations

POL S 203 A Sp 17: Introduction To International Relations


Political Science 203                            Professor Jonathan Mercer

Spring 2017                                         Gowen 135

M,W, F: 10:30-11:20                           Office hours: M 3:30 – 5:00

Room: Smith 120                                 543-7887, mercer@uw.edu


Teaching assistants:                              Sections


This course introduces students to the major theoretical approaches to international relations—Realism, Liberalism, and Marxism—and uses these approaches to address a variety of issues. For example, we will discuss the rise of the modern state system, the origins of World War I, the Cold War, the Gulf and Iraq Wars, genocide in Rwanda, free trade, globalization, North-South relations, the environment, and human rights. The primary aims of the course are to demonstrate how theory influences our explanations; to familiarize students with some important issues in international politics; and most important, to help students evaluate contemporary issues in international politics.

Required Texts

Obtain all readings, TA reading questions, lecture outlines, and past exams from the canvas course page

 *Daily reading of the New York Times. Hardcopy and full access to nyt.com: visit/call HUB Games Area at 206.543.5975 or the By George Newsstand at 206.543.4087. Digital subscription, nytimes.com/college27



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