PLS 241 Syllabus


Division:       Arts and Sciences                                                                                                               Date:  February 2014


Curricula in which Course is Taught:  College Transfer Programs


Course Number and Title:                       Political Science 241, International Relations I


Credit Hours:   3     Hours/Week Lecture:   3   Hours/Wk Lab:     Lec/Lab Comb:



I.              Catalog Description:  Teaches geographic, demographic, economic, ideological, and other factors conditioning the policies of countries and discusses conflicts and their adjustment.


II.        Relationship of the Course to Curricula Objectives in which it is Taught:

Students successfully completing this course will have a better understanding of  global politics and the interactions of various international actors including states, multinational corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and international organizations on the world stage. Students will demonstrate the ability to think, read, and write critically, to develop the ability to recognize cultural and historical trends toward a more global understanding of the world and its resources, to recognize various theoretical perspectives which seek to explain global politics, to participate in political discussions, to listen objectively and speak effectively, and to evince a concern for social responsibility and ethics.



III.        Required Background:  ENF 3


IV.       Course Content:

Topics include, but are not limited to:

1.    Theories of Global Politics

2.    Historical Background

3.    States and State Power

4.    War, Conflict, and Global Security Relations          

5.    Terrorism and International Terrorism

6.    International Organizations and International Law

7.    Economic Relations

8.    Developed States and Developing States

9.    Multinational Corporations

10. Nongovernmental Organizations

11. The Environment and Environmental Challenges

12. Globalization



V.           Learner Outcomes

The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.               Understand the topics listed above

B.               Think, read, and write critically about global politics and global challenges

C.               Be able to write an academic paper or papers

D.               Display an awareness of ethical ramifications involved in political decision making and how such decisions can impact the global environment and its inhabitants

Students must complete several short academic papers and/or at least one longer academic paper.  Students will be evaluated via some combination of exams, quizzes, writing assignments, and other projects designed and stipulated by faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.


VII.         This course supports the following objectives:


          DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding