PLS 242 Syllabus


Division:       Arts and Sciences                                                                                                               Date:  February 2014


Curricula in which Course is Taught:  College Transfer Programs


Course Number and Title:                       Political Science 242, International Relations II


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



I.              Catalog Description:  Teaches foreign policies of the major powers in the world community with an emphasis on the role of the United States in international politics.


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

Students successfully completing this course will have a better understanding of  the foreign policies of various states including U.S. foreign policy and the role of the United States in global politics. Students will also understand the interactions of various international actors such as states, including the United 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:  ENG 1, ENG 3, ENG 4, ENG 5


IV.       Course Content:

Topics include, but are not limited to:

1.    U. S. Foreign Policy

2.    Models of Foreign-Policy Decision Making 

3.    Foreign Policies of Various States

4.    Terrorism and International Terrorism

5.    Global Security Relations

6.    Foreign Policy Elites

7.    Game Theory

8.    Economic Relations

9.    Globalization

10. Domestic Sources of Foreign Policy

11. The Environment



V.           Learner Outcomes

The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.               Understand the topics listed above

B.               Think, read, and write critically about foreign policies, 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