International Relations

Discipline: Politics and International Relations
Instructor: Glass
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 0925
End: 1040
Field Work: Day 1 - Wednesday, 8 October | Morocco Download Syllabus

This course provides students with an introductory overview to the subject of international relations and a vital context from which to consider many topics in the curriculum offered for the fall Atlantic voyage of the Semester at Sea program.  The menu is purposely broad, extending from theoretical perspectives on international relations to detailed considerations of critical matters that connect today’s world.  Major themes include the theory and structure of the international system, the nature of the nation state and nationalism, international problem solving by peaceful or forceful means, international organizations and their functions, contemporary international security issues, the political economy of trade and finance, international development, energy politics and the environment, and global religions, ethnicity, and human rights.   The course will feature interactive student exercises in class, simulations, debates, presentations, and lectures.  Success in the course will depend heavily on student participation in class exercises as well as performance on quizzes, homework assignments, the field lab exercise, and the final exam.  The field lab for the course will take students to meet with consulate officials in Germany to learn about and discuss the key international relations issues of the day with US State Department officials.  That visit will provide students with direct insights into the working of US diplomacy abroad and a useful exposure to diplomacy as a possible career path.

Field Work

Country: Morocco
Day: 1 - Wednesday, 8 October

Description:  This field activity will provide the students with an opportunity to meet with US embassy officials in Morocco to gain information about the US Foreign Service in general with specific details regarding the structure and operations of the US embassy in Morocco.  It's important for students of international relations to understand the various functions of foreign service officers and the means by which one enters the service and pursues a career.  Our visit to Casablanca provides a unique opportunity to discuss careers in the foreign service while learning the specifics about the structures and processes of an overseas embassy.  To the extent that security restrictions permit, the students will have an opportunity to discuss policy and program  issues currently being considered by embassy officials.

Academic Objectives:

1.  To familiarize students with the US Foreign Service as a career path.

2. To inform students about the structure and operations of the US Embassy in Morocco.

3.  To provide an opportunity to discuss contemporary policy and program issues of importance to the US in Morocco.