International Relations (Section 1)

Discipline: Politics and International Relations
Instructor: Sanchez
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1230
End: 1345
Field Work: Day 2 - Oslo - Sunday, 20 July | Norway Download Syllabus

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the study of international relations, with a focus on Europe and global problems. The course is broken down into four sections. In the first section, we will examine the key theories that scholars use to understand and explain international interactions. In the next three sections we will look at the three principal goals of the global community – attaining prosperity, peace, and environmental preservation. We will explore global prosperity, with a focus on the need for equitable human development. Next, we will consider the goal of ending war and violence as a way to ensure a secure environment for everyone. Finally, we will examine the quest for preservation, considering energy use and the global ecosystem. As we visit a number of European countries on our voyage, we will learn about their history, economics, culture, and politics. We will also use the theories and goals we examine in the course to better understand these countries. At the end of the course, we will take into account mechanisms and strategies for achieving global peace, prosperity and ecological preservation. This course and our voyage in general will give all of us a close and personal look at the paramount challenges that our world faces today, and provide us with some viable solutions to those challenges.

Field Work

Country: Norway
Day: 2 - Oslo - Sunday, 20 July

The problem of terrorism is part of the general goal of achieving global security. While the United States has been principally focused on radical Islamist terrorism, owing to the attacks of 9/11 in 2001, terrorism has been perpetrated by organizations and individuals from all political inclinations. On 22 July 2011, Anders Behring Breivik, a 32-year-old Norwegian right-wing extremist carried out two terrorist attacks in Norway, with a loss of 77 lives. Behring first detonated a bomb at a government building in Oslo and then travelled to Utøya Island, where the Labor Party’s Youth Wing holds summer camps, and opened fire on the young people at the camp, killing 69 and injuring over 100, 55 of them seriously. In this field program we will visit the government area where the bomb was placed and visit Utøya Island. After the visits we will also discuss the terrorist act and what measures have been taken to ensure greater security with a local media representative. These attacks have had such a strong effect in Norway that Norwegians refer to them as the 22/7, as Americans refer to the 2001 attacks as 9/11. Academic Objectives: 1. Learn about the 2011 terrorist attacks in Norway. 2. Understand the motivations and effects of terrorism. 3. Examine how different societies have dealt with terrorism.