Why do some countries fight wars while others are able to peacefully resolve their international disputes? How do international trade and globalization affect international politics? Is there hope for international cooperation on issues like the environment, poverty alleviation, and human rights? This course addresses these and many more questions by introducing students to the central concepts and theories in international relations. We will examine the ways that states and non-state actors relate to each other in the international community, processes of foreign policy decision making, diplomacy and use of force, cooperation and conflict, wars, ethnic conflict, terrorism, human rights, international institutions and regimes, international trade and globalization, international development, international law, the international monetary regime, and the environment.
Field ClassCountry: China
Day: 1 - Shanghai - Tuesday, 03 February
In this field lab, students will visit the US Consulate in Shanghai, China to learn about the tremendous economic growth of China in recent years, China’s role in globalization, and economic and political relations between China and the U.S. In the afternoon, we will visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, a fascinating exhibition by the city of Shanghai to demonstrate the tremendous growth of the city in the recent decades. Academic Objectives: 1. To learn about China’s role in globalization. 2. To experience first-hand the tremendous scale of Shanghai as China’s economic capital. 3. To compare China’s economy with the U.S. economy and learn how economic growth translates into power politics.