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The U.S. In World Politics

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
July 13, 2015 - July 24, 20152M-F 12:15-3:05POpenRichard Maher10012

Course Description

Globalization is transforming the relationship between world events and U.S. politics. After 9/11 and Iraq, foreign affairs are no longer distant affairs, yet confusion abounds. This course provides pathways to understanding world politics, usable to students as future voters and global citizens. It combines traditional perspectives on war and trade with a new look at world politics, tracing today's patterns of integration and violence.

The approach is analytical and practical, beginning with core concepts of international relations, then turning to policy analysis. Each week, the instructor will guide students in analyzing a specific topic-- immigration and nuclear terrorism. The movement of people and the control over weapons are basic but quite different issues facing U.S. authorities, who are responsible for both security and the economy.

In case studies, students will investigate key questions: what is the problem? What policy options are available, what tradeoffs do they involve? Student presentations will analyze important challenges facing the new Administration and evaluate its crucial first steps. In its fifth year, this pre-college course invites imaginative minds and imparts key study habits.