Spring 2021

Introduction to International Relations

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-236


Gustavo Salcedo (Section 01)


This course will attempt to analyze and illuminate the leading theories of international relations (IR) today, as well as the evolution of IR as a discipline. It is meant to encourage a critical attitude towards all theoretical perspectives discussed, not only to familiarize students with the major paradigms of IR, but also to appreciate what the “international” means and how, if at all, it can be demarcated from “domestic” politics. In addition, the course will examine numerous complex international and global challenges which humankind faces today. Topics will include such issues as the relations of the US to the newly emerging geopolitical and/or geo-economic centers of power, namely China, Iran, India, Russia, and the European Union; regional and ethnic/religious conflicts, nuclear proliferation, transnational terrorism, refugee and migration flows, global environmental degradation and climate change, demographic stress, as well as socioeconomic and cultural globalizations.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Karl Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor Salcedo.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to Political Science majors.


Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2019, Spring 2021