Five College Consortium

International Relations

Subject Name: 
Political Science
Course Number: 
Amherst College

[G] This course will attempt to analyze and illuminate the leading theories of international relations (IR) today, as well as the evolution of the international relations discipline as a whole. 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 vary from year to year and will include such issues as the relations of the US, the world’s sole superpower, 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 18 Students. Spring semester. Professor Machala.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
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Course Sections

International Relations
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Pavel Machala M 02:00PM-04:30PM CLAR 100