Fall 2022

Inter. Rel. Gone Viral

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-216


Eleonora Mattiacci (Section 01)


This class offers an introduction to the study of international relations in the age of a pandemic. In its exploration of both classic and cutting-edge research, the class sheds light on enduring debates in studies of global politics. Thus, this class will address foundational puzzles in international relations while tracing the unfolding of the recent pandemic, including: when are countries more likely to cooperate while facing global crises? When do crises ignite nationalism, thus pushing countries to compete for resources? When is global trade more likely to come to a halt, and why? How do major crises proliferate across issue areas, affecting cooperation on other areas such as climate change? What is the origin and the purpose of multilateral international organizations such as the World Health Organization? When do such organizations fail or succeed? What are the implications of framing the COVID-19 pandemic as a “war”? This class fulfills requirements 1 or 2 for the IR Five-College Certificate.

Limited to 20 students.  Fall semester. Assistant Professor Mattiacci.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference will be given to First-year students and Majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work; emphasis on reading; independent research; oral presentations; group work; quantitative work.

POSC 216 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM CONV 308
Th 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM CONV 308


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022