Fall 2024

Introductory International Relations

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-252


Eleonora Mattiacci (Section 01)


This class offers an introduction to the study of international relations. In its exploration of both classic and cutting-edge research, the class sheds light on enduring debates in studies of global politics, addressing foundational puzzles in international relations, 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? The class will focus on cases, including cases on nuclear weapons, international trade, nationalism, and norms, and will include lectures, discussions, simulations, and written assignments. This class fulfills requirements 1 or 2 for the IR Five-College Certificate.

Limited to 22 students. Eight seats reserved for first year students. Admission with consent of instructor. Fall semester. Associate Professor Mattiacci.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to non-majors who have taken no classes in Political Science (sophomores, juniors, seniors); prospective majors with no 100-level class in Political Science (seniors, juniors, sophomores); first years

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

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Other years: Offered in Fall 2024