Undergraduate International Studies Courses

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Undergraduate Courses

INS 111 Introduction to International Relations (A,O)

Cross-listed as PLS111.

Studies the macro international political system, traditional power politics and theories, emerging global interdependence, and the challenge represented by terrorism and globalization. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

INS 112 Introducton to Comparative Politics (A,D,W)

Cross-listed with PLS112.

Examines the government and politics of selected foreign countries. Both industrialized and developing countries will be studied. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

INS 305 Politics of European Integration (A)

Cross-listed with PLS305.

An examination of the largest transnational regional experiment in European and world history. Prepares students for participation in simulation of decision-making process of the European Union. Simulation alternates annually between SUNY campuses and a European university. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

INS 323 Development & Globalization (A,I)

Prerequisites: Soc 100 or INS 111 or PLS 111 or INS 112 or PLS 112.

Examines transnational and international processes shaping the economic, political, and cultural dimensions of social life. Attention is paid to economic and financial globalization, the place of the state in globalized world, and global struggles over health, the environment, and human rights. Students will explore factors influencing cross-cultural communication and cooperation. Course requires a minimum grade of D- (for General Education/Major/Minor/Certification). Cross listed with PLS 323 and SOC 323. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

INS 333 American Foreign Policy (A)

Cross-listed with PLS333.

Examines contemporary challenges confronting American foreign policy, including such topics as historic approaches and debates in U.S. foreign policy, the process by which U.S. foreign policy is made (and the various institutional and political factors shaping that policy), and the U.S.’s role in the world 3 Cr.

INS 338 Global Issues (A,I,W)

Cross-listed with PLS338.

Covers a selection of issues such as military weapons growth, problems of world order, gender issues, terrorism, globalization, international politics of energy, food, population growth and natural resources. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

INS 410 International Political Economy (A)

Cross-Listed with PLS410.

Explores the political forces behind global economic relations. Includes key topics such as international trade and monetary relations, the impact of the international system on domestic politics, and the relationship between rich and poor countries. Also includes these specific issues: the importance of the World Trade Organization, regional trade blocs, and the political influence of multi-national corporations. 3 Cr.

INS 470 Nationalism ()

Cross-listed as PLS 470.

Examines the post-World War II force of nationalism as a driving force in the international system, with special attention to the post Cold War period. Includes topics such as ethnic nationalism and regional conflicts, multinational states and multistate nations. 3 Cr.

INS 475 Political Geography (A)

Covers key aspects of geopolitics as it affects foreign policy and international politics in the post-World War II period. Examines topics such as resources, environment and human geography, as well as issues associated with the study of geography-politics relationships: gate-way states; shatterbelts; heartland concept; and trade ties. 3 Cr.