I. Course Prefix/Number: PSC 202
Course Name: International Relations
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course provides theoretical foundation, historical background, and conceptual framework for understanding contemporary international relations. Content includes international relations theory; evolution of the modern international political system; power, diplomacy and foreign policy; war and peace; international law and organizations; international political economy and globalization. Case studies used extensively to exemplify the problems and potential solutions of contemporary international politics. IAI S5 904N
IV. Learning Objectives
- Identify and describe the actors, structures, processes, and issues that determine international politics today.
- Analyze and explain the theoretical concepts and historical developments that have shaped the study of international relations.
- Apply the analytical tools necessary to evaluate contemporary foreign policy and international relations issues.
- Analyze and evaluate historical and contemporary case-studies.
- Evaluate and interpret arguments expressed in articles on international politics.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- The Nature of International Relations
- Levels of Analysis
- International Relations Theories
- The Evolution of the International System
- International Security
- Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
- War and Peace
- International Law and Organizations
- International Law
- International Institutions
- Environment and Population
- International Political Economy
- International Trade
- Case Studies
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Read a standard textbook and research materials.
- Write outside of class the equivalent of 12‑14 double‑spaced typed pages in the form of a term paper, summaries of journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.
- Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.
IX. Instructional Materials
The most current editions of the following texts are being used:
Kegley & Raymond, The Global Future
Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations
Nye & Welch, Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation
Keohane & Nye, Power and Interdependence
Frieden, Lake & Schultz, World Politics
Mingst, Essentials of International Relations
Nau, Perspectives on International Relations
Goldstein & Pevehouse, International Relations
Kegley & Blanton, World Politics: Trend & Transformation
Baylis, Smith & Owens, The Globalization of World Politics
Lamy, Baylis, Smith & Owens, Introduction to Global Politics
Art & Jervis, International Politics
Mingst & Snyder, Essential Readings in World Politics
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments and in- and out-of-class assignments.
XI. Other Course Information
Support Services: Tutoring is available in the Learning Center.
Important Dates: *
|XX/XX:||Last day to withdraw and have course dropped from record|
|XX/XX:||Last day to change to Audit|
|XX/XX:||Last day for students to submit materials to make up incomplete from the previous semester|
|XX/XX:||Last day to withdraw from classes with a "W"|
*These dates differ for each semester. You'll find the correct dates on the Academic Calendar.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.