This course introduces students to the field of international relations (IR). Students will be able to describe the relationships among actors, levels of analysis and events. It introduces theoretical approaches to international relations and the utility of these approaches for describing and analyzing historical and contemporary international events. Learning Outcomes are to recognize the study of international relations within political science; recognize the relationship between events and concepts; describe the key concepts in International Relations and outline the connection between events and IR theory. (RMC Undergraduate Calendar, 2019-2020)
This course is part of the mandatory common core at RMC because a professional officer must be able to understand and explain the implications of international events, and to assess critically the explanations of others. Seeking to understand the significance of events and issues in international relations should engage you throughout your career. You won’t learn everything you need in one course. The course should permit you to do several important things as a leader and “manager of violence”:
International relations is a common core area of study for all cadets taking degrees at RMC. It will normally be taken early in the program for students in arts, and may be taken in later years for students in science and engineering.
Shiraev, Eric B. and Vladislav Zubok (2016) International Relations. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199746516
Other readings will be provided online to augment your understanding of concepts, events, issues, and cases.
Detailed instructions for each evaluated item are on this site.
Individual sections may vary the order and content of the weekly headings. Professors may assign additional reading. Engaging students in the understanding of current events is an important part of the course. Course syllabus for Dr. Last’s section is posted online. The online syllabus will be updated as the course advances, and supersedes information in this document, which will not be updated.
Outline of classes (see also Calendar page)
The college policy on academic integrity governs all work submitted. Written work will be submitted through Turnitin.
(Weimer, M. 2002. Learner Centred Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice. John Wiley and Sons.)
While the course is running, the primary means of communication and dissemination of course materials will be Moodle (the RMC learning management system). The professor’s web site will be used as an alternate, for when students do not have access to Moodle, or for guests and visitors to the class. Moodle is like an extension to the classroom. The professor’s website is like a bulletin board. Please remain connected to both.