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200

IREL 200. International Relations: Topics/Issues. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Selected topics in international relations. Prerequisite: POLS 170.

215

IREL 215. Cultural Dimensions of International Relations. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The impact of culture on cross-cultural communication, diplomatic negotiation, conflict eruption and resolution, technology transfer, global trade, and investment.

216

IREL 216. Borders, Traffic, Statelessness. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
Explores the politics of historical and contemporary national borders, debates over trafficking goods and humans across them, and their links to citizenship and statelessness. Crosslisted as GEOG 216.

218

IREL 218. International Relations of Europe. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course will examine the foreign policies of European countries, individually and collectively through the European Union, toward each other, regional and global intergovernmental organizations, and other regions/countries. Crosslisted as POLS 284.

225

IREL 225. Chinese Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course examines China's rich political history, its dynamic economic and social changes, its lasting political changes, its enduring struggle for modernization, and its evolving relations with the rest of the world. Crosslisted as EAST 269 and POLS 225.

226

IREL 226. East Asian Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course surveys history, politics, economy, and society of countries in East Asia. It investigates the continuity and change in politics and policies of China, Japan, Korea, and selected countries in Southeast Asia. Crosslisted as EAST 226 and POLS 226.

229

IREL 229. Middle East Conflict and Revolution. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course explores some of the most significant controversies, conflicts, revolutions, and resolutions, both historical and contemporary, that define the Middle East as a region.

231

IREL 231. Conflict Resolution. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course will examine conflict resolution, conflict prevention and post-conflict peace building techniques and policies. It will focus on contemporary case studies and seek to apply insights and strategies from the readings and class discussions to various conflicts.

235

IREL 235. Modern Africa. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Introduction to complexity, richness, and vitality of contemporary African cultures. Interdisciplinary perspectives on issues including economy, politics, family and community, art, literature, religion. Crosslisted as ANTH 235.

240

IREL 240. Human Security. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Explores emerging debates around human vulnerability and: conflict, climate change, displacement, development, and other forms of "security.

245

IREL 245. Race, Nation-state and International Relations. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The course examines the processes by which states as expressions of social relations that are embedded in political institutions have been used by social forces, nationally and transnationally, to racialize nations, societies, and global politics. Crosslisted as HIST 260 and POLS 274.

250

IREL 250. Theories of International Relations. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3
Analysis and evaluation of main theories of international relations, including realist, neo-realist, liberal, neo-liberal, Gramscian, Marxist, feminist, and post-modernist approaches. Theories are related to the major dimensions of international relations. Prerequisites: POLS 170. Preference given to second semester sophomores and junior IREL majors.

251

IREL 251. International Inequality and Poverty. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
This course examines the levels, patterns, sources, and trends in international inequality and poverty as well as some of their economic, social, and political consequences.

252

IREL 252. Political Economy of Global Resources. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A study of environmental and energy economics in the context of global resources and politics. The theme of sustainable development will be linked to the new realities of international relations. Prerequisite: ECON 103. Crosslisted as UNIV 252.

253

IREL 253. International Development Controversies. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
This course examines in-depth contemporary controversies in international development, for example obnoxious markets, farmland acquisitions by foreigners, and role of foreign aid.

255

IREL 255. International Law. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The nature, historical development, and sources of international law; substantive and procedural international law and its role in international relations. Crosslisted as POLS 278.

260

IREL 260. Humanitarianism. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
Explores the history of and contemporary politics around humanitarian intervention, including contemporary discussions of sovereignty, planning, empowerment, and humanitarian expertise.

270

IREL 270. Global Governance of Climate Change. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course examines the global governance institutions for climate change and the current policies, debates and positions at the climate change summits and counter-summits.

275

IREL 275. Global Governance. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the rationales, processes, and institutions of multilateral governance in a globalized world. We examine the U.N., nongovernmental organizations, conflict resolution, economic development, environment, human rights, and international law. Not open to first-year students. Crosslisted as POLS 275.

276

IREL 276. Comparative Foreign Policy. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course is designed to introduce students to the theories that have been developed to explain foreign policy processes and foreign policy behavior. The course will also examine and discuss the foreign policies of specific international actors. Crosslisted as POLS 276.

277

IREL 277. International Political Economy. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course examines the politics of international economic relations including trade, finance, and development. Crosslisted as POLS 277.

278

IREL 278. Latin American Economic Development. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A historical analysis of Latin America's economic and political development. Primary emphasis on the experiences of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Central America. Prerequisite: ECON 103.

280

IREL 280. Terrorism. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the concept of terrorism, its historical roots and contemporary forms, its multiple meanings, and the ways it shapes global and national governance.

282

IREL 282. European Security. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
European security issues, including NATO enlargement, the military campaigns in the Balkans, the Iraq War, terrorism, and ballistic missile defense. For Bucknell in London. Crosslisted as POLS 282.

283

IREL 283. East Asian International Relations. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course offers an overview of international relations in East Asia, with focus on foreign policies of major states in the region as well as their political, economic, and social interactions. Crosslisted as EAST 248 and POLS 283.

285

IREL 285. The International Relations of Latin America in the 21st Century. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course will examine the emergence of the New Left, the production of regional spaces, the impact of the BRICS and South-South cooperation in Latin America. Crosslisted as POLS 285.

286

IREL 286. Nonstate Actors in International Relations. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the role nonstate actors (such as nongovernmental organizations, multinational corporations, violent nonstate actors, and individuals) can and do play in various substantive areas of international relations. Crosslisted as POLS 286.

292

IREL 292. Service-Learning in Nicaragua. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course focuses on the connections between Nicaraguan development processes and Brigade-based service-learning. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as GEOG 292 and LAMS 292.

2NT

IREL 2NT. International Relations Non-traditional Study. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall, Spring, Summer; Lecture hours:Varies,Other:3
Nontraditional study in international relations. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

300

IREL 300. Seminar: Topics in International Relations. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
This course considers the shift in international politics from an ethic based upon state security to one focused on human security. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

350

IREL 350. Globalization. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course is designed to provide IREL majors with an opportunity to study global change. The course addresses contemporary issues in globalization. Specific topics may vary. Normally taken in fall of junior or senior year for those studying abroad. Prerequisites: IREL majors; Students should preferably have both ECON 227 and IREL 250.

356

IREL 356. Nationalism, Conflict & Nature. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
The course explores the ways in which nature is politicized in nationalist discourse, and the role of nationalized nature ideas in social movements and environmental conflicts. May be crosslisted as ENST 356 or POLS 356. Prerequisite: POLS 205.

360

IREL 360. Independent Study. .5-1 Credits.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:Varies; Repeatable
Open to international relations majors who wish to pursue individual programs of reading, research, and writing under the supervision of a professor, usually for completion of the honors thesis. Prerequisite: permission of the supervising IREL professor.

361

IREL 361. Independent Study. .5-1 Credits.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:Varies; Repeatable
Open to international relations majors who wish to pursue individual programs of reading, research, and writing under the supervision of a professor, usually for the completion of the honors thesis. Prerequisite: permission of the supervising IREL professor.

381

IREL 381. Arab-Israeli Conflict, Peace Process. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course is devoted to examining the failures and successes of the peace process between Israel and the Arab States. Exploring the roots of the conflict dating back to the late 1800s and conclude with the Oslo peace process and the involvement of outside actors. Prerequisite: POLS 170 or permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as POLS 381.

390

IREL 390. American Global Strategy. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course will examine the changing role of the manager in the global business environment. Prerequisite: junior or senior status.

400

IREL 400. Seminar: Topics in International Relations. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Selected topics of international relations at an advanced level for senior seminar credit. Prerequisites: second semester junior or senior status and permission of the instructor.

410

IREL 410. BRICS on the Global Stage. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This seminar will focus on the emergence of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa as new players in the global stage, the debates whether they represent the formation of a New World Order and the impact that the BRICS are having in different sub-regional formations. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

415

IREL 415. Human Rights. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The seminar will study human rights, primarily from an international perspective, including self-determination, cultural rights, ethnic and racial rights, women's rights, religious rights, and lesbian and gay rights. Preference given to international relations majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Preference given to international relations majors. Crosslisted as POLS 389.

418

IREL 418. Social Movements and Society. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This seminar examines social movements in International Relations in multiple contexts across the globe, through a variety of scales.

420

IREL 420. Sovereignty: Theory and Practice. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Fall Semester; Lecture hours:3
This senior seminar explores contemporary and historical theories of sovereignty and new global transformation of sovereign power.

425

IREL 425. International Relations of Migration. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course will examine the causes and the international consequences of human displacement. It will consider the economic, political, social, and cultural components of international migration. Crosslisted as POLS 425.

482

IREL 482. U.S.-China Relations. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Through tracing the evolution of U.S.-China relations from the 19th century to the 21st century, this course discusses major issues and challenges between the two countries today. Future trends of the bilateral relationship will also be explored. Prerequisite: POLS 170. Preference given to EAST, IREL, and POLS seniors. May be crosslisted as EAST 382 and/or POLS 382.

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