International Relations Courses (IR)

IR 5502
International Political Geography (3)
  An analysis of the reciprocal effects of geography and political organization on the behavior of states including boundaries and frontiers, national resources, spatial strategy and maritime power.
   
IR 5524
Contemporary American Foreign Policy (3)
  An examination of the foreign policies processes of the United States including historical traditions, political institutions, economic and military capabilities, the Congress, the Presidency, interest groups, the media, and public opinion.
   
IR 5533
Comparative Government (3)
  A comparative analysis of state governments in the world with an emphasis on political cultures, governmental institutions and political processes that lead to differences and international tensions.
   
IR 5540
Conflict Processes (3)
  This course introduces students to the literature and methodological approaches relating to the study of war and violent conflict as political and social processes. It focuses on causes and patterns of conflict at the interstate and intrastate levels. Topics include the bargaining theory of war, the role of domestic politics in conflict, economics and conflict, civil wars, and militarized interstate disputes.
   
IR 5541
Middle Eastern Security (3)
  This course provides an examination of Middle Eastern security issues using international relations and comparative politics theories. Topics include conflict between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, conflicts involving ethnic and religious minorities such as Kurds and Druze, democratization, relations and tensions with the West including recent military and development operations, and Saudi Arabia’s “special relationship” with the United States, and conflict involving non-state actors, and nuclear politics with Iran.
   
IR 5542
Diplomacy (3)
  This course provides an examination of diplomacy in International Relations, viewed from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Topics will include fundamentals in the practice of statecraft, including negotiation and conflict resolution, and the difference between public and private diplomacy, ethics and morality in diplomacy, and the continually evolving nature of diplomatic practices.
   
IR 5543
Middle Eastern Political Economy (3)
  This course provides an examination of Middle Eastern political economy issues using international relations and comparative politics theories. Topics include the politics of oil, the role of Islam, the legacy of colonialism in economic development, the impact of globalization on economics in the region and the potential for economic reforms.
   
IR 5544
European Political Economy and the European Union (3)
  This course provides an examination of European political economy issues using international relations and comparative politics theories, with specific attention to the European Union. Topics include models of economic and political integration, the evolution, development, structure and function of the E.U., and economic relations between E.U. countries and the world.
   
IR 5551
Survey of International Relations (3)
  A survey of the discipline of International Relations (IR) introducing IR theory, power, national interests, instruments of foreign policy, international law and organizations, international political economy, comparative government, and research methodology.
   
IR 5552
International Law (3)
  An examination of the sources and development of international law from historical, political, legal, and philosophical standpoints, with emphasis on substantive areas of law.
   
IR 6600
Selected Topics in International Relations (3)
  An examination of a specifically defined topic of special and/or current interest and importance, which is not covered in regular course offerings in the International Relations program. A selected topic in International Relations course can only be used as an elective in the program. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.
   
IR 6601
Research Methods in International Relations (3)
  An investigation of the research methodologies employed in the study of International Relations including research design, variables and hypotheses, citations and reference, qualitative analysis and quantitative techniques. Note: MSIR candidates must achieve a grade of “B” or better in IR 6601 to complete degree program requirements.
   
IR 6602
Geostrategic Studies (3)
  An examination of the political, military, economic and cultural effects of geography in historical and contemporary terms: specific emphasis is placed on the role of geography in the formulation of military-political policy in land power, sea power, airpower, and outer space. Comprehensive geopolitical theories will be employed as analytical tools in the course.
   
IR 6610
International Organizations (3)
  An examination of the evolution and functions of international organizations; political structures and international systems for the collective use of power and cooperative action among states; and the impact of international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and other types of transnational relations and organizations on global affairs.
   
IR 6612
Comparative Public Policy (3)
  This course examines the process of policy making in a cross-comparative framework that illustrates how different nation states, both in the developed and the developing worlds, formulate and implement public policy.
   
IR 6616
East Asian Security (3)
  This course provides an examination of East Asian security issues using international relations and comparative politics theories. Topics include nuclear proliferation in North Korea, military upgrades in China, territorial disputes, rising nationalism, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the United States’ role in the region.
   
IR 6620
International Political Economy (3)
  An examination of the interrelationships between international politics and economics covering theories of International Political Economy, states and markets, trade, foreign investment, international monetary affairs, foreign aid, state development strategies, and globalization.
   
IR 6621
East Asian Political Economy (3)
  This course provides an examination of East Asian political economy issues using international relations and comparative politics theories. Topics include economic development in Japan, China, and on the Korean Peninsula, economic development and democratization, regional and global economic integration and discussion of the relationship of economics to security in the region.
   
IR 6622
European Security (3)
  This course provides an examination of European security issues using international relations and comparative politics theories. Topics include political and military integration, examining both NATO and the European Union, NATO expansion, relations between Western Europe and Russia, European peacekeeping, the United State-Europe relationship, and comparative security and foreign policy.
   
IR 6623
Arab-Israeli Conflict (3)
  This course focuses on the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1948 with a special focus on the challenges to conflict resolution on both the Arab and Israeli sides and the role great powers play in Middle Eastern politics. The course will begin by examining the major historical events from the birth of Israel to the present day. Attention will be given to important groups, events, movements that will allow the complexity of this relationship to come to light. Additionally, the course will focus on the relationship between the West, particularly Europe and the United States, and the Middle East.
   
IR 6624
Geopolitics of Eurasia (3)
  This course provides an examination of geopolitical issues and power politics across Eurasia. Topics include the Putin Doctrine, Russian regional hegemony and the legacy of the Soviet Union, regional integration, the role of natural resources in power politics, and the increasing prominence of Central Asia in international politics.
   
IR 6625, 6626, 6627
Specialized Study in International Relations (3)
A study of a problem or problems using research techniques. Selection of the problem must be approved by the student’s adviser, the instructor under whom the study is to be made, and the department chair. The study should contribute to the student’s program. Preparation of a scholarly paper is required and may involve an oral defense. A specialized study may be substituted for a required course only once in a student’s program. It may, however, be substituted for one or two electives. Prerequisite: IR 6601. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.
   
IR 6631
Intercultural Relations (3)
  An analysis of the influence of culture on interstate relations including theories, concepts, and applications.
   
IR 6634
Tradition, Revolution, and Change (3)
  An interdisciplinary, cross cultural approach to the study of comparative cultural change and its impact on the international system; it examines the origins, processes, and outcomes of sociopolitical change within various nations and states.
   
IR 6635
National Security Policy (3)
  An examination of the structures, motivations, and major objectives of national security policymaking from a comparative perspective with particular emphasis on the politics of national defense in the United States.
   
IR 6640
Government and Politics of Developing Nations (3)
  An analysis of the government and politics of developing states including economic, social, and cultural perspectives and strategies pursued for growth and development.
   
IR 6641
Comparative Politics of Latin America (3)
  An examination of Latin American politics, legal systems, economics, culture, military power, geography, and their impact on Latin American regional relations and linkages to the world system.
 
IR 6642
Comparative Politics of Russia and Eastern Eu-rope (3)
  An examination of Russia and Eastern Europe’s politics, legal systems, economics, culture, military power, geography, and their impact on regional relations and linkages to the world system.
   
IR 6644
Comparative Politics of the Middle East (3)
  An examination of Middle East politics, legal systems, economics, culture, military power, geography, and their impact on regional relations and linkages to the world system.
   
IR 6645
Comparative Politics of East Asia (3)
  An examination of Asian politics, legal systems, economics, culture, military power, geography, and their impact on regional relations and linkages to the world system.
   
IR 6646
Comparative Politics of South Asia (3)
  An examination of the intrastate and global relation-ships of South Asia; the course will focus on India and Pakistan, but also cover Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and additional states in South Asia to engage the student in the security, political, cultural, and social aspects of the region.
   
IR 6647
Comparative Politics of Western Europe (3)
  An examination of Western Europe and the Europe-an Union, including state and EU politics, legal systems, economics, culture, military power, geography, and their impact on regional relations and linkages to the world system.
   
IR 6648
Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa (3)
  An examination of Sub-Saharan politics, legal systems, economics, culture, military power, geography, and their impact on regional relations and linkages to the world system.
   
IR 6650
Environmental Security, Conflict and Development (3)
  An analysis of how environmental issues such as resource scarcity, desertification, loss of biodiversity, global warming, etc., may influence development and/or affect the national security of nation-states, communities and individuals. The course also examines the evolution and function of global environmental governance institutions including international organizations (IGOs), transnational non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and legal/regulatory structures.
   
IR 6652
Theory and Ideology in International Relations (3)
  An examination of historical and contemporary theories in international relations; the role of political, economic, ethnic, religious and other belief systems or philosophical approaches within the global system.
   
IR 6655
International Conflict Management (3)
  An analysis of responses to international conflict and approaches to establishing peace and peacekeeping at the local, national, and global levels to include theoretical constructs about conflict management techniques such as mediation, negotiation, escalation, deescalation, termination, and outcomes.
   
IR 6656
International Power and Influence (3)
  A theoretical and empirical examination of how nations use political, military, and economic resources to influence the behavior of other nations including the effectiveness of political communications, public relations, foreign aid, economic sanctions, threats of force, and limited uses of force.
   
IR 6660
Military Strategy and International Relations (3)
  An examination of the core ideas of classical and contemporary military strategists, the international context that inspired their strategic concepts, and a review of the interaction and influence of armed forces and their leadership and strategies on national security policies and interstate relationships.
   
IR 6665
Readings in International Relations (3)
  A guided program of readings and study in international relations related to the needs of the student. Enrollment must be approved by the department chair. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.
   
IR 6668, 6669
Thesis (3)
  A directed research in selected areas of international relations, based on a student’s proposal, related to the student’s needs, and with the advice and approval of a faculty thesis adviser, and culminating in a research paper of appropriate depth and scholarship. The final, bound product must be approved by a faculty committee composed of the thesis adviser and a faculty reader. The first course will cover the paper design and supporting research; the second course will be undertaken to support the actual writing of the thesis. Prerequisites: IR 6601 and the satisfactory completion of 30 semester hours in the MSIR program. Grading system is Pass/Fail.
   
IR 6681
Tribalism and Colonialism in Africa (3)
  An investigation of the politics that govern tribalism and colonialism, the sociological influences it has induced, and how the two concepts impact the people of Africa today.
   
IR 6685
Terrorism and Political Violence (3)
  An examination of the origins and significance of contemporary political violence with an emphasis on the phenomenon of terrorism. The course employs an interdisciplinary, case-study approach.
   
IR 6686
Latin American Security (3)
  This course provides an examination of Latin American security issues using international relations and comparative politics theories. Topics include the production and trafficking of narcotics, human trafficking and immigration, and the formulation of US drug and immigration policy.
   
IR 6687
Latin American Political Economy (3)
  A critical analysis of the origins, development, consolidation and limitations of free trade and economic integration in the Western Hemisphere; special attention will be given to the complex political, economic and social forces that support, hinder and otherwise shape such international economic agreements.
   
IR 6688
Political Islam (3)
  An advanced seminar dealing with the theology and practice of Islam and its impact on international, legal, political, security, and social issues.
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