International Policy in the Modern Age
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPOL 3222
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
- International Affairs
- Policy & Analysis
This course is intended to provide students with an overview of contemporary international issues that are shaping our society on a daily basis. As the world becomes more and more integrated, communities become global and we, as both observers and participants, are faced with the challenge of understanding complex issues of international politics and law. Although daunting, understanding these critical issues has never been more important; while headlines and news bulletins may capture the latest events, they often fail to provide the reader with sufficient background information to fully understand and analyze factors which may have led to the day's crises or what potential future courses of action could be. This course will provide students with the knowledge necessary to engage in a detailed examination of these issues and to discuss the issues in a constructive manner. After an initial section on how to conduct foreign policy analysis, we will focus our attention on major global issues, broken into three broad categories: conflict, security and terrorism; globalization and the international economy; and, international human rights and justice. We will focus not only on understanding these problems, but also on how to craft solutions and present those solutions in a peer group setting. Through lectures and visual presentations, students will learn about important geographical and geostrategic factors contributing to the menu of political crises to be examined.