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International Relations Program

Courses

Following is a comprehensive list of courses offered for the International Relations degree at The City College.  Please check the Spring 2015 Schedule of Classes for a listing of the courses offered this semester.

B2502: Latin America and the Caribbean in World Affairs
Examines inter-American relations and the foreign policies of selected countries in the region. It also explores various themes such as democratization, populism, military authoritarianism, economic development and the relationship of Latin America. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.

B6100: Theories of International Relations

Offers an introduction to contemporary theories and concepts in the discipline of international relations. In particular, the course examines the competing paradigms  offered by realism, liberalism, globalism, the English School, and constructivism.  The course is designed to advance students’ knowledge of international relations
by focusing on the ways in which theory can help them grasp the complexities of relationships among states and other international actors. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.;  3 CR.

B6200: International Organizations

Analyses the major global and regional organizations and institutions that provide for cooperation among states, with an emphasis on the United Nations system. In particular, the course examines how these organizations attempt to address problems of peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, and humanitarian assistance.
2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.

B6300: International Law

Examines the role and function of public international law in regulating the relations among sovereign states. Among other areas, the course focuses on the rights and duties of states, multilateral treaties, sovereignty, human rights, the laws of warfare, the use of force, refugees, and international criminal tribunals. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.

B6600: Internship

Students may earn three credits for an internship with an international organization, non-governmental organization, government agency or policy think tank involved in the practice of international relations. Those doing so must get permission from the Program Director and work seven hours at the agency. The student must provide to the MPIR office a letter from the  agency/organization confirming his or her appointment and outlining his or her duties. Prerequisite: B4100, B6100, B6200, B6300 and permission of the program director. 3 CR.

B6800: Research Methods

Provides an introduction to social science research and writing as it applies to the study of international relations. This course helps prepare students to write their master’s thesis. As part of this class, each student develops a research proposal for his or her thesis. Prerequisite: At least 18 cr. completed prior to beginning the course. Prerequisite: successful completion of 18 credits including IR B6100, B4100, B6200, B6300. 2 R./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.

B6917: Africa in World Affairs
Analyses the political relations among black African states and between such states and the Western powers. Topics include: imperialism, slavery, and colonialism; wars of independence; inter-state relations and economic cooperation; and the role of international organizations in promoting human rights and the resolution of conflicts.
2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.

B6918: The Practice of Diplomacy

Examines how international relations are conducted at the dawn of the 21st century, from both a theoretical and empirical perspective. In doing so, the course provides students with an understanding of the principles that underlie the practice of diplomacy in bilateral and multilateral settings and the concrete tools and processes utilized by diplomats in the course of their work. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.

B6925: Peacemaking and Negotiation

Examines efforts by regional and international organizations to facilitate negotiation and peacekeeping in the pursuit of international peace and security. It covers the period from the U.N.’s first inception up to current operations in the field, focusing on the Middle East, Africa, Central America, the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, East Timor, and elsewhere. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.

B6927: International Political Economy

Explores the theories that attempt to explain the dynamics of the international economy, and examines the institutions that provide for cooperation in facilitating international trade, monetary exchange, and investment. It pays particular attention to the role of the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and U.N.  development agencies. Finally, it examines the debates around globalization. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.

B6928: Human Rights in World Politics

Explores the development and implementation of human rights norms within the international system. It also discusses the debates surrounding the concept of human rights in world politics and investigates efforts by states, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations to implement such norms at the national, regional and international levels. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.

B6930: Europe in World Affairs
Examines the role of the European community and its major states in world politics.  in particular, the course explores the development of European politics from the  Napoleonic period in the early nineteenth century through the creation of the  European Union in the late twentieth century. Topics will include interstate war, security, economic integration and political relations among the states. 2 HR./WK.  PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.

B6931: Alternative Conceptions of International Security

Explores the various conceptions of international security offered by scholars, policy analysts, journalists, and activists from different parts of the world.  The class includes traditional concepts such as deterrence, arms races and arms control, alliances, warfare and balance of power, as well as more contemporary notions such as human security, environmental security, community violence, civil war and weapons of mass destruction.  2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.

B6933: Decision-Making and Foreign Policy

Examines the theory and practice of decision making and how it affects the formation of foreign policy.  Grounded in the literature on political psychology, it explores personality, group dynamics, and perception and misperception, and investigates how belief systems establish a framework for how policymakers make decisions.  2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.

B6934: State-Building and Democratization
Examines questions of state power, democratic institutions, and their relationship in contemporary comparative international relations.  The courses is divided into three sections: (1) origins, definitions and theories of state and democracy; (2) dynamic changes in state and democratic politics, particularly those that have occurred over the past several decades; (3) world of policy, investigating prescriptions that have emerged in an effort to produce broader and more complete democracies.  2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.
B9800: Independent Study
Students may pursue a program of independent study under the direction of a faculty member, with the approval of the Program Director.  Such a program may not be pursued in lieu of a course that is already offered by the program. 1-3 CR.

B9900: Thesis Research
Prerequisite: successful completion of 24 credits including IR B6100, B4100, B6200,  B6300, B6800 and approval of the program director.