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 Course Title:   The International System

 Title Abbreviation:   INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM

 Department:    IS

 Course #:    201

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

This course analyzes the relationship between economic and political power. The development of the 20th/21st century world economy and the system of political states is examined. The course identifies and evaluates the major challenges that have and will continue to shape the world's economic and political structures (e.g. the Great Depression, the Cold War, Terrorism, etc.).

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences, Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
UW SIS 201

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the relationship between economic and political power and the forces that shaped the current world economic and political structure.
  2. Understand how economic and political power has impacted, and been impacted by, 20th century waters, domestic conflicts, economic crises, the Cold War etc.
  3. Understand the basic historical context of teh 20th century economic-political world (e.g. the rise and fall of communism, collapse of colonialism, free market globalization, terrorism etc.)
  4. Understand the factors that have led the rise, fall and/or reorganization of world states and economies.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.1 Understand the impact of their own and other’s actions on local/global communities and environments and how those communities/environments affect them in turn.
5.2 Identify diverse communities and their shared/competing interests and develop strategies for prevention and resolution of conflict.

Course Contents

  1. Introduction to International Political Economy: what is it, sources
  2. IPE Structures: Production, Finance, Security, Knowledge
  3. Contemporary State/Market Tensions e.g EU v Regionalism, NAFTA, Japan etc
  4. IPE Issues: e.g. OPEC, Conflict of Development, Human Issues, Transnational Corporations etc
  5. Global Problems: Hunger, Environment, Poverty etc