Maricopa Community Colleges  POS120   19946-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 5-24-1994

POS120  1994 Fall – 2011 Summer II

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

World Politics

Introduction to the principles and issues relating to the study of international relations. Evaluation of the political, economic, national, and transnational rationale for international interactions.

Prerequisites: None.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


POS120  1994 Fall – 2011 Summer II

World Politics



Analyze the role of scientific inquiry in the field of international relations. (I-VI)


List the various analytical and theoretical positions used in the field of international relations to explain world politics. (II, IV, V)


Delineate the historical development of interstate relations and the place of the nation-state in that development. (III)


Distinguish between the three levels of analysis: individual, state, and international system. (IV)


Describe specific issues that have relevance to the study of inter-state relations: national security, war, economic integration, trade, etc. (IV, V)


Differentiate and make connections between economic and political issues and questions that affect world politics. (IV, V, VI)


Describe the issue of change in the international environment and those forces that may initiate their change. (IV, V, VI)


Explain the concept of super power and hegemonic control, decline, and ascension. (V)


Describe the differences between national and transnational actors in the international arena, both private and public. (VI)


List actors that may have an impact on world politics in the near future. (VI)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


POS120  1994 Fall – 2011 Summer II

World Politics


I. State of the field of international relations and its relation to the analysis of world politics.

II. Distinction between political and economic analysis: tools and approaches to the study of international relations.

III. Historical overview of world politics classical period to present.

IV. The political aspects of international relations: war and conflict

A. Theoretical exploration for aggression and war

B. Levels of analysis as primary tool for the evaluation of international events

V. The economic aspects of international relations: international political economy

A. Philosophical foundation

B. Historical overview: post WW II period

C. International economic interaction

D. Economic hegemony: rise, decline, and fall

E. The integrated world economy

VI. International actors

A. Public

B. Private

C. Ethics/international law

D. Archaic nationalism


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