Course Details

Title International Relations
Field of Study International Studies, Korean studies
Professor Seung-Ho Joo (joos@morris.umn.edu)
Type Academic course
Delivery Type Online Track (100% online course): Pre-recorded
Credits 3
Contact hours 45
Schedule N/A Recorded
Course code DIS2005
Course number 18045

The course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts, theories, and trends in international relations. The major issue fields covered include war and peace, diplomacy, conflict resolution, foreign policy, international law and international organizations. A typical class session will include an introductory lecture, discussion, and a power point presentation. Clips of videos (documentaries, interviews, and movies) will be shown as well.


Upon completing the course, students should be able to 1) identify key issues in war and peace and 2) apply analytical perspectives to understand international affairs.


Pre-knowledge – Not required. Anyone interested in international politics and global issues are should take the course.

Materials: Textbook: Nye, Joseph S. Jr. and David Welch. Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation: An Introduction to Theory and History 10th ed. (Pearson 2016)
(ISBN-13 : 978-0134403168)
* 9th edition (2012) is acceptable as well. If you wish to save money on the textbook, you may purchase the 9th edition. (ISBN-13 : 978-0205851638)
** Additional materials will be available online or in PDF format.

Lesson Plan
Class 1: What is International Relations (IRs)? Anarchy in the international system
Class 2: Theories in IRs Realism & Neo-realism Liberalism & Neo-liberalism
Class 3: State actors Non-state actors The State State sovereignty
Class 4: The balance of power system (164801914) The modern states system What is balance of power? The origins of World War I
Class 5: The Collective Security System (1918-1939) What is Collective Security? The League Experiment The Origins of World War II
Class 6: The Balance of Terror System (1945-1991) What is Balance of Terror? The Origins of the Cold War The Cuban Missile Crisis US-Soviet Détente & US-China Normalization The End of the Cold War
Class 7: Mid-term Exam
Class 8: National Power National Interests
Class 9: What is diplomacy? The Rules & Institutions of Diplomacy Diplomatic language
Class 10: Explanations of Foreign Policy Graham Allison's 3 models of decision-making
Class 11: What is Conflict? The Causes of War, Conflict Resolution
Class 12: Nuclear Proliferation Arms Control, and Terrorism Nuclear Deterrence Arms Control and Disarmament Terrorism
Class 13: International organizations The European Union The United Nations
Class 14: International Law (IL) The nature of IL Sources of IL
Class 15: Final Exam
Last Updated April 16, 2021
Go to Top