International Relations – GOVT 340

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/12/2020

Course Description

Techniques for managing and resolving conflict in international relations. Emphasis is on current international issues like U.S. arms policy and U.S. policy in the Middle East.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This junior level course is designed to encourage students to apply a Biblical Christian worldview and a limited government/free market philosophy to a study of the relations between sovereign states and other international actors, such as intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) such as the United Nations as well as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) . Special attention will be given to the causes of war, security and peace issues, and the operation of the international political economy. Given the rapidly changing international climate, current events topics and readings will occasionally added and discussed in class.




Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Memorize and apply a variety of social science concepts and analytical tools to the study of international relations.
  2. Distinguish competing approaches to and schools of thought within the academic discipline of international relations.
  3. Appraise key actors, events, and strategic factors at the systems, state, and individual levels of analysis related to the practice of international relations.
  4. Demonstrate his/her knowledge and comprehension of the readings, lectures, and study aids through a series of objective tests, essay questions, and papers.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Position Paper (3)

The student will write a 1,000–1,200-word research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on one of the interventions/actions presented in Understanding Global Conflicts and Cooperation from that module/week’s reading. The paper must include at least 2 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Reading Quizzes (4)

Quizzes will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and have a 45-minute time limit. Two quizzes contain 25 matching questions (Modules/Weeks 2 and 5) and two quizzes contain 2 essay questions (Modules/Weeks 6 and 8).

Research Paper

The paper provides a practical application of the material presented in this course by developing upon the concepts presented in the lectures. The paper demonstrates mastery of the concepts presented and an analysis of fact-based material to surmise possible international actions. The paper must be 6–8 pages.