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Introduction to International Relations

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Introduction to International Relations (common course-id POLS 140), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number: POLS 140

General Course Description: POLS 140:

An introduction to international relations theory with an examination of national, international, transnational, and sub-national actors and their institutions, interactions and processes as they relate to global issues.

Minimum Units: 3.0


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: None

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain international relations theory.
  • Identify international institutions.
  • Describe the roles of national, international, transnational, and sub-national actors
  • Analyze and evaluate key topics such as globalization, conflict, cooperation, diplomacy, international law, human rights, and international political economy.
  • Discuss contemporary issues in international relations.
  • Apply relevant theoretical concepts to events.


May include as appropriate:

  • In-class or take-home examinations
  • Research papers or projects
  • Written assignments
  • Analytical papers
  • Simulations
  • Oral presentations
  • Participation in class discussions and debates

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Introduction to International Relations
    This course seeks to provide a basic understanding of foreign affairs and the fundamental principles of international... More