POLS 205: Contemporary World Problems

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Social Science

Examines global issues: migration, climate change, globalization, violence, armaments. Depending on the global situation, the course will focus on different topics without focusing on specific regions/countries, but on their broad consequences to the international community and their impacts on societies around the world such as environment, conflicts, nationalism, and migration.

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  1. Key actors in international relations: the state, nations, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), globalization of trade, finance, labor, and information.
  2. Key theories that guide international political actors such as Feminism, Chaos Theory, Realism, Liberalism, Constructivism, and Neoliberalism.
  3. The gaps between the Global North and the Global South.
  4. The proliferation of armaments, wars and conflicts and their negative impacts on ethnic groups, democracies, and violations of human Rights.
  5. Gender inequality, violence against women and indigenous peoples.
  6. Increased concentration of wealth on a global scale.