Course Descriptions

WIS 101,102: Wesleyan Integrative Seminar Experience I and II
Goal: To provide students with an understanding of the nature and value of a Wesleyan education; to provide students with the skills and strategies needed to make a successful transition to college; to expose students to juxtaposed disciplinary methods and to have students be part of an academic community committed to the free and open exchange of ideas; to ask students to reflect critically on their beliefs and frames of reference; and to help students discover and explore their talents and passions through study, service, and work.
Content: Problems and issues relating to who women are and what tools women need to be successful in today’s world.
Taught: Fall. Spring
Category: General Education
Credit: 3 hours each, see General Education section of this Catalogue for regulations governing enrollment in WIS 101 and WIS 102.

POL 222: Comparative Politics
Goal: To develop students’ ability to analyze political systems from a comparative perspective.
Content: The course examines methods of comparing political systems. In particular, the course will introduce students to the conceptual tools and models used in the analysis and comparison of political systems; types of contemporary political systems, such as liberal democracies, communist transition states, newly industrializing countries, and less developed countries; and processes of political development and political change.
Taught: Spring.
Gen. Ed. Category: Critical thinking; Cross cultural.
Credit: 3 hours.

POL 225: Women and Politics
  The course will enhance the student’s ability to analyze, interpret, and critique texts with a view to purpose, evidence, and effect.
Content: The relationship between gender, power, and society in the developed and developing world is treated in fictional, biographical, and analytical accounts of the role of women in politics and society. The changing political and social status of women with an emphasis on the developing world will form an important part of the analysis.
Taught: Fall.
Gen. Ed. Category: Critical thinking; cross-cultural.
Credit: 3 hours; cross-listed as WST 225.

POL 230: International Relations
To provide students with an introduction to the study of international relations and
a basic understanding of the concepts, processes, and relationships involved.
Content: The course examines conflicting arguments about the nature of the international system, examining their assumptions, and drawing conclusions as to their validity. The course will also introduce students to a number of more recent issues and concerns that have arisen in international relations. Such factors as terrorism, globalization, unequal economic development, and environmental problems all challenge older assumptions about military might as the only real source of international power and raise questions of what opportunities for international conflict and cooperation exist in the future.
Taught: Spring
Gen. Ed. Category: Critical Thinking
Credit: 3 hours.

POL 319: International Law
Goal: To provide students with an understanding of the role of international law in the relations between states and other actors in the international system.
Content: The course addresses the history and sources of international law; the rights and duties of states; the impact of international law on domestic law; the use of force; human rights; and the new International Course of Justice. It gives special emphasis to international law and its relationship to the behavior of states in the post 9/11 era.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years.
Credit: 3 hours

POL 328: United States Foreign Policy
Goal: To enhance students’ understanding of the institutions, interests, and events that shape the relations of the United States with the rest of the world.
Content: The course examines the institutions and ideas that shape United States foreign policy. Particular attention is paid to the period since 1945. Case studies are used to examine the diplomatic, military, and covert policies the United States has used to pursue its national interests internationally.
Taught: Fall. Alternate years.
Credit: 3 hours.

POL 335: Politics of the Developing World
Goal: To enhance student's understanding of the politics of underdevelopment.
Content: The course is thematically organized to present an overview of the field of the political economy of development. Under each theme appear several country cases, taken from all parts of the developing world. The themes include the concept of development, poverty and inequality, strategies of development, the role of foreign capital, trade and technology, economic stabilization, and democracy and development.
Taught: Fall. Alternate years.
Credit: 3 hours; cross-cultural.

POL 342: International Organizations
Goal: To familiarize students with the development and role of international organizations in the international system.
Content: The course explores the role of international organization in controlling and shaping the behavior of nationstates and other actors in the international system.  Students explore the history and development of international organizations, such as the League of Nations, the United Nations, and the World Trade Organization. The course also
looks at the roles of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and institutions of regional integration, such as the EU.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years.
Credit: 3 hours.


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