BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

POLI-260 - Global Politics - 3.00 Credits

POLI-260 - Global Politics - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course is divided into four phases of study. In the first phase, students will be challenged to think and write about trends and transformations in world politics, focusing on the following topic areas: perceptions and images of world politics, levels of analysis for world politics, and theories of world politics. In phase two, students will study the major actors in world politics, in particular the dynamics at play in the following areas: foreign policy decision making, hegemony, and the challenge of global governance. Phase three involves a study of the politics of global security, focusing on: armed conflict, military power and national security, and international law. In the fourth phase of study, students will engage critical questions about the meanings of globalization, markets and money in a global political economy, human rights and the quest for global justice, population growth, resource scarcity and the preservation of the global environment.
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  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFER Department
  • Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: General Theoretical Knowledge

    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will possess an understanding of the following:
  • key concepts in Global Politics, especially those concepts integral to understanding each of the four phases of study in this course: trends and transformations in World Politics, the actors of world politics, the politics of global secutiry, and the politics of global warfare.
  • specific theoretical knowledge


  • Upon successful completion of this course, the student will possess an understanding of the following:

  • perceptions and images of world politics, levels of analysis for world politics, and theories of world politics;

  • foreign policy decision making, hegemony, and the challenge of global governance;
  • armed conflict, military power and national security, and international law.
  • globalization, markets and money in a global political economy, human rights and the quest for global justice, population growth, resource scarcity and the preservation of the global environment.


  • Intellectual & Experiential Perspectives

    Students are expected to study readings closely, complete assignments on time and participate in class activites. Students will develop critical and analytical thinking skills, and will learn how to write and talk about the multiple dynamics at play in the areana of Global Politics. Students are encouraged to clarify their positions on issues of concern, ask each other questions, draw on personal experiences and interests while respecting the position of others and the process of dialogue.

    Practical and Technical Abilities
    upon sucessful comletion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Think critically about world events and be able to analyze them from different perspectives.

  • Understand historical issues that have influenced today‚Äôs international relations.
  • Critically read texts in the field of Global Politics
  • write a summary of an article within the field of Global Politics
  • write an argumentative, analytical or exploratory essay
  • take effective class notes
  • Text and Materials:
  • Kegley, Charles W. & Raymond, Gregory A. (2005) The Global Future: A Brief Introduction to World Politics, 1st Edition, Toronto: Thomson Wadsworth.


  • Other Resources:
  • The Instructor will provide supplemental readings that consider Global Politics topics from an Indigenous perspective.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Subject to Education Council/Board approval.