International Relations & Public Policy
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For over 85 years, the Fletcher School at Tufts University has prepared students for positions of national and international leadership and influence. In addition, Tufts' School of Arts and Sciences offers an array of political science courses within a multidisciplinary academic program to propel students into careers of global impact across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
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Introduction to International Relations
This course introduces the major theories and concepts of international relations and applies them to contemporary policy issues. We will examine several conceptual designs intended to make order out of the essential anarchy in international relations, from a technical assessment of the nation-state and the nature of national power to an exploration of behavior among nation-states. We will also cover the ultimate problem of war and peace and an appraisal of the factors that give an age its particular characteristics.
Some of the topics covered include:
- International law
- Human rights
- Environmental policy
Basic Enrollment Requirements:
Academic Year (Fall/Spring): Unofficial Transcript – High School Diploma or current high school transcript (for high school students only in applicable classes), Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.
Western Political Thought I
Central concepts of ancient, medieval, and early modern political thought. Ideas of Thucydides, Aristophanes, Plato, and Aristotle during the rise and fall of Athens. Subsequent transformations of political philosophy related to the decline of the Roman empire and the origins and development of Christian political doctrine, and the new political outlook of those who challenged the hegemony of Christianity. Analysis of how premodern political thought helped structure future political debate.