In an increasingly-globalized world, our lives are affected by the actions of political actors around the world. An introduction to the theories and concepts used in political science to understand international relations. Explore the major paradigms of international relations theory, the actors and institutions making global policy, the factors that affect the probability of war, major issues in international political economy, and contemporary issues like human rights, global health, and the environment. The course utilizes games and simulations to illustrate the strategic nature of international relations.