SST-5038-3, GGR 5023-3
International relations is, as the name would suggest, the study of relationships between various nations. The course primarily focuses upon current events and the state of the world since 9-11. Hence we will look at such issues as Canadian-U.S. relations, 9-11, the war in Afghanistan etc. In addition we will examine key organizations like the U.N and NATO.
In order to properly understand where we are today, the course first examines global geography and how the map of the world has changed over time. In addition the course looks at the history of the world from 1945-present and how we moved from the Cold War ( the period in which the U.S. and the USSR competed for nuclear superiority and brought the world to the brink of nuclear war) to the post 9-11 period (in which Canada, the U.S. and our allies are fighting terrorism in the middle east and at home).
We also look at a few historical movies, followed by documentaries on the same subject in order to see how Hollywood often fictionalizes historical events. Evaluation is based on your grades for several assignments (one of which will be a Power Point presentation) and exams.