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Political Science (POLI) 330

International and Global Politics (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None.

Centre: Centre for State and Legal Studies

POLI 330 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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POLI 330 is about international and global politics. While it includes the study of the relations between states in the international context, it also studies the relationships between multinational corporations, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and other actors, as well as the significance of other forces at play in the global context such as gender, class, and race.

The course enables students to explore military and security politics as well as trade, the global debt crisis, and gender. Finally, the course attempts to encourage students to recognize how global politics affects their lives and how much they are a part of it.


Unit 1: Making Sense of the World Around Us

Unit 2: Where and When Did the International System Begin?

Unit 3: A World of Violence, Conflict, and Power

Unit 4: A World of Cooperation

Unit 5: A World of Inequalities

Unit 6: Pathways to Peace


To receive credit for POLI 330, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of 50 percent or better on the final examination.

Assignment 1 Short Essay 10%
Assignment 2 Investigation Assignment 15%
Assignment 3 Essay 30%
Assignment 4 Investigation Assignment 15%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Charlton, Mark, ed. 2005. Crosscurrents: International Relations. 4th ed. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

Peterson, V. Spike, and Anne Sisson Runyan. 2009. Global Gender Issues. 3rd. ed. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Ray, Lee James, and Juliet Kaarbo. 2009. Global Politics. 10th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Other materials

The course materials also include a study guide and a student manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the POLI 330 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, April 11, 2008.

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Last updated by SAS  09/20/2013 13:01:13