Introducing International Relations

1. Describe the three main contexts for explaining foreign policy formation: the individual decisions context, the state policies context, and the global context. Are they all equally useful for explaining any one specific foreign policy decision? Why or why not? (Learning Objective 4)

2. What challenges does territorial sovereignty face in today’s globalized world? (Learning Objectives 1, 4)

3. Choose a European Union member state and use it as an example to demonstrate how a state limits its sovereignty in international politics. (Learning Objective 1)

4. What are the key aspects of critical thinking that need to be applied to the study of international relations? (Learning Objective 4)

5. Pick one of the key problems facing the world and write an essay in which you discuss the important characteristics of the problem and how the problem could be addressed. (Learning Objective 3)

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