Academics

Students can earn 14 hours of graded UNC and transfer credit through the following five courses:

POLI/PWAD 252H │International Organizations & Global Issues (3 UNC Graded Credits)

Instructor: Robert Jenkins

This course explores the institutional makeup, political processes, and impact of international organizations on global politics. International organizations (IO’s) have become increasingly important in resolving a wide range of global problems and are key players in the current system of global governance. IO’s reflect state efforts to bring more order to the anarchic world in which they operate. This course offers a historical perspective and explores a number of approaches to understanding IO’s. The thread that ties the diverse themes together is the issue of state sovereignty and how international organizations and global issues such as terrorism, transnational crime, and global warming have challenged it.

Offers major credit for Political Science and Peace, War, and Defense, and fulfills Social and Behavioral Sciences (SS) and Global Issues (GI) general education requirements.

POLI/PWAD 459H │ Transatlantic Security (3 UNC Graded Credits)

Instructor: Robert Jenkins

This course explores the development of Euro-Atlantic security institutions and compares security policy in the United States and Europe. Initial focus begins with a discussion of the concept of security and a selected review of international relations theorizing on interstate alliances and security structures. The bulk of the course addresses concrete Trans-Atlantic institutions and policies, beginning with the development of NATO, as the institution bridging security policy in the United States and Europe from the post-World War II period through the Cold War and its aftermath, and continuing through NATO enlargement and its missions in the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Libya. The growth of European Union security institutions, particularly the evolution of Common Security and Defense Policy, is another important focus, as are rifts in Trans-Atlantic relations during the 2000s. The triangular relationship between NATO, the EU, and Russia is also considered. These relations provide a context for interpreting the 2014 crisis in Ukraine. The course concludes with questions about the future of Trans- Atlantic security.

Offers major credit for Political Science and Peace, War, and Defense, and fulfills Social and Behavioral Sciences (SS) and Global Issues (GI) general education requirements.

POLI 395 │ Independent Study (2 UNC Graded Credits)

Instructor: Robert Jenkins

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to reflect upon and practice writing skills. It is designed as a complement to written assignments in other program-related coursework. The course will center upon reading a select number of published works about developing writing skills, sharing several types of written works, and reading and commenting upon peers’ writings.

HNRS 352 │ Seminar in Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 UNC Graded Credits)

Instructor: London-based faculty

Students on the program will also take an elective course at Vesalius College (TREQ, 3 credits).