Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2022

FSEM 198   Fundamentals of International Relations
RestrictionsNo 2025 2024 2023
DistributionSocial Relations,Inst.& Agents
Core AreaNone

Faculty Profile for Professor Lupton

What are the causes of war and the conditions for peace in international politics? This course answers this question by providing students with an introduction to approaches to understanding international relations. Students examine theories about what states want in the international system, how states achieve these aims, and how states handle contemporary problems facing the world today. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, the causes of war, alliance politics, globalization, nuclear weapons, humanitarian intervention, terrorism, and cybersecurity. Students who successfully complete this seminar will receive course credit for POSC 232 and satisfy one half of the Social Relations, Institutions, and Agents area of inquiry requirement.

Professor Lupton's research examines the influence of world leaders on international conflict and the role of military veterans in American foreign policy. She is the author of Reputation for Resolve: How Leaders Signal Determination in International Politics (Cornell University Press). Her research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals, and her work has been covered by CNN, The New York Times, The Economist, NPR, and The Washington Post.