Course Overview

This class provides students with the background information and theoretical tools required to comprehend and analyze the past and contemporary international events at the introductory level. The class will initially introduce students to the main theoretical traditions developed in the discipline of international relations over the decades. Then, it will be focused on the main areas of study in international relations such as statecraft, foreign policy, conflict and war, terrorism, international integration and trade, international law and human rights, environmental issues, and global economy. The class will familiarize students with international processes and interactions and enable them to recognize and appreciate the complexity and interconnectedness of international politics. Throughout the semester, the key concepts and puzzles of the discipline such as the nature of anarchy, sources of power, causes of war, the role of non-state actors, functions of international regimes, and the future of international relations will be scrutinized. Beyond the use of the textbook and the lecture slides, the class will be enriched with a wide variety of activities such as documentary screenings, guest lectures, and simulations. Students’ active participation and involvement will be routinized through the assignment of individual and team projects as well as in-class group discussions.

This course may consist of both Summer College – On Campus students and Syracuse University undergraduates.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University credit transcript.

Course Objectives

  • Define, understand and use the key anthropological concepts (such as culture, society, power, cultural relativism, ethnocentrism, globalization, etc.) in writing assignments and section discussions.
  • Understand anthropology’s methodological tools, especially ethnography, and think critically about what kind of knowledge this method contributes to.
  • Understand the range of variability of cultures in the global world.
  • Think critically about the nature of violence and social inequality in different historic and socio-cultural settings.
  • Critically assess and compare class readings according to the theoretical arguments put forward in lecture and recitation.
  • Write research papers on contemporary issues, utilizing the knowledge of core concepts of cultural anthropology discussed in class.
  • Demonstrate abilities to analyze, assess, and compare class materials through active participation in sections

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: PSC 124

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school junior, or senior status – or a 2022 high school graduate. 

Credit: 3

Grading: A-F


  • Residential: $4,385
  • Commuter: $3,530

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

“All in all, my Syracuse Pre-College Experience inspired and motivated me to continue to be myself and do what I enjoy most. It also encouraged me to not be afraid to try new things out, most especially studying abroad. It has changed the way I see things.”

– Alexina A., Summer College – Online Student, 2021

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesClass Time (EST)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus2-Week Session III: Sunday, July 31 – Friday, Aug. 12, 2022MTWThF;
8:15 a.m. -noon
3 creditsClosed
Looking for an online version of this course? View the Summer College – Online International Relations course.

Course Requirements

Required Textbooks and Supplies

Students should budget for required textbooks and supplies.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students must attend class Monday – Friday from 8:15 a.m. – noon on campus.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College – On Campus activities to meet and connect with other students! Check out our On Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

Sefa Secen, Political Science / Ph.D. Candidate

Sefa Secen is currently a doctoral candidate in the Political Science Department at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. His general research interests include refugees, international security, Middle East, Europe, and qualitative research methods. His dissertation project examines the factors that enabled or constrained the securitization of Syrian refugees in the Middle East and Western Europe. Portions of his research have been published in Global Security Studies and E-International Relations Journals.

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