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Discussion 1: Four Schools of Thought: The study of international relations uses many worldviews, paradigms, or schools of thought in which to analyze, understand, and evaluate world politics. Some of these schools of thought include realism, liberal theories, economic structuralism, the English School, constructivism, feminism, postmodernist theories, and critical paradigms. In the course readings, you will have the opportunity to read more about each of the ones listed and deliberate over examples of how they have and can be applied. In our first discussion board, we will only examine four schools of thought; realism, liberalism, Economic Structuralism, and the English School of rationalism. You will be tasked to provide advantages and disadvantages to how each theory can be applied and how well these theories can explain our world, past, present, and future. Try to include applicable real world examples in your response to make your points clear, credible, and valid. Four Schools of Thought Before accessing the discussions for this week, you will want to complete the Quick Review Questions for Chapter 2. These activities are designed to ensure that you have a solid understanding of the key concepts. You can access the Quick Review Questions through the Multimedia Library link in the left-hand navigation menu, in your online classroom.

Summarize the advantages and disadvantages of one of the following four schools of thought: realism, liberalism, economic structuralism, or English School of rationalism. Compare and contrast your summary to one of the following theories: constructivism, feminism, postmodernism, or critical theory. Use the Chapter 2 Videos from the Multimedia Library, as well as the article, “The International Relations of Middle Earth: Learning from The Lord of the Rings” to ensure that you have a solid understanding of each of the schools of thought and each of the theories. Incorporate specific examples from the videos and your readings.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

Discussion 2: Future Worlds: In the second discussion board, you will need to read over the four potential future scenarios found in the National Intelligence Council’s (NIC) publication Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds. The NIC’s description of potential future worlds is designed to get people to think about the future global environment, what it may entail, and use these deliberations as a starting point for preparing for these uncertain futures. Your task is to read these scenarios, familiarize yourself with the basic assumptions, trends, driving forces, and extrapolations in each world and then discuss the scenario that you found most interesting and surprising. As you read each scenario, try to identify the various changes in global security, identity, and economic conditions from today and in between each future scenario. This will certainly be a fun and challenging exercise in examining what life may be like in the not too distant future. Future Worlds International relations evolve in a geopolitical environment driven by numerous and varied global trends. These global trends have shaped our world, as they do now and will continue to do so. Review the four potential future scenarios presented in the National Intelligence Council’s publication Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds. Read each “Alternative World” and discuss one scenario that you find interesting or surprising. In particular, describe features of the scenario that discuss security, identity, and economic issues.

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