- Grades 7-11
- Advanced CTY-Level
- History and Social Science
Why do states fight, and what makes them cooperate? World affairs in the 21st century have raised new questions about international politics and revisited complicated old ones. Where the field once primarily sought to understand the causes of war, scholars now debate the impacts of globalization, the relevance of sovereignty and the state, and the power of global norms in promoting international development and human rights. Through discussions, debates, simulations, and individual research, this course explores these and other complex problems in international affairs. By approaching issues from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, you and your classmates will learn to think critically about the world and the ways to comprehend and solve global dilemmas, applying social scientific methods and exploring case studies to better understand the systemic forces that shape societies and their relations on the international stage.
Typical Class Size: 16-18
- Apply defining concepts and theories to the study of international relations now and throughout history
- Differentiate between multiple worldviews, power structures, ethical and cultural positions in relation to global problems
- Evaluate and synthesize information from diverse and reliable sources, differentiating between primary and secondary source material
- Construct logical arguments with theses and supporting evidence for their conclusions in written and oral form
- Use appropriate methods to research topics in international relations
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- International Politics, by Robert J. Art and Robert Jervis
- Essentials of International Relations, by Karen A. Mingst, Ivan Arreguín-Toft, Heather Elko McKibben
- International Relations and World Politics, by Paul Viotti and Mark V. Kaupi A major newspaper
About History and Social Science at CTY
Enhance your critical thinking skills
Expand your ability to reason through difficult problems by taking one of our philosophy or logic classes. Learn how to craft strong and clear arguments in Big Questions, or explore the techniques of logic that lawyers, doctors, and mathematicians utilize to be successful in their fields in Logic: Principles of Reasoning.
Explore social justice in action
Develop knowledge and skills that will help you address issues of systemic inequality throughout the world. Engage in the study of those who worked within and outside of the legal system to effect monumental societal change in Great Cases: American Legal History.