International Relations and Decision Making in challenging times

Apply theories of international relations to world problems, such as international conflict, economic crises, and the current global pandemic. Create a marketing campaign to advise world leaders on dealing with these crises.

Course Details

(This course is targeted at children entering Grades 8, 9, 10 in 2020-21)


How do leaders like Prime Minister Modi or President Trump respond to global challenges? How does a country determine the best strategy to contain an epidemic or grow their economy? This project-based course explores international relations, leadership and strategic decision-making.  


First, students will work through major concepts such as anarchy, power, security, cooperation, and rationality.  Then, students will apply theories of international relations such as realism or liberalism to world problems, such as international conflict, economic crises, and the current global pandemic. 


Students will identify barriers to change and critically assess possible solutions. Finally, using insights from a variety of disciplines—political science, economics, public health, marketing—students will create a marketing campaign aimed at leaders and the general public.  Through applying different theories of international relations to case studies, students will gain a fuller understanding of how the world works and how to identify solutions to world problems.  


Read about the course facilitator, Sarah Fisher's experience in a past edition of this course in this blog post.

About Facilitator:

Sarah Fisher

Sarah Fisher, PhD, has been the instructor of record for more than 10 courses at Emory & Henry College and the University of Georgia, ranging from Comparative Politics of Asia to upper division courses on gender and international conflict. Her training and experience as an instructor goes beyond standard college teaching. She has taught gifted middle and high school students in the US, China, and India. These diverse teaching experiences have honed her skills leading classroom discussion and fueled her desire to work closely with students both in and out of the classroom.


Dr. Fisher has published peer-reviewed articles on active learning pedagogy (including work on a constitutional convention simulation done in India) as well as research articles related to international conflict. In guiding students through traditional debates and research methods in political science, she encourages them to push creative and disciplinary boundaries.