Global politics, also called world politics or world civilization, refers to the field which studies the interactions between economic entities in the global context. At the heart of this field are the various processes of political globalization with reference to issues of global social dimensions. There are two broad theories on global politics: first, the realism view, and second, the idealism theory. Although some other theories also exist, such as; international mediation, political ecology, international law, alternative diplomacy, international terrorism, inter-regionalism, multiculturalism and political tourism.
The study of global politics has become one of the major preoccupations of students in the social sciences, especially in the field of diplomacy and international affairs. A clear case in point is the ongoing diplomatic disputes between the United States of America and Russia over the Baltic Sea (which are in essence the same), and its surrounding area. One of the most important areas of controversy in world politics today is Israel and its occupied territories. Since the early part of the 20th century, there have been some intense conflicts between the Western and Eastern countries over this issue. The United States of America and her Western allies have been supporting the territorial integrity of Israel at times, but on the other hand, Russia has been supporting the eastern part of the country.
Comparative political theory deals with the comparison of different political systems, and applies it to international relations. Some of the major areas of discussion in this theory include; the characteristics of multipolarity, constitutional government, constitutional monarchies, and absolute monarchies. The analysis also looks into the relationship between international trade, technology transfer, investment, and technology diffusion. It also compares different political systems in light of their characteristics and contrasts them to international relations.
Strategic thinking is one of the more popular courses in foreign policy studies. It looks at how humans make decision in various situations and which are the best strategies for each. This course of study looks into the theories of global leadership, national power, economic development, international finance, and the politics of energy. Students in a strategic thinking course will study diplomacy, global management, and security.
The last course in the list is thematic foci. These are basically descriptive studies that compare various aspects of world politics with others. These include such things as constitutional systems of world governance, political systems of diverse nations, and views on global warming among others. They may also compare war, peace, and capital flows as they affect global politics. They will also look into things like the spread of cancer viruses, political violence, and political freedom to name a few.
All in all, political theory and comparative political science courses can help students learn about world politics in a more thorough way. These courses will help them decide what they want to do with their life once they graduate from college. They can then choose a major in political science and work towards a Bachelors degree in International Relations, Politics, or any other similar field. After that, they can start practicing what they have learned while in college or get jobs right after graduation.