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IR- Vantage Learning Platform

IR- Vantage Learning Platform
Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Changing World

Fifth Edition

August 2024 | CQ Press
About IR: Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Changing World, Fifth Edition

The updated Fifth Edition of IR presents a comprehensive approach to understanding world politics through the lens of security, prosperity, and quality of life in a rapidly evolving global environment. The book not only acquaints students with events, but also broadens the context to analyze larger patterns, making the experience immersive and engaging.

About IR - Vantage Learning Platform, Fifth Edition

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IR: Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Changing World, Fifth Edition
is offered in Sage Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality Sage textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Unparalleled in its ease of use and built for dynamic teaching and learning, Vantage offers customizable LMS integration and best-in-class support.

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Enables Easy, 3-Step Course Creation. Our simple interface enables you to create your course in minutes so you can focus on content. Just enter your course information, select your assignments and grading preferences, and review your settings.

Drives Student Engagement. An evidence-based learning design integrates text content with frequent multimedia activities and learning assessments to facilitate better student preparation, engagement, and learning retention.
  • A student dashboard offers easy access to text content and visually tracks progress on assignments and assessments.
  • Study tools, including flashcards and note-taking, highlighting, and definition look-up capabilities, give students all they need for class preparation and course success.
  • Assignable Knowledge Checks (with helpful hints) provide formative assessments after each major section of text content to reinforce retention of key concepts.
  • Critical Thinking Checks and Chapter Quizzes provide summative assessments at the end of each chapter to measure progress and long-term retention.
  • Assignable multimedia activities with assessment—including video, data, and reading activities—build critical thinking and data literacy while consistently engaging students in an interactive application of text content. Focused feedback on correct and incorrect answers eliminates any guesswork in the learning journey.
Ensures Student Accountability. Auto-graded assignments feed your gradebook while instructor reports complement your ability to track student activity, assignment completion, and learning objective mastery. These real-time analytics provide quick insights into individual and class performance for tailoring course instruction to help you address the needs of struggling students.

Delivers First-day-of-class Access and Flexibility. With our 2-week grace period access, all students can use Vantage on the very first day of class. The flexibility to use Vantage on mobile, desktop, or tablet devices means your dynamic Vantage content will consistently be available to learners any time they need it.

Offers Best-in-class Technical Support and Training. Our personalized support for instructors, students, and LMS administrators facilitates an easy transition to Vantage and the quality service you’ve come to expect from Sage.
  • Customizable Learning Management System (LMS) Integration. Our approach to integration empowers you to drive students to the content you want them to see in your LMS immediately following Single Sign On (SSO). In addition, automatic grade sync and full gradebook integration options can bolster timesaving, streamlined access to all your course content.
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New to this Edition:
  • An expanded focus on critical and post-colonial perspectives throughout the text and particularly in Chapter 4 highlights the significance of colonial legacies and identity-based oppression.
  • Throughout the text, chapter features are updated or replaced to be timely and current. Topical revisions and updates strengthen the coverage and relevance of the text, including changing global power and leadership, challenges to international order, new and ongoing world conflicts including the Ukraine War, and global issues including climate and health.
  • New coauthor Yasemin Akbaba brings new perspective and expertise to the text.
  • New and updated tables, charts, maps, and photographs illustrate important political events and players and bring concepts to life for today’s students.
Key Features:
  • The authors' student-friendly, clear writing style makes international relations concepts approachable and manageable for undergraduate students.
  • A concise organizational structure that can fit into a typical semester provides students with a foundational understanding of international relations complimented by a rich array of relevant examples that stimulate classroom discussion.
  • A thematic approach revolving around the challenges of anarchy, diversity, and complexity unifies the chapters and enables instructors to easily incorporate current events into the course.
  • The authors apply a theoretical lens throughout the entire book and clearly tie theory to real-world behaviors and policies.
  • Authors stress a problem-based approach to issues of world politics – each example is structured around an explanation, a meaning, and implication that helps frame our understanding around each event.
  • Learning objectives at the start of each chapter guide students through their studies and are incorporated into end-of-chapter features to ensure each objective is met.
  • A series of unique pedagogical tools throughout the text help students learn and teachers teach.
    • Chapter-opening vignettes create excitement for international relations and prepare students for the material that follows.
    • The Revenge of Geography illustrates how geography and borders can influence international relations.
    • Theory in Action examples simplify concepts by demonstrating how the ideas of real people are directly translated into current policy and action.
    • Foreign Policy in Perspective discussions illuminate the motivations and behaviors behind the political actors of the world—exploring their pursuit for international, economic, and human security.
    • Spotlight On stories provide additional clarification on topics that are more difficult to understand by taking a closer look at the concept and connecting it to thought-provoking case studies that emphasize the issue's importance.
    • Think About This problems and puzzles encourage active reading and reinforce important concepts by asking students to analyze a variety of situations and "solve" international problems.
    • Key Concepts provide a study aid for students to master the chapter goals. These summaries are tied to chapter learning objectives and help students focus on core content.
    • Review Questions prompt critical thinking and encourage classroom discussion.
    • For More Information… provides students with recommendation for further individual study.

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