This course explores relations among nation-states and between them and a variety of “supranational” and “subnational” entities like the U.N., the European Union, transnational corporations, and ethnic and regional nationalist movements. We will examine the competing perspectives from which relations among these groups are approached by both protagonists and observers, we will try to assess the relative importance of the military, economic, cultural, and political forces and capacities that condition them, and we will address controversial contemporary issues such as security, international trade and monetary policy, the environment, human rights, and immigration.

Class time will be devoted to both lectures and discussions. Regular attendance and active participation in class will be essential. Students will be assigned to “work groups” into which they will break down, in and out of class, to facilitate digestion of the reading materials, and to formulate questions and comments. Class participation will count 20% of each student's overall grade. Students not wishing their participation to be evaluated entirely on the basis of oral contributions may submit short, two- or three-page essays for consideration. Additionally, students will take four quizzes, each of which will be worth 5% (and together 20%) of the semester grade. The mid-term essay exam will be worth 20%, and the final essay exam, which will be cumulative, will be worth 40%, of the final grade. Study questions for both the mid-term and final exams will be distributed a week or so in advance of each.

The following books have been ordered, and are available at either the Bookmarq or Sweeney’s College Books:

Karen Mingst, Essentials of International Relations (paper)

Mingst and Snyder, Essential Readings in World Politics (paper)

John Rourke, Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in World Politics

Class attendance is not optional. Students with more than three absences will be required to submit 2-3 page essays for each day missed to avoid having their participation grade adversely affected.


I - INTRODUCTION (January 18) -

“What the World Wants from the U.S.” (reading to be distributed in class prior to discussion);

II ‑ APPROACHES TO WORLD POLITICS (January 20th to February 10th)

Daily Reading Assignments (to be prepared, in advance, for class discussion):

For January 20th - Chris Hedges, “On War,” NYRB, Vol. 51m # 20, 2004 (on electronic reserve); Jean Bethke Elshtain, “Thinking About War and Justice,” The Religion and Culture Forum, May 2003 (on electronic reserve); and Gary Wills, “What is a Just War?,” in NYRB Vol. 51, # 18, November 18, 2004 (on electronic reserve);

For January 25th - Mingst, Essentials of International Relations, Ch. 1, “ Approaches to International Relations, “ pp. 1-15;

For January 27th - Mingst and Snyder, Essential Readings in World Politics, Ch. 1, “Approaches to International Relations,” pp. 3-24;

For February 1st - Mingst, Ch. 2, “The Historical Context of Contemporary International Relations,” pp. 18-54;

For February 3rd - Mingst and Snyder, Ch. 2, “Contending Perspectives, ” pp. 25-47;

For February 8th - Mingst, Ch. 3, “Contending Perspectives: How to Think about International Relations Theoretically,” pp. 55-82; and

Mingst and Snyder, Ch. 3, “Contending Perspectives,” pp. 48-72;

For February 10th - Mingst and Snyder, Ch. 3, “Contending Perspectives,” pp. 73-118;

First Quiz: - February 10th (multiple-choice questions covering Mingst, Chapters 1-3 and Mingst and Snyder, Chs. 1-3)


Daily Reading Assignments:

For February 15th - Mingst, Ch. 4, “The International System,” pp. 83-99; and Ch. 5, “The State,” pp. 101-135;

For February 17th -; Mingst and Snyder, Ch. 4, “The International System,” pp. 119-141; and Ch. 5, “The State,” pp. 142-156;

For February 22nd - Mingst and Snyder, Ch. 5, “The State,” pp. 157-180; and Rourke (ed.), Taking Sides, Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in World Politics, Issue 2, “Will State Sovereignty Survive Globalism” (Krasner and Weir);

For February 24th - Mingst, Ch. 6, “The Individual,” pp. 137-158;

For March 1st - Mingst and Snyder, Ch. 6, “The Individual,” pp. 181-206

Second Quiz - March 1st (multiple-choice questions covering Mingst, Ch. 4, 5, and 6, and Mingst and Snyder, Chapters 4, 5, and 6.

IV - CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE AREAS (March 3rd - 11th-November 13th)

Daily Reading Assignments:

For March 3rd - Mingst, Ch. 7, “Intergovernmental Organizations, Nongovernmental Organizations, and International Law,” pp. 159-195;

For March 8th - Mingst and Snyder, Ch. 7, 207-233, and 262-294;

For March 10th - Mingst, Ch. 8, “War and Strife,” pp. 197-231;

MID-TERM EXAM: March 10th (based study questions to be distributed March 1st)

For March 15th - Mingst and Snyder, Ch. 8, “War and Strife,” pp. 297-322, and 347-381;

For March 17th - Mingst, Ch. 9, “International Political Economy,” pp. 233-272;

Spring Break - March 18th - 30th

For March 31st - Mingst and Snyder, Ch. 9, “International Political Economy,” pp. 402-462;

For April 5th - Mingst, Ch. 10, “Globalizing Issues,” pp. 273-314;

For April 7th - Mingst and Snyder, Ch. 10 “Globalizing Issues,” pp. 461-80;

Third Quiz - April 7th (multiple-choice questions covering Mingst, Chs. 7, 8, 9, and 10, and Mingst and Snyder, Chs. 7, 8, 9, and 10)


Daily Reading Assignments:

For April 12th - Rourke (ed.), Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in World Politics, Issue 1, “Is Globalization Likely to Create a Better World,” (Friedman and Kaplan);

For April 14th - Rourke, Taking Sides, Issue 6, pp. __ (a Palestine state);

For April 19th - Rourke, Taking Sides, Issue 7, pp; ___ (Iraq);

For April 21st - (Rourke, Taking Sides, Issues 3 and 13, pp. ---- (the “Bush Doctrine” and the war on terror);

For April 26th - Rourke, Taking Sides, Issue 20, pp. ___ (U.S. national security strategy);

For April 28th - Rourke, Taking Sides, Issue 15, pp. (Women as statesmen);

For May 3rd - Rourke, Taking Sides, Issue 17, pp. , (International Financial Organizations);

For May 5th - Rourke, Taking Sides, Issue 18, pp. (The U.S. and the International Criminal Court);

Fourth Quiz - May 5th - consisting of multiple-choice questions from Rourke (ed.), Issues 1, 3, 6, 7, 13, 15, 17, 18 and 20.

FINAL EXAM - Tuesday, May 10th, 8:00 a.m. drawn from study questions to be handed out May 3rd

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