2011Schedule

Schedule of Classes for Fall 2011

September 2011
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October 2011
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November 2011
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December 2011
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General Directions

1.  This course will use three books, please get the appropriate edition:

  • Bayliss, Smith and Owens.  The Globalization of World Politics. 5th Edition. (The schedule below will call this BSO)
  • Drezner, Dan. Theory of International Relations and Zombies. (The schedule below will call this ZOMBIES)
  • Mingst & Snyder. Essential Readings in World Politics. 4th Edition.  (The schedule below will call this MS)

2.  All other texts are available via hyperlink.  Please note that many, if not all, are only available to students via login.

3.  All readings should be read in the order presented. That is also their order of priority.

4.  This schedule is subject to change.

5. Please upload all assignments, except blog posts, to Filestork. (Please name files by including your own name or your group’s name or the upload process may not work.)

All class meetings take place in PAC 001.

September

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Class 1

What is IR and why do we care about it? What is this course all about and what do I have to do to get an A?

Course Activities: Lecture is ONLINE Today  (Labor Day!).  The link is below.  And students should do the following prior to our next (Wednesday) class:

  • Read ahead!
  • Watch the screencast that is available here: The First Lecture
  • If you are interested in enrolling but not yet enrolled: Please follow the instructions on the linked form below and return the form to me by uploading it to Filestork. VERY IMPORTANT: Remember to rename this file using your own name, or else the upload may not work.
     

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Class 2

What is theory? What are the levels of analysis? What is power? What is the most powerful country in the world today?

Course Activities: Form study cycle groups.

Readings:

Did you watch the screencast for Class 1?  If not, then please do!

  • Bernstein et al. 2000. “God Gave Physics the Easy Problems: Adapting Social Science to an Unpredictable World.” European Journal of International Relations, 6 (1): 43 – 76.
  • Khanna, Parag. 2011. How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance. Chapter One: Mega-diplomacy.

Recommended:

  • BSO. Smith, Bayliss and Owens. “Introduction.”

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Class 3

(1) Building Theories.  (2) The Development of the International System.

Course Activities: Group and individual work – practice in theory-building.

Readings:

  • Spanier, John. 1996. “Chapter 2: The Three Levels of Analysis: A Framework for the Study of International Politics.” Games Nations Play. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly.
  • ZOMBIES. Pages 1 – 32.

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Class 4

The Development of the International System. What are states? And how did we get to where we are?

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

Recommended:

  • MS. Krasner, Stephen D. “Sharing Sovereignty: New Institutions for Collapsed and Failing States.”

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Class 5

Classical Realism. What is anarchy? What is the security dilemma? What is the balance of power?

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

  • User’s Guide to Political Science. “Research Proposal or Prospectus.”
  • MS. Thucydides. “Melian Dialogue.”
  • MS. Morgenthau, Hans. “A Realist Theory of International Politics.” 
  • BSO. Chapter 5. Dunne, Tim and Brian C. Schmidt. “Realism”
    • note: our focus here is on classical realism

Recommended:

  • MS. Morgenthau, Hans. “The Balance of Power”
  • MS. Mearsheimer, John. “Anarchy and the Struggle for Power.” 

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Class 6

Liberalism and Idealism. Is world peace possible? What are the prospects for international cooperation?

Course Activities: (1) Research Prospectus Due (2) Lecture

Readings:

  • MS. Kant, Immanuel. “To Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch.”
  • BSO. Chapter 6. Dunne, Tim. “Liberalism.”

Recommended:

  • MS. Woodrow Wilson. “The Fourteen Points.”
  • MS. Doyle, Michael W. “Liberalism and World Politics.”

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September 23 @ 5 pm: Research prospectus due.

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Class 7

Neoliberal Institutionalism and Neorealism. How does our worldview shape our perception of whether international cooperation is possible?

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

  • BSO. Chapter 7. Lamy, Steven L. “Contemporary Mainstream Approaches: neorealism and neo-liberalism”
  • ZOMBIES. Pages 33 – 66.

Recommended:

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Class 8

Constructivism. Do ideas matter?

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

  • BSO. Chapter 9. Barnett, Michael. “Social Constructivism.”
  • MS. Wendt, Alexander. “Anarchy is what States Make of it: The Social Construction of Power Politics.”
  • ZOMBIES. Pages 67 – 76.

 

October

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Class 9

Other Theories. How many answers are there? Which ones are right?

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

  • ZOMBIES. Pages 77 – 114.
  • BSO. Chapter 8. Hobden and Jones. “Marxist theories of international relations”

Read ONE of the following:

  • BSO.  Chapter 10. Smith and Owens. “Alternative approaches to international theory.”
  • On How the Individual Matters: MS. Jervis, Robert.  “Hypotheses on Misperception.” 
  • Gendered Perspectives: MS. Tickner, J. Ann. “Man, the State, and War: Gendered Perspectives on National Security.”
  • Post-Modern: Der Derian, James.  1990. “The (S)pace of International Relations:  Simulation, Surveillance, and Speed.” International Studies Quarterly: 34, 3. (September): pp. 295 – 310.
  • Poststructuralism (similar to above): BSO. Chapter 10. Hansen. “Poststructuralism.”
  • Post-colonialism: BSO. Chapter 11. Sylvester. “Post-colonialism.”

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Class 10

Study Cycle 1: Ethics and Humanitarian Intervention. What do realists think about the role of morality in international affairs? How does a communitarian perspective differ from a morality of states perspective? Why do some cosmopolitans think we are responsible if someone dies of starvation someplace in Africa? Should other states intervene in the civil affairs of others?  Why do states intervene in the civil affairs of others?  Because of ethical concerns?  Because of national interests? Or?

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

  • Beitz, Charles R.  1979. “Bounded Morality:  Justice and the State in World Politics.”  International Organization: 33, 3
    (Summer):  pp. 405 – 424.
  • BSO. Chapter 31.  Wheeler and Bellamy. “Humanitarian intervention in world politics.”

Recommended:

  • BSO. Chapter 12. Schapcott, Richard. “International Ethics”

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Class 11

Study Cycle 1: Ethics and Humanitarian Intervention. continued

Course Activities: Lecture and Movie

Readings:

  • MS. Power, Samantha. “Bystanders to genocide: why the United States let the Rwandan tragedy happen.”
  • MS. Martha Finnemore, from The Purpose of Intervention: Changing Beliefs About the Use of Force.

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Class 12

Study Cycle 1: Ethics and Humanitarian Intervention. continued

Course Activities: Study Cycle Group Activity, Distribute take-home exam

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Class 13

Past World Wars.  Violence and global politics.

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

  • Sagan, Scott D.  1988. “The Origins of the Pacific War.”  Journal of Interdisciplinary History:  18, 4 (Spring):  pp. 893 – 922.
  • Hughes, Jeffrey.  1988. “The Origins of World War II in Europe:  British Deterrence Failure and German Expansionism.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History: 18, 4 (Spring):  pp. 851 – 891.

Recommended:

  • MS. Von Clausewitz, Carl. “War as an Instrument of Policy.”
  • Review BSO. Chapter 3. Scott, Len. “International History 1900 – 90.”

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Class 14

Study Cycle 2:  Violence in the 21st Century. Focus on Lessons from the Cold War: Weapons of Mass Destruction

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

  • MS. Schelling, Thomas C. “The Diplomacy of Violence.”
  • MS. Kennan, George F. “The Sources of Soviet Conduct.”
  • BSO.  Chapter 23. Howlett, Darryl. “Nuclear proliferation.”

Highly Recommended:

  • Review the “Research” portions of the User’s Guide to Political Science.

Recommended:

  • BSO. Chapter 4.  Cox, Michael. “From the cold war to the world economic crisis.”
  • MS. Fearon, James D. “Rationalist Explanations for War.”
  • MS. Posen, Barry R. “A Nuclear-Armed Iran: A Difficult but Not Impossible Policy Problem.”
  • MS. Lieber, Robert J. and Amatzia Baram. “Containment Breach.”

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20th @ 5 PM

TAKE-HOME EXAM DUE. Send to Professor Using FILESTORK.

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FALL BREAK

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Class 15

Study Cycle 2: Violence in the 21st Century. Terrorism

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

  • MS. Kydd and Walter. “The Strategies of Terrorism.”
  • BSO. Chapter 22. Kiras, James D. “Terrorism and Globalization”

Recommended:

  • MS. Mark Juergensmeyer, from Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, from Christian Millitias to al Qaeda

November

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Class 16, October 31

Class was cancelled due to Snow Storm Alfred.

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Class 17, November 2

Class resumed, sort of.  We discussed terrorism.

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Class 18, November 7

No Class!

Catch-up on your reading and work!  Don’t forget to keep working on your research papers.

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Class 19, November 9

Finish Study Cycle 2: Violence in the 21st Century. Afghanistan, Iraq and Beyond

Course Activities: Presentations, then Lecture

Presentation: “Current American Conflicts: Group 1”

Presentation: “Current American Conflicts: Group 2”

Readings:

  • MS. Kilcullen, David. From The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One.
  • BSO.  Chapter 13. Sheehan, Michael. “The changing character of war.”
  • To get caught up for next week: BSO Chapter 15. Woods, Ngaire. “International political economy in an age of globalization.”

Recommended:

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Class 20, November 14

Study Cycles 3 & 4: The Global Economy; Poverty, Development & Trade

Course Activities: Lecture

Presentation by “The Global Economy  Group”

Presentation by the “Poverty, Development and Trade Group”

Readings:

  • MS. Milner, Helen V. “Globalization, Development, and International Institutions: Normative and Positive Perspectives.”
  • MS. Joseph E. Stiglitz, from Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy
  • BSO. Chapter 28. Thomas, Caroline. “Poverty, development, and hunger.”

Recommended:

  • Jawara, Fatoumata and Aileen Kwa.  2003. Chapter Six.  Behind the scenes at the WTO:  the real world of international trade negotiations. Zed Books:  New York.
  • BSO. Chapter 27. Watson, Matthew. “Global trade and finance.”
  • MS. Gilpin, Robert. “The Nature of Political Economy.”
  • BSO. Chapter 1. McGrew, Anthony. “Globalization and global politics.”
  • MS. Wolf, Martin.  “From Why Globalization Works.”

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Class 21 (November 16)

Study Cycles 3 & 4: The Global Economy; Poverty, Development & Trade

Class Lecture and Discussion

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Rough Drafts DUE

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Class 22, November 21

Study Cycle 5: Global Governance & the Environment

Presentation: Human Rights and Transnational Actors: Francesca, Grace, Daniela, and Rachel U.

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

  • BSO. Chapter 18. Little, Richard. “International Regimes”
  • BSO. Chapter 21.  Vogler, John. “Environmental issues”

Recommended:

  • BSO.  Chapter 17. Reus-Smit, Christopher. “International Law”
  • MS. Hardin, Garrett. “The Tragedy of the Commons”

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Class 23, November 28

Study Cycle 5: Global Governance & the Environment

Course Activities: Lecture

Presentation by “Global Governance & the Environment Group”

Presentation by “Human Rights and Transnational Actors Group 1”

Readings:

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Class 24, November 30

Study Cycle 6: Human Rights and Transnational Actors

Course Activities: Study Cycle Group Presentation, Lecture

Presentation by “Human Rights and Transnational Actors Group 2”

Readings:

  • BSO.  Chapter 20.  Willetts, Peter. “Transnational actors and international organizations in global politics”
  • MS. Keck, Margaret E. and Kathryn Sikkink. “Transnational advocacy networks in international politics….”  
  • BSO. Chapter 30. Donnelly, Jack. “Human Rights.”

Recommended:

  • MS. Sen, Amartya. “Universal Truths: Human Rights and the Westernizing Illusion.” 

December

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Class 25, December 5

Course synthesis and Review

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Class 26, December 7

In-class Exam (covers second-half of course)

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end of classes

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16 December 2011. FRIDAY. 5:00 pm

Final Research Paper Due

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