Schedule Spring 2014

Schedule of Classes for Spring 2014

January 2014
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February 2014
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March 2014
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April 2014
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May 2014
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General Directions

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

  • Bayliss, Smith and Owens.  The Globalization of World Politics. 5th Edition. (The schedule below will call this BSO)
  • Mingst & Snyder. Essential Readings in World Politics. 5th 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. All assignments will be turned in either using EMAIL or Turnitin.com (directions to be provided in class).

All class meetings take place in PAC 004.

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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

Readings:

  • BSO. Introduction + Chapter 1.

Wait List Form for IR

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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:

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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:

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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. Putnam, Robert D. “Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: The Logic of Two-Level Games.”
  • BSO. Chapter 24. Beuilly, John. “Nationalism.”
  • MS. Krasner, Stephen D. “Sharing Sovereignty: New Institutions for Collapsed and Failing States.”
  • MS. Roy, Olivier. “The Transformation of the Arab World.”

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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. Morgenthau, Hans. “A Realist Theory of International Politics.” 
  • MS. Mearsheimer, John. “Anarchy and the Struggle for Power.” 
  • 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”

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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. Doyle, Michael W. “Liberalism and World Politics.”
  • BSO. Chapter 6. Dunne, Tim. “Liberalism.”

Recommended:

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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”
  • Waltz, Kenneth. 1979. Chapter 8. “Structural Causes and Military Effects.” Theory of International Politics. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co.

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.”

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Class 9

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

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

  • BSO. Chapter 8. Hobden and Jones. “Marxist theories of international relations”

Read ONE of the following:

  • On How the Individual Matters: MS. Jervis, Robert.  “Hypotheses on Misperception.” 
  • Emotions: MS. Hall, Todd H. “We Will Not Swallow This Bitter Fruit: Theorizing a Diplomacy of Anger.”
  • Gender: BSO. Tickner, J. Ann. “Gender in world politics.”
  • 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: BSO. Chapter 10. Hansen. “Poststructuralism.”
  • Post-colonialism: BSO. Chapter 11. Sylvester. “Post-colonialism.”

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Class 10

Study Cycle: 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. Distributing exam which is Due Friday, March 7 at 5 pm via turnitin.com (intructions are on exam).

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”
  • MS. Donnelly. “Human Rights and Cultural Relativism, from Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice.

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Class 11

Study Cycle: Ethics and Humanitarian Intervention. continued

Course Activities: Lecture

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.

Recommended:

  • MS. Escriba-Folch, Abel and Joseph Wright. “Dealing with Tyranny: International Sanctions and the Survival of Authoritarian Rulers.”

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Class 12

Study Cycle: Ethics and Humanitarian Intervention. continued

Course Activities: Study Cycle Group Activity

Readings:

  • MS. Fortna, Virginia Page. “From Does Peacekeeping Work?
  • MS. Hurd, Ian. “Is Humanitarian Intervention Legal? The Rule of Law in an Incoherent World.”

Recommended: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/ghosts/video/

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SPRING BREAK

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Class 13

Study Cycle: Security: 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:  Security: 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. Fearon, James D. “Rationalist Explanations for War.”
  • 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. Kennan, George F. “The Sources of Soviet Conduct.”
  • 2MS. Posen, Barry R. “A Nuclear-Armed Iran: A Difficult but Not Impossible Policy Problem.”
  • MS. Waltz, Kenneth N. “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb: Nuclear Balancing Would Mean Stability”

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Class 15

Study Cycle: Security: 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

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Class 16

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

Course Activities: Presentations, then Lecture

Readings:

  • BSO.  Chapter 13. Sheehan, Michael. “The changing character of war.”
  • MS. Ikenberry, Mastanduno and Wohlforth. “Unipolarity, State Behavior, and Systemic Consequences.”
  • MS. Schweller and Pu. “After Unipolarity: China’s Visions of International Order in an Era of U.S. Decline.”
  • MS. Finnemore. “Legitimacy, Hypocrisy, and the Social Structure of Unipolarity: Why Being a Unipole Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be.”

Recommended:

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Class 17

Study Cycle: Global Governance

Readings:

  • MS. Keohane, Robert O. “From After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy.
  • MS. Mearsheimer, John J. “The False Promise of International Institutions.”
  • BSO.  Chapter 17. Reus-Smit, Christopher. “International Law”

Recommended:

  • BSO. Chapter 19. Taylor, Paul and Devon Curtis. “The United Nations.”
  • BSO. Chapter 26. Best, Edward and Thomas Christiansen. “Regionalism in international affairs.”

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Class 18

Study Cycle: Global Governance & Transnational Actors

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

  • BSO. Chapter 18. Little, Richard. “International Regimes”
  • BSO.  Chapter 20.  Willetts, Peter. “Transnational actors and international organizations in global politics”

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Class 19

Study Cycle: The Global Economy

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

  • BSO. Chapter 15. Woods, Ngaire. “International political economy in an age of globalization.”
  • MS. Gilpin, Robert. “The Nature of Political Economy.”
  • MS. Drezner, Daniel W. “The Irony of Global Economic Governance: The System Worked.”

Recommended:

  • MS. Ross, Michael L. “Oil, Economic Growth, and Political Institutions.”

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Class 20

Study Cycle: The Global Economy

Course Activities: Study Cycle Presentation; Lecture

Readings:

  • BSO. Chapter 27. Watson, Matthew. “Global trade and finance.”
  • MS. Milner, Helen V. “Globalization, Development, and International Institutions: Normative and Positive Perspectives.”

Recommended:

  • MS. Gruber, Lloyd. “Globalization with Growth and Equity: Can We Really Have It All?”
  • MS. Margalit, Yotam. “Lost in Globalization: International Economic Integration and the Sources of Popular Discontent.”

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Class 21

Study Cycle: Poverty & Development

Readings:

  • BSO. Chapter 28. Thomas, Caroline and Tony Evans. “Poverty, development, and hunger.”
  • Birdsall, Nancy. 2008. “Introduction. Righting the Three-Legged Stool: Why Global Development Matters for Americans and What the Next President Should Do about It,” from The White House and the World: A Global Development Agenda for the Next U.S. President edited by Nancy Birdsall. Center for Global Development, Washington, DC.

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Class 22

Study Cycle: Poverty & Development

Course Activities: Lecture and Study Cycle Presentation

Readings:

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Class 23

Study Cycle: The Environment

Course Activities: Study Cycle Presentation & Lecture

Readings:

  • BSO. Vogler, John. “Environmental Issues.”
  • MS. Hardin, Garrett. “The Tragedy of the Commons.”
  • MS. Keohane, Robert O. and David G. Victor. “The Regime Complex for Climate Change.”

Recommended:

 

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Class 24

Study Cycle: Human Rights

Course Activities: Study Cycle Group Presentation, Lecture

Readings:

  • MS. Keck, Margaret E. and Kathryn Sikkink. “Transnational advocacy networks in international politics….”  
  • MS. Hafner-Burton, Emilie M. and Kiyoteru Tustsui.  “Justice Lost! The Failure of International Human Rights Law To Matter Where Needed Most”

Recommended:

  • BSO. Chapter 30. Donnelly, Jack. “Human Rights.”
  • MS. Sen, Amartya. “Human Rights and Capabilities.”
  • MS. Donnelly, Jack. “Human Rights and Cultural Relativism.” 

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Class 25

Course synthesis and Review

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Class 26, May 7

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

 

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end of classes

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 May 14. Wednesday. 5:00 pm

Final Research Paper Due

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