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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "PL 209-1"
COURSE NAME: "International Affairs "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2013
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Driessen
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 4:30 PM 5:45 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:
OFFICE HOURS: TTH 1:30-3:30pm

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is an introduction to the study of World Politics and International Affairs, also known as International Relations (IR). In its essence, the study of International Relations is concerned with the question of international war and peace. Theories of World Politics spin several distinct stories about how considerations of power drive states towards conflict with one another in the global arena and what, if anything, non-state actors, institutions, ideas and identities can do to mitigate such conflict and promote peace.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

The course is divided into five major components designed to expose the student to the broad schools of thought framing international relations scholarship and learn how those theories can be applied to global political events and empirical issues in the field of International Relations. Accordingly, the course will consider 1) the assumptions underpinning theories of World Politics; 2) The three major theories animating World Politics scholarship today (realism, liberalism and constructivism); 3) International History part I (World Wars I & II, the Cold War and its aftermath; 4) Globalization and International Political Economy; 5) New Actors and Dynamics in the Global Arena (Terrorism, Religion, Transnational Networks, International Law, and the Environment).

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

My pedagogical hope is that students will finish this course able to distinguish and evaluate the three major schools of thought in International Relations scholarship. They will also achieve an informed political reading of international history and be able to name and then apply important conceptual and theoretical considerations to contemporary global events.

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Perspectives on International Relations: Power, Institutions, Ideas, 3rd editionHenry R. NauCQ Press9781604267327 If I could please have all the books on this syllabus ordered to Almost Books- that would be great!
International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues, 11th editionRobert J. Art and Robert JervisPearson13: 9780205851645  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Mid-term Exam 25%
Final Exam 35%
Assignments (5)There will be 5 written assignments required of the students to be completed in units I, III, IV, V and VI. Instructions will be handed out in class. Each is worth 5% of the student’s final grade.25%
ParticipationAttendance and Presence of Mind are mandatory for this class. The goal here is to advance towards the art of asking good questions. Quality, not quantity of participation is what counts, although some quantity is better than no quality. Students will be allowed 2 unexcused absences. Each unexcused absence thereafter will result in the lowering of the attendance grade by 1/3rd a letter grade. More than 12 unexcused absences may result in a failure to pass the course.15%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Attendance and Presence of Mind are mandatory for this class. The goal here is to advance towards the art of asking good questions. Quality, not quantity of participation is what counts, although some quantity is better than no quality. Students will be allowed 2 unexcused absences. Each unexcused absence thereafter will result in the lowering of the attendance grade by 1/3rd a letter grade. More than 12 unexcused absences may result in a failure to pass the course.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Course Calendar (Please note that this is not the final syllabus. A finalized schedule of readings, assignments and office hours will be distributed to students at the beginning of the Fall, 2012 semester).


2 September

Class 1

Course Introduction

 

 

Part I: Fundamentals

4 September     

Class 2

Theory, Policy, Methods

 

Nau 1-19

 

9 September     

Class 3

Assumptions and the Security Dilemma (Assignment I)

 

Nau 22-28

 

Robert J. Art, “The Four Functions of Force,” AJ

 

Part II: Theories

11 September     

Class 4

Three Traditions

 

Stephen M. Walt, “International Relations: One World, Many Theories,” Foreign Policy no. 100 (1998). E-journal

 

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, “An Unnecessary War,” Foreign Policy no. 134 (2003). E-journal

 

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. “The Future of American Power: Dominance and Decline in Perspective,” Foreign Policy no. 6 (2010). E-journal

 

16 September

Class 5

Realism I

 

Nau 29-36

 

Morgenthau, “Six Principles of Political Realism,” AJ

 

Waltz, “The Anarchic Structure of World Politics,” AJ

 

 

18 September

Class 6

Realism II

 

John J. Mearsheimer, “The False Promise of International Institutions,” International Security 19, no. 3 (1994/5), pp.s 1-14 E-journal

 

Walt, “Alliances: Balancing and Bandwagoning,” AJ

 

Robert Jervis, “Offense, Defense, and the Security Dilemma,” AJ

 

23 September

 

 

Class 7

Liberalism I

 

Nau 36-44

 

Doyle, “Kant, Liberal Legacies, and Foreign Affairs,” AJ

 

Hoffman, “The Uses and Limits of International Law,” AJ

 

25 September

Class 8

Liberalism II

Oye, “The Conditions for Cooperation in World Politics,” AJ

 

Keohane, “International Institutions: Can Interdependence Work?” AJ

 

30 September

Class 9

The Realist-Liberal Debate

 

John J. Mearsheimer, “The False Promise of International Institutions,” International Security 19, no. 3 (1994/5), pp.s 14-26, 47-49 E-journal

 

Robert. O. Keohane, “The Promise of Institutionalist Theory,” International Security 20 no.1 (1995). E-journal

 

Sebastian Rosato, “The Flawed Logic of Democratic Peace Theory,” American Political Science Review 97 no. 4 (2003). E-journal

 

1 October

Class 10

Constructivism

 

Nau 45-56

 

Wendt, “Anarchy is What States Make of It,” AJ

7 October

Class 11

MID-TERM

 

Part III: International History

9 October

Class 12

Melos, Westphalia and World War I

 

Nau 71-74, 81-93, 103-135

 

Thucydides, “The Melian Dialogue,” AJ

 

14 October

 

Professor Driessen at Middle East Studies Association Conference: CLASS CANCELLED

 

16 October

Class 13

World War II (Assignment II)

 

Nau 129-158

 

18 October

Class 14

The Cold War

 

Nau 160-197

 

John Lewis Gaddis, “The Long Peace: Elements of Stability in the Postwar International System,” International Security 10, no. 4 (1986). Jstor

 

21 October

Class 15

Film : Dr. Strangelove (Assignment III)

 

Dan Lindley, “What I learned Since I stopped Worrying and Studied the Movie: A Teaching Guide to Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove,” Political Science and Politics no. 34 (2001). E-journal

 

23 October

Class 16

Nukes and Weapons of Mass Destruction

 

Nau 199-216

 

Sokolsksi, “Getting Ready for a Nuclear-ready Iran” AJ

 

Posen, “A Nuclear-Armed Iran: A Difficult but not Impossible Policy Problem,” AJ

 

Recommended: Keir Lieber and Daryl Press (2013). “The Next Korean War,” Foreign Affairs (April):

 http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139091/keir-a-lieber-and-daryl-g-press/the-next-korean-war

 

28 October

Class 17

Civil Wars and Humanitarian Interventions

 

Ben Barber “Feeding Refugees or War? The Dilemmas of Humanitarian Interventions,” Foreign Affairs 76 no. 4 (1997).

 

Kofi Annan, “Reflections on Intervention,” AJ

 

Jon Western and Joshua Goldstien, “Humanitarianism Comes of Age: Lessons from Somalia to Libya,” Foreign Affairs 90 no. 6 (2011).

http://people.umass.edu/charli/docs/WesternFA.pdf

 

Part IV: Globalization and International Political Economy

30 October

Class 18

International Trade

 

Nau 328-345

 

Gilpin, “The Nature of Political Economy,” AJ

 

4 November

Class 19

 

International Finance

 

Nau 353-360

 

Hiscox, “The Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policies,” AJ

 

The Economist, “The End of Monnet: The Debt Crisis is Exposing Problems in the Basic Design of the European Union,” http://www.economist.com/node/21528269

 

The Economist: Interactive Graph on the Euro-Crisis: http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/05/european-economy-guide

 

6 November

Class 20

Globalization

 

Nau 303-322

 

Frankel, “Globalization of the Economy,” AJ

 

 

 

11 November

Class 21

The Globalization Debate (Assignment IV)

 

Rodrik, “Trading in Illusions?” AJ

 

Scott, “The Great Divide in the Global Village,” AJ

 

Micklethwait and Wooldridge, “Why the Globalization Backlash is Stupid,” AJ

 

Part V: Religion, Law, Human Rights and the Environment

 

13 November

Class 22

Terrorism

 

Hoffman, “What is Terrorism?” AJ

 

Pape, “The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism,” AJ

 

18 November

Class 23

Identity Politics and Religion

 

Nau, pp.s 202-3 & 248-257

 

Samuel P. Huntington, “Clash of Civilizations,” Foreign Affairs Summer (1993). Jstor

 

Olivier Roy. 2012. “The Transformation of the Arab World,” Journal of Democracy. (23) 3.

http://www.journalofdemocracy.org/sites/default/files/Roy-23-3.pdf

 

20 November

Class 24

International Law and Human Rights

 

Keck and Sikkink, “Transnational Activist Networks,” AJ

 

Howard and Donnelly, “Human Rights in World Politics,” AJ

 

25 November

Class 25

The Environment (Assignment V)

 

Hardin, “The Tragedy of the Commons,” AJ

 

Victor, “International Cooperation on Climate Change: Numbers, Interests and Institutions,” AJ

 

27 November

Class 26

Global Governance and Justice

 

Ikenberry, “The Future of the Liberal World Order,” AJ

 

David Held, “Reframing Global Governance: Apocalypse Soon or Reform!” New Political Economy 11 no. 2 (2006). Jstor

 

2 December

Class 27

The Future of International Relations

 

Posen, “Emerging Multipolarity: Why Should we Care?” AJ

 

Subramanian, “Why China’s Dominance is a Sure Thing,” AJ

 

Zheng Bijian, “China’s ‘Peaceful Rise’ to Great-Power Status,” Foreign Affairs (84)5, 2005:

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/61015/zheng-bijian/chinas-peaceful-rise-to-great-power-status

 

Joseph Nye, “What China and Russia don’t get about Soft Power,” Foreign Policy, (2013): http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/04/29/what_china_and_russia_don_t_get_about_soft_power?wp_login_redirect=0

 

Recommended:

 

 

Economist (2013) “Xi Jinping and the Chinese Dream,”

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21577070-vision-chinas-new-president-should-serve-his-people-not-nationalist-state-xi-jinping?fsrc=nlw|hig|5-2-2013|5641225|36279766|

 

Henry A. Kissinger, “The Future of US-Chinese Relations,” Foreign Affairs March/April (2012).  Jstor

 

4 December

Class 28

Conclusions and Review

 

 

 

 

Final Exam