Topics: World War II, Cold War, World War I Pages: 12 (4483 words) Published: May 31, 2014
JSIS 201: The Making of the 21st Century
Winter 2014 – Architecture 147

Prof. Joel S. MigdalOffice Hours:
e-mail: Wed.
office: 329 Thomson Hall1:00-2:30

JSIS 201 has its own web page with important information about the course. The URL is: The page has an electronic version of this syllabus, links to international information sources, a Message and Discussion Board, and more.

There will be a formal CLUE (Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment) session for this course each Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm in Mary Gates Hall 251, starting Jan. 15. The CLUE instructor is Zachary Reshovsky . Attendance and participation are voluntary. It is an opportunity for students to continue discussion, chat about current international events, ask questions about course materials, try out paper ideas, and so on. In addition, CLUE’s Writing Center is open for drop in tutoring in the MGH Gateway Center from 7 P.M. to Midnight, Sundays through Thursdays.

The JSIS/Political Science Writing Center is available to provide assistance in writing projects and is available by appointment or for drop-in, from 9:30-4:30 Mondays through Thursdays and 9:30-2:30 on Fridays, in Gowen 111.

The Final Examination is scheduled for Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 2:30-4:20 pm, in our regular classroom. That is the only time the final will be given. The final will be a closed book examination covering all course materials, but students will be allowed to bring one 8-1/2 x 11” sheet of notes to the exam. Make sure to bring blue books to the exam. FRIDAY AFTER CLASS: On most Fridays, immediately after class, Professor Migdal will have an informal chat with any students who would like to participate. We will meet in ARC G070 20. TAs:

Alexey Belyayev AD, AE
Marwa Maziad AI, AJ
Michael Degerald AB, AH
Albana Dwonch AC, AF
Jeanene Mitchell AG, AK
Ayse Nal AA, AL

Purpose of the Course:

Brian Urquhart, former Undersecretary General of the United Nations, wrote, Dreams of world order come and go. After World War II there was a brief interlude when the United States led governments and peoples throughout the world in the belief that a new era of peace, disarmament, and the rule of law could emerge through working together in the United Nations. The cold war soon blighted that vision, and the world was frozen for forty years in the balance of nuclear terror. The end of the cold war and the demise of the Soviet Union caught most people by surprise, and they were followed by a brief period of euphoria in which optimistic notions circulated, many of them inspired by the apparent success of the first Gulf War. Among them were President George H. W. Bush’s “new world order,” Madeleine Albright’s “assertive multilateralism,” and a short-lived but widespread belief that the UN had at last come into its own. The century ended in general disillusionment over the prevailing disorder and violence. The events of September 11, 2001, and the reaction of the administration of President George W. Bush have so far dominated the twenty-first century’s discussion of world order. Urquhart’s statement reflects the concerns of this course. The attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon over a decade ago, on September 11, 2001, brought into sharp relief a new configuration of world power and opposition. After the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991, there had been much talk of a New World Order, emphasizing global­ization, a single model of export-oriented economic development, liberalization, human rights, democracy, and a global war on terrorism. Notions of a New World Order typi­cally did not incorporate possible sources of opposi­tion, or, when they did, it was...
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