Department of Political Science
PSC 104: International Politics
THU: 6:30 - 9:20 PM Instructor: Muhammad Kabir Room: PH 211 firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: Room: 200I TUE 12:00 – 1:00 PM THU 5:00 – 6:00 PM
International politics is about conflicts and cooperation over the distribution of limited resources among nation-states and non-state actors who aim to maximize their welfare (i.e. security, wealth, etc.). The course is divided into three parts. 1) Actors and concepts in international relations: the first part of the course will focus on the major theoretical approaches to international politics, state and non-state actors and their roles in international politics. 2) International security: the main themes in the second part of the course include the causes of war and peace, international cooperation, alliances, deterrence, nuclear proliferation, etc. 3) International political economy: the last part involves international trade, globalization, and economic development in the less-developing countries. The course is designed to achieve the following objectives: I) to provide students an introduction to and a general familiarity with the concepts and analytical tools used in the study of international relations; II) to introduce students to the major debates and issues in international relations; and III) to promote the ability of students to compare and critically evaluate various theoretical approaches to international politics.
How does Political Science 104 satisfy PLAS criteria?
Because international relations examines government on a global scale, and because the theoretical and empirical laboratory for our inquiry includes the entire planet, this course satisfies the PLAS requirement of exploring world cultures. Because our concern is with governments, non-governmental organizations, terrorist groups, religion, particular culture, economies, including the institutions and process through which these are regulated and given meaning, this course satisfies the PLAS requirement for analyzing social structures.
ASSIGNED TEXTBOOK AND READING MATERIALS:
John Baylis, Steve Smith, and Patricia Owens, The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations, Oxford University Press Scott P. Handler (ed.), International Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings, Longman (10th edition), CQ Press Supplemental Articles: I assigned some book chapters and articles, generally from scholarly journals, relevant to the course topics. These articles are noted on the syllabus with an asterisk (*). All the non-text readings are located on Blackboard
The grade will be determined by the cumulative sum of all the components specified below. Students must complete all of these components. There will be no substitutions or extra credits for any missed or incomplete parts of the course. The grade distribution is the following. 1) Participation and attendance: (10% of the course grade)
Students are expected to read the assigned materials before coming to the class and participate in class discussion. Occasionally the class will be divided into several groups to facilitate group discussion. The class participation grade will depend on regular attendance and informed class participation. Students are expected to attend every class. Please bring the...
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