DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
GPOSC 200: Global Politics
CLASS HOURS: TuTh 3:30- 4:45pm, 2105 Harrison Hall
Instructor: Nicholas Howenstein
Office: Miller Hall, Room 2112
OFFICE HOURS: W 2:00-5:00pm and by appointment
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to global politics. The course is designed to familiarize students with key terms, concepts, and institutions associated with the study of global politics. In particular, it will introduce students to the multiple perspectives and debates associated with key global issues and topics.
The course will first survey a number of key concepts, terms, and institutions associated with this area of study. It will then examine different concepts and perspectives associated with globalization, and explore a number of key issues and debates pertaining to the evolving nature of global politics. These themes include: Globalization; Global Security and Conflict, Cultural Clashes, Global Economic Transformation; Socio-Economic Development, and Human Rights.
Course Text and Required Readings
*The primary texts for the course will be:
Richard J. Payne. Global Issues: Politics, Economics, and Culture 4th edition, (Boston: Longman, Pearson Education, Inc., 2013).
Michael T. Snarr & D. Neil Snarr eds. Introducing Global Issues 5th edition, (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012).
The course texts are available for purchase at the JMU bookstore.
*Required readings not in the texts have been placed on Blackboard. Over the course of the semester, the professor might also assign additional readings.
Course Requirements and Grading
There are five graded components in the course:
*Two examinations on September 30, 2014 and November 6, 2014 each worth 25% of the total course grade for a total of 50%.