POLITICAL SCIENCE 441
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Spring, 2004

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 Instructor: Dr. Harbour
Office: Wynne 104-A
Office telephone: 395-2219
Office hours:
MWF 10:00-11:00  TR 9:30-10:30
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Home phone: 315-0352

Table of Contents
 Course Description
 Texts
 Course Objectives
 Class Schedule
 Course Requirements
 Grading
 Attendance Policy
 Honor Code
 Class Discussion
 Critical Thinking Writing Exercises
 Taking Exams
 Bibliography

Course Description:
Study of the factors conditioning international politics, with emphasis upon the foreign polices of major powers.

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Texts:
Karen Mingst & Jack Snyder.  Essential Readings in World Politics.
John T. Rourke & Mark A. Boyer.  World Politics:  International Politics on the Word Stage, Brief 4th
John T. Rourke.  Editor.  Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in World Politics.  Eleventh  Edition.

Students may want to make use of Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports and Issue Briefs found online at:
http://fpc.state.gov/fpc/c4763.htm  Many of these reports are excellent reviews of foreign policy issues.

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Course Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a capacity for critical and analytical thought about international relations

2. Demonstrate an ability to communicate their knowledge and beliefs about international politics both orally and in writing.

3. Discuss the central features of the international system

4. Identify the principle models used by political scientists in studying international relations and discuss the claims of the major schools of thought within the discipline, explaining how political scientists try to understand international relations

5. Discuss important philosophical and ethical issues associated with the challenges confronting relations among nations.

6. Identify information regarding international relations which is necessary and useful for responsible citizenship

7. Discuss how international politics have shaped and been shaped by the dynamic social forces of the past 100 years

8. Discuss elements of both continuity and change within the international political system.
 

Class Schedule:
Click HERE for the on-line Study Guide for this course.  It includes questions to help reading and reflecting upon the weekly and daily assignment as well as useful links to various web sources on the thinkers and issues being addressed in those assignments.

Week 1  Introduction to the Study of International Relations
Jan. 12-16
     Read:  Rourke & Boyer, Chpts. 1, 2, 3; Mingst & Snyder, Chpt. 1 - Bald's article on Thucydides
     Special Topics:                                                                                                                            

M:   Introduction to the study of international relations
W:   How do political scientists try to understand international relations?  What are the different levels of analysis employed by students of international relations? What are the main forces and who are the main actors shaping international relations?                                                                                                     

F: What were the essential dynamics of the cold war? Does the apparent triumph of market place economics and western democracy in the world mean we will live in a more peaceful word?                                                        
Critical Thinking Writing Exercise No. 1
Relying in part on the articles by Kennan and Gaddis in your readings, write a three page essay in which you explain how the United States perceived the Soviet Union at the onset of the cold war and then explain some of the essential dynamics of the international political system during the cold war.

Week 2  Power Politics and Political Realism
Jan. 19-23
     Read:  Rourke & Boyer, Chpt. 1; Mingst & Snyder, Chpt. 2 - Articles by Walt and Morgenthau, Chpt. 3 - Article by Waltz, Chpt. 4 - Articles by Bull, Morgenthau, and Wohlforth
    Special Topics:
    M:  How does political realism understand the role of power in international relations?
    W:  How does neorealism (or structural realism) understand international relations?
     F:  Do stability and peace require a balance of power or a clear imbalance of power?
Critical Thinking Writing Exercise No. 2
Write a three page essay in which you explain how political realism attempts to understand international relations.  What are the essential descriptive and normative claims of political realism?  Explain the strengths and weaknesses of this theory.

Week 3  Liberal and Radical Challenges to Power Politics and Political Realism
Jan. 26-30
    Read:  Mingst & Snyder, Chpt. 1 - Article by Wilson, Chpt. 2 - Articles by Doyle, Frank, and Tickner, Chpt. 3 - Articles by Ruggie and Tickner, Chpt. 4 - Article by Wallerstein
    Special Topics:
    M:  How does liberalism (or idealism) understand the causes of war and peace among nations?
          How does liberalism (or idealism) challenge power politics and realist theories?
     W:  How do Marxist and other radical models try to explain the international system?
      F:  How do feminist and postmodernist paradigms challenge both realism and liberalism when it comes
           to trying to understand international relations?
Critical Thinking Writing Exercise No. 3
Write a three page essay in which you explain how liberalism attempts to understand international relations.  What are the essential descriptive and normative claims of liberalism as it is applied to international relations?  Explain the strengths and weaknesses of this theory.

Week 4  States and Individuals
Feb. 2-6
     Read:  Mingst & Snyder, Chpts. 5 and 6; Rourke, Part I - Issue 2; Rourke & Boyer, Chpt. 6
     Special  Topics:
     M:  What is the role of the state in world politics?
     W:  What role do individuals play in world politics?
      F:   NOTE: Your first test will be given on Friday, Feb.6. It will count for 1/6 of your semester grade.

Week 5  Conflict and the Role of Diplomacy
Feb. 9-13
      Read:  Rourke & Boyer, Chpt. 8; Mingst & Snyder, Chpt. 4 - Articles by Huntington and from The Economist
     Special Topics:
     M:  What are the elements of power for nation-states?
     W:  What is the role of diplomacy in relations between nations?
      F:   What are some of the ideological and cultural sources of conflict in the world today?
Critical Thinking Writing Exercise No. 4
Write a three page essay in which you provide an analysis and critique of Samuel P.Huntington's article, "The Clash of Civilizations."  Are the fault lines between civilizations going to become fundamental sources of conflict in the post cold war era?  Clearly present the main arguments for and against the thesis advanced by Huntington regarding future sources of conflict in the world. Develop your own view as to whether he is right or wrong.

Week 6  Nationalism and Democracy
Feb. 16-20
     Read:  Mingst & Snyder, Chpts. 10, 11
     Special Topics:
     M:   What roles have nationalism and ethnic identity played in conflicts between states?
     W:   How are democratization and nationalism sometimes a dangerous mixture?
      F:   Does the spread of democracy lead to a more peaceful world?
Critical Thinking Writing Exercise No. 5
Write a three page essay on the following question.  Does a more democratic world mean a more peaceful world?  Clearly present the best evidence on each side of this debate and defend your answer to the question. You will need to evaluated the democratic peace thesis.

Week 7  War, Military Forces, Doctrines, Arms Races, Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Terrorism
Feb. 23-27
     Read:  Rourke & Boyer, Chpt. 10; Mingst & Snyder, Chpt. 7; Rourke, (Issues 12, 13, 14, 15)
     Special Topics:
     M:  What are the causes of war and terrorism?
     W:  What are the most significant military forces and doctrines in the international system today?
     F:  What are the principal proliferation issues facing the world today?
Critical Thinking Writing Exercise No. 6
Write a three page essay on how you think the United States should address issues of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Week 8  Rational Choice Theory and Game Theory
March 1-5
     Read:  Rourke & Boyer, Chpt. 8 - pp. 207-214; Mingst & Snyder, Chpt. 7 - pp. 248-259
                Online assignments and handouts on rational choice theory and game theory
     Special Topics:
     M:  How can rational choice theory and game theory be used to understand international politics?
     W:  What does game theory suggest as rational choices in different decision making situations in
            international politics?
      F:  NOTE:  Your second test will be given on Friday, March 5.  It will count for 1/6 of your semester grade.

SPRING BREAK   MARCH 6-14

Week 9  International Economics: The Role of International Trade, the Flow of Money, and Multinational Corporations in International Relations
March 15-19
     Read:  Rourke & Boyer, Chpt. 11; Rourke, (Issue 10); Mingst & Snyder, Chpt. 8
     Special Topics:
     M:  How has international trade evolved over the past four centuries?  How does trade shape the world today?
     W:  How do the international monetary system and multinational corporations shape the world today?
      F:  To what extent do economic conditions, desires, policies, and forces lead to international conflict?
           To what extent do economic conditions, desires, policies, and forces lead to a more stable and peaceful world?
Critical Thinking Writing Exercise No. 7
Write a three page essay on the following question. Do international monetary, banking, and trading regimes such as the IMF, World Bank, and WTO make for a better world? Be explicit in the criteria you employ in your analysis and offer solid supporting evidence to support your claims.

Week 10  Economic Development and the North-South Divide
March 22-26
     Read:  Rourke & Boyer, Chpt. 12; Rourke, (Issues 9 and 11)
     Special Topics:
     M:  How are economic forces shaping the world today?
     W:  What is the significance of the North-South gap to the international system?
      F:  What are some of the principal health issues facing the international system?
Critical Thinking Writing Exercise No. 8
Write a three page essay on the following question.  Does economic development lead to a more humane and stable world or to greater injustices and conflict?  Be explicit in the criteria you employ in your analysis and offer solid supporting evidence to support your claims.

Week 11  International Organizations, International Law, and Global Governance
March 29-April 2
     Read:  Rourke & Boyer, Chpts. 7, 9; Rourke, Part 5; Mingst & Snyder, Chpt. 9 
     Special Topics:
     M:  How important are international organizations to the international system?
     W:  What are the bases for international law?  What role does it play in the international system?
            What are the scope and limitations on international law?
      F:  What are the principal issues involving global governance in today's world?
Critical Thinking Writing Exercise No. 9
Write a three page essay on the strengths and weaknesses of the United Nations. Be sure to use appropriate examples in developing this essay.  Generalizations without supporting evidence are of little value. Be clear on the criteria you are employing in evaluating the effectiveness of the UN.

Week 12  Human Rights and Environmental Issues
April 5-9
    Read:  Rourke & Boyer, Chpts. 13, 14;  Rourke, (Issue 19)
     Special Topics:
     M:  How are human rights an issue for the world today?
     W:  How are environmental issues sometimes a source of conflict between nation states?
            To what extent may environmental issues be an increasing source of instability in the international system?
      F:   NOTE: You will have your third test on Friday, April 9.  It will count for 1/6 of your semester grade.

Week 13  Transnationalism, Globalization, and Integration
April 12-16
     Read:  Rourke & Boyer, Chpt. 5; Mingst & Snyder, Chpt. 12; Rourke, (Issues 1, 4)
     Special Topics:
     M:  What are the principal transnational forces at work today?
     W:  What issues are raised by globalization?
      F:  What issues are raised by economic and political integration?

Week 14  Regional Issues in the International System Today
April 19-23
     Read:  Rourke, (Issues 3, 5, 6, 7, 8)
     Special Topics:
     M:  Will the Bush Doctrine lead to a safer and more stable world?
     W:  What role will China play in world politics in the future?
     F:  What are the main challenges confronting a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
Critical Thinking Writing Exercise No. 10
Write a three page essay in which you identify the most serious problem facing the world today.  Be sure to explain why this problem is greater than all others.

April 23   Last day of Classes
April 24   Reading Day
April 26-30  Final Exam Period
                Your final exam will count for 1/6 of your semester grade.  It will be a comprehensive essay examination.
                Your final exam will be given at 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 26.
May 11   Commencement

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Course Requirements:
Three Tests
Total scores on ten critical thinking writing exercise
Contribution to class discussion
Final comprehensive exam

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Grading:
Your grade will be based upon three tests given during the course of the semester, your total score on ten three page critical thinking writing exercises, your contribution to class discussion, and a final exam.  Each of these will count for 1/6 of your grade.  Each of the exams will involve an essay format.  The final examination will be comprehensive.

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Attendance Policy:
The attendance policy for this course is the University policy found in the University Catalog and Student Handbook.

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Honor Code:
Students are expected to live by the Longwood University Honor Code. All work done for the class must be pledged. Your instructor will not tolerate any form of cheating.

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Class Discussion:
Students are expected to make contributions to class discussion.  Your grade in this regard will be based upon participation during the semester.

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Ten Critical Thinking Writing Exercises: You will write ten 3 page essays during the course of the semester. The topics for these short essays are listed in the course outline.  Each paper is worth 10 points and is due at the beginning of class on the Friday of each week for which a paper is due. Late papers will lose points.
 The papers will follow the Turabian format.
 A shorter version of that style manual can be found on the History style manual at the following web address: <http://www.longwood.edu/history/HDPTSTS2.htm>
There will be more help on developing these papers found in the Study Guide for the course. Click HERE for the online Study Guide for this course.

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Taking Exams:
Exams must be taken on time.  You are expected to provide proof for any legitimate reason (illness, participation in a University-sponsored activity, or recognizable emergency) you have for missing an exam.  Having another test on the dame day or having problems with the person you are dating are not valid reasons for missing a test.

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Bibliography:
Required Reading:
Karen Mingst & Jack Snyder.  Essential Readings in World Politics.
John T. Rourke & Mark A. Boyer.  World Politics:  International Politics on the Word Stage, Brief 4th
John T. Rourke.  Editor.  Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in World Politics.  Eleventh  Edition.
 

Suggested Reading or Reference:

Students may make use of the excellent and very extensive bibliographies provided in the texts.

Other Materials:

W. Raymond Duncan, Barbara Jancar-Webster, Bob Switky.  World Politcs in the 21st Century.  New York: Longman, 2001.
Michael G. Roskin & Nicholas O. Berry. IR The New World of International Relations.  Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:
  Prentice Hall, 2002.
John T. Rourke, Mark A. Boyer.  World Politics.  Fourth Edition.  New York:  McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2002.
Jill Steans & Lloyd Pettiford.  International Relations:  Perspectives and Thems. New York:  Longman, 2001.
Raymond C. Taras, Rajat Ganguly.  Understanding Ethnic Conflict. Second Edition.  New York:  Longman, 2002.

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