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Pol 301 - Issues in International Relations
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1 POLS 301 Global Issues Fall 2009 Globalization International Dynamics and International Security TTh 1 2 15 HAL 214 Dr Samuel S Stanton Jr Office HAL 303E Office Phone 724 458 3854 Office Hours MWF 9 11am TTh 2 30 30 pm Email ssstanton gcc edu http www2 gcc edu dept pols faculty stanton Y et attempts to eliminate war however nobly inspired and assiduously pursued have brought little more than fleeting moments of peace among states Kenneth Waltz And He said to them When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals you did not lack anything did you They said no nothing And He said to them But now whoever has a money belt is to take it along likewise also a bag and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one Luke 22 35 36 Overview The world is a dangerous place even within the somewhat safe borders of the United States we find ourselves engaged in the pursuit of understanding what makes states and groups insecure and thus why states and groups feel that as their security is threatened the only option is war But is war the only option This course focuses on three aspects of understanding global issues in relations to international security First the academic interest of political science requires us to understand frameworks through which relations can be understood so we will look theoretically at how man shapes conflict how state internal structures shape conflict and how the structures of the international system shape conflict The second focus of the course is on globalization s impact on international conflict How does the growth of interdependence change state behavior Do different forms of globalization cause greater conflict What does the struggle for primacy look like in the current globalized world Finally we will look at conflict and issues of national and international security directly Are there some conflicts that are irresolvable What about sovereignty in a globalized world Does democratic peace work What does asymmetric conflict look like Does weapons proliferation affect security Does peacekeeping work How do natural resources affect conflict And of course whence goes the WOT 2 Goals To aid students in development of an understanding security as an international issue To help students examine the application of this knowledge to their futures To assist students in living lives glorifying and honoring God through the advancement of knowledge Outcomes Students will demonstrate an ability to engage in analysis and critique of the relevant literature dealing with the issue of international security through the use of in class discussions of the readings Dept Objectives 1 2 5 8 Students will demonstrate the ability to engage in research on a topic relevant to the subject of study for the purpose of writing a research paper Dept Objectives 1 2 5 7 8 Students will communicate in writing an answer to a relevant research question in the field of international security Dept Objectives 1 2 5 7 8 General Objectives for Students Majoring in Political Science 1 Have acquired knowledge of the four major subject areas American Politics Political Theory International Relations and Comparative Politics of political science 2 Be Competitive for graduate and professional school opportunities Political science majors with strong academic records will be competitive for both master s and Ph D programs in political science and other professional programs and will be competitive for financial stipends 3 Be familiar with entry level jobs suitable for political science majors 4 Be competitive for entry level jobs suitable for political science majors 5 Have the ability to read comprehend and evaluate content in professional political science journals scholarly books and websites 6 Show familiarity with and the ability to critically evaluate information sources in the Social Sciences 7 Demonstrate a mastery of research and writing skills in the field of political science 8 Develop and capacity to apply a Christian moral principles to issues and topics within political science including using a Christian perspective to evaluate critically political ideas public policies and political figures Simply stated our aim is that students will seek to understand the field of politics as individuals who are committed to historic Christian thought Required Texts Payne Richard J 2009 Global Issues Politics Economics and Culture 2nd Edition New York Pearson Longman Publishing Snow Donald M 2010 Cases in International Relations 4th Edition New York Pearson Longman Publishing 3 Waltz Kenneth 1954 Man the State and War A Theoretical Analysis New York Columbia University Press Other readings from Journals will be assigned throughout the semester as necessary Course Requirements Participation This course requires participation Discussion of readings will be a major component of the learning process This enables you to develop a better understanding of the literature as well as helping you to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills This represents 20 of your course grade Exams There will be two take home essay exams and a final exam in this course The take home exams will require you to answer 3 of 5 questions in analytical essay form The final exam will be in class as scheduled by the college and will be drawn from the questions given on the take home exams More information on the final will be given later in the semester The two take home exams are each 20 of your grade The final exam is 10 of your grade Research Paper A course paper is required in this class it may be empirical or nonempirical see Guide for Writing a Research Paper for information on empirical research The required length is 15 20 pages The paper should follow APSA see the attached style and citation guide at the end of the syllabus Style and grammar do matter and will count 20 points toward the final paper grade The paper is 30 of the overall grade Your research question is due by 5 pm on September 27th Papers are due by 5pm on December 7th A hard copy is required and should be turned into me at my office HAL 303E NOTE Students choosing to write a non empirical research paper will receive a grade no higher than 89 The paper will be graded on the 100 point system and any paper earning 89 or higher will be assigned an 89 Only students engaging in an empirical research project as explained in class will be eligible to receive a grade of 90 or higher on the paper assignment Grades 20 40 30 10 participation take home


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