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Ss 303 - American Hegemony and International Security in the 21st Century
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Jon Western jwestern mtholyoke edu 586 3917 107 Skinner Hall Mount Holyoke College SS 303 American Hegemony and International Security in the 21st Century Fall 2004 Mondays 1 00 3 50pm This course explores how decisions and strategic positioning by the United States will influence the global security climate in the coming decades It begins with a broad overview of the global security environment and the nature and sources of American power We will explore multiple conceptions of American power and examine the role of American exceptionalism and liberal ideals as a basis of American hegemony The course will then critically examine the effects of American power as it relates to traditional sources of international security and conflict and likely trends in WMD proliferation terrorism economic development environmental degradation resource scarcity demographic stress and global public health Previous course work in world politics is required Requirements There are three elements of the final evaluation for this course 1 a 15 page final research paper 50 2 one 5 7 page essay that analyzes long term trends and predictions and presents some scenario of international security 25 years from now 25 and 3 class participation 25 The 5 7 page essay will be due on October 25 I will discuss the specifics in class For the final paper you will pick an important contemporary policy debate regarding international security in the coming decades Your paper should 1 include a description of the problem and the majors actors that shape this issue be sure to specify how powerful those actors are and what their interests are 2 describe the internal assumptions and underlying analytical logic or illogic and inconsistencies these actors make in presenting their arguments analyses and 3 present your own analysis of the particular issue Describe why your analysis is the right one for the problem both technically and politically and discuss possible technical and political obstacles to your



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