124SYLFALL2007 - Political Science 124 M300 INTERNATIONAL...

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Political Science 124 M300 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (IRLC) Syracuse University Instructor: Dr. Francine D'Amico Fall Term 2007 Office: 225 Eggers Hall Classroom: HGL 113 Office Hours: TTh 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Class time: MWF 11:40 AM-12:35 PM TTh 1:30-5:00 PM IRLC Peer Mentors: Office Phone: 443-8215 or 2306 Naina Dhawan [email protected] E-mail: [email protected] Ekaterina Mojaeva [email protected] “Education wasn’t what [Paul Farmer] wanted to perform on the world… He was after transformation.” Tracy Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains (2003: 44). How do we make sense of and work to transform the world today? Social scientists look for patterns in human behavior, so what patterns do we see? We can discern a trend toward cooperation and integration in, for example, the activities of governmental and non- governmental organizations like the United Nations and Partners in Health and the evolution of the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT) to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and of the Organization for African Unity (OAU) to the African Union (AU). The proliferation of regional economic organizations, such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), reflects this trend. Yet we can also see a counter-trend toward conflict and disintegration in the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Ethiopia, in secessionist struggles in Chechnya and Kashmir, and in conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Sudan. Along with change, there is much continuity in international relations: the "state" as a political institution, although faced with many challenges, has not "withered away" as some analysts of international relations predicted at the turn of the last century. Patterns of globalization, transnationalism, and terrorism suggest that to understand international relations today, we must look beyond states to non-state, supra-, and sub-state actors, including global corporations and ordinary citizens. In this course, we seek to observe and make sense of actors and events, to discern patterns and trends, and to construct an inclusive understanding of international relations. We will examine the political, economic, and socio-cultural connections among and conflicts between the peoples of the world through the activities of states, international governmental and non- governmental organizations, multinational corporations, and transnational social movements. Our goal is to achieve a measure of global awareness and geographic literacy, an understanding of the myriad forces shaping international relations today and tomorrow, and a sense of our own possibilities as we recognize our roles as actors in international relations and our responsibilities as citizens in a globalizing world.
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This course carries a Social Science designation for the Liberal Arts distribution requirement. This course is a requirement for the undergraduate major in
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124SYLFALL2007 - Political Science 124 M300 INTERNATIONAL...

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