Global Politics

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Unformatted text preview: Political Science 014 Monday 11th 1999 Announcements: The first paper will be due on Wednesday February 3 1999. Chapter 1 in Global Politics is to be read for class on Wednesday. Lecture notes: During class Professor Gartzke reviewed the following syllabus. Syllabus Professor Erik Gartzke Office: N-170 Burrowes Hours: Wed 1:30-3:30(or by appointment) Phone: 865-1912 E-mail: gartzke@psu.edu Course Description: This class is designed to introduce you to international politics a major field in political science. Political comes from the Classical Greek term for the state or government (polis) while science is associated with a way of thinking about problems so that explanations may evolve and be improved. Thus international politics is primarily interested in explaining the actions of interactions of states and other groups that span borders or encompass large regions of the earth. While international politics is interested in describing things that happen around the globe yesterday today and tomorrow political scientists are more interested in accounting for why what they observe occurs. Basic and enduring questions for students of international politics include Why do wars happen? Why do countries trade (much or little)? and Why is so little done about global problems (like pollution or poverty)? As you can see why is a popular word in political science. Adopt the habit of asking why? of topics in this course. You may have done so already. We will provide some answers but we are much more interested in providing you with tools that allow you to find your own answers. Required Texts: Primary Text: 1. Minix Dean A. and Sandra M. Hawley. 1998. Global Politics. New York: West/ Wadsworth. Supplementary Text (must have this text for discussion sections): isbn: 978-0314067678 2. Rouke John T. 1998. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in World Politics 8th ed. Guilford CT: Dushkin. You will also need to obtain these additional sources: 3. Additional Readings. Additional readings may be assigned from time to time throughout the course. They will placed on the reserve self at the library or are available on the Internet.available on the Internet....
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2008 for the course PL SC 014 taught by Professor Gartzke during the Spring '99 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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