World Politics Syllabus

World Politics Syllabus - POLSCI121A:WORLDPOLITICS...

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POLSCI 121-A: “WORLD POLITICS” University of Massachusetts-Amherst Department of Political Science  Instructor:  Dr. Charli Carpenter Office:  Thompson 432 Office Hours:  Tues 9:00-12:00 Phone:  413-545-6245 Email:  [email protected] Course #:  Polsci 121-A Term:  Spring 2009 Day:  Mon/Wed Time:  12:20PM – 1:10PM Location:  Thompson 106 Teaching Assistants: Jason Wilson:  [email protected]   Sirin Duygulu:  [email protected]   Rachel Ostrowski:  [email protected] COURSE DESCRIPTION This course provides an introduction to the study of international politics. Why does war occur? Will  the spread of democracy, free trade and international organizations promote peace? How can the  international community best respond to international terrorism? What is ‘globalization’ and why are  so many people upset about it? Is the sovereign state system still viable in an age of global  migration, disease, communications, crime and social movements? We will review the major schools  of thought on the causes of war and peace, and take a broad view of the evolution of international  politics over time. How can the lessons of the Peloponnesian war of the 5 th  century BC help us to  understand international conflict in the 21 st  century? How can the failures to prevent the First and  Second World Wars help us to understand the promises and limitations of collective security in the  post-Cold War era? How can the eradication of piracy in the 19 th  century help us to understand the  global war on terrorism? Are we on the threshold of a new, more peaceful era in international  politics in which hunger, poverty, environmental degradation and atrocity will be a thing of the past?  Or are we inevitably caught in the same dangerous patterns of conflict that have always  characterized international relations in the past? REQUIRED READINGS: (Textbook): Joshua Goldstein and Jon Pevehouse.  International Relations,  8 th . Ed.   New York:  Longman Publishers. 2008 (AJ): Art, Robert J. and Robert Jervis, eds.  International Politics: Enduring Concepts and  1
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Contemporary Issues . 9th ed. New York: Pearson Education, Inc., 2008. Additional readings will occasionally be handed out. PRS CLICKERS Besides the required readings, students are required to purchase a PRS Clicker system to assist with  participation in-class. These can be purchased at the Textbook Annex, and must be brought to each  class. I have chosen to use this system to promote student engagement and discussion during lecture,  and to help me gauge students’ comprehension of the material. An in-class orientation/registration of 
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