346Adibe07s - SPRING 2007 PSC 346: THE UNITED NATIONS AND...

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SPRING 2007 PSC 346: THE UNITED NATIONS AND WORLD PROBLEMS Clement E. Adibe, Ph.D. Office: Dietzgen 2210 Tel.: 773-325-1981 E-Mail : [email protected] Lecture Hours: T Th 10.10-11.40am. Lecture Room : Levan 504 Office Hours: T Th:1.30-2pm; and by appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVE The initial optimism that greeted what appeared to be the re-emergence of the United Nations Organization (UN) as the central institutional actor in world politics immediately following the end of the Cold War began to wane by the end of the twentieth-century. Since the beginning of the new millennium, however, there has been a steady improvement in the international standing and aura of the United Nations, culminating in the award of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization and its Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, until the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Since then, the euphoric idealism and assertive multilateralism of the late twentieth- century have been replaced with caution, a dose of realism and downright pessimism both within the United Nations system as well as key political circles around the world. Global events since September 11, 2001, such as America's counter-terrorist actions in Afghanistan and the Middle East, have exerted new pressures on multilateralism in general and the United Nations, in particular. As the world struggles to deal with the most severe threat yet to global peace and security in recent memory, the role of the United Nations in reaffirming our common humanity will become even more crucial. This course will examine the historical and theoretical foundations of the United Nations, particularly in light of recent polarizing events in world politics. While thinking critically about the Organization’s structure, functions, problems and challenges, students will be strongly challenged to find new ways and means by which the founding principles of the United Nations may be realized in a world that is increasingly divided on many crucial issues-areas along cultural as well as economic lines. COURSE ASSUMPTIONS, REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION Course Assumptions : This course assumes that students have taken introductory and some combination of upper level courses in international, comparative and/or American politics. It also assumes a high level of student awareness of current national and international affairs. Students are generally expected to be regular readers of current affairs magazines, such as The Economist , Time , Newsweek and their equivalent in the print and electronic media, and be regular visitors to the United Nations official web site: http://www.un.org
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Regular attendance and full participation in class activities shall be required of all students. Attendance shall be taken randomly throughout the quarter for the purpose of allotting grades for class attendance and participation. Students will bear full responsibility for every class that they miss, and no exceptions to this rule shall be
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