ACADPOL_Fall2008_POL347_Menkhaus - POL 347 International...

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POL 347 International Organization Davidson College SYLLABUS Dr. Ken Menkhaus Fall Semester 2008 Office: Chambers 2031 Chambers 1027 Phone: x2291 T-Th 8:30-9:45 POL 347 is an upper-level course devoted to the question of how and why states and international non-state actors cooperate; analysis of the international organizations created to facilitate and routinize international cooperation; and exploration of some of the specific issues and challenges they are supposed to manage. It is structured around some of the most significant issues confronting the international community, and includes a short review of important concepts and theories of relevance to international organization. The broad question which serves as the foundation of the course is this: how does a world organized politically around sovereign states cope with transactions and threats which are increasingly trans-national in nature? How is the phenomenon we call globalization reshaping the nature of international cooperation and creating new challenges to manage? We will be taking a close look at how effectively the international community has devised organizations, rules, and practices to manage the complexity of issues such as global finance, the internet, health threats, collective security, transnational crime, terrorism, and economic development. In some cases, the structures and procedures we have in place are reasonably well-suited to manage transnational problems; in other cases, as you will see, structures of global governance are poorly adapted to the rapid changes of transnational politics and exchange.
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The course will combine lecture and seminar formats, with an emphasis on class discussion based on course readings and current events. Active, constructive participation by all students is essential to make the class a success. Students are reminded that strict adherence to the honor code is a critical component of the Davidson experience; this includes a responsibility to understand and avoid plagiarism. Ignorance of plagiarism is not an acceptable excuse! Evaluation: review #1 30% final exam 30% research paper 30% participation and quizzes: 10% Numerical grades will be translated into letter grades as follows: 93-100 A 90-92 A- 87-89 B+ 83-86 B 80-82 B- etc Review #1 is an in-class exam with a take home component. The final exam is self-scheduled during final exam week. A short study guide will be provided prior to both the in-class review and the final exam. The participation component of the grade is based on a combination of quiz scores and active class participation. Quality of input is more valuable than quantity – a good question is as good as a good observation. Attendance is mandatory – excessive, unexcused absences will result in a drop in the participation grade. Students are expected to arrive in class having read and carefully considered required reading. Each student is required to produce a research paper of about 10-12 double spaced
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