Blaney232 - PO 232 International Relations Summer 2007 M-F...

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PO 232 International Relations, Summer 2007 M-F 12:10 – 2:00, Clark C 248 Instructor: Dallas Blaney Email: [email protected] Office: Clark C332 Office Hours: T/R 11:00 – 12:00 and by appointment Objectives This course is designed as an introduction to the theories, actors, and substantive issues that make up and animate international relations. At its most basic level this course endeavors to provide students with a more comprehensive understanding of the world around them. To that end, contemporary - and oftentimes controversial – examples and evidence are cited to better illustrate the various abstract theoretical claims made about the world political system. An additional and related goal is to supply you with a basic understanding of the historical and theoretical development of international relations. Such an understanding provides a context from which you can critically evaluate competing political claims and unfolding events. Therefore, by the end of the course you should be familiar with the basic concepts and content of international relations and be able to use this knowledge to more effectively distinguish those claims that have theoretical consistency and empirical validity from those that do not. Student Expectations Lectures and classroom discussions will complement and frequently go beyond the assigned readings; they will not summarize them. It is therefore expected that you complete the assigned readings before coming to class and that you bring the assigned readings to class. In addition, you are required to stay abreast of current events by reading a daily newspaper. Appropriate sources of international news include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, and The BBC World News. Access to these publications is available through the Library, online, or by subscription. To succeed in this course, you should expect to spend a minimum of two hours reading and thinking about the course material for every hour of lecture. Classroom participation is an important element of the course. This means that you are expected to attend class, participate in classroom and group discussions, and raise questions and/or concerns regarding the reading and lecture material. In order to facilitate discussion and encourage participation, you must be respectful of, and indeed open to, the perspectives and insights of your classmates. You are also expected to arrive in class on time and to stay for the entire class session. On those rare occasions when you find it necessary to either miss class or leave early, please inform your instructor in advance. If leaving early, please leave quietly so as not to disturb those around you.
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