Champion_170_Sp08 - 1 Political Science 170 Section 002...

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1 Political Science 170 Section 002 Introduction to World Politics Spring Term 2008 MWF 4:00-5:50 pm 241 MSRB Instructor: Professor Brian Champion Office: 1225 HBLL Extension: 2-5862 email: Office hours: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Mondays (and/or by appointment) First day of class: Tuesday 29 April 2008 Last day of class: Monday 16 June 2008 A former British Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, is reputedly once to have said of Great Britain: We have no permanent allies, we have no permanent enemies, we only have permanent interests. –attributed to Henry John Temple Viscount Lord Palmerston 1784-1865, Foreign Secretary and two-time Prime Minister under Queen Victoria. What he actually said was [concerning apparent British apathy regarding Polish struggles against Russian hegemony, which Palmerston did not believe that it met the threshold of justifiable war] “He concluded with the famous peroration that Britain had no eternal allies and no perpetual enemies, only interest that were eternal and perpetual . . .” --quoted in David Brown, Palmerston and the Politics of Foreign Policy, 1846-1855 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002), pp. 82-83. And former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright has written on the importance of knowing the past: History never repeats itself exactly, but we ignore its lessons at our peril. --Madeline Albright, “The Role of the United States in Central Europe”, Proceedings of the Academy of Political Science 38(1): 71-84. The exact quote, found on page 72, is: “History is a strange teacher. It never repeats itself exactly, but you ignore its lessons at your peril”. The bolded version above is the more common iteration. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the subdiscipline within political science of international politics, sometimes called international relations or world politics. This subdiscipline complements other political science subdisciplines such as comparative government, international studies, and political theory in that it surveys world events for points of commonality and of divergence, and analyzes political theories (such as democracy, realism, liberalism, neorealism/neoliberalism, and civil society, to mention just a few) found in the
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2 academic study of international relations. It also relies heavily on political, social, economic and military history to help explain current manifestations and behaviors of political activity. This class is also intended to provide students with a basic understanding of forces, dynamics and theories of the international politics such that: a). students may begin to understand and appreciate global events of which they are aware; and b). students become familiar with an intellectual foundation for advanced study in additional classes in international relations, world politics, ethics, development, international law, and political theory. The best way to do well in this course is to
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