PSC 124 Syllabus Northrup Fall 09 Final

PSC 124 Syllabus Northrup Fall 09 Final - PSC 124: M100...

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PSC 124: M100 International Relations Fall 2009 Lecture Monday/Wednesday 10:35 to 11:30 – HL 107 Prof. Terrie Northrup Course Information available via Blackboard PROF. NORTHRUP Email: Office Hours: NOTE: I respond to email 539 Eggers Hall Mondays 9:00 to 10:15 regularly. You will get a quicker Office Phone: 443-5329 Tuesdays 11:00 to 12:15 response via email vs. phone. TEACHING ASSISTANTS 023 Eggers Hall Eggers Hall 027 Eggers 023 Eggers Hall Office Phone: 443-9071 Office Phone: 443-9914 Office Phone: 443-9071 Office Hours: Weds 1:00-2:30 Office Hours: Weds 11:40-1:10 Office Hours: Mon 11:40 to 1:10 Fri 10:00-11:30 Fri 10:00- 11:30 Weds 10:00-11:30 Email: Email: Email: C OURSE D ESCRIPTION International relations in its narrowest sense is the study of the relationships between and among the countries of the world. In recent times, however, there have been an increasing number of, and greater influence by, other international actors such as non-governmental organizations (like Amnesty International), international governmental organizations (like the United Nations), citizen movements, and multinational corporations (MNCs). In this introduction to international relations we will consider both state and non-state actors and work towards an understanding of the complexities of the conflict and cooperation that occurs in the international political arena. There is a great deal of talk about the process of globalization that is drawing countries, cultures, and international actors into closer relationship to one another, for better or for worse – or perhaps some of both. An understanding of these relationships and processes will be at the heart of this course. We will view this field from three major topic perspectives: world structure and theoretical views of that structure; international political economy; and international conflict, cooperation and security. We will explore the many ways in which people think about and approach international relations, considering varying views of what constitute the major problems facing the world today. For example, former President Bush focused heavily on foreign affairs and terrorism, while President Obama places strong emphasis on economic concerns. The Economist identifies third-world poverty as “the most pressing moral, political and economic issue of our time, while also claiming that globalization (which many blame for that poverty) is all-in-all a positive force. Albert Einstein believed that “. ..the greatest obstacle to international order is that monstrously exaggerated spirit of nationalism which also goes by the fair-sounding but misused name of patriotism” ( The World As I See It). Al Gore and others identify global warming as the most pressing problem for humanity to deal with. Ideally this course will both
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PSC 124 Syllabus Northrup Fall 09 Final - PSC 124: M100...

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