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Unformatted text preview: Pols 2940B Page 1 of 8 AS/POLS 2940 B - INTERNATIONAL POLITICS York University - Fall/Winter 2009-10 Thursdays 14:30-16:30 Curtis Lecture Hall D Course Director : Glenn Goshulak Office Location: Office Hours: Tuesdays-2:30 to 3:30 Thursdays-1:00 to 2:00 Or by appointment E-mail address: Course Description This course is designed to give students a broad introduction to the theory and practice of international politics. Emphasis will be placed on the historical development of the academic discipline of International Relations (IR), focusing on key concepts, units of analysis, major debates in the field, competing theories and analytical frameworks. One aim of the course is to examine different ways of understanding what goes on in international politics, who benefits, and why. In the Fall term we begin by reviewing the history of the international system and the four broad schools of thought that have informed the field. Following this, we turn to an examination of the traditional three levels of analysis - the international system, the state and the individual - and the ways each level is relevant to the field. We then shift to discuss three general thematic areas - international law, international political economy, and globalization - and their impacts on our understandings of the discipline. This part of the course will allow us to examine ways in which the study and practice of international politics has broadened to encompass a variety of issues and actors beyond the traditional set. International Politics has always been more than an isolated, ivory tower subject of study. International Relations theory is connected to real world events and processes via the halls of government, the project offices of international organizations and the boardrooms of transnational corporations. In the Winter term we will examine a variety of issues and areas within global politics and analyze how various approaches attempt to understand and offer solutions to global problems today. Topics covered include Gender and Global Politics, War and Terrorism, Globalization and Social Movements, and Poverty and Development. Learning Objectives and Goals By the end of the course you will be able to: Compare and contrast the assumptions, strengths and weaknesses of the major IR theories Identify and classify the main actors or units of analysis in IR Explain how theories understand and predict outcomes in the global arena Pols 2940B Page 2 of 8 Distinguish the different levels of analysis in global politics and recognize their utility for...
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2010 for the course NATURAL SC NATS 1505 taught by Professor Isley during the Spring '10 term at Columbia State Community College.

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Course Syllabus - Pols 2940B Page 1 of 8 AS/POLS 2940 B -...

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