PA 850 syllabus (2009)

PA 850 syllabus (2009) - PUBLIC AFFAIRS 850 INTERNATIONAL...

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS 850 INTERNATIONAL GOVERNANCE Fall 2009 Professor Jonathan Zeitlin T 1:20-3:20 [email protected] Microbial Sciences Building 1510 319 Ingraham 265-6640 (o) Course Description This a core foundation course for the Masters in International Public Affairs (MIPA). The course is intended to provide students with a conceptual and contextual framework for understanding international public affairs in an age of globalization. It does not seek to impart specific technical skills, but rather to stimulate critical thinking and to introduce students to key issues and sources in international governance research. The course is divided in two main parts. The first looks comparatively at recent international transformations in governance at the national level, focusing primarily though not exclusively on the developed democracies. In this section, we will examine topics such as the widespread movement away from Weberian bureaucracy and command-and-control regulation, the emergence of new forms of governance and public management, the sources and sustainability of institutional diversity, and the possibilities and limitations of policy transfer and cross-national learning. The second part of the course looks at recent transformations of governance at the international level, focusing on the challenge of globalization. In this section, we will examine the processes, practices, and prospects of global governance, analyzing the role of various types of public and private actors (such as states, international organizations, regional blocs, NGOs, multinational corporations, business associations, transgovernmental networks) across different international issue areas (such as finance, trade, development, environmental protection, and human rights), and assessing the effectiveness, accountability, and legitimacy of the ensuing governance arrangements. Requirements and Grading The course will be taught through a combination of lectures and discussion. You are expected to come to class having done the assigned reading and be ready to discuss it. In addition, you are expected to complete the following assignments: 1) Submit 10 brief response memos (no more than 1 single-spaced page) on the week’s readings. These memos are intended to prepare the ground for good class discussions by requiring participants to set out their initial reactions to the readings in written form. Memos should not summarize the readings, but should comment on specific arguments, compare the positions of different authors, raise questions of evidence or method, draw attention to particular strengths and weaknesses in the texts, and/or explore their policy implications. (Given the short length of these response memos, it will not be necessary – or possible – for students to discuss
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each reading.) Each memo should also identify at least one question that you would like the class to discuss. (This should not be a purely factual question, though I will be glad to respond to such questions in class.) If your question is selected for class discussion, I will ask you to
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