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UN Syllabus 2010-2011

UN Syllabus 2010-2011 - POLITICAL SCIENCE 2104 THE UNITED...

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1 POLITICAL SCIENCE 2104 THE UNITED NATIONS IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM Political Science, The University of Western Ontario E-mail: [email protected] The purpose of this course is to gain a deeper understanding of the United Nations and its role in world affairs. Whereas the UN was a victim of the stalemate of the Cold War, it has gained new importance in the 1990s. Has the world organization since the past decade turned into an autonomous actor of international politics or is it an agent of (certain) states? Can it contribute to solving global problems? The course addresses this kind of questions by focusing on three key issues: international peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. 1. Course Goals and Objectives: Additional course-specific objectives include the following: 1. To expand students' substantive knowledge of the United Nations, including the network of UN agencies, the wide range of issues in which the UN is involved, and the political factors shaping the UN's role in world politics. 2. To examine the extent to which international organizations serve as agents of positive change in world politics. 3. To give students an opportunity to make connections between the academic study of the United Nations and real-world policy issues related to the United Nation's role in world politics 2. Course Policies Deadlines: - Two tests, which will be due: - First test: November 9 th , 2010 (The test can be written online by accessing the WebCT course page from 8am to 12pm) - Second test: March 1 st , 2011 (The test can be written online by accessing the WebCT course page from 8am to 12pm) - A position paper, which will be due on March 25 th , 2011 - Final exam, which will take place during the formal exam period in April 3. Course Requirements - You are responsible for ensuring that you have successfully completed all course prerequisites, and that you have not taken an antirequisite course. Lack of prerequisites may not be used as a basis for appeal. If you are found to be ineligible for a course, you may be removed from it at any time and you will receive no adjustment to your fees. This decision cannot be appealed . If you find that you do not have the course requisites, it is in your best interest to drop the course well before the end of the add/drop period. Your prompt attention to this matter will not only help protecting your
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2 academic record, but will ensure that spaces become available for students who require the course in question for graduation. Office of the Dean. Faculty of Social Science - The University of Western Ontario uses software that can check for plagiarism. Students may be required to submit their written work in electronic form and have it checked for plagiarism. 4. Course Resources: - Moore, J. A. and Pubantz, J. (2006). The new United Nations: international organization in the twenty-first century. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
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