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ITS notes - INTRODUCTION 1 The ITS major at Miami is a true...

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INTRODUCTION: 1. The ITS major at Miami is a true interdisciplinary approach to current global affairs.- The core disciplines are geography, political science, history, anthropology, and economics. The goals of the major are to think in an integrated and critical way while relying on valuable perspectives from many disciplines but moving beyond disciplinary boundaries toward complex explanations and understanding. 2. The rationale is to break new ground and introduce the disciplines of international studies and to address regional and global issues through an interdisciplinary approach. –It is organized by regions (Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa) because: it allows us to manage information about their environments, people, and social relations, sort information common to groups of peoples and countries so we can see the big picture, and to differentiate international issues.-The problem is Westerners created these regional labels and false generalizations may be made about the regions. CHAPTER 1: 1. Politics concerns human interactions that involve both power and conflict. Scandals, corruption, ignorance, limited media coverage. 2. Historians record all history; political scientists deal with the behaviorism of people. Behaviorism derives from political scientists’ focus on measurable aspects of political behavior. However, many believe human behavior cannot be recorded as data (ie: people’s opinions as an answer to a question). Skeptics argue that human behavior in general is not reliable or predictable. 1
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3. International relations-directly applies to its; domain that examines political behavior outside of or across domestic political borders Comparative politics-directly applies to its; studies domestic policies outside the US compare aspects of diff countries together (ie: judicial behavior, govt system, American politics-refers to examination of political phenomena within the US Political theory-the study of isms, study of ways humans organize themselves Public administration-studies the practices of policy development and implementation, especially at local and state level, most applied field of political science. 4. Liberalism- (idealism) belief that all humans are moral beings, that they have free agency, and that public institutions moderate their behavior. a. Humans have a capacity for good. b. Selfish and violent behaviors come not from human nature but from institutions that promote such behavior. c. The primary public institution leading to war is the state, because it promotes nationalism and selfishness over global welfare. d. Multilateral action and institutions are needed to combat war. Realism-“world politics for the modern age” combines with more recent iterations of the theory to generate a series of assumptions and prepositions about international politics.
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