Intro_mo_jan9_2012 - PLS 160 Introduction to International Relations Cristina Bodea Masaaki Higashijima Intro to the course • Instructor and

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Unformatted text preview: PLS 160 Introduction to International Relations Cristina Bodea Masaaki Higashijima Intro to the course • Instructor and teaching assistants • Syllabus • What is in the press (WSJ) • Greenspan Book • Introduction - World Politics Textbook Instructor and teaching assistant • Cristina Bodea [email protected] Office hours: Tu 2-4 pm, South Kedzie Hall 342 • Masaaki Higashijima [email protected] Office hours: Th 1-3pm, South Kedzie Hall 231 Syllabus (1) • Background needed to understand contemporary world politics • Familiarity with main theoretical approaches • Issues: - working of the system of states- actors in the system of states, their goals and interactions- causes of international conflict and violence- international economic relations - transnational networks Syllabus (2) - Resources • Textobook: Frieden, Jeffrey A., David A. Lake, and Kenneth A. Schultz. 2009. World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions. New York: W.W. Norton [Bookstore] • Book: Alan Greenspan. 2007. “The Age of Turbulence” [Bookstore] • Relevant stories in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) – each class 2-3 stories • Lecture PowerPoint slides on Angel Syllabus (3)- Grading • 2 exams == 70% of the final grade [35% each] [multiple choice + essay questions; in-class review; all material, including news stories are fair game] • 4 un-announced quizzes == 20 % of the final grade [6.6% each quiz] [only 3 count for grade; 10 minutes; in class; multiple choice questions + essay questions; all material, including news stories are fair game] • 10% for each student’s in class presentation [group in max of 4; present WSJ stories with a little research for background / Greenspan book chapter] • No curve grading in this class Syllabus (4)- Presentation • Sign up for your presentation asap, because Masaaki will fill out the list on a first come first served basis, with no more than four students per presentation....
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