PSC 124 Syllabus Northrup Fall 2014 final

PSC 124 Syllabus Northrup Fall 2014 final - PSC 124 M100...

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PSC 124: M100 International Relations Spring 2014 Lecture Monday/Wednesday 11:40 to 12:35 in Maxwell Auditorium Prof. Terrie Northrup Course Information available via Blackboard PROF. NORTHRUP Email: [email protected] Office Hours: NOTE: I respond to email 225 Eggers Hall Mondays 9:00-10:15 regularly. You will get a quicker Office Phone: 443-2306 Thursdays 11:00-12:15 response via email vs. phone. TEACHING ASSISTANTS David Arceneaux (.106 & .105) Sinan Chu (.102 & .101) Pia Sawhney (.104 & .103) Thurs 2:00 and Friday 11:40 Friday 10:35 and 12:45 Thurs 12:30 and 3:30 025 Eggers Hall 023 Eggers Hall 027 Eggers Hall Office Phone: 443-9928 Office Phone: 443-9071 Office Phone: 443-9914 Office Hours: Weds. 12:45-1:15 Office Hours: Monday 4:30-6:00 Office Hours: Monday 10:30-12 Thurs. 12:30-2:00 Weds. 3:45-5:15 Friday 9:00-10:30 Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected] C OURSE D ESCRIPTION AND P URPOSE International relations in its narrowest sense is the study of the relationships between and among the countries of the world. More recently, however, the field of IR has recognized the important influence of other international actors such as non-governmental organizations (like Amnesty International), international governmental organizations (like the United Nations), citizen movements, and multinational corporations (MNCs). In this introduction to international relations we will consider both state and non- state actors and work towards an understanding of the complexities of the conflict and cooperation that occurs in the international political arena. There is a great deal of talk about the process of globalization that is drawing countries, cultures, and international actors into closer relationship to one another, for better or for worse – or perhaps some of both. An understanding of these relationships and processes will be at the heart of this course. We will view this field from three major topic perspectives: world structure and theoretical views of that structure; international political economy; and international conflict, cooperation and security. We will explore the many ways in which people think about and approach international relations, considering varying views of what constitute the major problems facing the world today, and the desirable and realistic solutions to those problems. For example, The Economist has identified third-world poverty as “the most pressing moral, political and economic issue of our time”, while also claiming that globalization (which many blame for that poverty) is all in all a positive force. Albert Einstein believed that “...the greatest obstacle to international order is that monstrously exaggerated spirit of nationalism which also goes by the fair-sounding but misused name of patriotism”. Some critics of the global economy argue that the system of capitalism itself is the root of many international problems. Others point to religious fundamentalism. And certainly even those who agree on problems and priorities may disagree about what constitute good solutions. Ideally this course will both educate you about the field of
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