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1 EMERGENCE OF THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD DIIPL 1101 TR 10:00-11:15 (section AA) TR 11:30-12:45 (section AB) Fall 2007 CH62 (section AA) CH81 (section AB) Dr. Yanzhong Huang Phone: extension 2815 Office: 103 McQuaid 973-275-2815 (from off campus) Office hours: Thursday 1:00pm - 4:00pm or by appointment E-mail: [email protected] Course Overview This introductory-level course examines issues in world politics. Students will gain a basic understanding of the historical, cultural, geographical and institutional factors that shape the contemporary world. We examine contemporary international political issues through lectures, discussions and debates, and extensive use of library and internet resources. Important analytic concepts will be introduced along the way. The course is divided into three parts. Part I introduces the study of world politics and analyzes the recent changes in the international system. Part II provides a thematic survey of the major regions and countries of the world, with an emphasis on their patterns and dynamics of political and economic development, as well as their interactions with other parts of the international system. Part III analyzes some of the most important contemporary global issues and the international initiatives aimed at their resolution. This course is also designed to teach students how to identify, find, understand, evaluate, and use information. This includes determining the nature and extent of needed information; accessing information effectively and efficiently; evaluating critically information and its sources; and understanding the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information and information technology. The information fluency proficiency requirements will be met trough directed class discussions, internet and database searches, and a research intensive paper. Course Materials The following textbook has been ordered for this class at the university bookstore: Thomas M. Magstadt, , Thomson/Wadsworth, 2006 (Seventh Edition) [Magstadt] Readings not covered by the textbook will be available under the “course materials” tab in the blackboard site for this course. In addition, students are expected to follow current events throughout the semester. You are expected to read on a regular basis New York Times , Washington Post , Financial Times , or The Economist , which usually provide thorough coverage of international news. Student Responsibilities Reading Requirements and Class Participation You are expected to be punctual, alert, and prepared for the class. If you miss a class or come late, be sure to obtain missed information from a classmate. Attendance is essential for your class participation. Your final grade will be lowered by one-half letter grade for each absence beyond three (e.g., If your grades average to “B,” your final grade, with one absence beyond limit, will be reduced to “B-”). Students who have perfect attendance will be rewarded with three bonus points towards their participation grade. I
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