103 Skinner Hall
This course will introduce some of the basic concepts in the study of world politics. It is a survey course and assumes no prior knowledge or experience in the study of International Relations. The first half of the course will focus on the traditional perspectives in world politics; the second half of the course will emphasize new challenges to the study of world politics. The course will be run as a lecture, although questions, comments, and discussion are always welcome.
There will be a weekly quiz on the readings, discussions, lectures, and current events. I will take the ten highest grades from these quizzes (which means you can miss some or I will drop some low grades). The quiz grades will constitute 50% of your final grade.
There will be an exercise in navigating the World Wide Web. The project will count for 50% of your final grade. If you wish to see examples of last term's projects, click here. The criteria I will use for evaluating the final projects are outlined in an evaluation sheet that can be accessed here. LITS has a special office to help students develop web projects for courses. It is supervised by Mary Glackin (email@example.com) who will advise all students on web techniques. Submission procedures for the web page can be found here.
The readings in the syllabus are on the Internet and can be accessed at http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/pol116/spring06.htm. There are no books to purchase for this course. However, you are required to keep abreast of current events in world politics, and I strongly urge reading a prominent daily newspaper. A subscription to a newspaper would be highly recommended. I will choose questions for the weekly quizzes and post them on a blogsite that can can be accessed at: http://www.bloglines.com/blog/vferraro
My office is 103 Skinner, and my office hours are Tuesdays from 10-12 and Thursdays from 10-12. I can also be reached on e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture Notes on Political Realism
Hans J. Morgenthau, "Six Principles of Political Realism," Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, Fifth Edition, Revised, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978, pp. 4-15
Morton Kaplan's Rules on the Balance of Power
Some statistics from the Milgram experiment
Lecture Notes on Imperialism
Some Statistics on the Extent of European Colonialism
Micheline R. Ishay, The History of Human Rights (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004), 64-75
J. M. Roberts, The Triumph of the West (Boston: Little, Brown, 1985), pp. 13-33
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Shashi Tharoor, "Are Human Rights Universal?" World Policy Journal, Vol. XVI, No. 4 (Winter 1999/2000)
Lecture Notes on the Theory of Hegemonic Stability
Statistics on Hegemonic Predominance
F.S. Northedge and M.J. Grieve, A Hundred Years of International Relations, (New York: Praeger, 1971), Chapter 5, "The Approach to the First World War," pp. 71-90 and Chapter 6, "The Morrow of Armageddon," pp. 91-111.
Marc Ferro, The Great War, 1914-1918 London: Ark Paperbacks, 1987, Chapter 3, "Inevitable War," pp. 19-25
Lecture Notes on Just War Doctrine
William R. Keylor, The Twentieth Century World: An International History, 2nd edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992), CHAPTER 8, "The Formation of the Bipolar World in the Truman-Stalin Era, (1945-1953)," pp. 261-95.
NSC 68: United States Objectives and Programs for National Security, (April 14, 1950) (Only read Section I)
John Lewis Gaddis, "On Moral Equivalency and Cold War History," Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 10 (1996)
Lecture Notes on Non-ProliferationNiall Ferguson, "A World Without Power," Foreign Policy, July/August 2004
James F. Hoge, Jr., "A Global Power Shift in the Making," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2004
Human Security Centre, The Human Security Report, Part 1, The Changing Face of Global Violence, University of British Columbia, 2005
Fred Kaplan, "What Peace Epidemic?" Slate, 25 Janury 2006
John R. Bowen, "The Myth of Global Ethnic Conflict," Journal of Democracy 7.4 (1996) 3-14
William Hagan, "The Balkans' Lethal Nationalisms," Foreign Affairs, Vol. 78, no. 4 (July 1999)Michael Ignatieff, "We Are Not the World," The New Republic, 13 August 2001
Levels of World Economic Performance, 1500-1992
The Ten Leading Economies in 1820 and 1992
PricewaterhouseCoopers, "Companies Should Seize Opportunities Posed By Major Shift In Power To Emerging Economies By 2050," 3 March 2006
David J. Rothkopf, "Globalization We Hardley Knew Ye: A Reflection on Messiness, American Economic Exceptionalism, Perpetual Creative Destruction, Jobs, Language and the Current State of the U.S. Debate About International Economic Engagement." A Discussion Paper for a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Roundtable Discussion, Washington, DC, 2004
Vincent Ferraro, "Dependency Theory: An Introduction," July 1996
International Monetary Fund, "How Might a Disorderly Resolution of Global Imbalances Affect Global Wealth?" by Warnock, Francis E., Authorized for Distribution: July 1, 2006
US, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "Global Warming" 2001
John Browne, "Beyond Kyoto," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2004
Edward Goldsmith, "Can the Environment Survive the Global Economy?" The Ecologist, Vol. 27, no. 6 (1997)
1-3 May The Post-Cold War World: Economic Justice
Levels of Per Capita GDP and Interregional Spreads, 1000-1998
Shares of World GDP, 1000-1998
Statistics on External Debt
United Nations Millennium Declaration, G.A. Res. 55/2, U.N. GAOR, 55th Sess., Supp. No. 49, at 4, U.N. Doc. A/55/49 (2000).
Vincent Ferraro "Globalizing Weakness: Is Global Poverty a Threat to the Interests of States?" Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Environmental Change and Security, 8 August 2003
Michel Chossudovsky, "Global Poverty in the Late 20th Century," Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 52, no. 1 (Fall 1998)
Nancy Birdsall, "Life is Unfair: Inequality in the World," Foreign Policy, No. 111 (Summer 1998)
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