Politics 116
World Politics
Spring 2000

Vincent Ferraro
103 Skinner Hall

Purpose and Structure of the Course

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.

Course Requirements

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.  Jennifer Shupe, 02 (jlshupe@mtholyoke.edu) will be the student assistant for the web project.  She will be available for consultations in 101 Skinner Hall on the following days:  Mondays, 3-5; Tuesdays 3-5; and Wednesday nights, 7-9.

Procedural Matters

The readings in the syllabus highlighted in blue and underlined are on the Internet and can be accessed at http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/pol116/spring00.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 from the New York Times Online edition which can be accessed at http://www.nytimes.com.  The New York Times requires you to choose a user name and a password, but there is (as of yet) no charge to read the paper online.

My office is 103 Skinner, and my office hours at Mount Holyoke are Monday nights, 7-9 and Tuesday afternoons, 2-3:30. When I find out my office at Smith, I will let you know.  My office hours at Smith will be immediately after class on Tuesdays. I can also be reached on e-mail: vferraro@mtholyoke.edu.

Course Schedule

January 26 Introduction

January 31-February 7 Realism and the Causes of War

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

Lecture Notes on Political Realism

Morton Kaplan's Rules on the Balance of Power

A Comparison of Realism and Idealism

Fyodor Dostoyesky, "The Grand Inquisitor," Book V, Chapter V, of The Brothers Karamazov

Some statistics from the Milgram experiment

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry before the House Committee on International Relations, "On the Deployment of U.S. Troops with the Bosnia Peace Implementation," November 30, 1995.

February 9-16 Imperialism and the Westernization of International Politics

Lecture Notes on Imperialism

Some Statistics on the Extent of European Colonialism

Theodore H. Von Laue, "A World History for the Future," paper presented at the New England World Regional World History Association Conference, Bentley College, Waltham, MA  23 April 1994

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Amnesty International, "The Protection of Human Rights for Women," Report of Amnesty International on the United Nations International Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995.

February 21-23  Sessions on Building a Web Page

February 28-March 1 The Great European War, 1914-1945: The Struggle for Hegemony

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 the Theory of Hegemonic Stability

March 6-22 The Cold War: Just War Doctrine

NSC 68: United States Objectives and Programs for National Security, (April 14, 1950) (Only read Section I)

"The Evil Empire," President Reagan's Speech to the House of Commons, June 8, 1982.

John Lewis Gaddis, "On Moral Equivalency and Cold War History,"  Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 10 (1996)

Lecture Notes on Just War Doctrine

March 27-29 Nuclear Weapons and the Recognition of the Limits of Force

Arundhati Roy, "The End of Imagination," Outlook Online, August 3, 1998

Arjun Makhijani, "A Legacy Lost," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Vol. 54, no. 4 (July-August 1998)

Suo Motu Statement by Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Parliament on 27th May, 1998

Ranjan Gupta, "India deserves a larger global role," The Pioneer, 10 July 1998

March 28-30 The Post-Cold War World: The Resurgence of Nationalism

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)

Slobodan Milosevic, Speech to the Serbian Nation after the end of the war in Kosovo, 10 June 1999

April 3-5 The Post-Cold War World: Economic Interdependence and Globalization

"The Challenges of Globalization" Remarks by Joan E. Spero, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, at the World Economic Development Congress, Washington, DC, September 26, 1996.

Peter F. Drucker, "The Global Economy and the Nation-State," Foreign Affairs, Vol. 76, no. 5 (1997)

Alan Tonelson, "Globalization and Trade: The Need for Debate," Current, No. 399, January 1998

April 10-17 The Post-Cold War World: Environmental Protection

WILLIAM K. STEVENS, "How Much Is Nature Worth? For You, $33 Trillion," New York Times, May 20, 1997

Strobe Talbott, Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State, "The Global Environment and the National Interest," US Department of State Dispatch, Vol. 7, no. 36, September 2, 1996

Edward Goldsmith, "Can the Environment Survive the Global Economy?" The Ecologist, Vol. 27, no. 6 (1997)

April 19-26 The Post-Cold War World: Economic Justice

"The Policy Implications of Global Economic Inequity," Vincent Ferraro, Mount Holyoke College, 14 June 1996
Amherst, MA

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)

World Resources Institute, "Economic Growth and Human Development," 1999

May 1 Conclusion

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