Politics 116
World Politics
Spring 2001

Vincent Ferraro
103 Skinner Hall
vferraro@mtholyoke.edu
538-2669

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.  Maria Carolina Camargo, 03 (mccamarg@mtholyoke.edu) will be the student assistant for the web project.  She will be available for consultations in 101 Skinner Hall. She will post regular hours for consultations.

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/spring01.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. I will choose the articles for the quizzes from the New York Times email service that sends the headline articles to one every day. To receive this service, go to the "International Section" of the paper, and on the left column there is a box that says "Sign-Up for Email." Click on that box and enter your email address and every day you will receive the headline stories that you can save in your account with the URLs for the stories so that you can access them at your convenience.

My office is 103 Skinner, and my office hours at Mount Holyoke are Monday nights, 7-9 and Tuesday mornings, 10-11:30.  I can also be reached on e-mail: vferraro@mtholyoke.edu.

Course Schedule

January 29 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

February 12-14 Imperialism and the Westernization of International Politics

Lecture Notes on Imperialism

Some Statistics on the Extent of European Colonialism

J. M. Roberts, The Triumph of the West (Boston: Little, Brown, 1985), pp. 13-33

Anthony Arblaster, The Rise and Decline of Western Liberalism (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1984), pp. 55-59; 66-91

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Shashi Tharoor, "Are Human Rights Universal?" World Policy Journal,  Vol. XVI, No. 4 (Winter 1999/2000)

February 19  Session on Building a Web Page

February 21-28 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

February 5- March 14 The Cold War: Just War Doctrine

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

Encyclopedia Britannica, Article on the Cold War

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

Lecture Notes on Just War Doctrine

March 26-28 Nuclear Weapons and the Recognition of the Limits of Force

Lecture Notes on Non-Proliferation

The Associated Press, "Nuclear History In India, Pakistan," New York Times, May 28, 1998

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

Jaswant Singh, "Against Nuclear Apartheid," Foreign Affairs, September/October 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

April 2-4 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 9-11 The Post-Cold War World: Economic Interdependence and Globalization

A.T. Kearney, "Measuring Globalization," Foreign Policy, January/February 2001

Ethan B. Kapstein, "A Global Third Way Social Justice and the World Economy," World Policy Journal, Vol. XV, No. 4 (Winter 1998/99)

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 16-18 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 23-25 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

April 30-May 7  Conclusions


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