Fall 2019  |  POL 1025 Section 001: Global Politics (17033)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/03/2019 - 12/11/2019
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 317
Enrollment Status:
Closed (82 of 83 seats filled)
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Course Catalog Description:
Global politics is complex, fast-paced, and often confusing. Seeking to reveal the deeper processes at work in the international system, this introductory course explores both the enduring challenges of international politics as well as more recent transformative trends? What has changed and what has stayed the same. It introduces theoretical traditions, but the course's focus is on making sense of real-world problems, both today and in the past. Why and when do states go to war and use military force? Why do they sign international agreements and treaties, on matters from arms control to investment? What effect does international trade have on the distribution of global wealth, and why do barriers to trade arise? Why has human rights emerged as a central problem in world politics? Why has our world become an increasingly legalized and regulated space? And what difference does it make? What good are nuclear weapons? Why do some turn to terrorism to advance their political agenda? Does foreign aid make the world a better place? How can we reduce global inequality? What are the prospects for international cooperation to address climate change? These are among the pressing real-world questions that this course in Global Politics will address? And that it will give you the tools to answer, though particular instructors will naturally choose to emphasize different topics and questions. But the course will also highlight how our answers to these questions are changing along with the deep power structures of global politics-as US dominance wanes and others, most notably China, rise; as core ideas and discourses underpinning the international system, such as sovereignty, come under assault; and as institutions, such as those governing international law, thicken. Global Politics is an essential guide to our increasingly globalized world.
Class Notes:
Class Description:

This course provides an introduction to the study of international relations. We will cover several approaches to and issues in the field, including the causes of war and peace, nuclear proliferation, trade, finance, globalization, international law, the environment, and terrorism. We will discuss several cases, such as the 2003 Iraq War and the 2008 financial crisis, throughout the semester. We will also discuss current events in international relations.

Who Should Take This Class?:
There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is meant as an introduction to international relations, and is thus suitable for any student interested in gaining an entry-level understanding and overview of this topic.
Learning Objectives:
By the end of the semester, students should have gained an understanding of:
- The role of the state in international politics
- Basic theories of international relations and their application to questions of conflict and cooperation
- The challenges of international bargaining and diplomacy
- Ongoing issues in international relations

Course grades will be based on:

One ~1000 word paper analyzing an in-class exercise (10%)

Statecraft* quizzes and memos (10%)

One in-class mid-term examination (20%)

One ~1500 word policy paper based on critical analysis of course readings, lectures, and your own research (15%)

Final examination (35%)

Participation in Statecraft (10%)

*Statecraft is an online platform that implements a simulation of international politics. Statecraft memos should be at least 300 words and must be posted before each turn starts, beginning with Turn 1. These memos should detail challenges faced and strategies recommended for your country for each turn, and also should focus on your role within the simulation (e.g., the defense minister must include a defense budget for each turn). Each student must take both Statecraft quizzes and complete memos every other week, beginning with Week 1 or Week 2. In addition, students will be evaluated by both the T.A.'s and their peers regarding their participation in Statecraft. Students are responsible for turning memos in and taking quizzes on time. Statecraft will not accept late assignments, and you will lose credit for these assignments if they are submitted late.

Exam Format:
The midterm exam is in-class and closed book.

The final examination will have an in-class component that will be administered on the last day of class and a take-home essay portion that will be distributed on following the final class session and due approximately five days later.

Class Format:
This class will meet twice weekly. Each session is 75 minutes. Class sessions will be a mix of lecture, discussion, and Statecraft.
- Approximately 50 pages of reading assigned per session
- Statecraft will begin approximately the fourth week of class. Students should plan to spend at least 30 minutes/week (outside of class) on Statecraft, and may certainly choose to spend additional time.
- Students are expected to attend class.
- Workload for course assignments (see "Grading," above) will vary by student.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 March 2018

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