International Politics Fall 2018

   Schedule Last Updated: 12/06/18        

Date

Topic & Readings

Assignments Due

 

*Exercises will be linked on the schedule throughout the semester

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August

8/21

 

Introduction

Course Syllabus

 

Grading code for Exercise 1

Grading code for Exercise 2
 

 

 

NKU's Office of Education Abroad


Section I: The Basics, Theories, & States

8/23

The Basics

 

Here is a glossary you might find to be useful

 

If you choose to follow along in the textbook, the posted chapter reading pages correspond with what we'll be covering at the time.

 

3rd Ed- pp 4-15; 25-27

4th Ed- pp 7-14; 22-27

 

 

8/28

The Basics
Discuss article, video, and map

Read about Mangroves and Blue Carbon, watch this video, and look at this map

 

8/30

Discuss reading
 
Read The Melian Dialogue
 

September

9/4

Theories- Realism & Liberalism

If you're interested, here are supplemental readings from Hobbes (realism) and Rousseau (liberalism), for more on what we'll discuss in class

 

3rd Ed- pp 68-75; 79-85

4th Ed- pp 78-102
 

9/6

Applying the theories 

 

Read about Kashmir

9/11

The State

 

If you're interested: Recent considerations of self-determination, Amnesty International urges P5 to Give Up Veto, UN FundingAfrica's borders, More on Africa's Borders

 

3rd Ed- pp 154-163

4th Ed- pp 171-178

 

9/13

The State

Discuss articles

Read Space Junk

 

If you're interested, a cool article about Space Junk, more on Space Junk, and one about Japan's efforts to collect space junk

 

9/18

States' Resources
Discuss exercise
Exercise 1 due

If you're interested, an interesting article about Nigeria's No Fly Zone

Study Guide 1
 

9/20

Exam 1 on Section I Remember to bring Blue Book and a pen
 

Section II: Securing the State

9/25

International Law

Discuss Mercury article

Read Mercury Agreement 
 

3rd Ed- pp 147-153

4th Ed- pp 164-17

9/27

International Law
Watch film
Class not meeting- Watch this film and consider the international issues as you view it. (will be posted 9/25)

 

A note about the video: This video works. If you experience viewing difficulties, it's your connection, etc. If you cannot connect from your computer, the university has computers/ labs available.
 

October

10/2

International Law
Discuss film, articles
Read A Line in the Sea and Force Majeure

Discuss film- Be prepared to discuss these Qs:

  • What transnational issues are apparent in the film?

  • How does the film demonstrate that states are self-interested actors?

  • How is state sovereignty challenged by events in the film?

  • How do events in the film demonstrate how difficult it is to monitor and enforce international law?

*If you're interested, here are more worthwhile articles: Small Reef, Big Problems, SCS Ruling, US Navy over SCS; The Nine-Dash Line, Bolivia's claim and the official ICJ ruling (and in plainer English)

10/4

Global Economy

 

 

3rd Ed- pp 257-266; 271-281

4th Ed- pp 299-321

10/9

Global Economy

 

Reading:

10/11

Finish Global Economy

 

 

Readings:

If you're interested: N. Korea Parking Tickets; sanctions on Russia
 

10/16

Fall Break

 

Do something fun!

10/18

Diplomacy & Negotiating Power

Discuss exercise

Exercise 2 due

10/23

Diplomacy, Negotiation, & Power

Study Guide 2

 

3rd Ed- pp 112-124

4th Ed- pp 119-132

 

10/25

Exam 2 on Section II

Remember to bring Blue Book and a pen

10/30

Human Security & Development

Ch 7 and Chapter 9

Section III: Securing the Planet

November

11/1

Human Security & Development

Discuss videos and articles

Read about/ watch

*TED talk about hero rats if you're interested

 

3rd Ed- Ch 9

4th Ed- Ch 9

 

If you're interested Mo Ibraham Foundation

11/6

Finish Human Security & Development

Class cancelled

11/8

Finish Human Security & Development

 

Security & Cooperation

 

Chapter 5 161-167 (except p. 165); Chapter 6

Read The World's Biggest Crises gives a good background overview of some security issues we'll discuss

*If you're interested, more on NK's rockets
 

3rd Ed- Ch 6

4th Ed- Ch 6
 

11/13

Security & Cooperation

Discuss readings

Readings:

If you're interested: Read about the effects of sanctions on Russia in response to it backing Iran and the Assad government in Syria or more on Vostok 2018.

11/15

Security & Cooperation

Discuss articles

Read A Charred Harvest

If you're interested, more on terrorism in the Sahel (in French)
 

11/20

Finish Security & Cooperation  

11/22

Happy Thanksgiving
 

 

11/27

Environment
Discuss article

 
Read No Rosewood of Such Virtue

 

3rd Ed- Ch 10

4th Ed- Ch 10

 

Study Guide 3
 

If you're interested, more on Human Capital

11/29

Environment

Discuss article

 

 
Read Saving Indonesia's Fisheries
 

If you're interested Fishing

December

12/4

Exam 3 on Section III Remember to bring Blue Book and a pen

12/6

Wrap-up session
 
In-class activity for Exercise 3

TH 12/13 1:00- 3:00

Final Exam Time
 

There is no final exam. Instead,  Exercise 3 is due via Blackboard no later than 12:10. See assignment for submission details.