International Politics Fall 2019

   Schedule Last Updated: 09/15/19        

Date

Topic & Readings

Assignments Due

 

*Exercises will be linked on the schedule throughout the semester

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August

8/20

 

Introduction

Course Syllabus

Exercise 1 Grading


 

 

 

NKU's Office of Education Abroad


Section I: The Basics, Theories, & States

8/22

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.

 

Chapter 1 pp 7-14; 22-27

 

 

8/27

The Basics
Discuss article, video, and map

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

NOAA info on Blue Carbon

 

8/29

Finish The Basics

Discuss Melian Dialogue

Read The Melian Dialogue
 

September

9/3

Theories- Realism & Liberalism

For some background, read what Hobbes (realism) and Rousseau (liberalism) say about why people create governments

 

Chapter 3 pp 78-102

9/5

Applying the theories 

 

Read about Kashmir

9/10

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

 

Chapter 5 pp 171-178
 

9/12

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

 

9/17

States' Resources
Discuss exercise
Exercise 1 due

Exercise 1 Grading (i.e., things to make sure you do because I'll be looking for them in your papers)

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

9/19

Study day off Class not meeting

Study Guide

 

9/24

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

Section II: Securing the State
 

9/26

Global Economy

 

 

October

10/1

Global Economy

 

 

Reading: Chapter 8 pp 299-321
 

10/3

Finish Global Economy

 

Start Security & Cooperation

Readings:

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

 

 

10/8

Security & Cooperation

 

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

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

10/10

Security & Cooperation

Discuss readings

Class not meeting. Prepare these readings for 10/17 discussion:

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.
 

10/15

Fall Break

 

Do something fun!

10/17

Finish Security & Cooperation

Discuss articles
 

Readings:

10/22

Finish Security & Cooperation

Discuss articles

 

Start Diplomacy & Negotiating Power

 

Read A Charred Harvest

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

 

 

Chapter 4- pp 119-132

10/24

Finish Diplomacy & Negotiating Power

Discuss exercise
 

Exercise 2 due (will be posted 10/17)

 

10/29

Exam 2 on Section II

Remember to bring Blue Book and a pen

Section III: Securing the Planet

10/31

International Law

Discuss Mercury article

Read Mercury Agreement 

Chapter 5 145-153

November

11/5

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.
 

11/7

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)

11/12

   

11/14

Human Security & Development

Ch 7 and Chapter 9

11/19

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, Survey on Poverty

11/21

Environment
Discuss article
 
Read No Rosewood of Such Virtue

 

Chapter 10

 

If you're interested, more on Human Capital

11/26

Environment

Discuss article

 

 
Read Saving Indonesia's Fisheries
 

If you're interested Fishing

11/28

Happy Thanksgiving  

December

12/3

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

12/5

Wrap-up session
 
In-class activity for Exercise 3 (will be posted 12/5)

T 12/10 10:10- 12:10

Final Exam Time
 

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

 

Late papers will only be accepted until 12:30 pm, incurring a 2-point penalty. No papers will be accepted after this time.