International Politics Fall 2019

   Schedule Last Updated: 11/19/19        

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 to be able to discuss these questions for 10/17:

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 (see 10/10)
 

 

10/22

Security & Cooperation

Discuss article

 

Read A Charred Harvest

If you're interested, more on terrorism in the Sahel (in French) o, the conflict in Syria, or the bombings in Saudi Arabia (as they are connected to the conflict in Yemen), Tsentr-2019 war games

 

Chapter 4- pp 119-132

10/24

Finish Security & Cooperation

 

Diplomacy & Negotiating Power

 

 

 

If you're interested, more on Syria:

  • BBC- comprehensive and up-to-date
  • Al Jazeera- for a different perspective
  • CNN -up-to-date by specific event)

If you're interested, more on Yemen:

  • BBC- comprehensive and up-to-date
  • The Guardian- quick overview
  • CRF- overview with lots of additional links
  • CNN -up-to-date by specific event) Yemen

Here's an article about Libya, protests in Lebanon a video on Embassies, and another on Diplomatic Immunity (which ends at 4:13- the rest is an ad)

10/29

Finish Diplomacy & Negotiating Power

Discuss exercise
 

Exercise 2 due to Canvas by 9:00 am

Late submission terms: until 9:15 am, will lose .5 points; until 9:00 pm Wednesday 10/30, will lose 4 points.

 

10/31

Exam 2 on Section II

Remember to bring Blue Book and a pen

Study Guide
 

Section III: Securing the Planet

November

11/5

International Law

Discuss Mercury article

Read Mercury Agreement 

Chapter 5 145-153

11/7

International Law
Watch film
Class not meeting- Watch this film and consider the international issues as you view it.

 

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.
 

11/12

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)

11/14

Human Security & Development

Ch 7 and Chapter 9

 

If you're interested Iraqi protests

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.