International Politics Fall 2020

   Schedule Last Updated: 09/17/20        



What to Prepare


*Exercises will be linked on the schedule throughout the semester

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Section I: The Basics, Theories, & States


T 8/18




Course Syllabus

Free open source textbook



NKU's Office of Education Abroad


TH 8/20




Discuss Melian Dialogue

Purple 1:40-2:15

Orange 2:20-2:55



T 8/25


The Basics


Here is a glossary you might find to be useful



*If you choose to follow along in the optional textbook, the posted chapters correspond with what we'll be covering at the time. We will not discuss anything specific from the textbook, nor will I specifically be referring to or referencing anything from it.

Chapter 1 pp 7-14; 22-27

TH 8/27


The Basics



*If you're interested-read what Hobbes (realism) and Rousseau (liberalism) say about why people create governments

Chapter 3 pp 78-102


9/1, T

Mangroves discussion

Purple 1:40-2:15

Orange 2:20-2:55

Readings, Media, & DQs:

If you're interested- NOAA info on Blue Carbon, video on how mangroves help the oceans

9/3, TH


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, and an historical recount of the Berlin Conference


Chapter 5 pp 171-178

9/8, T

The State

Discuss articles

Full class discussion of Space Junk

Readings & DQs:

If you're interested, a cool article about Space Junk, more on Space Junk, and one about Japan's efforts to collect space junk; a much more in-depth look at the military aspect, and an interesting article about Nigeria's No Fly Zone

9/10, TH

The State

Discuss reading

Purple 1:40-2:15

Orange 2:20-2:55


Reading & DQs:

If you're interested, United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan, Moderates in Kashmir, Long Way to Go in Kashmir, India-China Gunfire

9/15, T

States' Resources
Discuss exercise

Purple 1:40-2:15

Orange 2:20-2:55


Exercise 1 due by noon


Late submission terms: until 12:15 pm, will lose .5 points; until 11:00 pm, will lose 4 points

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

9/17, TH

Global Economy





Chapter 8 pp 299-321

9/22, T

Global Economy


9/24, TH

Global Economy

Full class discussion of readings


Readings & DQs:

If you're interested, more on EU-MX trade pact, India wants GI label, EU's GI sales worth a bundle, US-UK dispute

9/29, T

Global Economy & Section I Wrap-up  


10/1, TH

Exam 1 on Section I


Exam will be posted at 1:30 pm and due by 3:05 pm  

Section II: Securing the State, People, & the Planet

10/6, T

Diplomacy & Negotiating Power  


If you're interested: Revitalizing American Diplomacy, Criticism of US Diplomacy, UK & Brexit, US Mediation in ME, France in Mediterranean Dispute; ME Abraham Accords: Israeli perspective, Arab perspective, US perspective

10/8, TH

Diplomacy & Negotiating Power

Discuss exercise

Orange 1:40-2:15

Purple 2:20-2:55


Exercise 2 due by noon


Late submission terms: until 12:15 pm, will lose .5 points; until 11:00 pm, will lose 4 points

10/13, T

Fall Break

No Classes

Do something fun! 

10/15, TH

International Law

Full class discussion of Mercury


Reading & DQs:

***Remember Orange meets first for rest of semester***

Chapter 5 145-153

10/20, T

International Law
Watch film
Class not meeting- Watch this film and consider the international issues as you view it. Also be ready to discuss these DQs and the below articles in our next discussion groups.


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.

10/22, TH

International Law
Discuss film, articles

Orange 1:40-2:15

Purple 2:20-2:55


Readings & DQs:

*If you're interested, here are more 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), ADIZ, more on ADIZ, Duterte (good video explanation), interesting Chinese video on SCS, Current territorial dispute case bt. Guatemala & Belize at ICJ, ICJ cases, and is the Mediterranean dispute going to be the next South China Sea situation?

10/27, T

Security & Cooperation


*If you're interested, more on NK's rockets, China's Belt & Road Initiative

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

10/29, TH

Security & Cooperation



If you're interested, more on what we'll cover in class: Good brief summary of the Arab Spring, recap of main conflicts, Burundi 2020 election, Scandinavia & Russia, Iran's Nuclear Advances, Sanctions on Iran, Sanctions on NK, the effects of sanctions on Russia in response to it backing Iran and the Assad government in Syria or more on Russia's military preparations in Vostok 2018, the conflict in Libya, protests in Lebanon, a video on Embassies, more on terrorism in the Sahel (in French), the 2019 bombings in Saudi Arabia (connected to the conflict in Yemen), UN Cybercrime Resolution, a video on Diplomatic Immunity (which ends at 4:13- the rest is an ad)

If you're interested, more on Syria:

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




Election Day
No classes


11/5, TH

Security & Cooperation

Discuss articles

Orange 1:40-2:15

Purple 2:20-2:55



Readings & DQs:

If you're interested, more on sanctions

Chapter 4- pp 119-132

11/10, T

Human Security & Development

Ch 7 and Chapter 9



11/12, TH

Finish Human Security & Development

Full class discussion of Rats & Fish videos and articles

Readings, Videos, & DQs:

If you're interested, TED talk about hero rats, Mo Ibraham Foundation, Survey on Global Poverty, World Toilet Day 11/17, more about World Toilet Day, and a game

11/17, T

The Environment



If you're interested, more on Human Capital, Impact of eating meat on the environment


Chapter 10

11/19, TH

The Environment



11/24, T

The Environment

Discuss articles

Orange 1:40-2:15

Purple 2:20-2:55



Readings & DQs:

If you're interested Fishing

11/26, TH

Happy Thanksgiving  


12/1, T

Exam 2 on Section II Exam will be posted at 1:30 pm and due by 3:05 pm

12/3, TH

Full Class

Wrap-up session- we'll meet for a bit, then I'll go over Exercise 3 and you can watch the video


Watch this video and complete Exercise 3

TH 12/10 12:20-2:20

Final Exam Time

There is no final exam. Instead,  Exercise 3 is due via Canvas no later than 12:10.


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