International Politics
Fall 2021

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***Schedule last updated 10/07/21***

Date

Topic

What to Prepare

August

TH 8/26

Course introduction
Syllabus
Some useful information:
  • Do not print schedule; may be subject to change
  • Remember to regularly refresh this page
  • There is no textbook for this class. I will provide everything you need. You might also find these resources helpful:

    • An international relations glossary

    • Free open source textbook

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

  • Ordinarily, I highly encourage you to go abroad. Now's not the best time, but when the situation changes, here's info NKU's study abroad


Section I
The Basics, Theories, & States

 

September

9/2, TH

 

 

The Theories & Kashmir

 

Discuss reading

 

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

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

Chapter 1 pp 7-14; 22-27

9/9, TH

 

The State-Sovereignty

 

Discussion reading & video


 

Readings and video & DQs:

If you're interested more on the most recent UNSC elections-India, Kenya, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, the lengths countries go to

If you're interested in more on UN issues- inaction of China for Myanmar resolution and criticism about China's position; ICC jurisdiction over Palestine
 

9/16, TH
 

The State- Territory and Population

 

Discuss readings

 

 

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, an interesting article about Nigeria's No Fly Zone, and video about territorial claims-or lack thereof

9/23, TH

Class not meeting-Exercise 1 due


Exercise 1 due by 2:55

* You must upload this as a word document with a doc or docx extension. Do not upload pdfs or other types of files.

 

 -.5 penalty for 'briefly' late submission until 3:10 pm
 -Latest accepted submission at 11 pm with a 2-point penalty.

 

9/30, TH

 

The State- Resources
 

Discuss readings, video, & Exercise 1

Readings, Media, & DQs:

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

Chapter 3 pp 78-102

October

10/7, TH
 

The State- Resources

Discuss 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, recent WTO ruling, China's Belt & Road Initiative, Dibs on Basmati

Study Guide Exam 1

Remember you need a Blue Book and a dark ink pen to take the exam

 

10/14, TH

Exam 1 on Section I  


Section II
Securing the State, People, & the Planet
 

10/21, TH

Security & Development

 

Discuss videos and articles

 

Readings, Videos, & DQs:

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

Ch 7 and Chapter 9

10/28, TH

Diplomacy & Security

Discuss readings

 

Readings & DQs:

If you're interested

November

11/4, TH

 

Diplomatic Strategies

Discuss articles

 

 

 

Readings & DQs:

If you're interested

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

11/9,

TUESDAY

 

 

Exercise 2 due

 

 

Exercise 2 due by 2:55 (will post 10/26)

 

 -.5 penalty for 'briefly' late submission until 3:10 pm
 -Latest accepted submission at 11 pm on Friday with 4-point penalty

11/11, TH

 

Diplomacy & Conflict

Discuss Exercise 2
 


If you're interested:

11/18, TH

 

International Law

 

Discuss articles

 

Readings & DQs:

If you're interested, here are more articles: Philippines demands Chinese Removal,   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?


Chapter 4- pp 119-132; 
Chapter 5 145-153

11/25, TH

Happy Thanksgiving
 

 

December

12/2, TH

 

The Environment
Discuss readings
Readings & DQs:

Go over Exercise 3

If you're interested Fishing, How to Save the Planet, Trafficked Rosewood Trees

12/9, TH

Exam 2 on Section II  

TH 12/16 12:20-2:20

Exercise 3 due

There is no final exam. Instead,  Exercise 3 is due via Canvas no later than 2:20, the end of your scheduled exam time.

 

-.5 penalty for 'briefly' late submission until 2:30 pm
 -Latest accepted submission at 11 pm with a 2-point penalty.  No papers will be accepted after this time.