International Politics
Fall 2021

Purple Section

***Schedule last updated 12/09/21***



What to Prepare


T 8/24

Course introduction
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


T 8/31


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


9/7, T



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

9/14, T


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

9/21, T

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.


9/28 T


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


10/5, T


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 -updated version

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


10/12, T

Exam 1 on Section I  

10/19, T

Fall Break

No Classes

Do something fun! 

Section II
Securing the State, People, & the Planet

10/26, T


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?

Use of Autonomous Weapons

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


11/2, T


Security & Development


Discuss videos and articles


Readings, Videos, & DQs:

If you're interested, TED talk about hero rats, and in Cambodia and another, 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

11/9, T


The Environment
Discuss readings
Readings & DQs:

If you're interested on more on Somalia

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




Exercise 2 due



Exercise 2 due by 2:55


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

11/16, T


Diplomacy & Conflict

Discuss Exercise 2


2-Level Games


Reading and video & DQs:

If you're interested:

11/23, T

Class not meeting- Watch Film

Watch film on your own (will be posted by 11/17)- will discuss next class DQs

11/25, TH

Happy Thanksgiving


11/30, T

Conflict  & Security

Discuss readings and film

Readings & DQs:

If you're interested

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

Study Guide 2


12/7, T

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.