International Politics Spring 2019

Schedule Last Updated: 01/23/19                                                               

Date

What We'll Discuss

Assignments Due

*Exercises will be linked on the schedule throughout the semester

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January

1/15

Introduction

Course Syllabus

 

 

NKU's Office of Education Abroad

 


Section I: The Basics, Theories, & States

1/17

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

 

1/22

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

1/24

Discuss reading Read The Melian Dialogue
 

1/29

 

Theories- Realism & Liberalism

If you're interested, here are supplemental readings from Hobbes (realism) and Rousseau (liberalism), for more on what we'll discuss in class

 

Chapter 3 pp 78-102

1/31

 

Discuss and apply reading to the theories

 

 

Read about Kashmir

February

2/5

 

The State

 

If you're interested: Recent considerations of self-determination, Amnesty International urges P5 to Give Up Veto, Africa's borders, More on Africa's Borders

 

Chapter 5 pp 171-178

2/7

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

 

2/12

States' Resources
Discuss exercise
Exercise 1 due

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

2/14

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


Section II: Securing the State

2/19

Global Economy

 

Chapter 8 pp 299-321

2/21

Global Economy

 

Readings:

2/26

Finish Global Economy

 

 

Readings:

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

2/28

Finish Global Economy

 

 

 
March

3/5

 

International Law

Discuss Mercury article

Read Mercury Agreement 

Chapter 5 145-153

3/7

International Law
Watch film
Class not meeting- Watch this film and consider the international issues as you view it. (will be posted 2/28)

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?

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.

3/12, 3/14

     Spring Break

Do something fun!

3/19

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)

3/21

Environment
Discuss article
 
Read No Rosewood of Such Virtue

 

Chapter 10
 

If you're interested, more on Human Capital

3/26

Environment

Discuss article

 

 
Read Saving Indonesia's Fisheries
 

If you're interested Fishing

3/28

Exam 2 on Section II

Remember to bring Blue Book and a pen

April

4/2

 

Diplomacy, Negotiation, & Power  

Chapter 4- pp 119-132

4/4  

I'm at a conference- Complete Exercise 2 (will be posted 3/26)


Section III: Securing the Planet

4/9

Diplomacy & Negotiating Power

 

Discuss Exercise 2

 

 

4/11

Human Security & Development

 

Ch 7 and Chapter 9

4/16

 

Human Security & Development

Discuss videos and articles

Read about/ watch

*TED talk about hero rats if you're interested

 

Chapter 9
 

If you're interested Mo Ibraham Foundation, Survey on Poverty

4/18

Finish Human Security & Development

 

Security & Cooperation

 

Chapter 6

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

4/23

Security & Cooperation

Discuss readings

Readings:

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.
 

4/25

Security & Cooperation

Discuss articles

Read A Charred Harvest

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

4/30

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

 

May

5/2

Wrap-up session
 
In-class activity for Exercise 3 (will be posted 5/2)

May

 TH 5/9

Final Exam Time is 10:10-12:10

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