International Politics
Spring 2021

***Schedule last updated 01/19/21***

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Date Topic

Assignments/ Readings Due


1/12 T



Course Syllabus


The Basics


Here is a glossary you might find useful


Free open source textbook

NKU's Office of Education Abroad

*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

1/14 TH

The Theories

Kashmir discussion


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

1/21 TH

The State-Sovereignty
UN discussion

Readings and video & DQs:

If you're interested-India, Kenya, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, the lengths countries go to

1/28 TH

The State- Territory and Population

Space Junk discussion

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


2/4 TH



The State- Resources
Cheese discussion

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

2/11 TH The State- Resources
Mangroves discussion

Readings, Media, & DQs:

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

Chapter 3 pp 78-102

2/18  TH

Class not meeting: Exercise 1 due

Exercise 1 due by 2:55


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


2/25 TH Go over Exercise 1



March 3/2 T

Class not meeting-Exam 1

Exam 1 will be posted at 1:30 pm and due by 3:05 pm
3/4 TH  

International Law
Mercury discussion


Readings & DQs:


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

3/11 TH  

International Law
Border discussion

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?

3/18 TH  

Diplomacy & Negotiating Power

Discuss Exercise 2

Exercise 2 due by 1:40 (will post 3/4)


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

If you're interested- recent events in Libya

3/25 TH Diplomacy & Security

Sanctions discussion

Readings & DQs:

If you're interested, more on sanctions


4/1 TH

No Classes  
4/8 TH  

Diplomacy & Security
Somalia discussion





Readings & DQs:

If you're interested, more on sanctions

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

4/15 TH

Security & Development

Rats and fish discussion


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

Ch 7 and Chapter 9

4/22 TH The Environment
Conservation discussion
Readings & DQs:

Go over Exercise 3

If you're interested Fishing

4/29 TH

Class not meeting-Exam 2

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



TH 5/6


Final Exam:
Thursday from 12:20-2:20

There is no final exam. Instead,  Exercise 3 is due to Canvas no later than 2:20, the end of final exam time. No papers will be accepted after this time.