APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice
Course outline (Summer 2002)
International Politics and Foreign Policy
The present course Introduction to International Relations and Foreign Policy is intended to provide the student with basic keys to understand the ongoing worldwide political transformations and their significance for the future.
The course will also allow the student to identify the long-term forces behind the contemporary turbulence.
Finally, the student will have the opportunity to revise, assimilate and (why not?) probably embrace applied analytical perspectives.
- The student will learn about the main trends in global policy.
- The student will learn about the long-term forces behind the contemporay turbulence.
- The student will learn some applied analytical perspectives.
There is a book assigned for the course, which is available at the campus bookstore:
Kegley Jr, Charles and Eugene R Wittkopf. World Politics: Trend and Transformation (8th ed) Wadsworth Publishers (ISBN 0 312 24735 4 ).
The book covers all the topics to review during the course; but BEWARE that the lectures are not necessarily fully contained in the textbook. PLEASE bring a notebook and TAKE NOTES.
Additional sources: Information on bibliographical and statistical sources, both printed and online, will be provided during the semester.
One particularly important online source is the WWW Virtual Library at http://vlib.org/ particularly the seccion on International Affairs. So,
1 May 28th Presentation of the course
2 29th Introduction/ Exploring 20th Century Politics
3 30th Theories of World Politics
4 31st Foreign Policy Decision Making
5 June 3rd Great-Powers Rivalries and Relations
6 4th The Plight and Policy Posture of the Global South
7 5th Intergovernmental Organizations
8 6th First Exam
9 7th The Problem and Peril of Nongovernmental Organizations
10 10th Trade and Monetary Issues in a Globalized Political Economy
11 11th Globalization and the Disappearance of National Borders
11 12th Homework to be delivered
12 12th Pop. Politics and the Demographic Dimensions of Globalization
13 13th Ecopolitics and the Preservation of the Global Commons
15 17th Second Exam
16 18th Armed Conflict Between and Within States
18 20th Military Power and National Security in the Age of Globalization
19 21st Coercive Diplomacy and Interv. in a World of Vanishing Borders
20 24th Realist Road to Sec. Thru Alliances, B of P, and Arms Control
21 25th The Liberal Institutional Paths to Peace
22 26th Ten Questions About Twenty-First-Century Global Prospects
23 27th Final Exam
There will be two partial exams, assignments, plus a final:
1st exam 20% of the mark
2nd exam 20%
Final exam 50%
Previous to the exams, each student will receive a list of topics as a study guide. The three exams will have seven questions, out of which only five should be answered. I expect to receive four readable pages per student on each occasion.
Instructor: Dr. David R. Dávila Villers
Office hours: Monday - Friday 9:40 11:40 am by appointment)
Office number: 129 (PS/CJ)
Phone: 262- 3184
Website: http://davillers.tripod.com.mx (no www and no @)