Seattle Central Community College

Winter 2008

POL 230 (International Relations)
Section 1 M-F  10:00 AM-10:50 PM, Room 2BE4143
Section 2 M-F  11:00 AM-11:50 AM, Room 2BE4118
 Instructor: Dr. Jawed Zouari
Office: 4110
Ph: 587-6985
Office hours:  Tue & Thu 1:00PM-3:30 PM
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Required Textbook
Rourke, John & Boyer, Mark A. International Politics on the World Stage, Brief.  7th ed. Guilford, Connecticut: Dushkin Publishing Group, Inc., 2008.

Textbook Internet Link: <>


Rourke, John. Taking Sides, Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in World Politics. 12th edition. Guilford, Connecticut: Dushkin Publishing Group, Inc., 2007.

Note: If you need course adaptations and accommodations because of a disability; if you have emergency medical information to share with me; if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated: Please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.

Course description
This course will operate simultaneously on two tracks. First, it will discuss the author’s approach to the various topics of world politics. Second, it will work towards an understanding of specific topics of international relations as outlined in the course schedule. Special attention will be given to the understanding of historical and current political, economic and social events which effect international relations in various parts of the world (i.e., the Americas, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern and Western Europe). The course will draw from several disciplines including, political science, sociology, history, anthropology, psychology, and political economy. In addition to the required outlined readings, students are strongly encouraged to read on a regular basis one or more publications that address global issues. A list of suggested titles will be provided throughout the quarter.
We will also make use of computer technology through access to this course’s Web Page, Power point presentations, and online homework assignments. Every Tuesday the class will be held at the computer lab, room 3167. All students are required to pay a lab fee. Students are required to attend lab sessions to get credit for lab assignments.
Course Requirements
Each student is expected to complete each week’s reading assignments on the first day of that week and participate actively in class meetings and discussions. All students are also required to complete every course assignment on time. No late assignments are accepted.

Evaluation Formula
1. Attendance and participation                                   10 points (10%)
2. Lab Writing Assignments                                          20 points  (20%)
4. Mid-term Exam                                                           35 points (35%)
5. Final Exam                                                                   35 points (35%)                                 
Total points for the course                             100 points  (100%)

Course Schedule

First Week:          The Study of World Politics Why, How and What Do We         
Evolution of the World Political System: This section                                                                 focuses on the importance of studying world politics and the                                                        dangers of  ignoring the evolution and current status of                                                   international relations.
Rourke, chs.1 & 2, pp. 1-46
Fridays: Video Programs
Video: The Cold War

Second Week:      Understanding International Systems
System, State and Individual level Analyses: This section focuses on the three levels social scientists employ to analyze world politics. Of special importance is the understanding of how various polar systems operate; the distinction between the concept of state, nation and government; the role individuals play in the shaping of these concepts; and finally an assessment of possible ways to participate in the planning for a more peaceful and prosperous world community.
Rourke, chs.3, pp. 47-69   
                Video: Ramsfeld’s War

Third Week:        National, Global and Individual Interests
Nationalism and other transnational ideas and ideologies: This section focuses on the competing social ideologies, which have shaped our lives and continue to play an important role in helping us make the difficult choice of deciding which road we should follow.
Rourke, ch. 4, pp. 70-92
Video: Ramsfeld’s War

Fourth Week:      Globalization and Transnationalism
The Alternative Orientation
Rourke, ch. 5, pp. 93-121
Video: TBA
Holiday: Monday 21 January

Fifth Week:          National Power and International Authority and Organization
This section focuses on the distinction between national power and its focus on national interest as opposed to international law and morality and its concern with the respect for equal rights of all the states in the world.
Rourke, ch. 6, pp. 122-162
                                Video: The Panama Deception

Sixth Week:         Assessment of the Interdependent Global System      
The Functions of International Organizations: This section                                                       focuses on the nature and development of international                                                                organizations. The growing activities and scope of international                                         organizations is assessed to determine their impact on the                                                         current structure of the of the international system as well as
future global orientations.
Rourke, ch. 7 pp. 163-198 
Video: (Conflicts and their resolution)
Mid-term Exam: Friday 8 February

Seventh Week: The Pursuit of Peace: This section focuses on International Law,                                                Morality, and Human Rights
Rourke, ch. 8, pp. 199-228
Eighth Week:      Managing National and International Security
                Rourke,  Ch. 9, pp. 229-275
Video Program
Holiday: Monday 18 February

Ninth Week:         National Economic Competition
This section focuses on the issue of the traditional Competitive                                               national economics as opposed to the alternative road of                                                         International Economic development and Cooperation.
Rourke, ch. 10, pp. 276-305
Video: Tools of Exploitation

Tenth Week:        The International Economy and the Global Road Map
This section focuses on the issue of the persistence of two economic worlds (i.e., North and South). We’ll analyze the economic disparities between the haves and the have-nots and seek to uncover the reasons and solutions to this international economic issue.
Rourke, ch. 11, pp. 306-332                             
Video Program

Eleventh Week: Preserving and Enhancing Human Rights and Dignity
This section focuses on the issue of human rights abuses against                                             individuals and groups (i.e., Women, Children, Ethnic, racial, and                                                religious groups, indigenous people, refugees and immigrants).
Rourke, ch. 12, pp. 333-367
Video: People and the Land


Twelfth Week: Final Exams:
POL 230 Section 1: Tuesday 18 March
10:00am-10:50 am, room 4143

POL 230 Section 2: Tuesday 18 March
11:00am-11:50 am,  room 4118


Reading List from Taking Sides


Rourke, John. Taking Sides. 12th edition. Dubuque, Iowa: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin             Publishing Group, Inc., 2006


Fourth Week     Globalization
Issues 1 & 2, pp. 1-30

Fifth Week         Capitalism: The Rich and the Poor
Issue 12 & 13, pp. 171-206                                              

 Sixth Week        Terrorism and Preemptive War
Issue 14 & 15, pp. 207-246

Seventh Week:  International Law: The problem of Discrimination against Women
Issues 19, pp. 300-314

Eighth Week:    Regional Issues: Palestine and Iraq
Issues 9 & 10, pp. 126-151

Ninth Week:       Special Topic


Note: These issues will serve as a basis for group discussions in class and essay questions for exams.