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Dr. Jawed Zouari
Professor of Political Science, History and International Relations

Political Science 230
Spring 2007
International Relations
Syllabus

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Seattle Central Community College

POL 230 (International Relations)

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

Course description
This course will operate simultaneously on two tracks. First, it will discuss the authors 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 courses Web Page http://seattlecentral.org/faculty/azouari/, Power point presentations, and online homework assignments. Every Thursday, the class will be held at the computer lab, room 3165. 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 weeks 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.

Evaluation Formula
  1. Attendance and participation - 10 points (10%)
  2. Lab Writing Assignments - 10 points (10%)
  3. Paper , Outline & PowerPoint Presentation - 20 points (20%)
  4. Mid-term Exam - 30 points (30%)
  5. Final Exam - 30 points (30%)
  6. Total points for the course - 100 points (100%)
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Course Schedule

First Week: The Study of World Politics Why, How and What Do We Study?
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 Scheduling of PowerPoint Presentations and Paper Topics Video: Ramsfelds 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, 5 pp. 70-121 Video: Rumsfeld's War

Fourth 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, chs. 7 pp. 163-198 Video: (Conflicts and their resolution)

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, chs. 6, pp. 122-162 Video: The Panama Deception

Sixth Week: The Pursuit of Peace: This section focuses on International Law and Morality
Rourke, ch. 8, pp. 199-228 Mid-term Exam: Tuesday 8 May

Seventh Week: Managing National and International Security
Rourke, Ch. 9, pp. 229-275 Video Program

Eighth 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

Ninth Week: Globalization: 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). Well analyze the economic disparities between the haves and the have-nots and seek to uncover the reasons and solutions to this international economic issue. Monday 28 May: Holiday

Rourke, ch. 11, pp. 306-332 Video Program

Tenth 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

Eleventh Week: Final Exam: Tuesday 12 June

POL 230 Section 1: 9:00-9:50 AM Room 4118

POL 230 Section 2: 10:00-10:50 AM Room 4118

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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.

 

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