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Graduate Seminar in

CONCEPTS AND ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

 

API 5105A

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

University of Ottawa

Fall 2017

 

Instructor: Prof. Roland Paris

Office location: FSS 6053

Office hours: By appointment

Email: rparis@uottawa.ca

 

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Course Description

Examination of major concepts and issues in contemporary international affairs. Analysis of the history and development of international relations; major approaches to the study of world politics and global governance; key global issues affecting human welfare in terms of security, economy and environment; practices of governance in a world where the boundary between international and domestic affairs is becoming increasingly blurred.

Requirements

Response Papers

30%

Midterm Exam

15%

Participation

20%

Final Exam (in class)

35%

Response Papers

Each student will write three response papers during the semester. Length: five double-spaced pages (normal fonts and margins).  Deadline: 12 noon the day before the relevant class meeting. Late papers will be subject to penalties (see lateness policy below). Further instructions will be provided in class.

Midterm Exam

The midterm exam will cover all the course material up to the date of the exam.

Participation

The participation grade in this course is significant. It will be based not only on your involvement in seminar discussions, but also on evidence that you have completed and understood the weekly readings. Note: You may be called on to discuss one or more of the readings in class. Be prepared.

Final Exam

The final exam will take place during the exam period and will cover the entire course. Failure to write the final exam will result in a failing grade for the course. Further information on the final exam, including the date and location, will be provided in class.

Readings

The required readings for this course consist of books and two articles. All the books have been ordered by the Agora Bookstore (145 Besserer St.) and are listed below. Most are also available for short-term loan from the reserve desk at the Morisset library.

 

Required books:

 

Mark Mazower, Governing the World: The History of an Idea (Penguin, 2012).

 

Michael Barnett and Martha Finnemore, Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics (Cornell University Press, 2004).

 

Anne-Marie Slaughter, A New World Order (Princeton University Press, 2004).

 

Henry Kissinger, World Order (Penguin, 2014).

 

Oliver Stuenkel, Post-Western World: How Emerging Powers Are Remaking Global Order (Polity, 2014).

 

Jennifer Welsh, The Return of History: Conflict, Migration, and Geopolitics in the Twenty-First Century (Anansi, 2016).

 

François Bourguignon, The Globalization of Inequality (Princeton, 2015).

 

Moisés Naím, The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be (Basic Books, 2013).

 

Scholarly articles and some full-text books are available via the university library’s website. For free access to subscriber-only material, you may either (1) connect to the library website from a University of Ottawa-networked computer, or (2) follow these instructions for off-campus access: http://www.biblio.uottawa.ca/html/Page?node=get-access&lang=en.

Cheating and Plagiarism

Academic fraud – including plagiarism, submitting work that was produced by someone else, or submitting the same work in more than one course – may result in a failing grade for a particular assignment, a failing grade for the course, and/or suspension for various lengths of time or permanent expulsion from the university. The onus is on each student to know and comply with the university’s regulations on academic fraud:  http://www.uottawa.ca/governance/regulations.html#r72.

Lateness Policy

There will be a penalty for late submissions. Exceptions are made only for illness or other serious situations deemed as such by the professor. University regulations require all absences from exams and all late submissions due to illness to be supported by a medical certificate. The Faculty reserves the right to accept or reject the reason put forth if it is not medical. Reasons such as travel, work and errors made while reading the exam schedule are not usually accepted. In the event of an illness or related complications, only the counseling service and the campus clinic (located at 100 Marie-Curie) may issue valid certificates to justify a delay or absence. Each day of late submission will result in a penalty of 5% (weekends included). This also applies to assignments sent by email (in which case the time of receipt of the email by the recipient indicates the time of delivery). Please notify the professor as soon as possible if a religious holiday or event forces your absence during an evaluation.

Mental Health and Wellness

The University of Ottawa is committed to the wellbeing of its students and to ensuring that every student can experience good mental health in order to complete their work and participate fully in university life. For more information, visit http://sass.uottawa.ca/en/personal/services/mental-health-wellness

Sexual Violence

The University of Ottawa does not tolerate any form of sexual violence. Sexual violence refers to any act of a sexual nature committed without consent, such as rape, sexual harassment or online harassment. The University, as well as student and employee associations, offers a full range of resources and services allowing members of our community to receive information and confidential assistance and providing for a procedure to report an incident or make a complaint. For more information, visit www.uOttawa.ca/sexual-violence-support-and-prevention.

 

 

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Course Schedule

PART I – CONCEPTS

Sept. 12        Theories of International Affairs and Global Governance

 

Stephen M. Walt, “International Relations: One World, Many Theories,” Foreign Policy 110 (Spring 1998), pp. 29-46.

www.jstor.org/stable/1149275

 

Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson, “Rethinking Global Governance: Complexity, Authority, Power, Change,” International Studies Quarterly 58:1 (March 2014), pp. 207-15.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/isqu.12082/full

Sept. 19        An Intellectual History of Global Governance

 

Mark Mazower, Governing the World: The History of an Idea (Penguin, 2012). Read pp. 1-272.

Sept. 26        International Organizations – and Their Dysfunctions

 

Michael Barnett and Martha Finnemore, Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics (Cornell University Press, 2004).

Oct. 3            Transgovernmental Networks

 

Anne-Marie Slaughter, A New World Order (Princeton University Press, 2004).

Oct. 10          Great Power Management

 

Henry Kissinger, World Order (Penguin, 2014).

Oct. 17          Midterm Exam

Oct. 24          Break Week

PART II – ISSUES

Oct. 31          Emerging Powers: Remaking the World

 

Oliver Stuenkel, Post-Western World: How Emerging Powers Are Remaking Global Order (Polity, 2014).

Nov. 7           Challenges to the Liberal International Order

 

Jennifer Welsh, The Return of History: Conflict, Migration, and Geopolitics in the Twenty-First Century (Anansi, 2016).

Nov. 14         Climate Change

 

Will Steffen, Jacques Grinevald, Paul Crutzen, John McNeill (2011), “The Anthropocene: Conceptual and Historical Perspectives,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 369, 842-867.

http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/369/1938/842

 

Stephen Gardiner (2006), “A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Problem of Moral Corruption,” Environmental Values 15, 397-413.

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/whp/ev/2006/00000015/00000003/art00013

 

Robert O. Keohane and David G. Victor (2016), “Cooperation and Discord in Global Climate Policy,” Nature Climate Change 6, 570-575.

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v6/n6/full/nclimate2937.html

 

Joshua Busby ed. (2017) Duck Forum on Paris Withdrawal

http://duckofminerva.com/2017/06/duck-forum-on-paris-withdrawal.html

Nov. 21         Globalization and Inequality

 

François Bourguignon, The Globalization of Inequality (Princeton, 2015).

Nov. 28         Technology and ‘Micro Power’

 

Moisés Naím, The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be (Basic Books, 2013).

Dec. 5            The Age of Trump

 

Deborah Avant, Miles Kahler, and Jason Pielemeier, “Innovations in Global Governance: How Resilient, How Influential?” in Innovations in Global Governance (New York: Council on Foreign Relations, September 2017).

https://www.cfr.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/Innovations%20in%20Global%20Governance.pdf

 

G. John Ikenberry, “The Plot Against American Foreign Policy,” Foreign Affairs (May-June, 2017), pp. 2-9.

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=122467923&site=ehost-live

 

Rebecca Friedman Lissner and Micah Zenko, “There Is No Trump Doctrine, and There Will Never Be One,” Foreign Policy (July 21, 2017).

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/07/21/there-is-no-trump-doctrine-and-there-will-never-be-one-grand-strategy/

 

Walter Russell Mead, “Donald Trump's High-Wire Foreign Policy,” Wall Street Journal (November 13, 2017).

https://search.proquest.com/docview/1963245812/fulltext

 

Patrick M. Cronin, “Trump's Post-Pivot Strategy,” The Diplomat (Nov. 11, 2017).

https://thediplomat.com/2017/11/trumps-post-pivot-strategy/

 

Anthony Blinken, “Trump Is Ceding Leadership to China,” New York Times (Nov. 8, 2017).

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/08/opinion/trump-china-xi-jinping.html

 

 

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Final exam date and location: To be confirmed.