Description: Description: Description: École supérieure d'affaires publiques et internationales

 

 

Graduate Seminar

 

CONCEPTS AND ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

 

API 5105C

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

University of Ottawa

Fall 2018

 

Instructor: Prof. Roland Paris

Office location: FSS 6053

Office hours: By appointment

Email: rparis@uottawa.ca

 

Description: Description: Description: free web bar

 

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 (3)

30%

Midterm Exam

20%

Participation

15%

Final Exam

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. Duration: 2 hours.

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 a given week’s readings in class, so be prepared!

Final Exam

The final exam will take place during the exam period and will cover the entire course. You will not have access to your notes. Duration: 3 hours. Failure to write the final exam will result in a failing grade for the course. Further information, 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).

 

Edward Luce, The Retreat of Western Liberalism (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017).

 

Joshua Kurlantzick, State Capitalism: How the Return of Statism is Transforming the World (Oxford University Press, 2016).

 

Steven Radelet, The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World (Simon & Schuster, 2015).

 

William Harris, Quicksilver War: Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2018).

 

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.

 

 

Description: Description: Description: free web bar

 

 

Course Schedule

PART I – CONCEPTS

Sept. 7          Introduction

 

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

www.jstor.org/stable/1149275

Sept. 14        Global Governance: An Intellectual History

 

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

Sept. 21        International Organizations

 

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

Sept. 28        Networks

 

Anne-Marie Slaughter, New World Order

Oct. 5            Power Politics

 

Henry Kissinger, World Order (Penguin, 2014).

Oct. 12          Midterm Exam

PART II – ISSUES

Oct. 19          Retreat of the West?

 

Edward Luce, The Retreat of Western Liberalism (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017).

Oct. 26          Break Week

Nov. 2           The Rise of State Capitalism

 

Joshua Kurlantzick, State Capitalism: How the Return of Statism is Transforming the World (Oxford University Press, 2016.)

Nov. 9           Winning the War on Global Poverty

 

Steven Radelet, The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World (Simon & Schuster, 2015).

Nov. 16         No Meeting

Nov. 23         The Unravelling of the Middle East

 

William Harris, Quicksilver War: Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2018).

PART III – LOOKING AHEAD

Nov. 30         Which World Are We Living In?

 

Essays in Foreign Policy 97:4 (July/August 2018):

 

Stephen Kotkin – “Realist World: The Players Change, but the Game Remains”

http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A545671136/AONE?u=otta77973&sid=AONE&xid=ebba763a

 

Daniel Deudney and G. John Ikenberry – “Liberal World: The Resilient Order”

http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A545671137/AONE?u=otta77973&sid=AONE&xid=ace36846

 

Amy Chua – “Tribal World: Group Identity Is All”

https://heinonline.org/HOL/P?h=hein.journals/fora97&i=665

 

Robin Varghese – “Marxist World: What Did You Expect from Capitalism?”

http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A545671138/AONE?u=otta77973&sid=AONE&xid=3a844d4a

 

Kevin Drum – “Tech World: Welcome to the Digital Revolution”

http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A545671139/AONE?u=otta77973&sid=AONE&xid=3b3c45ea

 

Joshua Busby – “Warming World: Why Climate Change Matters More Than Anything Else”

http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A545671140/AONE?u=otta77973&sid=AONE&xid=08031c9b

 

Description: Description: Description: free web bar

 

Final exam during the exam period. Date and location TBA.