Political Science 2103B
Office: Vanier Hall Room 402
Course Time and Location
Professor’s Office Hours
Tuesdays 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Thursdays 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 9:30-11:00 am
Tabaret Hall Room 333
or by appointment
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The aims of this course are: (1) to introduce key theories and concepts of international relations; (2) to trace the origins and evolution of the modern state as the predominant actor in world politics; and (3) to explore the dynamics of “globalization” through the lens of several contemporary issues and problems.
Midterm exam (October 19): 20%
Essay (due on November 23): 40%
Final exam (final exam period): 40%
following required texts are available for purchase at the Agora
John Baylis and Steve Smith, The Globalization of World Politics, 3rd edition (Oxford University Press, 2005)
Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005)
Tarak Barkawi, Globalization and War (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006)
Copies of all three books are also on reserve at Morisset Library.
The mid-term will be held in class on October 19. You will be responsible for the content of all lectures and required readings up to that date.
The final exam will be held on Monday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. in GYMC and GYMD. You will be responsible for the content of all lectures and required readings in the course, including the Friedman and Barkawi books.
An essay analyzing the Friedman and Barkawi books is due in class on November 23. For details of the essay assignment, see http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~rparis/Essay_POL2103B.html.
Optional meetings will take place every two weeks to discuss the readings and lectures. For more information please see: http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~rparis/sections.html.
Discussion questions are provided to stimulate conversation in the discussion sections. New questions will be added every two weeks. Please see: http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~rparis/discussion_questions.html.
Cheating and Plagiarism
Cheating (using unauthorized materials or giving unauthorized assistance during an examination or other academic exercise) and plagiarism (using another's ideas or words without acknowledgment) are serious offenses in a university, and 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. Please familiarize yourself with the university’s policies on academic fraud: http://www.uottawa.ca/academic/info/regist/fraud_e.html.
PART 1 – INTRODUCTION
Thurs, Sept 7 MAIN THEMES AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS COURSE
Steve Smith and John Baylis, “Introduction,” in Baylis & Smith, pp. 1-13.
PART 2 – DEVELOPMENT OF THE MODERN STATES SYSTEM
Tues, Sept 12 THE IDEA OF SOVEREIGNTY
“How to Read Critically”
Alexander B. Murphy, “The
Slide from the lecture: Comparing feudalism and Westphalian states system
Thurs, Sept 14 THE SPREAD OF THE WESTPHALIAN MODEL
Robert H. Jackson and Patricia Owens, “The Evolution of International Society,” in Baylis & Smith, chap. 2.
Tues, Sept 19 THE BALANCE OF POWER AND THE CONCERT OF
Richard B. Elrod, “The
Slide from the lecture: What is the Balance of Power?
Thurs, Sept 21 THE WORLD WARS AND THE
Susan Carruthers, “International History, 1900-1945,” in Baylis & Smith, chap. 3.
George Orwell, 1984 (read chapter 1 only).
Tues, Sept 26 THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS, THE UNITED NATIONS, AND THE COLD WAR
Len Scott, “International History, 1945-1990,” in Baylis & Smith, chap. 4.
Covenant of the
Charter of the United Nations (read chapters 1, 6 and 7).
Thurs, Sept 28 THE POST-COLD WAR WORLD
Michael Cox, “From the Cold War to the War on Terror,” in Baylis & Smith, chap 6.
Robert Kagan, “Power and Weakness,” Policy Review 113 (June/July 2002).
PART 3 – THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Tues, Oct 3 REALISM
Tim Dunne and Brian C. Schmidt, “Realism” in Baylis & Smith, chap 7.
Kenneth N. Waltz, “Structural Realism After the Cold War,” International Security 25:1 (Summer 2000), pp. 5-41.
Thurs, Oct 5 LIBERALISM
Tim Dunne, “Liberalism,” in Baylis & Smith, chap 8.
Bruce Russett and John Oneal, Trangulating Peace: Democracy, Interdependence and International Organizations, read only chapter 1, “International Systems: Vicious Circles and Virtuous Circles.”
Tues, Oct 10 DIGRESSION: NEOCONSERVATISM AND THE “BUSH DOCTRINE”
Charles Krauthammer, “The Neoconservative Convergence,” Commentary (July 5, 2005).
John Mearsheimer, “Hans Morgenthau and the Iraq War: Realism Versus Neo-Conservatism,” opendemocracy.com, posted May 19, 2005.
Fareed Zakaria’s review of George Packer’s book, The Assassin’s Gate, in the New York Times, October 30, 2005.
Thurs, Oct 12 CONSTRUCTIVISM
Michael Barnett, “Social Constructivism” in Baylis & Smith, chap 11.
Slide from lecture comparing realist, liberal and constructivist IR theories.
Tues, Oct 17 MARXIST, FEMINIST AND POST-MODERNIST THEORIES
Stephen Hobden, “Marxist Theories of International Relations” in Baylis & Smith, chap 10.
Steve Smith and Patricia Owens, “Alternative Approaches to International Theory” in Baylis & Smith, chap. 12, read only pp. 273-275 and 280(middle)-287.
Slides from lecture: Gramsci’s idea of hegemony
Thurs, Oct 19 MIDTERM EXAM
The exam will cover all of the lectures and required readings up to this day.
PART 4 – GLOBALIZATIOn and the westphalian System
Tues, Oct 24 WHAT IS GLOBALIZATION?
Anthony McGrew, “Globalization and Global Politics” in Baylis & Smith, chap 1.
Slide from lecture: A definition of “globalization”
Thurs, Oct 26 ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION
Jan Aart Scholte, “Global Trade and Finance” in Baylis & Smith, chap 27.
Glen Hodgson, “Trade in Evolution:
The Emergence of Integrative Trade,” Export Development
Tues, Oct 31 GLOBALIZATION AND POVERTY
Caroline Thomas, “Poverty, Development and Hunger” in Baylis & Smith, chap 29.
Jeffery Sachs, “Can Extreme Poverty Be Eliminated?” Scientific American (August 22, 2005).
Thurs, Nov 2 NO LECTURE
Tues, Nov 7 THE INFORMATION REVOLUTION
Jonathan D. Aronson, “Causes and Consequences of the Communications and Internet Revolution,” in Baylis & Smith, chap 28.
Manuel Castells, “Toward a Sociology of the Network Society,” Contemporary Sociology 29:5 (Sept 2000), pp. 693-699.
Thurs, Nov 9 TRANSNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND NGOS
Owen Greene, “Environmental Issues,” in Baylis & Smith, chap 20.
Paul Wapner, “Politics Beyond the State,” World Politics 47:3 (April 1995), pp. 311-340.
Tues, Nov 14 DIPLOMACY IN A
GLOBALIZING WORLD (Guest lecture by Michael Kergin,
Brian White, “Diplomacy” in Baylis & Smith, chap 17.
Thurs, Nov 16 NO LECTURE
Tues, Nov 21 GLOBALIZATION AND CULTURE
Arjun Appadurai, “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy,” Theory, Culture and Society 7:2 (June 1990), pp. 295-310.
Virtual Campus (password required); also available through UOttawa library e-journals collection (from a UOttawa computer)
Slides from lecture: quotations on cultural globalization
Thurs, Nov 23 TRANSNATIONAL TERRORISM (ESSAYS DUE AT TODAY’S LECTURE)
James D. Kiras, “Terrorism and Globalization” in Baylis & Smith, chap 21.
Robert Pape, “The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism,” American Political Science Review 97:3 (August 2003), pp. 343-361.
Slides from lecture: quotations on terrorism
Tues, Nov 28 FAILED AND FRAGILE STATES
PART 5 – conclusion: LOOKING AHEAD
Thurs, Nov 30 GLOBALIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS
Martin Wolf, “Will Globalization Survive?” World Economics 6:1 (Oct-Dec 2005), pp. 1-10.
David Brooks, “The Jagged World,” New York Times (Sept 3, 2006).
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s “farewell address” to the General Assembly (Sept 19, 2006)
Tues, Dec 5 TOWARDS A POST-WESTPHALIAN SYSTEM?
Andrew Linklater, “Globalization and the Transformation of Political Community,” in Baylis & Smith, chap. 32.
FINAL EXAM: Monday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. in GYMC and GYMD