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COURSE NUMBER: POLI 380
COURSE TITLE: World Politics
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr John Hiemstra
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to international politics, law and organizations and focuses on major international issues of conflict and cooperation related to war, economics, poverty, and the environment.

Prerequisites: POLI 205
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Sens, Allen and Peter Stoett, Global Politics: Origins, Currents, and Directions, 5th edition, Toronto: ITP Nelson, 2014.
  • Articles assigned in class that are available either on Moodle or Library reserve.
  • You are required daily to read a major newspaper [paper or online versions] such as the Globe and Mail, National Post, or Edmonton Journal (available in the King's library) The Guardian (UK), or Washington Post (USA), for breaking international stories.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Midterm exam25%
Major written assignment25%
Proposal for major written assignment5%
Participation15%
Final Exam30%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students will…
  • Understand the dynamics and structures of the international political system
  • Be able to explain the inter-linkages between the political, economic, social and environmental dimensions of global politics
  • Understand the deeper worldviews shaping world politics, which also influence our understanding and formation of theories about world politics.
  • Explore Christian perspectives on, and options for, action and service in the various dimensions and fields of world politics.
  • Learn to formulate and pose questions and write research or policy analysis papers on international politics.
COURSE TOPICS:
  • INTRODUCTION
    • 1. Introduction to World Politics
    • Overlapping/integrated systems: Westphalian State system + International economic system + International legal/NGO systems
    • 2. Introduction to key theories and history, or “Frameworks for understanding?”
  • PART I: HISTORY & THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
    • 3. History and theories of war and peace, up to WW II
    • 4. War and diplomacy in the era of nuclear weapons
    • 5. The International Political Economy: key theories and historical developments
    • 6. The Int’l Organisation of Global politics: Institutions, organizations, international law, and theories
  • PART II: KEY ISSUES IN TODAY’S WORLD POLITICS
    • 7. Post-Cold War security issues - communal conflicts, weapons proliferation, terrorism and international crime
    • 8. How we manage conflict in global politics today
    • 9. Globalised economics, world-scale poverty
    • 10. Human rights as “ethics” in the global village?
  • PART III: EMERGING CONCERNS IN WORLD POLITICS
    • 11. Global environmental politics
    • 12. Population growth and movement
    • 13. The global information revolution
    • 14. New Directions in Theory and Practice


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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