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School of Social Sciences Academic Year 2013/14 Term 1 SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT

School of Social Sciences

Academic Year 2013/14 Term 1

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY

COURSE PLAN

POSC103

Instructor Name Title Email:

Office:

WORLD POLITICS

Dr. Clara PORTELA Assistant Professor claraportela@smu.edu.sg School of Social Sciences, Level 4

PRE-REQUISITE

None

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course introduces students to the discipline of International Relations, providing them with an overview of the most salient issues of world politics and a solid theoretical introduction to the theories explaining international life.

COURSE GOALS

The course provides an overview over the most salient issues in international politics, and introduces students to the theories employed in the study of international relations. The course follows two objectives: Firstly, it familiarises students with the nature of international politics. It leads them on a systematic exploration of the central themes of international life, such as war, human rights, the protection of the environment, etc., taking into account the historical background and the impact of globalisation on the studied phenomena. Secondly, the main theories of IR will be explored: realism, liberalism, constructivism, etc. It provides students the conceptual tools and analytical skills necessary for the study of International Relations.

Finally, through presentations, discussion of the readings and regular class participation, students further develop analytical, critical and synthesis ability, as well as public speaking skills.

Specific Learning Objectives By the end of this course the students will be able to:

understand key concepts, actors and process of international relations;

understand why and how particular issue areas become a matter of international concern, and ultimately of inter-state co-operation;

understand the basic tenets of the main theories in International Relations scholarship;

analyse and assess current developments in global affairs.

Finally, through presentations, discussion of the readings and regular class participation, students further develop their analytical, critical and synthesis abilities, while improving their public speaking skills

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS AND EXPECTATIONS

Session will alternate lectures, students’ presentations and case-driven discussion of readings. Attendance is compulsory. Students are expected to do the required readings prior to the class sessions, to participate actively in class discussions and exercises and to submit all assignments on time. Required readings typically consist of one or two chapters from the textbook. Quizzes typically concern one of the required readings. No active laptops of mobile phones allowed in the classroom.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Class presentation

10%

Class participation

10%

Assignments

10%

Quizzes

10%

Research Essay

20%

Mid-term Exam

20%

Final exam

20%

Academic Integrity

Students are reminded that there are severe penalties associated with plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct.

CONSULTATIONS

If you wish to make an appointment, please send me an e-mail or approach me after the class.

WEEKLY LESSON PLANS

Session

Title

 

1 August

Introduction

   

The military pursuit of power and the threat of aggression readings:

2 August

- The Evolution of the Interstate System

- The World Wars

   

- The Cold War

   

Realism

3 August

readings: Jackson and Sorensen chapter 3

   

Collective Security and International Law

4 Sept

readings:

- International Law and Organization and the Quest for Peace

 

-

Human Rights: The Individual in Global Politics

 

Liberalism

5 Sept

reading: Jackson and Sorensen chapter 4

 

Globalisation

readings:

6 Sept

-

Globalisation: The New Frontier

Museum visit: History Gallery, National Museum of Singapore

7 Sept

MID-TERM EXAM

8 Oct

 

BREAK

 

Marxism and Critical Theory

9 Oct

readings: Baylis and Smith chapter 8 Film screening: Deliverance

 

Development, the Global South and the Environment readings:

10 Oct

- The Global South

- The Environment: A Global Collective Good

 

Constructivism

11 Oct

reading: Jackson/Sorensen chapter 6 Film screening: Wag the Dog

 

Terrorism and Non-Proliferation and Disarmament readings:

12 Nov

-

The Nuclear Proliferation Regime

Krasno chapter 7 -Terrorism

13 Nov

Revision for final exam

14 Nov

STUDY BREAK

 

FINAL EXAMINATION

CLASS TIMINGS Class sessions are of 3 hours of duration.

RECOMMENDED TEXT AND READINGS

A course pack will be made available. There is no textbook, the purchase of Jackson and Sorensen (2007) is optional.

Main Readings:

JACKSON, R., SORENSEN, G. (2007) Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches, Oxford: OUP MANSBACH, RW. and TAYLOR, K. (2011) Introduction to Global Politics, 2 nd Edition, New York/London: Routledge BAYLIS, J. and SMITH, S. (2005) The Globalisation of World Politics, Oxford: OUP KRASNO, J. (ed) The United Nations: Confronting the Challenges of a Global Society. Lynne Rienner:

Boulder, Co. WHITE, N. (2002) The United Nations System: Toward International Justice, Lynne Rienner: Boulder, Co. KARNS, M. and MINGST, K. (2004) International Organisations: Lynne Rienner: Boulder, Co. Additional readings to be announced.