PSCI 2500 - Schedule

PSCI 2500






Schedule of Classes and Assignments

NOTE: IGP refers to the text by Steven Lamy, Introduction to Global Politics.


Week #1

Monday, January 8: : Introduction to the course.

Quiz: Ch 1 quiz activated at 12:00 pm (elearning).

Wednesday, January 10: Foundations of the study of international relations

Reading: IGP 2-26.

Saturday, January 13:

Quiz: Ch 2 quiz activated at 8:00 am (elearning).

Week #2

Monday, January 15: MLK Day.

No class.

Wednesday, January 17: History of international relations I ("Those who do not know the past are doomed to repeat it.").

Reading: IGP 28-39; and "North Korea's nuclear programme: How advanced is it?"

Watch: Hyeonseo Lee, "My escape from North Korea." (12:15)

Current events Wednesday: North Korea.

Thursday, January 18:

Quiz: Ch 1 quiz deadline at 11:59 pm (elearning).

Satellite view of North Korean missile launch facility, November 27, 2015.

Week #3

Monday, January 22: History of international relations II.

Reading: IGP 39-51.

Watch: "Let's rethink America's military strategy." (23:22)

Wednesday, January 24: History of international relations III.

Reading: IGP 51-67; and "Is Israeli Democracy in Danger?" <e-reserve>

Current events Wednesday: Israel and Palestine.

Saturday, January 27:

Quiz: Ch 3 quiz activated at 8:00 am (elearning).

Graffiti on Israeli wall separating Palestinean

and Israeli communities.

Week #4

Sunday, January 28:

Quiz: Ch 2 quiz deadline at 11:59 pm (elearning).

Monday, January 29: How does the international system work? Realism and liberalism.

Reading: IGP 70-97.

Wednesday, January 31: How does the international system work? Other theories.

Reading: IGP 97-111; and "The Revolutionary Roots of Russian Foreign Policy." <e-reserve>

Current events Wednesday: Russia and the US.

Week #5

Sunday, February 4:

Quiz: Ch 3 quiz deadline at 11:59 pm (elearning).

Monday, February 5: Catch-up.

Reading: none.

Wednesday, February 7: Exam I.

Study guide.

Class will be held after the exam.

Saturday, February 10:

Quiz: Ch 4 quiz activated at 8:00 am (elearning).


Week #6

Monday, February 12: Foreign policy I.

Reading: IGP 114-131.

Wednesday, February 14: Foreign policy II.

Reading: IGP 132-153; and James Lindsay, "Seven Foreign Policy Stories to Watch in 2018."

Current events Wednesday: South Africa: from Apartheid to BRICS.

Saturday, February 17:

Quiz: Ch 5 quiz activated at 8:00 am (elearning).

Protests against the government of Jacob Zuma, September 27, 2017.

Week #7

Sunday, February 18:

Quiz: Ch 4 quiz deadline at 11:59 pm (elearning).

Monday, February 19: Global governance I.

Reading: IGP 156-181.

Wednesday, February 21: Global governance II.

Reading: IGP 181-185; and "Bolivia Has Cut Extreme Poverty in Half Since 2006."

Watch: "Latin America and the Left: U.S. Policy toward Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, and Venezuela." (20:53 but start at 4:20)

Current events Wednesday: the Latin America left.

Banner of leftist Latin American presidents at a Sandinista rally in Nicaragua, 2013.

Week #8

Monday, February 26: Global governance III.

Reading: IGP 185-203.

Wednesday, February 28: Global governance IV.

Reading: IGP 206-225.

Watch: "Are China and the US doomed to conflict?" (20:01)

Current events Wednesday: The rise of China.

Quiz: Ch 6 quiz activated at 8:00 am (elearning).

Friday, March 2:

Quiz: Ch 5 quiz deadline at 11:59 pm (elearning).

Shanghai's central business district.

Week #9

Monday, March 12: Live video presentation. Watch the recorded version (the first 60 minutes only).

Reading: IGP 225-232.

Wednesday, March 14: War. Nuclear proliferation..

Reading: IGP 232-249; "Fewer Vietnamese Feeling the Effects of War."

Current events Wednesday: Vietnam: from war to an emerging tiger.

Young Vietnamese professional buying street food from a traditional vendor in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), September 2016.

Week #10

Sunday, March 18:

Quiz: Ch 6 quiz deadline at 11:59 pm (elearning).

Monday, March 19: Terrorism.

Reading: none.

Wednesday, March 21: Exam II

Study guide.

Saturday, March 24:

Quiz: Ch 7 quiz activated at 8:00 am (elearning).


Week #11

Monday, March 26: Human rights and human security.

Reading: IGP 252-266, 281; and "The Responsibility to Protect: Dilemmas of a New Norm." <e-reserve>

Wednesday, March 28: Humanitarianism.

Reading: IGP 266-286.

Saturday, March 31:

Quiz: Ch 9 quiz activated at 8:00 am (elearning).

General Motors plant in Mexico.

Week #12

Sunday, April 1:

Quiz: Ch 7 quiz deadline at 11:59 pm (elearning).

Monday, April 2: Poverty, development and hunger I.

Reading: IGP 322-343.

Wednesday, April 4: Poverty, development and hunger II.

Reading: IGP 343-351; and "Why Migration Matters." <e-reserve>.

Watch: "The real facts of the refugee crisis, and what we can do."

Current events Wednesday: Migration.

Saturday, April 7:

Quiz: Ch 8 quiz activated at 8:00 am (elearning).

British citizens rally to support leaving the EU, June 2016.

Week #13

Sunday, April 8:

Quiz: Ch 9 quiz deadline at 11:59 pm (elearning).

Monday, April 9: Global trade.

Reading: IGP 288-305.

Wednesday, April 11: Global finance. Globalization.

Reading: IGP 305-319; and "Iran’s Uncertain Course After the Deal." <e-reserve>

Current events Wednesday: Iran.

Saturday, April 14:

Quiz: Ch 10 quiz activated at 8:00 am (elearning).

Iranian nuclear facility in Bushehr.

Week #14

Sunday, April 15:

Quiz: Ch 8 quiz deadline at 11:59 pm (elearning).

Monday, April 16: Global environmental issues.

Reading: IGP 354-376.

Wednesday, April 18: Climate change and global policy.

Reading: IGP 376-383; "The Right Way to Build Resilience to Climate Change," <e-reserve>; and "Vietnam’s Urgent Task: Adapting to Climate Change." <e-reserve> NOTE: read the latter as an example of the challenges faced by one country -- one we have studied -- by climate change.

Sunday, April 22:

Quiz: Ch 10 quiz deadline at 11:59 pm (elearning).


Week #15

Wednesday, April 25:

Final exam: 12:30-2:30.