University of Hartford
Spring, 2013
Politics 130
Phone: 768-4284
Instructor:  Michael Clancy
Office: 123b Hillyer
Office Hours: M/W 9:30-10:30
By Appointment
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  Readings

    All readings are from assigned books or cases, from the Web, or are available on Blackboard. To access Blackboard click here.
 
 

Schedule 

 I. Introduction

January 23: Introduction

No Reading

January 25:    The World in 2013

Current History, "Global Progress Report, 2013"
Kearny, "The Globalization Index," M&R 16.1
Goldstein, pp. 1-10


 II. Perspectives on World Politics

January 28:  Theory/Roots of Classical Realism

"The Melian Dialogue"

January 30:  Modern Realism

Goldstein, pp. 35-37, 41-49
Morgenthau, "A Realist Theory of International Politics" 

February 1: Liberalism

Goldstein, pp. 63-71
Fukuyama, "History is Still Going Our Way," M&R 4.1

February 4:  Radicalism

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, “Dependent Capitalist Development in Latin America”
Goldstein, pp. 90-2; 271-8

February 6: Alternative Theories

Goldstein, pp. 86-90; 95-104
Wilmer, "Women, the State, and War: Feminist Incursions into World Politics" M&R 15.1

February 8: Theory Review

Goldstein, pp. 14-17
Stephen M. Walt, "International Relations: One World, Many Theories"

 

 III. States, Security and Conflict

February 11: Nation-States, 

Goldstein, pp. 10-13, 17-23
Ghemawat, "Why the World Isn't Flat" M&R 1.3
Gat, "The Return of Authoritarian Great Powers" M&R 4.2
Rotberg, "Failed States in a World of Terror" M&R 5.1

Theory Assignment due


February 13: Power and Security

Goldstein, pp. 37-40
McRae, "Human Security in a Globalized World," M&R 9.1

February 15: War and Discord

Goldstein, pp. 107-36
Barry Posen, “The Security Dilemma and Ethnic Conflict”
Munkler, "The New Wars" M&R 2.1
Goldstein, "Think Again: War," Foreign Policy Sept./Oct., 2011

February 18:   War in the Nuclear Era

 Film: Failsafe

February 20: War in the Nuclear Era
 
Film: Failsafe, remainder

February 22:  Nuclear Proliferation

Goldstein, pp. 149-57
John Mueller, "Think Again: Nuclear Weapons" Foreign Policy, Jan/Feb., 2010

Policy paper topics due

February 25: Iran and "The Bomb"

       
Farley, "What if Iran Got the Bomb?" Foreign Policy, April 2009

February 27: Modern War: Afghanistan

       
Ahmed Rashid, Descent into Chaos, Introduction
          Steve Coll, "Looking for Mullah Omar," The New Yorker January 23, 2012
         
         

March 1: Afghanistan and Broader South Asian Security

Hersh, "Defending the Arsenal," The New Yorker

March 4: Terrorism

         Goldstein, pp. 145-8, review
          Kydd and Walter, "Strategies of Terrorism" M&R 2.3
          Economist, "A World Wide Web of Terror" M&R2.6

          Video: Frontline: Hunting Bin Laden 

March 6: Combatting Terror

Goldstein, 148-9
Additional reading TBA

March 8: Mitigating Conflict: The UN

          Goldstein, pp. 211-19; 222-26
          Economist, 'The United Nations" M&R 6.2
          Lacy, "UN Troops fight Haiti's Gangs One Battered Street at a Time," M&R 5.4

March 11: Peacekeeping and International Law

          Goldstein, pp. 220-2; 240-8
                 

March 13: Midterm Exam

March 15: No Class


IV. International Political Economy


March 18: Introduction to IPE:

Goldstein, pp. 163-68
Gilpin, "The Challenge of Global Capitalism" M&R 10.1
Florida, "The World is Spiky" Atlantic Monthly

March 20: Globalization (I): International Finance and Trade

Goldstein, pp. 168-81; 187-95; 292-3
Dombrowski, "The ABCs of Global Money and Finance" M&R 10.4
Kapur and Naim, "The IMF and Democratic Governance" M&R 6.3
Policy paper outline and bibliography due  

March 22: No Class


March 23-31:
Spring Break: No Class
 


April 1: Europe and Economic Crisis

            Goldstein, pp. 226-40         
            Additional Readings TBA

April 3: Globalization (2): MNCs, Global Production, and Labor

Goldstein, pp. 197-202
Business Week, "Borders are so Twentieth Century"

          April 5: MNCs and Labor

Readings on Apple and Foxconn on Blackboard

April 8: North-South Relations and Development

Jamaica Kincaid: A Small Place, entire
Goldstein, 278-88


April 10: Poverty

Goldstein, 259-64; 291-2
Economist, "In the Shadow of Prosperity" M&R 10.2
von Reppert-Bismarck, "How Trade Barriers Keep Africans Adrift," M&R 10.3
Brainerd, et al., "The Tangled Web: The Poverty-Insecurity Nexus" M&R 11.1
 

 April 12: Foreign Aid

Goldstein, 295-305
The Economist,
"The Eight Commandments" M&R 11.3

 

IV. Contemporary Global Challenges

April 15: The Global Commons

Goldstein, pp. 308-16
World Bank, "Global Problems and Local Concerns" M&R 12.2

Policy Papers Due


April 17: Pollution and Climate Change


Holz, "Huge Dust Plumes from China Cause Changes in Climate" M&R 12.5
The Atlantic Monthly, "Five Charts about Climate Change that Should Have you Very, Very Worried"

April 19: Population and Resources

Goldstein, pp. 322-33
NYT, "Nigeria Tested by Rapid Rise in Population"

April 22: Human Rights

Goldstein, pp. 248-53
Frank, "Are Human Rights Universal?" M&R 8.1

April 24: The Arab Spring

         Readings TBA

April 26: No Class

 April 29: Borders I: Migration

          Goldstein, pp. 268-71
          Adamson, "Crossing Borders" M&R 13.1
         

May 1: Borders II: Illicit Narcotics

Economist: "Europe's Huddled Masses" M&R 13.2 Shaikin and Crawford, "In Afghanistan Heroin Trade Soars Despite                 US Aid" M&R 9.3
          Quinones, "State of War" Foreign Policy March/April 2009

May 3: Alternative Global Futures

        Foer, "Soccer vs. McWorld" M&R 16.3
          Rachman, "Think Again: American Decline" Foreign Policy, Jan./Feb. 2011

May 6: Course Wrap-up

 Take-home Final Exam Distributed