Politics 331

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International Organization and Law

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Requirements

  This is an upper level course and because it is likely to be rather small, I will treat it somewhat like a seminar. First and foremost this means that students must attend classes regularly and arrive on time (more than five absences will severely affect your grade) and they must come prepared to discuss the assigned reading material. In addition students are expected to treat one another and the professor with every respect. 


 Students will be evaluated in the following manner: 

 

 
 Class Project 
30%
 Midterm Exam
20%
 Response Papers
15%
 Student Participation
10%
 Final Exam
25%

 

Note on participation: "Good participation" requires several things, including regular attendance, regular contributions to class discussions, quality not quantity contributions, good listening skills.

 Note: Written assignments are due in class. Extensions are rarely granted. Late work will be penalized 1/3 of one grade per day (e.g. from B to B-). After 10 days the student will receive a zero for the assignment.

 

 Reading Materials 

Four books and one case study are required for this course. Additional Readings may be accessed from the schedule page or as PDF files on Blackboard. The required materials are:

  • Karen Mingst and Margaret Karns, The United Nations in the 21st Century. 3d ed., Westview, 2007
  • Connor Foley: The Thin Blue Line. Verso, 2010
  • Ngaire Woods, The Globalizers: The IMF, the World Bank, and Their Borrowers. Cornell Studies in Money, 2006  
  • John Pinder and Simon Usherwood, The European Union: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, 2007
  • Pamela Martin, "Politics of The People" Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University Case Study, 2010

Electronics Policy

  • Due to continuing problems with distraction, I must enforce an "electronics free zone" in my classroom. This means cell phones, laptops, virtual reality cones, etc....Humor me. Unplug yourself temporarily.