Montgomery College

Rockville Campus

History and Political Science Department

 

 

International Relations

Syllabus

Spring 2009

 

 

PS 203

MWF 12:00-12:50pm              

Room:  SW 040

Professor:  Jonathan Delaney

Email:  Jonathan.Delaney@montgomerycollege.edu

Phone:  910-514-8493

Department phone:  240-567-5178

Office Hours:  W 1:00-2:00pm, HU 270

 

 

Course Textbook:

Joshua S. Goldstein & Jon C. Pevehouse, International Relations (eighth edition)

 

Brief Course Information:

This course focuses on the global developments that have led to the contemporary world.  We will begin with the Napoleonic Wars and the subsequent Congress of Vienna, and progress through to today’s current events.

 

Course Objective:

This course will provide a critical insight into the international system.  It will familiarize students with the strengths and weaknesses of national sovereignty and supranationalism, how these concepts cooperate and compete with each other and how today’s trends may influence future developments.  Theory will be applied with particular focus on the EU, NATO, the UN and the WTO.

 

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is required.  Students are allowed to miss as many classes as the class meets per week for unexcused reasons.  Excessive absence will result in withdrawal from the course.

 

Academic Dishonesty:

Of any kind (cheating, plagiarism, etc) will not be tolerated and will result in an F for that exercise and possibly an F for the course.  When quoting, paraphrasing or using facts, statistics, etc, cite sources.

 

Disability:

Any student who may need an accommodation due to a disability, please make an appointment to see me.  A letter from Disability Support Services authorizing your accommodation will be needed.  

 

Make-up Policy:

If exceptional circumstances require your absence on the day of the mid/final exam, you must contact me prior to the exam.  Doing otherwise will result in an F for that exercise.

 

Assessment:

This is primarily a lecture course but class participation is also vital, so please come to class having completed the reading assignment and ready to discuss the topic.  Several movies will be watched and discussed in class. 

 

Course grades will be determined by class participation (5 points), a two-page essay (15 points), one test (20 points), a mid-term exam (30 points) and a final exam (30 points).

 

Grading is as follows:

A=90-100

B= 80-89

C=70-79

D=60-69

F= 59 or less

 

Important Dates:

Feb. 23                     Essay due

Mar. 11                    Mid-term exam

Mar. 16                    MC Spring Break – no class

Mar. 18                    MC Spring Break – no class

Apr. 22                     Test

May 11                     Final exam

 

Finally, please feel free to contact me by email or phone with any questions or comments during the course of the semester.

 

 

Course Schedule

 

 

Jan. 26                      Introduction to PS 203

 

Jan. 28                      1789-1848

                                    Lecture class

 

Jan. 30                      The Unification of Italy

http://www.sparknotes.com/history/european/1871/section3.rhtml

 

Feb. 2                                    The Unification of Germany

http://www.sparknotes.com/history/european/1871/section4.rhtml

 

Feb. 4                                    The Evolving International System

                                    Goldstein, chapter 1, pp. 26-37

 

Feb. 6                                    The Evolving International System (cont.)

                                    Goldstein, chapter 1, pp. 26-37

 

Feb. 9                                    Power and the Nation State

                                    Goldstein, chapter 1, pp. 12-15

                                    Goldstein, chapter 2, pp. 45-62

 

Feb. 11                     Power and the Nation State (cont.)

                                    Goldstein, chapter 1, pp. 12-15

                                    Goldstein, chapter 2, pp. 45-62

 

Feb. 13                     Theories of International Relations

                                    Goldstein, chapter 2, pp. 42-45

                                    Goldstein, chapter 3, pp. 82-99

 

Feb. 16                     Theories of International Relations (cont.)

                                    Goldstein, chapter 2, pp. 42-45

                                    Goldstein, chapter 3, pp. 82-99

 

Feb. 18                     Foreign Policy

                                    Goldstein, chapter 4

 

Feb. 20                     Foreign Policy (cont.)                            

                                    Goldstein, chapter 4

 

Feb. 23                     Military Force and Terrorism

                                    Goldstein, chapter 6

                                    Essay due

 

Feb. 25                     Military Force and Terrorism (cont.)

                                    Goldstein, chapter 6

 

Feb. 27                     War              

                                    Goldstein, chapter 5

 

Mar. 2                       War (cont.)            

                                    Goldstein, chapter 5

 

Mar. 4                       Supranationalism

                                    Goldstein, chapter 10, pp. 350-354

 

Mar. 6                       European Union

                                    Goldstein, chapter 10, pp. 354-368

 

Mar. 9                       European Union (cont.)

                                    Goldstein, chapter 10, pp. 354-368

                                    *Additional reading assignment TBC

 

Mar. 11                    Mid-term Exam

 

Mar. 13                    North Atlantic Treaty Organization

                                    Goldstein, chapter 2, pp. 62-71

 

Mar. 16                     MC Spring Break – no class

 

Mar. 18                     MC Spring Break – no class

 

Mar. 20                    North Atlantic Treaty Organization (cont.)

                                    Goldstein, chapter 2, pp. 62-71

                                    *Additional reading assignment TBC

 

Mar. 23                    European Security and Defense Policy

                                    * Reading assignment TBC

 

Mar. 25                    African Union

                                    * Reading assignment TBC

 

Mar. 27                    United Nations

                                    Goldstein, chapter 7, pp. 230-252

 

Mar. 30                    United Nations (cont.)

                                    Goldstein, chapter 7, pp. 230-252

 

Apr. 1                        International Law

                                    Goldstein, chapter 7, pp. 252-260

 

Apr. 3                        Human Rights

                                    Goldstein, chapter 7, pp. 263-271

 

Apr. 6                        International Trade

                                    Goldstein, chapter 8

 

Apr. 8                        International Trade (cont.)

                                    Goldstein, chapter 8

 

Apr. 10                     International Trade (cont.)

                                    Goldstein, chapter 8

 

Apr. 13                     Money and Business

                                    Goldstein, chapter 9

 

Apr. 15                     Money and Business (cont.)

                                    Goldstein, chapter 9

 

Apr. 17                     Environment and Population

                                    Goldstein, chapter 11

 

Apr. 20                     Environment and Population (cont.)

                                    Goldstein, chapter 11

 

Apr. 22                     Test

 

Apr. 24                     The North-South Gap

                                    Goldstein, chapter 12

 

Apr. 27                     The North-South Gap (cont.)

                                    Goldstein, chapter 12

 

Apr. 29                     International Development

                                    Goldstein, chapter 13

 

May 1                        International Development (cont.)                                                                           Goldstein, chapter 13

 

May 4                        Post-democracy and New Challenges

                                    *Reading assignment TBC

 

May 6                        Post-democracy and New Challenges (cont.)

                                    *Reading assignment TBC

 

May 8                        Revision Class

 

May 11                     Final Exam, 12:30-2:30pm