CLAYTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Department of Political Science
Global Issues POLS 2401
Semester: SPRING 2010 Instructor: Dr. Augustine E. Ayuk
Office: G 110P, Arts and Sciences Email: Augustineayuk@mail.clayton.edu
Office Phone: 678-466-4848 Office Hours: Tues. and Thurs.11:30am to
Class Hours: 9:50am -11:05 am Wednesday 4:00pm to 6:00pm or by
Class Location: T 220
This is a junior level elective in political science with two prerequisites, POLS 1101 and
either HIST211 or HIST2112. If you have not taken these courses or their equivalent,
please discuss with the instructor and/or your advisor. Any upper level political science
or history course you had previously taken will be beneficial.
This course focuses on a wide range of issues including state supremacy and its ability to
manage global issues such as transnational flows of goods, services, money, and ideas,
the continuing problem of population explosion and poverty in the developing world. The
phenomenon of failed states in the post-Cold War era will be examined, including
governance, global environmental issues, international concerns with human rights,
weapons proliferation, terrorism and other forms of transnational crime as well as the rise
of transnational activist groups.
1. Provide students with an historical background of international policy choice.
2. Familiarize students with key perspectives in IR such as the realist, liberal or
idealist point of view
3. Draw some parallels between the U.S. governmental system and other
governmental systems in other industrialized or advanced countries
4. Provide students the necessary tools to make informed assessment about current
political, social economic and environmental realities.
5. Assist students understand how international relations issues affect their daily
Political Science Majors:
Outcomes and Assessments
Graduating political science majors should:
Apply concepts related to the structures and principles of the U.S. Constitution to
historical and current politics
Explain and criticize U.S. political institutions and processes
Define and distinguish how aspects of the Georgia Constitution and government
differ from the U.S. Constitution and government
Assess and compare how other national political systems and international
political organizations differ from the U.S. political system and recognize the
importance of political geography
Research and compose a project report in a subfield of political science
Successfully complete political science related internship
o POLS 1101: Pre and Post assessment survey and geography tests
o POLS 4490/POLS4491 – Internship/Practicum: Site supervisor evaluation
o POLS 4500 – Senior Seminar research paper
o POLS 4500 – Senior Political Science program exit survey
o Educational Testing Service Political Science Field Test, taken the semester
immediately prior to graduation
The course will employ different teaching techniques to explain relevant materials.
The course has a lecture-discussion format. Introductory lectures will outline the central
issues to be addressed in the various sections, and the lectures will be followed by
informed discussions and debates. The instructor will lead the discussion on clashing
perspectives designed to focus on controversial topics. Student will take a stand/position
on each topic, arguing for or against, based on facts. Students are expected to read all
required materials, and be in a position to engage intellectually in these discussions. ( if
time permits, we will watch videos on course-related topics, to parallel and complement
our textbook and other readings).
All students will be expected to participate actively in class discussions and demonstrate
an understanding of key concepts as well as apply those concepts. Students will be
required to read and summarize relevant articles in this course
Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. Roll will be taken each class session
CSU Attendance Policy
Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors
establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these
policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the
nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in
determining grades and upon student’s ability to remain enrolled in their course. The
university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not
are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades
1. Students are expected to attend classes regularly and on time.
2. Student must sign roll each class meeting, to ascertain their presence in class each
3. Student is prohibited from signing the roll for a friend, classmate, boy/girlfriend,
or spouse who did not attend class on a given day.
4. Students are required to hand in assignments as scheduled otherwise, points will
be deducted at the discretion of the instructor.
5. In addition to the prescribed text, the instructor will hand supplemental materials
to students periodically, including video documentaries.
6. Student will be responsible for all class materials in the event of an absence.
7. Any absence in excess of three (3) days, without approval of the instructor, will
result in significant loss of attendance and participation points.
8. Make-up test will be given only in the case of a documented medical or personal
emergency. Questions in the make-up test may be different from the origin
questions. (usually 2-3 essay questions) Make-up test shall be given to a student
within two days of the originally scheduled test day/date.
** No student will be allowed two make-up tests in the semester.
Cheating will not be tolerated in this, or other course in the university. Please familiarize
yourself with the CSU’s honor code and rules at the following website:
1. All cell phones, pagers, IPODS should be turned off and placed out of sight
Exception: In emergency situations (like family member in hospital or
sick child, some exceptions will be made. In such event, please inform me
before class begins and put your cell phone in its most discrete ringing or
vibrating setting. If it is absolutely necessary for you to take a call during
class, under these circumstances, please sit close to the door and quickly
and quietly leave before answering the call.
2. In class discussion : Please be respectful to fellow students and the professor.
Lively discussions, heated debates, disagreements on the subject under discussion
will not be allowed to devolve into unwarranted arguments and personal
criticisms. Remember, “ We should criticize arguments , not the people who
3. Students should refrain from eating in class. You are allowed to bring your soft
drink, water, or coffee to class. Please open your can of soft drinks before
bringing it to class.
4. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Talking among students which disturbs
the instructor or other students is unacceptable. Use of offensive language or
derogatory remarks will not be welcome in class
5. Cheating or assisting friends or classmates during a test, quiz or final examination
will not be tolerated. Students who violate this policy will be dealt with, in
accordance with CSU Student Handbook.
STUDENT- PROFESSOR CONFERENCES
You are encouraged to meet with me at any time that is mutually convenient to discuss
issues relating to the course, as well as your performance in class. If you are having
difficulties with the course, I urge you to meet with me as early as you can, so we can
address some of your concerns. Do not wait till the end of the semester before seeking a
conference with me about your grades/performance.
Note: While I will strive to keep to my office hours as scheduled, periodically,
exigencies may arise, requiring me to be somewhere else. Please let me know in
advance that you plan to meet with me on a given date and time.
In-class use of Student Notebook Computers
Notebook computers will not be used in the classroom in this course. Students who wish
to take notes using their notebook computers are free to do so. Browsing the internet
during class will note be tolerated. Student found in violation of this rule will be
asked to leave the class.
Disruption of the Learning Environment
Behavior which disrupts the teaching-learning process during class activities will not be
tolerated. While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more
serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior. A
student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior
and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class.
A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as
soon as possible following dismissal. If found in violation, a student may be
administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF
Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations
should contact the Disability Services Coordinator, Student Center
255 ( 678-466-5445), or firstname.lastname@example.org
Adjustment in Course Schedule :
Every effort will be made to follow the course schedule outline, however, the instructor
reserves the right to make some adjustments as circumstances dictate. Students will be
notified of change in schedule if unforeseen or uncontrollable events occur (illness,
Students will be evaluated on the following:
Three test @ 15% each = 45%
Final exam @ 25% = 30%
Written summaries and critique of articles = 15%
Attendance and participation = 10%
A 90 – 100
B 80 - 89
C 70 - 79
D 60 - 69
Students will also be assigned articles in the course of the semester, will be asked to
summarize and critique the articles. Guidelines will be provided to the students before
commencement of assignment.
Richard J. Payne. Global Issues: Politics, Economics, and Culture (2nd edition).
Pearson/Longman Publishers, 2009.
* Articles and other supplemental materials will be copied and handed to students
* Video will be used to enhanced our understanding of course material
* Introduction to the course
* Global Issues: Challenges of Globalization (1)
Clashing Perspectives: Is Globalization a Positive Development
for the World Community
Article # 1 Globalization and its Contents
January 19 MLK Jr. Holiday, no class
January 19-21 The struggle for Primacy in a Global Society (2)
(Article # 1 due 1/21)
January 26-28 Promoting Democracy (4),
Review for test # 1
February 2 TEST # 1
February 4-9 Human Rights (3)
Clashing Perspectives: Do Adequate Strategies exist to combat
February 11-16 Global Inequality (8)
Article #2: (a) It’s a Flat World After All
(b) Why The World Isn’t Flat
February 18-23 Global Trade (7)
Article # 3 Promises and Poverty
February 25 Review for test # 2
Articles # 2 (a) and (b) due, discussion of articles
March 2 TEST # 2
March 4-16 Population and Migration (10)
Population: Overview and Trends (UN Population Report)
Article # 4. (a) The Century Ahead
(b) Africa’s Restless Youth
Article # 3 due, discussion of article
Clashing Perspectives 1: Are declining growth rates rather
than rapid population growth today’s major global problem?
Clashing Perspectives 2: Should the International Community
attempt to curb population growth in the developing
March 5 MIDTERM, LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW AND RECEIVE A
March 6-13 SPRING BREAK, NO CLASSES
March 18- 23 Environmental Issues (9)
(Articles # 4 due 3/18)
Clashing Perspectives 1: Do Environmentalist overstate their
Clashing Perspectives 2: Is the threat of global warming real?
Article # 5 A Special Moment in History
Apr. 1-6 Globalization of Disease (12)
Clashing Perspectives: Is the international community
adequately prepared to address global health pandemics?
Review for test # 3
Apr. 8 Test # 3
April 13-15 Cultural Clashes and Conflict Resolution (13)
Clashing Perspectives: Is religious and cultural extremism a
global security threat?
(Article # 5 due 4/15) and discussion of article
Apr. 20-22 Global Terrorism (5)
Article # 6 Terrorist Rivals: Beyond the State-Centric Model
Apr. 27 Weapons Proliferation (6)
Clashing Perspectives: Is a nuclear Iran a global security
Apr. 29 Chapter 6 continues
(Article # 6 due and discussion of article)
LAST DAY OF CLASS, REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM
MAY 8. SPRING COMMENCEMENT
FINAL EXAMINATION: (Exam for this class will be posted later)
Final examination schedule will not be altered for the sake of convenience to a student. A
student can request change of time and date for a final exam only for serious personal or
family reason(s), backed by appropriate documentation. Student must receive approval
from the instructor, the appropriate department head/dean.
Student may also request a change of date and time for final exam if there is a conflict
with another class that cannot be resolved.
Student who shows up late in a test or final exam will not be granted extra time to finish