Docstoc

POLS 390 Political Decision-Making

Document Sample
POLS 390 Political Decision-Making Powered By Docstoc
					POLS 390 Global Governance Fall 2007 MWF 10:10-11:10 in AH 317 Instructor: Gordan Vurusic Office AH 103 Office hours: T&R 2:00-3:00 PM and by appointment Email: gordanvurusic@depauw.edu About the Course There are many problems in global politics that single actors cannot resolve alone and they seek organized help of others. The problems of inter-state and intra-state wars, regional and global economic crises, humanitarian disasters and environmental protection are the main areas where global actors (countries, international; organizations, non-governmental organizations -NGOs, policy networks) engage in global governance. However, for many actors, especially countries, the participation in the efforts of global governance is not easy. Many nations have long diplomatic traditions and clearly defined national interests that sometimes are not in concert with other countries or international law. So, under what conditions and how so global actors participate in the efforts of global governance is the main question that we will try to answer throughout the semester. Some specific issues that we will concern ourselves with are: What is global governance? How is the international system organized? What are the causes that influence the system to be organized in specific ways? Why are some of the organizations more effective than others and in what situations? How does global governance influence the power of the state? Teaching methods and approaches Ideally, this course will be a conversation among the well-informed about the pertinent topics of the course. You will come to class after reading the assignments for every particular meeting. These readings will provoke you to ask your instructor challenging questions that will squeeze the last drop of his energy after he answers them in a clear, informed, professional and logical manner. Always keep in mind that our science, political science, is a social science, which means that our definitions are not cast in stone, our theories do not work in a hundred percent of cases, and our research methodologies are hardly something about which all professionals in the field agree. In other words, do not expect very many (if any) functioning grand theories, get used to the multiplicity of definitions that approach a certain phenomenon from different perspectives, and be ready to learn about contending claims about the value of various research methods. The reason behind is that humans usually have complex reasons for their behavior and it is rather difficult to explain it. While this may seem to you very frustrating (and, believe me, it is), it also provides a lot of maneuvering space for you to make your personal contributions to understanding global governance and political science in general.. Course Materials: Karns, Margaret P. and Karen A. Mingst. International Organizations. The Politics and Processes of Global Governance. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2004. Paris, Roland. At War's End. Building Peace after Civil Conflict. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004.

Tarrow, Sidney. The New Transnational Activism. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2005. Woods, Ngaire. The Globalizers. The IMF, the World Bank and Their Borrowers.

Ithaca, NY: Cornell Univ. Press, 2006.
Assessment: I will evaluate students on the basis of the following components: 1. Weekly memos. Starting with Week 3 (Week of September 3) every Friday (commencing with, September 7), with the exception of the Midterm Friday, you must submit a 3-4 page memo about the readings for that week. Good memos will not directly summarize the readings but will rather make comments about them. For example, write about what excited you or disappointed you about the particular piece, what made you read more about a particular topic and, especially, to what particular events and situations in international politics the analysis in a particular text can be applied. Great memos will use 3-4 assigned readings to make their analysis rich and persuasive. After you submit your memos, I will randomly call upon students and ask them to comment on their memos, which will serve as a point of departure for further class discussion. The average grade of all of your memos will count as 25 percent of your final grade. 2. Research paper. Each student is required to write a 12-15 page research paper, doublespaced. In the second week of class, I will provide you with three paper topics out of which you will need to select one. If you are not fond of any of the topics, you are welcome to propose yours in the form of a one-page written proposal for my approval. Please note that you need to receive my approval before starting to write a paper on the topic of your own invention. The paper draft is due on October 8 and it is to your own advantage to submit it so that you receive my comments for improving your paper, unless it is already are perfect, of course. The paper is worth of 30 percent of the final grade 3. Midterm Exam. The exam will be in-class and will contain two sections: (1) Definitions and (2) Essay questions. In the first section you will be required to define 10 concepts relevant for the study of global governance and explain why each of these concepts is important for its understanding. In the second section you will be required to write two concise essays. Each of the two essay questions will have a number of sub-questions. The secret to a good performance on the Midterm Exam is to provide excellent answers to the sub questions that start with “Why”. The Midterm will count for 20 percent of the final grade 4. Final Take-Home Exam... In the exam you will have to answer two out of three long essay questions. I expect you to write 5-7 page answers per question. In the final TakeHome exam, I will ask you to connect at least two complex theories and/or ideas that we covered in class and to link those ideas with the real-world empirical material. The Final Exam is worth 25 percent of the final grade Assignment Memos Research Paper Midterm Exam Take-Home Final Exam Date Due Weekly November 19 October 12 December 13 Percentage of the final grade 25 percent (overall average) 30 percent 20 percent 25 percent Total: 100 percent

Grading Scale Points 100 93-99 90-92 88-89 83-87 80-82 78-79 73-77 70-72 68-69 63-67 60-62 < 60 Frequently Asked Questions about … The grade of Incomplete Q: What is the grade of Incomplete and under what circumstances can I receive it? A: I assign the grade of Incomplete (I) to students who because of the circumstances beyond their control are not able to complete all the required assignments by the end of the semester. In order to receive the grade instead of the regular letter grade, the student must meet three conditions: (1) (s)he must submit at least 75 percent of the assignments mentioned above in appropriate format and on time, or within approved extensions; (2) s(he) must receive a passing grade (60 or above) in all of the submitted assignments; (3) s(he) must have a compelling reason for not submitting the rest of the assignments on time. In deciding whether the reason is sufficiently compelling, I will take into account all the relevant circumstances, including the quality of the student performance and her/his participation in class. Late Assignments Q: What happens if I am late in submitting one or more of my assignments? A: I expect you to submit your work on time. When you do so I have more time and energy to look at your work carefully and assign you a better grade. In addition, you have more time to focus on the quality of work one assignment at the time. If you absolutely have to submit your assignment after the deadline, please contact me by email, or even better, personally, before the deadline In such case I will decide among three options: (1) grant you an extension with a specific new deadline; (2) grant you an extension with a specific deadline after you submit a written report with the details on your progress you made in completing the assignment; or (3) not grant you an extension. As a rule of thumb, I usually grant extensions with new a deadline if I decide that the reason for granting one is reasonable and credible. In case of research papers, I A A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF Letter Grade

will usually ask the student in question to submit a written report about the paper’s progress before I decide on subsequent action. Class attendance: Q: Do I have to attend classes and why? A: Yes you do, simply because if we do not see each other I cannot really teach you anything. The best opportunity for us to see each other is classroom. By missing classes you miss the whole reason for being in college: gaining knowledge that is to your benefit. Not to mention that you or somebody else paid your tuition and not all the learning services you paid for is a great waste of your financial resources. If for some special reason you missed a class please let me know the reason and arrange with me or your class mates to make up for any work missed. Plagiarism: Q: What is plagiarism and what is wrong about it? A: Plagiarism is when you use in your work other people’s exact words and/or arguments without citing the proper source. If you want to have a full pride in your class performance it is very important that thoughts and arguments you use in your work without citations are your own. I am certain that you would fill hurt if somebody used your good idea and present that idea as her or his own. If in doubt, please ASK. If I have a suspicion that you plagiarized and I cannot immediately find the original source, I will invite you for an oral exam where we will have a conversation about the material covered in the assignment. If it is clear from the oral exam that you plagiarized in your written assignment, you will receive an F for the particular assignment. If you plagiarize again, you will fail the whole course. Grade and other course appeals: Q; What do I do if I feel that the course instructor gives me grade lower than I think I deserve, or if I am not satisfied with any other aspect of the course? A: The first thing you should do is to inform me of your dissatisfaction. In the case of a grade, I may ask you write a brief written argument as to why you deserve a higher grade. If I do not resolve your concern(s) to your satisfaction, I will direct you towards further instances of appeal. Academic help: Q: Where can I get help if I encounter problems with understanding the course material and/or with writing papers or learning for an exam? A; Again, I will be your first, but not only resort. Please feel free to communicate with me as much as you need. I am here to help you learn and understand. There are a number of additional resources you can use for help. If you need help with organizing your ideas in writing or with your oral presentations, please contact Academic Resource Center in 211A Harrison Hall, x 4737, aacath@depauw.edu. If you have a disability and you want make accommodations that will improve your class performance, go to Disability Services Coordinator in 302 Harrison Hall, x 4027, 302 Harrison Hall. If you feel overwhelmed by your university experience or life in general and need psychological help, please contact Counseling Services, x 4268. Hogate Hall, Suite 100.

Course Schedule
Week of August 22 August 24 August 27 Topic Class overview What is global governance? Theoretical Approaches: Realism and Liberalism Theoretical Approaches: Constructivism, Organizational and Network approaches United Nations Reading Assignments No Readings Chs 1, 12 Karns and Mingst, ch 2 See Blackboard See Blackboard

September 3

September 10

September 17 September 24 October 1 October 8, 10 October 12 October 15 October 22

Regional Institutions NGOs and Policy Networks Transnational Activism Midterm Review Midterm Exam Fall Break

www.un.org Karns and Mingst. Chs 3-4 See Blackboard Karns and Mingst ch. 5 See Blackboard Karns and Mingst, ch 6 See Blackboard Tarrow, Parts 1-3 See Blackboard

Global Governance in Action: Karns and Mingst ch. 8 Peacekeeping, Peacebuiliding Paris, whole book See Blackboard Global Governance in Action Humanitarian Intervention Trade and Economic Development Environment and the Global Commons Environment continued Thanksgiving Recess Protecting Human Rights Karns and Mingst, Ch 10 See Blackboard See Blackboard

October 29

November 5 November 12 November 19 November 21-15 November 26

Woods, whole book Karns and Mingst Ch 9 Karns and Mingst Ch 11 See Balckboard

December 3

What about Global Governance and the Power of the State?

Karns and Mingst, Ch 7 See Blackboard


				
DOCUMENT INFO