PLSC 300D: Capitalism & its Discontents
MWF 12:35 / LSC
Capitalism is the dominant international economic system, but is it really the best system for the people of the world? From the 99% movement, to the Greek economy, and on to stagnation, poverty and enormous debt levels in much of the developing world, it is clear that many people in the world are not prospering under capitalism. This course will explore what modern capitalism is and where it came from both in the US and on an international level. We will look at what drives capitalism, who benefits, and at what kind of change is possible.
PLSC 316: Politics of Genocide
MWF 10:25 / LSC
PLSC 325 American Foreign Policy
MWF 11:30 / LSC
American foreign policy produces very substantial short-term effects and longer-term consequences not only for the people and institutions of the United States but also, and often especially, for the rest of the world. Given its global impact, understanding how US foreign policy is designed and executed is a key priority for students and scholars of both American and international politics. This course will attempt to identify the key sources of US foreign policy-making including often overlooked constraints and limitations. We shall apply these explanations to various case studies including the War on Terror; US relations with other global powers (China and Russia) and with regional powers in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel; free trade; environmental initiatives; and US attitudes towards international organizations.
PLSC 350: International Political Economy
MWF 11:30 / LSC
This course examines the politics behind international economic relations. The course explores the movement of three items across international borders: the movement of goods (trade), the movement of money (finance), and the movement of people (migration). The goal is for students to developed a better understanding for the issues, processes, and challenges faced in the area international economic relations. The intent is to not only help students become more informed consumers of the news and events of the day, but also to enable them to critically evaluate and understand these events in their own terms.
PLSC 356: Intervention in World Politics
TTh 11:30 / LSC
This course focuses on the hotly debated topic of "intervention" in world politics: The purposeful and calculated use of political, economic, and military instruments by one country to influence the domestic or foreign policies of another country. Among the tools of intervention to be examined include economic and military aid, economic sanctions, covert intervention, and direct military intervention. During the course of the semester, we will focus on the evolution of United States interventionist practices in all regions of the world. Our time-frame of analysis will be from the American Revolution of 1776 to the present, with an emphasis on evolving U.S. practices during the contemporary post-cold war era (1989-present) and especially during the Obama administration (January 2009-present). As a result of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath, this course particularly focuses on U.S. interventionist practices in the Middle East (especially Iran, Iraq, and Syria) and South Asia (especially Afghanistan and Pakistan). We will also focus on U.S. responses to the “Arab Spring” in the Middle East since January 2011, including the regime changes that have taken place in the North African countries of Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia.
PLSC 364: UN & International Organizations
TTh 10:00 / LSC
This course focuses on the major concepts and theories in the study of international organizations (IOs). In order to illustrate various theoretical approaches, we will use more than a dozen organizations (such as the U.N., the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the World Health Organization). Although the course does not involve large-scale simulations (as PLSC 367: Model United Nations) it will offer a variety of smaller scale interactive activities that are intended to illustrate bargaining and negotiations among states in various IOs.