Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Extra-Credit Opportunity – POLSC 1 (Spring 2017)



EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY

As noted in the syllabus, students who’ve completed the REVEL online quizzes (and related assignments) are eligible for extra-credit points toward the semester grade. To be eligible, students must have completed their weekly readings on REVEL, along with the online assessment quizzes, since the purchase of the textbook. If interested, students should complete a 2-3 page self-assessment report (in Microsoft Word, double-spaced with 10- or 12-point font, Times New Roman). First, simply summarize your progress on REVEL over the semester. What are your average scores on the REVEL chapter quizzes, for example, and how has your performance on the quizzes improved over time? Second, provide a critical analysis (that means criticism and evaluation) of the REVEL online learning technology. This is your chance to vent: What did you like about it? What didn’t you like about it? How could it be improved? What other uses of REVEL would you like to see, for example, classroom exercises, etc.? That’s it. Students can submit their extra credit reports at any time up to their fourth midterm examination. (May 17th for MW classes and May 18th for T-TH classes. I won’t be able to accept extra-credit after the fourth midterms, because I’ll be overloaded with all kinds of end-of-semester responsibilities).

Also, since a lot fewer students purchased the REVEL digital textbook this semester, I’m also making a general extra-credit opportunity available for all students (you can do one or the other, but not both). So, for this opportunity students are to write a 3-4 page “reaction paper” on free speech on campus. Specifically, students will watch in class the Prager University video, “Does Free Speech Offend You?” And students will read Ulrich Baer’s op-ed at the New York Times, “What 'Snowflakes' Get Right About Free Speech.” Who is right? Left-wing social justice warriors won't let certain conservative personalities speak on campus, often infringing real, constitutionally-protected speech. Something’s got to give. Should colleges and universities have the right to ban certain dissenting viewpoints on campuses? Is there a valid or compelling constitutional or philosophical basis for doing so? There’s no necessary right or wrong answer here. The point is for students to be able to write and reason through the issues. (For background, you may also refer to Nathan Heller’s essay at the New Yorker, “The Big Uneasy. What's Roiling the Liberal-Arts Campus?” (Available online.) Again, there's no specific due date. Students can submit their extra credit at any time up to their fourth midterm examination. (May 17th for MW classes and May 18th for T-TH classes. I won’t be able to accept extra-credit after the fourth midterms, because I’ll be overloaded with all kinds of end-of-semester responsibilities).

No extra credit will be accepted after the fourth midterm. Do not ask for an exception to this policy, for none will be given. Finally, submit extra-credit in hard-copy only; electronic submissions (email attachments, etc.) will not be accepted.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Political Science 1 – Introduction to American Government (SPRING 2017)

Dr. Donald K. Douglas (“Dr. D.”)
Office: T2361
Office Hours: M-W 10:05am-11:05am; T-TH 10:20-11:50am
E-mail: ddouglas@lbcc.edu

Course Reading and Examination Schedule:

Introduction to Government:

George C. Edwards III and Martin P. Wattenberg, REVEL for Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy - 2016 Presidential Election -- Access Card, 17th Edition (2018),
chapter 1.
Larry N. Gerston and Terry Christensen, California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach, 
10th ed. (Boston: Wadsworth, 2001), chapter 1. (Available online.)
 
The Constitution:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 2.
 
Federalism:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 3.


*********** First Midterm Examination –  ************


Civil Liberties:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 4.
Nathan Heller, “The Big Uneasy. What's Roiling the Liberal Arts Campus?”, The New Yorker, May 30, 2016. (Available online.)

Civil Rights:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 5.
Andrew Moravcsik, "Fathers Who Serve as the Primary Parent: Why I Put My Wife’s Career First," Atlantic Monthly, October 2015. (Available online.) Public Opinion and Political Socialization:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 6.
Joel Kotkin, “The Golden State’s War on Itself,” City Journal, Summer 2010. (Available online.)

The Mass Media:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 7.


************ Second Midterm Examination – ************


Political Parties and the Party System:

Edwards et al., Government in America, chapter 8.
John Fonte, “Transformers,” Claremont Review of Books, October 19, 2016. (Available online.)

Campaigns and Voting Behavior:

Edwards et al., Government in America, chapter 9.
Victor Davis Hanson, “Trump and the American Divide,” City Journal, Winter 2017. (Available online.)
 
Interest Groups and the Pluralist System:

Edwards et al., Government in America, chapter 10.
Rebecca Traister, “The Future of the Left Is Female,” New York Magazine, January 23, 2017. (Available online.) 


*********** Third Midterm Examination –  ***********


Congress and Congressional Policy-Making:

Edwards et al., Government in America, chapter 11.

The Presidency:

Edwards et al., Government in America, chapter 12.


*********** Fourth Midterm Examination – ***********

Federal Bureaucracy:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 14.

The Federal Courts and Judicial Policy-Making:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 15.


********** Final Examination – (In Classroom) **********

Monday, August 29, 2016

Political Science 1 – Introduction to American Government

Dr. Donald K. Douglas (“Dr. D.”)
Office: T2361
Office Hours:  M-W 10:05am-11:05am; T-TH 2:30-4:00pm
E-mail: ddouglas@lbcc.edu

Course Reading and Examination Schedule:

Introduction to Government:

George C. Edwards III and Martin P. Wattenberg, REVEL for Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy - 2016 Presidential Election -- Access Card, 17th Edition (2018),
chapter 1.
Larry N. Gerston and Terry Christensen, California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach, 
10th ed. (Boston: Wadsworth, 2001), chapter 1. (Available online.)
 
The Constitution:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 2.
 
Federalism:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 3.


*********** First Midterm Examination –  ************


Civil Liberties:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 4.
Nathan Heller, “The Big Uneasy. What's Roiling the Liberal Arts Campus?”, The New Yorker, May 30, 2016. (Available online.)

Civil Rights:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 5.
Andrew Moravcsik, "Fathers Who Serve as the Primary Parent: Why I Put My Wife’s Career First," Atlantic Monthly, October 2015. (Available online.) Public Opinion and Political Socialization:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 6.
Joel Kotkin, “The Golden State’s War on Itself,” City Journal, Summer 2010. (Available online.)

The Mass Media:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 7.


************ Second Midterm Examination – ************


Political Parties and the Party System:

Edwards et al., Government in America, chapter 8.
John Fonte, “Transformers,” Claremont Review of Books, October 19, 2016. (Available online.)

Campaigns and Voting Behavior:

Edwards et al., Government in America, chapter 9.
Victor Davis Hanson, “Trump and the American Divide,” City Journal, Winter 2017. (Available online.)
 
Interest Groups and the Pluralist System:

Edwards et al., Government in America, chapter 10.
Rebecca Traister, “The Future of the Left Is Female,” New York Magazine, January 23, 2017. (Available online.) 


*********** Third Midterm Examination –  ***********


Congress and Congressional Policy-Making:

Edwards et al., Government in America, chapter 11.

The Presidency:

Edwards et al., Government in America, chapter 12.


*********** Fourth Midterm Examination – ***********

Federal Bureaucracy:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 14.

The Federal Courts and Judicial Policy-Making:

Edwards and Wattenberg, Government in America, chapter 15.


********** Final Examination – (In Classroom) **********

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Testing

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Monday, February 08, 2016

Readings POLSC 4 — World Politics (Spring 2016)

Dr. Donald Douglas, Long Beach City College, Spring 2016
POLSC 4 World Politics – Take-Home Essay Assignment

Students are to write a 3-5 page essay, double spaced with 10- or 12-point font, stapled in the upper left-hand corner. The topic is for students to use international relations theory to analyze the recent Atlantic Monthly essay from Professor Graham Allison, “The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?” What is the Thucydides Trap? Where does this theory fit into the larger debates in international relations? Be specific. Professor Allison is a prestigious and long-time analyst of security issues, and he makes a very forceful argument on the likelihood of war between the U.S. and China? Do you agree with his predictions? Does his essay tap into any specific theories mentioned in our textbook by James M. Scott et al., IR? Discuss.

Further, use the following articles for the basis of your analysis: Stephen G. Brooks and William C. Wohlforth, “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers in the Twenty-first Century: China's Rise and the Fate of America's Global Position,” International Security (Winter 2015/16); Michael Beckley, "China's Century? Why America's Edge Will Endure," International Security (Winter 2011/12); Mark L. Haas, “A Geriatric Peace? The Future of U.S. Power in a World of Aging Populations,” International Security (Summer 2007); John Mearsheimer, “Can China Rise Peacefully?” National Interest (October 2014); and Salvatore Babones, “American Hegemony Is Here to Stay,” National Interest (June 2015).

(All readings are available online and will be posted at the class blog and announced in class.)

No other outside reading is necessary. That said, additional readings may be used, but only at the discretion of Professor Douglas (i.e., you’ll need advanced-approval for readings not included on this handout). The assignment is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Late papers are not accepted. Or, to be clear, it’s possible that I would accept a late paper in a genuine emergency, on the scale of personal hospitalization or the death of an immediate family member. A zero grade on the paper assignment will result in a “D” or “F” grade for the entire semester (depending on the student’s outstanding class average).

Note that according to college policy, a critical thinking (writing) project is a requirement for all GE transfer classes.

Now, here’s the thing: The assignment forces students to think theoretically. Sometimes immediate events appear of greater significance than they actually are relative to the long-term goals of American grand strategy. What do you think? Is the China threat that bad? Why or why not? What theories are most compelling here (or at least, most interesting and persuasive)?

Also, be sure to give concrete examples to back up your claims. That is, be specific and scholarly in your analysis. Do you think the U.S. has ceded power and influence to China? You don’t have to agree with any of the articles assigned in making an assessment, but be sure to elaborate your own perspective with reference to the major theoretical paradigms presented in class this semester.


******

Dr. Donald K. Douglas
Long Beach City College: Spring 2016
Office Location: T2361
Office Hours: M-W 10:25am-12:40pm; T 2:30-3:00pm
E-mail: ddouglas [at] lbcc.edu

Course Outline and Reading Assignments:

I. The Study of World Politics

James M. Scott, Ralph G. Carter, and A. Cooper Drury, IR, 2nd. Ed (Boston: Wadsworth, 2016),
Chapter 1.
John Mearsheimer, "Structural Realism," in Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki, and Steve Smith, eds., International Relations Theories, 3rd ed. (2013).

II. Anarchy, States and Non-State Actors

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 2.
Jessica Mathews, “Power Shift,” Foreign Affairs (January/February 1997).

III. Liberalism and Realism

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 3.
Robert Keohane and Joseph Nye, "Realism and Complex Interdependence," Chapter 2, in Power
and Interdependence, 3rd edition (2001).


 ************* Midterm Examination *************


IV. Alternative Perspectives on IR

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 4.
Alexander Wendt, "Anarchy is What States Make of It: The Social Construction of Power    
Politics," International Organization (Spring 1992), especially pp. 391-395.
J. Ann Tickner, "Engendered Insecurities: Feminist Perspectives on International Relations," in
Gender in International Relations: Feminist Perspectives on Achieving Global Security (1992).

RECOMMENDED: Michelle Goldberg, "A Generation of Intellectuals Shaped by 2008 Crash Rescues Marx from History's Dustbin," The Tablet, October 14, 2013. And Alan Johnson, "The New Communism: Resurrecting the Utopian Delusion," World Affairs, May/June 2012.

Also, Francis Fukuyama, "U.S.-Soviet Interactions in the Third World" (RAND Corporation, 1985). And Fukuyama, "Women and the Evolution of World Politics," Foreign Affairs (September/October 1998). A free PDF version is here.

More, Anne Sisson Runyan and V. Spike Peterson, Global Gender Issues in the New Millennium (Westview, 2010). Read the introduction here.

And Laura Sjoberg, ed., Gender and International Security: Feminist Perspectives (Routledge, 2010).

Plus, Cynthia Weber, Queer International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2016). And Weber, "Why is there no Queer International Theory?," European Journal of International Relations (April 2014).

V. Understanding Conflict and War

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 5.


 ************* Midterm Examination ************


VI. International Conflict Management

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 6.
John Lewis Gaddis, "The Long Peace: Elements of Stability in the Postwar International  System,” International Security (Spring 1986).

VII. International Institutions and Security Cooperation

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 7.

VIII. Trade, Finance, and Economic Integration

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 8.
Helen Milner, "International Political Economy: Beyond Hegemonic Stability," Foreign Policy (Spring 1998).
Benjamin J. Cohen, "The Future of the Euro: Let's Get Real," Review of International Political Economy (2012).


************** Midterm Examination **************


IX. Economic Statecraft

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 9.
George A. Lopez and David Cortright, "Containing Iraq: Sanctions Worked," Foreign Affairs
(July/August 2004).

X. Political Economy and Development

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 10.
Andre Gunder Frank, "The Development of Underdevelopment," Monthly Review (September 1966).
David Dollar and Aart Kraay, "Spreading the Wealth," Foreign Affairs (January/February 2002).
Ruchir Sharma, "Broken BRICs: Why the Rest Stopped Rising," Foreign Affairs (November/December 2012).

XI. Human Rights

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 11.


************** Midterm Examination  *************


XII. The Global Environment

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 12.
Bjørn Lomborg, "Environmental Alarmism, Then and Now. The Club of Rome's Problem – and Ours," Foreign Affairs (July/August 2012).
Steven Hayward, "In Denial: The Meltdown of the Climate Campaign," Weekly Standard (2010).


XIII. Transitional Advocacy Networks

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 13.


XIV. The Future of World Politics

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 14.
Samuel Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations,” Foreign Affairs (Summer 1993).
Der Spiegel, "Assaulting Democracy: The Deep Repercussions of the Charlie Hebdo Attack," January 9, 2015.


********** Final Examination ***********


Friday, July 24, 2015

Readings POLSC 4 — World Politics (Fall 2015)

Dr. Donald Douglas, Long Beach City College, Fall 2015
POLSC 4 World Politics – Take-Home Essay Assignment

Students are to write a 4-6 page essay, double spaced with 10- or 12-point font, stapled in the upper left-hand corner. The topic is for students to use international relations theory to analyze the recent Atlantic Monthly essay from Professor Graham Allison, “The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?” What is the Thucydides Trap? Where does this theory fit into the larger debates in international relations? Be specific. Professor Allison is a prestigious and long-time analyst of security issues, and he makes a very forceful argument on the likelihood of war between the U.S. and China? Do you agree with his predictions? Does his essay tap into any specific theories mentioned in our textbook by James M. Scott et al., IR? Discuss.

Further, use the following articles for the basis of your analysis: Michael Beckley, "China's Century? Why America's Edge Will Endure," International Security (Winter 2011/12); Mark L. Haas, “A Geriatric Peace? The Future of U.S. Power in a World of Aging Populations,” International Security (Summer 2007); John Mearsheimer, “Can China Rise Peacefully?” National Interest (October 2014); and Salvatore Babones, “American Hegemony Is Here to Stay,” National Interest (June 2015).

(All readings are available online and will be posted at the class blog and announced in class.)

No other outside reading is necessary. That said, additional readings may be used, but only at the discretion of Professor Douglas (i.e., you’ll need advanced-approval for readings not included on this handout). The assignment is due at the beginning of class on Monday, November 2nd. Late papers are not accepted. Or, to be clear, it’s possible that I would accept a late paper in a genuine emergency, on the scale of personal hospitalization or the death of an immediate family member. A zero grade on the paper assignment will result in a “D” or “F” grade for the entire semester (depending on the student’s outstanding class average).

Note that according to college policy, a critical thinking (writing) project is a requirement for all GE transfer classes.

Now, here’s the thing: The assignment forces students to think theoretically. Sometimes immediate events appear of greater significance than they actually are relative to the long-term goals of American grand strategy. What do you think? Is the China threat that bad? Why or why not? What theories are most compelling here (or at least, most interesting and persuasive)?

Also, be sure to give concrete examples to back up your claims. That is, be specific and scholarly in your analysis. Do you think the U.S. has ceded power and influence to China? You don’t have to agree with any of the articles assigned in making an assessment, but be sure to elaborate your own perspective with reference to the major theoretical paradigms presented in class this semester.


******

Dr. Donald K. Douglas
Long Beach City College: Fall 2015
Office Location: T2361
Office Hours: M-W 10:05-11:05am; T-TH 2:30-4:00pm
E-mail: ddouglas [at] lbcc.edu

Course Outline and Reading Assignments:

I. The Study of World Politics

James M. Scott, Ralph G. Carter, and A. Cooper Drury, IR, 2nd. Ed (Boston: Wadsworth, 2016),
Chapter 1.
John Mearsheimer, "Structural Realism," in Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki, and Steve Smith, eds., International Relations Theories, 3rd ed. (2013).

II. Anarchy, States and Non-State Actors

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 2.
Jessica Mathews, “Power Shift,” Foreign Affairs (January/February 1997).

III. Liberalism and Realism

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 3.
Robert Keohane and Joseph Nye, "Realism and Complex Interdependence," Chapter 2, in Power
and Interdependence, 3rd edition (2001).


 ************* Midterm Examination *************


IV. Alternative Perspectives on IR

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 4.
Alexander Wendt, "Anarchy is What States Make of It: The Social Construction of Power    
Politics," International Organization (Spring 1992), especially pp. 391-395.
J. Ann Tickner, "Engendered Insecurities: Feminist Perspectives on International Relations," in
Gender in International Relations: Feminist Perspectives on Achieving Global Security (1992).

RECOMMENDED: Michelle Goldberg, "A Generation of Intellectuals Shaped by 2008 Crash Rescues Marx from History's Dustbin," The Tablet, October 14, 2013. And Alan Johnson, "The New Communism: Resurrecting the Utopian Delusion," World Affairs, May/June 2012.

V. Understanding Conflict and War

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 5.
Barry Posen, "Command of the Commons: The Military Foundation of U.S. Hegemony,"
International Security (Summer 2003).


 ************* Midterm Examination ************


VI. International Conflict Management

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 6.
John Lewis Gaddis, "The Long Peace: Elements of Stability in the Postwar International  System,” International Security (Spring 1986).

VII. International Institutions and Security Cooperation

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 7.
Michael Glennon, "Why the Security Council Failed," Foreign Affairs (May/June 2003).
Greg Shupak, "Libya and Its Contexts," Jacobin (September 2013).

VIII. Trade, Finance, and Economic Integration

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 8.
Helen Milner, "International Political Economy: Beyond Hegemonic Stability," Foreign Policy (Spring 1998).
Benjamin J. Cohen, "The Future of the Euro: Let's Get Real," Review of International Political Economy (2012).


************** Midterm Examination **************


IX. Economic Statecraft

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 9.
George A. Lopez and David Cortright, "Containing Iraq: Sanctions Worked," Foreign Affairs
(July/August 2004).

X. Political Economy and Development

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 10.
Andre Gunder Frank, "The Development of Underdevelopment," Monthly Review (September 1966).
David Dollar and Aart Kraay, "Spreading the Wealth," Foreign Affairs (January/February 2002).
Ruchir Sharma, "Broken BRICs: Why the Rest Stopped Rising," Foreign Affairs (November/December 2012).

XI. Human Rights

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 11.


************** Midterm Examination  *************


XII. The Global Environment

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 12.
Bjørn Lomborg, "Environmental Alarmism, Then and Now. The Club of Rome's Problem – and Ours," Foreign Affairs (July/August 2012).
Steven Hayward, "In Denial: The Meltdown of the Climate Campaign," Weekly Standard (2010).


XIII. Transitional Advocacy Networks

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 13.


XIV. The Future of World Politics

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 14.
Samuel Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations,” Foreign Affairs (Summer 1993).
Der Spiegel, "Assaulting Democracy: The Deep Repercussions of the Charlie Hebdo Attack," January 9, 2015.


********** Final Examination ***********


Friday, January 23, 2015

Readings POLSC 4 — World Politics (Spring 2015)

Dr. Donald Douglas, Long Beach City College, Spring 2015
POLSC 4 World Politics – Take-Home Essay Assignment

Students are to write a 4-6 page essay, double spaced with 10- or 12-point font, stapled in the upper left-hand corner. The topic is for students to use international relations theory to analyze America's retreat from world order. Vladimir Putin's expansionist, recidivist Russia goes unchecked by the day. China is now extending power in the South China Sea. Longtime allies such as Saudia Arabia, Israel, and Japan question U.S. alliance commitments. And the Middle East has exploded in violence, with over 200,000 civilians killed in Syria, both al-Qaeda and Islamic State wreaking unprecedented terrorist atrocities across the region, and Iran has extended its hegemonic capabilities from Lebanon to Gaza to Yemen, while possibly crossing the threshold of nuclear weapons capability. Has the Obama administration made the world less safe?

Students should use the textbook, James M. Scott et al., IR, for discussions of international theories as they relate to power and international order. Further, use the following articles for the basis of your analysis: Bret Stephens, "Yes, America Should Be the World’s Policeman"; Henry Kissinger, "On the Assembly of a New World Order"; Robert Kaplan, "The Gift of American Power"; Robert Kagan, "Superpowers Don't Get to Retire"; and David Petraeus, "The Islamic State isn’t our biggest problem in Iraq."

And an outstanding case study (evidence of the retreat of American power) is Michael Crowley, "The Syria Problem."

(All readings are available online and will be posted at the class blog and announced in class.)

No other outside reading is necessary. That said, additional readings may be used, but only at the discretion of Professor Douglas (i.e., you will need advanced-approval for readings not included on this handout). The assignment is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, April 15. Late papers are not accepted. Or, to be clear, it’s possible that I would accept a late paper in a genuine emergency, on the scale of personal hospitalization or the death of an immediate family member. A zero grade on the paper assignment will result in a “D” or “F” grade for the entire semester (depending on the student’s outstanding class average). Note that according to college policy, a critical thinking (writing) project is a requirement for all GE transfer classes.

Now, here’s the thing: The assignment forces students to think theoretically. Sometimes immediate events appear of greater significance than they actually are relative to the long-term goals of American grand strategy. What do you think? Are events as bad as they seem? Why or why not? What theories are most compelling here (or at least, most interesting and persuasive)?

Also, be sure to give concrete examples to back up your claims. That is, be specific and scholarly in your analysis. Are you happy with the way things have turned out so far with U.S. policy during the Obama administration? Do you think the U.S. has ceded influence to Russia and other international actors? You don’t have to agree with any of the articles assigned in making an assessment, but be sure to elaborate your own perspective with reference to the major theoretical paradigms presented in class this semester.

******

Dr. Donald K. Douglas
Long Beach City College: Spring 2015
Office Location: T2361
Office Hours: M-W 10:05-11:05am; T-TH 2:30-4:00pm
E-mail: ddouglas [at] lbcc.edu

Course Outline and Reading Assignments:

I. The Study of World Politics (February 9, 11 and 18)

James M. Scott, Ralph G. Carter, and A. Cooper Drury, IR, 2nd. Ed (Boston: Wadsworth, 2016),
Chapter 1.
John Mearsheimer, "Structural Realism," in Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki, and Steve Smith, eds., International Relations Theories, 3rd ed. (2013).

II. Anarchy, States and Non-State Actors (February 23 and 25)

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 2.
Jessica Mathews, “Power Shift,” Foreign Affairs (January/February 1997).

III. Liberalism and Realism (March 2 and 4)

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 3.
Robert Keohane and Joseph Nye, "Realism and Complex Interdependence," Chapter 2, in Power
and Interdependence, 3rd edition (2001).
Joseph Grieco, "Anarchy and the Limits of Cooperation: A Realist Critique of the Newest Liberal 
Institutionalism, International Organization (Summer 1998).


 ************* Midterm Examination – March 9 *************


IV. Alternative Perspectives on IR (March 11 and 16)

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 4.
Alexander Wendt, "Anarchy is What States Make of It: The Social Construction of Power    
Politics," International Organization (Spring 1992), especially pp. 391-395.
J. Ann Tickner, "Engendered Insecurities: Feminist Perspectives on International Relations," in
Gender in International Relations: Feminist Perspectives on Achieving Global Security (1992).

V. Understanding Conflict and War (March 18 and 23)

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 5.
Barry Posen, "Command of the Commons: The Military Foundation of U.S. Hegemony,"
International Security (Summer 2003).


 ************* Midterm Examination – March 25 ************


VI. International Conflict Management (March 30 and April 1)

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 6.
John Lewis Gaddis, "The Long Peace: Elements of Stability in the Postwar International  System,” International Security (Spring 1986).

VII. International Institutions and Security Cooperation (April 13 and 15)

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 7.
Michael Glennon, "Why the Security Council Failed," Foreign Affairs (May/June 2003).
Greg Shupak, "Libya and Its Contexts," Jacobin (September 2013).

VIII. Trade, Finance, and Economic Integration (April 20 and 22)

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 8.
Helen Milner, "International Political Economy: Beyond Hegemonic Stability," Foreign Policy (Spring 1998).
Benjamin J. Cohen, "The Future of the Euro: Let's Get Real," Review of International Political Economy (2012).


************** Midterm Examination – April 27 **************


IX. Economic Statecraft (April 29 and May 4)

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 9.
George A. Lopez and David Cortright, "Containing Iraq: Sanctions Worked," Foreign Affairs
(July/August 2004).

X. Political Economy and Development (May 6 and 11)

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 10.
Andre Gunder Frank, "The Development of Underdevelopment," Monthly Review (September 1966).
David Dollar and Aart Kraay, "Spreading the Wealth," Foreign Affairs (January/February 2002).
Ruchir Sharma, "Broken BRICs: Why the Rest Stopped Rising," Foreign Affairs (November/December 2012).

XI. Human Rights (May 13 and 18)

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 11.


************** Midterm Examination – May 20 *************


XII. The Global Environment (May 27 and June 1)

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 12.
Bjørn Lomborg, "Environmental Alarmism, Then and Now. The Club of Rome's Problem – and Ours," Foreign Affairs (July/August 2012).
Steven Hayward, "In Denial: The Meltdown of the Climate Campaign," Weekly Standard (2010).


XIII. Transitional Advocacy Networks (June 3)

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 13.


XIV. The Future of World Politics (June 8)

Scott, Carter and Drury, IR, Chapter 14.
Samuel Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations,” Foreign Affairs (Summer 1993).
Der Spiegel, "Assaulting Democracy: The Deep Repercussions of the Charlie Hebdo Attack," January 9, 2015.


********** Final Examination – June 10***********