Instructors Hans Peter Schmitz Haley Swedlund • Are you registered for this class?
Topics • Introduction to global affairs • Current issues in world politics • Theories of international relations • Tools to better understand global politics • United Nations reform • UN Security Council • Human rights • Management, etc.
What are international relations? • Political: States, IGOs, and NGOs • Traditional (states only): War, diplomacy, sanctions, foreign aid, military alliances, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) • Non-traditional (including non-state actors): Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), terrorism, drug trade • Economic: Multinational corporations (MNCs) • Trade in goods, financial services, remittances, sanctions, drug trade • Social/Cultural: Ideas and individuals • Migration, tourism, professional organizations, human rights, adoptions, religion, etc.
In the past Actors: States Issues: War and Peace Principles: State sovereignty and self-interst Power based on: military strength and economic development In the future? Actors: States, International organizations, business corporations, NGOs Issues: Trade, environment, global justice, development, etc. Principles: Interdependence and human rights Power based on: Capacity to cooperate; technologies to solve global problems From inter-national politics to global affairs?
The Basics I • Are you registered for this class? • Class web site • Required reading available at SU Bookstore: • Henry R. Nau 2007, Three Perspectives on International Relations, 1st edition, CQ Press, 1-933116-46-3. • Download readingsfrom the class web site.
The Basics II • The requirements for this class are - • (1) regular reading of the required materials before the sessions • (2) regular attendance and active participation • (3)mid-term (March 5) and final exam (May, TBA) • (4) simulation on UN reform (presentation and position papers)
The Basics III What counts • Attendance/participation 20 per cent • Mid-term exam (March 5) 20 per cent • Final exam (May TBA) 20 per cent • Simulation (Friday) 40 per cent • Grades will be posted on Blackboard.
The Basics IV • Attend and participate. Advice us before you are missing a lecture/section. • Do not hesitate to ask questions and come to office hours. • No make-up exams. • Come to class on time. • No talking and use of electronic devices. • Do not cheat on any of the exams or assignments. • Use the class web site every day.
The simulation (Friday) • Formation of working groups • States, the UN Secretariat, NGOs • Topics • Composition of UN Security Council • Human rights • R2P (right to protect) • NGO participation • others