International Politics Syllabus _________________________________________________________________
(Go to Part 2 first)
CNR 16775 Valencia College/Osceola
Course Syllabus & Classroom Policies
Spring 2018: 01/08/2018-04/27/2018BR> Tues and Thurs 8:30 am to 9:45 am
Room 4-311
PROFESSOR: Ron Ziegler
REGULAR OFFICE: Osceola Campus 1-229 MW Noon to 1pm
CELL PHONE (text): 321-805-2507
CRN: CRN 21219
Room 4-311
Required Materials/Textbooks
1. All material for reading assignments and text to complement the
lectures will be provided in this syllabus
2. Roskin and Berry, The New World of International Relations, 11th Edition
Pearson Education, 2018). ISBN-13: 9780134637341.
Important Course and College Dates (Spring 2018)
​· January 8: Classes begin
· January 15: College closed
· January 16: Drop/Refund deadline (midnight)
· January 26: Change of Program deadline
· February 9: VC Learning Day (no classes)
· February 20: Summer registration begins
· March 3: Half-way through the semester!
· March 12-18: Spring Break (no classes)
· March 30: Withdrawal deadline
· April 20: Last day of classes
· April 23: Final exam week begins​
· April 30: Grades due

Course Description
This course will primarily involve analysis of world politics, focusing on the
role of nation-states and international organizations and on selected
foreign policy issues. It is a Gordon Rule course which requires a
significant amount of student writing. Minimum grade of C required
if INR 2002 is used to satisfy Gordon Rule and general education requirements.

Major Learning Outcomes: The 6 Ps
This class occurs in the _________ section of a student’s education.
Pre-or co-requests may be required to enroll or complete this class.

The course objectives include:
1. Develop a comprehension of some of the key historical events in the creation of the nation-state system.
2. Gain an understanding of the causes of conflict and methods of conflict resolution.
3. Develop an understanding of the different approaches to the study of the international political economy.
4. Develop an understanding of the roles played by major international institutions within the international system.
5. Comprehend the relevance of various approaches and theories in influencing the study of international relations and nation-states behavior.
6. Demonstrate the ability to research and analyze issues regarding international politics utilizing a variety of sources.
7. Demonstrate college-level writing.
8. Utilize critical thinking and the scientific method when analyzing political, social, and economic issues.

Core Competencies of a Valencia Graduate
Valencia’s Student Core Competencies are complex abilities that are essential
to lifelong success. This course will help you develop and demonstrate the abilities to:
(1) think clearly, critically, and creatively;
(2) communicate with others verbally and in written form;
(3) make reasoned value judgments and responsible commitments; and (4) act purposefully, reflectively, and responsibly.
Due to the nature of these global competencies, many problems activities will be presented in the context of an application.
These applications will require students to select appropriate information from the problem and communicate effectively
how to arrive at an appropriate solution for the problem.

Course Framework
This is an introductory survey course in international relations designed
to help the student relate, organize, and analyze in a meaningful way the
welter of political events that occur on the international level.
The general orientation of the course is theoretical.
That is, we are interested in discovering patterns in the behavior of states
as they interact with each other, and we try to understand the various factors
that might explain this behavior. Consequently, considerable attention will be given in class to demonstrating
how theoretical analysis helps us to understand and explain current international developments.
Students should monitor closely important international political developments that occur
during the semester with these considerations in mind.

We will touch on a range of questions:
What are the causes of important international outcomes?
What are the sources of power in the international arena?
What role do states, international organizations, and transnational movements play in international politics?
What trends are most interesting or important for understanding the present and predicting the future?

I will not be posting any work on Blackboard. All of your assignments outside of class are presented in this syllabus,
and all work is submitted to instructor’s email at

Major Topics / Concepts / Skills / Issues
• The social scientific study of international politics
• International Actors: nation-states, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations
• Evolution of the nation-state
• Anarchy
• Polarity
• International norms
• Components of Power
• Domestic sources of foreign policy
• Role of the individual in foreign policy decision-making
• International law and international organizations
• International political economy
• Economic interdependence
• Global and regional economic integration
• Economic development and underdevelopment
• Development of critical thinking skills necessary to understanding international political concepts and issues.
• Acquisition of research skills


Student Conduct
Valencia College is dedicated not only to the advancement of knowledge and
learning but is concerned with the development of responsible personal
and social conduct. By enrolling at Valencia College, a student assumes
the responsibility for becoming familiar with and abiding by the general rules of conduct.

The primary responsibility for managing the classroom environment rests with the faculty.
Students who engage in any prohibited or unlawful acts that result in disruption of a class,
even in online forums, may be directed by the faculty member to leave the class.
Violation of any classroom or Valencia’s rules may lead to disciplinary action
up to and including expulsion from Valencia.
Disciplinary action could include being withdrawn from class, disciplinary warning, probation,
suspension, expulsion, or other appropriate and authorized actions.
You will find the Student Code of Conduct in the current Valencia Student Handbook.

“The college believes that regular attendance and class participation are
significant factors which promote success in college. Students are
expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled (Policy 6Hx28:10-22).
Each instructor determines the specific attendance policy for his/her class,
but attendance must be recorded for each student.”

I do NOT accept make-up exams or projects, unless under extenuating circumstances.
You may be excused in exceptional circumstances; however, the student remains responsible for any work missed
during an absence for any cause.
If absences jeopardize progress in the course,
I may drop the student from the class as an "F" or "W" at my discretion.

Withdrawal from Class and Non-Attendance/Non-Participation
There is an official withdrawal deadline for the Fall 2017 full term.
If you withdraw before or on this date, you will receive a “W.”
If you do not withdraw by this date, you are obligated to complete the course and you will be assigned the grade you earn.
Students are encouraged to drop the course during the “drop/refund” period (first week of classes)
if they do not intend to stay in the course so that they may receive a refund.
If you wait until the withdrawal “No Show” period to begin,
you will not get a refund.

If a student does not regularly participate in the class activities,
the instructor may withdraw the student from the class and assign a "W" grade before the drop date.
Also note that students on Bright Futures scholarship who withdraw or are withdrawn from a class
must pay the college for the cost of the class (because the college must refund that cost to the State).

Special Needs
Students with physical or mental disabilities who may require accommodations
are encouraged to contact the Office for Students with Disabilities
( Students with learning disabilities
who may require accommodations are encouraged to contact this office as well.
After disclosing, students are urged to discuss their needs with individual instructors.
This should be done at the beginning of each semester.
Instructors in conjunction with appropriate college officials will provide assistance and/or accommodations
only to those students who have completed this process.

Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

At Valencia, we expect the highest standards of academic honesty.
Academic dishonesty is prohibited in accordance with policy 6Hx28: 8-11 upheld
by the Vice President of Student Affairs
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, furnishing false information,
forgery, alteration or misuse of documents, misconduct during a testing situation,
and misuse of identification with intent to defraud or deceive.
Students shall take special notice that the assignment of course grades is the responsibility of the student's individual professor.
When the professor has reason to believe that an act of academic dishonesty has occurred,
and before sanctions are imposed, the student shall be given informal notice and an opportunity to be heard by the professor.
Any student determined by the professor to have been guilty of engaging in an act of academic dishonesty
shall be subject to a range of academic penalties as determined by the professor.
These penalties may include, but not be limited to, one or more of the following:
• loss of credit for an assignment, examination, or project;
• reduction in the course grade;
• or a grade of "F" in the course.
At the option of the professor, the appropriate administrator of the campus
may be furnished with written notification of the occurrence and the action taken.
If such written notice is given, a copy shall be provided to the student.
Students guilty of engaging in a gross or flagrant act of academic dishonesty or repeated instances
of academic dishonesty shall also be subject to administrative and/or disciplinary penalties that may include
warning, probation, suspension, and/or expulsion from the college

Electronic Devices
Students are hereby notified that cellular phones and other similar devices
are allowed in class only if they are turned off or turned to a silent mode.
Under no circumstances are digital devices to be used in class.
Students who ignore this policy may be asked to leave the class.
When there are extenuating circumstances that require that a student be available by phone or other device,
the student should speak to the instructor prior to class so that together they can arrive at an agreement concerning the devices.

Class Cancellation
If a class is cancelled, all assignments, due dates, and material will be pushed back one class period.
INR 2002
CRN 21219 Valencia College/Osceola
Spring 2018

Ron Ziegler
Tues and Thurs 8:30 - 8:45 am
Room 3-110

IR: The New World of International Relations 11th Edition, by Roskin and Berry

Your grade in this class will be based an average of your work on six equally weighted grading instruments.

Grading Instruments

1. midterm test
2. final test
3. participation grade based on chapter questions you answer in class --
oral responses in class/participation
(Two selected per student) combined with attendance, etc.
4. 14 critical reviews (10 films) (4 article reviews) (7 with midterm, 7 with final) --- 500 words each possible 7 points each totals 98 possible
Fahrenhype 911
Neoliberalism article
Great Global Warming Swindle
Free to Choose on Hong Kong
Third World Growth and First World Prosperity article
Free to Choose on Velvet Revolution
Liberalism and Common Good article
Third Jihad
Constitutional Engineering in Africa article
Death by China
Poverty INC
Tyranny of Control
5. paper and oral presentation about a selected Foreign Affairs article
Foreign Affairs Site
a broader selection of articles from this journal can be found on the data base
accessible through data base -- consult reference librarian in media center
6. 50 topics – write paragraphs about each submitted in with final (2 points each)

The midterm can be found Go Here

The final is located Go Here

50 topics -- strong paragraph about each
1. repatriation
2. Reagan Doctrine
3. Project Cassandra
4. Sharia
5. Shiite
6. Sunni
7. Alawite
9. Muslim Brotherhood
10. liberation theology/collective salvation
11. dependency theory
12. Franz Fanon
13. north/south controversy
14. abiotic
15. FARC
16. Able Danger
17. Fast and Furious
18. George Ayittley
19. Davos
20. Ba'ath
21. Wahhabism
22. Houthis
23. Riek Machon
24. Shining Path (Tupac Amaru)
25. Hugo Blanco (Peru)
26. Thomas Malthus
27. Corker Amendment
28. Ibn Khaldun
29. Ibn Sina
30. Hernando de Soto (economist)
31. Sebastian Pinera
32. Sandinistas
33. Contras
34. Boko Haram
35. EMP
36. Bhimao Ramji
37. Al Shabaab
38. Che Guevara
39. Kamil al-Husayni
40. Julian Simon
41. Rafael Correa
42. Evo Morales
43. Dilma Rousseff
44. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
45. Tragedy of the Commons
46. Uranium One
47. Fourth Theory
48. George Soros
49. Paris Accords
50. Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Schedule of Work

1. 1/9 syllabus, grading,etc

News media claims unbalanced Trump threatening North Korea is unprecedented rhetoric, but

Clinton threatens North Korea in 1994:
Go Here

Kennedy threatens what will happen if any nuclear missile is launched from Cuba
Go Here

2. 1/11 discuss ch 1,2 – IR Systems and Theories

3. 1/16 discuss ch 2, 3 (Read and write 500 word review to submit with midterm–
Neoliberalism Go Here

4. 1/18 view Fahrenhype 911 video online outside of class
Go Here

we will view film BIO TERROR in class
you submit 500 word commentaries about each with midterm

5. 1/23 discuss ch 4 – American National Interests

6. 1/25 view global warming swindle in class
Go Here
(do 500 word film review of it and this film online outside of class to submit with midterm - Free to Choose on Hong Kong)
Go Here

7. 1/30 discuss ch 5,6 -- Geopolitics

8. 2/1 discuss ch 7,8 (Read to submit 500 word review with midterm of Does Third World Growth by Paul Krugman)
Go Here

9. 2/6 view The Revolutionary Holocaust in class
Go Here

(do film review 2 – Free to Choose about The Velvet Revolution)
Go Here

10. 2/8 discuss ch 9 -- Persian Gulf

11. 2/13 discuss ch.10 – Latin America
(Read to submit with midterm 500 word review of Liberalism and Common Good)
Go Here

12. 2/15 mid term on ch 1-10 due with four reviews – discuss ch 11

13. 2/20 discuss ch 12 (do film review 3 with final – The Third Jihad)
Go here
if necessary we will view this film in class this day

14. 2/22 discuss ch 13 Foreign Affairs article oral presentations
Go Here

15. 2/27 view CIA video part 1 in class
Go Here

16. 3/1 discuss ch 14
Foreign Affairs article oral presentations

17. 3/6 discuss ch 15
Foreign Affairs article oral presentations

18. 3/8 view CIA video part 2 in class Go Here
(Read to submit with final 500 word review of Constitutional Engineering in Africa)
Go Here



19. 3/20 discuss ch 16
Foreign Affairs article oral presentations

20. 3/22 discuss ch 17 (do film review to submit with final - Death by China)
Go Here

21. 3/27 discuss IMF

22. 3/29 discuss ch 18 Foreign Affairs article oral presentations

23. 4/3 discuss ch 19 UN

24. 4/5 discuss ch 20 Foreign Affairs article oral presentations

25. 4/10 Foreign Affairs article oral presentations
(do film review to submit with final – Islam)
Go Here

26 4/12 View film Poverty INC in class and submit 500 word commentary withe final exam.

27. 4/17 Foreign Affairs article oral presentations
(do film review 6 to submit with final – The Tyranny of Control)
Go Here

28. 4/19 Foreign Affairs article oral presentation

29. 4/24 Final Exam week

30. 4/26 Final Exam week

week of 4/24 Finals due, 14 critical reviews (10 films) (4 article reviews) (7 with midterm, 7 with final)