Syllabus and Course Outline
Syllabus and Course Outline                 
Course Title:  Global Politics                                                                        Course Number:  CPO 4004
Credit Hours:  4.0 Quarter Credit Hours                                                         Course Length: 12 Weeks
Prerequisite:       None                                                                                Term:  Spring 2009
Instructor:  R. Ziegler                                                                                    Day/Time:  Tuesdays 6 - 10 pm
Course Description:  A study of the classical concepts and dynamic factors of international politics, and their reflection in the structures, institutions, and processes of contemporary international relations.  Particular attention is paid to power, national interest, diplomacy, sovereignty, foreign policy formulation, alliances, war and peace, and the importance of ideological and economic factors. Prerequisite:  None.  Lecture Hrs: 040 Lab Hrs: 000 Other Hrs: 000
Objectives:  Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1.       Understand the history of the international system from the First World War to the present.  (Week 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9)
2.       Discuss possible patterns in the foreign policies of states, the behavior of individual leaders and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s).  (Week  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11)
3.       3.  Discuss and describe the global political system and world economy.  (Week  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
4.       4. Compare and contrast the historical and the contemporary themes in global politics and how they compliment one another.  (Week  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10)
5.       Discuss the causes of global violence, wars, and terrorism.  (Week  3, 6, 7, 8, 9)
6.       Explain power factors in international relations.  (Week  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10) 
World Politics in the 21st Century, 2nd Ed., + Encarta + Student Workbook
W. Raymond Duncan
ISBN 0321219694
Copyright 2004 Pearson Education
Instructional Methods: This course will be taught through lectures, discussion, and outside materials provided by the instructor.
Grading:              The student’s final grade will be determined using the following criteria:
            Midterm Exam                                                                     25%
            Final Exam                                                                          25%
                                                Participation/Assignments                                                    25%
                                                Paper/Essay                                                                       25%
A=90-100             B=80-89                C=70-79                D=60-69               F<60
Resources: Students are strongly encouraged to use the resources of the college library to enhance their overall learning experience.
Attendance:  Students are expected to attend every class meeting and will not be allowed to do makeup work unless approved by the instructor.


Week of:
4/14 Introductions, Syllabus, Grading Criterion, Course Requirements,
Factors in the Current Global Economic Situation Read Ch 1 Islam Part 1
4/21 Development of Study of Global Politics/Schools of Thought Ch 2, 3 Islam Part 2
4/28 The International System Ch 4 The Global Warming Swindle
5/5 Foreign Policy, IGA's, Velvet Revolution, Third Way Ch 5, 6 Fahrenhype 911
5/12 NGO's, Geopolitics Ch 7, 8 Free to Choose/Free Markets
5/19 Mid Term Due, ejps Article Review Due The Nation State,
Clash of Civilizations or for Civilization Irredentist Groups Ch 9 Free to Choose/Velvet Revolution
5/26 CIA Part 1 Oral Reviews
6/2 International Law, Human Rights, Justice Ch 10 CIA Part 3 Oral Reviews
6/9 Political Economy, IMF, UN Oral Reviews Ch 11, 12 Fifty Year War
6/16 Oral Reviews Fifty Year War
6/23 Oral Reviews Ch 13,14 The Fifty Year War
6/30 Final Exam Due, Written Foreign Affairs Review Due

Grading Criterion

Mid Term 25%
Final 25%
Article Reviews 25%
Class Participation 25%

Grading Components
Mid Term
ejps Article Review
Go to the webpage and select one of the following articles to read and comment on
You will be writing a 500 word critical commentary on what you read which you
will then email as an embedded, not attached, submission to the instructor at
The Fallacy of Heat Death
Go Here
Consequences of Sustainable Development
Go Here
The China Question: Capitalism and the Peoples' Liberation Army
Go Here
Ending the 55 Mile per Hour Speed Limit:
Krugman and Limits to Growth
Go Here
The Third World War
Go Here
African Spring
Stopping Global Warming in Africa
Go Here
The Betrayal of Zion
Go Here
Asian Problems and the IMF
Go Here
Abolish the IMF
Go Here
The International Monetary Fund: Outdated, Ineffective, and Unnecessary
Go Here
IMF Policies In Asia: A Critical Assessment
Go Here
Rising Threat from the East: Reports on China
Go Here
Does Third World Development Hurt First World Prosperity
by Paul Krugman
Go Here
How Clinton let Bin Laden Get Away
Go Here
The Meiji Restoration and the Spirit of Capitalism
Go Here
Islam and the Spirit of Capitalism
Foreign Affairs Article Review
Go to the FMU Library and learn how to access the data base
to find an article from Foreign Affairs journal
You are to select one article to read and review
The review will consist of an oral examination of the article presented by you to the class
and a 500 word written version of that presentation
The article MUST be one taken from Foreign Affairs journal
email a writtenversion of your review to RGZiegler@aol.com
you may contact instructor at cell phone 321-805-2507