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GOVT 402 : Globalization and World Politics

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Globalization and World Politics
This course is a study of the contemporary debate on globalization and new world order. Key topics include but are not limited to problems of definition in globalization; transborder issues and the role of the state; multinational corporations; labor and the terms of international trade; issues of environmental degradation; international organizations and nongovernment organizations in global affairs; terrorism, global crime, and international security human rights, democracy and cultural nationalism; technology and global communication.

The primary goal of this course is to provide students with the theoretical background and research tools to identify, understand, and analyze issues in international politics. Students will learn to apply theories of international politics to global events and trends. They will be introduced to the relevant actors, and they will learn to use information sources to keep abreast of global occurrences.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:

1. Analyze pertinent topics and demonstrate a greater understanding of the historical dynamics of modern world politics.

2. Apply classic and emerging theories of international politics to global events and trends.

3. Identify emerging non-state actors in the international arena, including multinational corporations, international institutions, ethnic groups, and religious movements.

4. Appreciate the impact of September 11, 2001 on the interactions of global actors.

5. Research and write papers that show a keen appreciation for the increasing interdependence among governments, nations and non-state actors in the global arena and for the complex opportunities and challenges of contemporary globalization.

6. Think critically and develop sound independent judgment on complex global issues affecting the daily lives of individuals and groups.

7. Construct effective written documents for technical and non-technical audiences.

8. Conduct and report research accurately and in accordance with professional standards.

9. Understand some of the historical and contemporary issues that affect societies.

10. Recognize the complexity of human experience from a variety of perspectives, for example, cultural, aesthetic, social, technological, scientific, psychological, philosophical and historical.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Electronic Resources: 1. Foreign Affairs Online: 2. National Public Radio Online: http:// 3. University of Texas Library Online Map Collection: 4. The Christian Science Monitor: 5. The CIA World Factbook: 6. U.S. Department of State website: 7. The World Bank website: 8. The International Monetary Fund website: 9. United Nations website: 10. The World Trade Organization website: Recommended: American Psychological Association. (2011). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: Author. ISBN: 10: 1-4338-0561-8.

Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communications, aviation and space applications of subject matter, and computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus. Written and oral communications, aviation applications of subject matter, and computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus. Use of APA format in writing recommended.
Topic 1: Trend and Transformation in World Politics Course Overview & Methods of Study 6, 7, 8, 9 Syllabus Course requirements, ERAU on-line resources, research, communication development, documenting research. Interpreting World Politics 1 Kegley, Ch 1 “Reading” the world political system in today’s environment. Theories of World Politics 1 Kegley, Ch 2 The modern state system. Topic 2: The Globe’s Actors and Their Relations Great-Powers Rivalries and Relations 3 Kegley, Ch 4 Great power hegemony, The Cold War; unipolarity; multipolarity. The Global South in a World of Power 3, 5 Kegley, Ch 5 Global South; underdevelopment; trade, aid, investment, debt relief. Nonstate Actors and the Quest for Global Community 2 Kegley, Ch 6 The UN, the World Bank, the WTO, the IMF, the EU, and other non-state actors. International Decision Making 2 Kegley, Ch 3 The role of super-powers, regional powers, economic powers, and governmental units in global decision making. Topic 3: Confronting Armed Aggression The Threat of Armed Aggression to the World 3, 4 Kegley, Ch 7 A review of the recent armed aggression and the threat it poses to the world community. The Military Pursuit of Power Through Arms and Military Strategy 4 Kegley, Ch 8-9 Arms proliferation used as a power outreach mechanism. Alliances and the Balance of Power 2, 3 Kegley, Ch 8-9 Alliances used between and among nations as a means to improve power stature. Negotiated Conflict Resolution and International Law 2, 3 Kegley, Ch 8-9 The international system of world politics has developed several means of resolving conflict. The scope, role and limitations of law in the international arena. Institutional Approaches to Collective Security 2, 4 Kegley, Ch 8-9 Cooperation, collective security, leveraging the economic options, collective security arrangements and mutual defense arrangements. Topic 4: The Politics of Global Welfare The Globalization of International Finance 5 Kegley, Ch 10 Finance has gone truly international and has a critical role in the globalized economy. International Trade in the Global Marketplace 5 Kegley, Ch 11 Globalized trade is today’s compelling economic force for large and small nations alike. The Demographic and Cultural Dimensions of Globalization 2 Kegley, Ch 12 The world mosaic of human distribution and cultures. People Power and the Promotion of Human Rights 3 Kegley, Ch 13 The resilience of the human spirit is examined in the context of the worldwide awareness of human rights. Pressures on the Global Environment 3 Kegley, Ch 14 Trends in environmental awareness and activism, the integrated world environment, newly industrializing states Topic 5: Thinking About the Future of World Politics Looking Ahead at Global Trends and Transformations 2, 3, 4, 5 Kegley, Ch 15 Pulling together all of the course topics in an examination of where these could lead the world political environment. Examinations Mid-term and Final Exams 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 Kegley, Chs 1-15 Learning Outcome-based assessments which effectively measure the level of learning expected for each Learning Objective Research Paper 6, 7, 8, 9 Independent Research Assigned or chosen topic for the research project.
Aaron S. Springer, J.D., LL.M - 3/31/2015
Tommy Walter, Ed.D - 3/31/2015
Alan R. Bender, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
1-14 General Education PO1 - Apply knowledge of college level mathematics to defining and solving problems;
PO2 - Apply statistical methods in the analysis and interpretation of data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions relating to the solutions of problems;
PO3 - Communicate ideas in written form in both technical and non-technical areas;
PO4 - Communicate ideas in non-written form, such as through oral presentations or visual media;
PO5 - Recognize the importance of professional, ethical and social responsibility;
PO6 - Understand the natural world, to include the impact of the environment on aerospace operations and aerospace operations on the environment, as well as everyday life and professional experiences;
PO7 - Use digitally-enabled technology to organize and manipulate data, perform calculations, aid in solving problems, and communicate solutions, ideas, and concepts;
PO8 - Use scientific information in critical thinking and decision-making processes;
PO9 - Function on multi-cultural and/or multi-disciplinary teams;
PO10 - Apply economic principles to identify, formulate, and solve problems within professional and personal environments;
PO11 - Identify and participate in professional and personal development activities through organizations and self-directed learning;
PO12 - Understand contemporary issues in society
PO13 - Recognize the complexity and diversity of the human experience, including cultural, aesthetic, psychological, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions;
PO14 - Conduct and report research in accordance with professional standards.
Key: 110