Wells College

International Studies 151

Introduction to International Studies

Fall 2002

 

Instructor: Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo

Cleveland 108

Telephone:  364-3220

Office Hours: Monday: 11:00am-12: 00 p.m.

                        Tuesday: 10:00am -12:00 p.m.

                        Thursday:  2:00-5:00 p.m.

 

Required Books

 

-Lester R. Brown (ed.), State of the World, New York and London: W. W. Norton and Company, Inc. 2001.

 

-Arthur MacEwan, Debt and Disorder: International Economic Instability and US Imperial Decline, New York: Monthly Review Press 1990.

 

-Ann Kellerher and Laura Klein, Global Perspectives: A Handbook for Understanding Global Issues, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1999.

 

-Richard W. Mansbach, The Global Puzzle: Issues and Actors in World Politics, Boston and Toronto, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994. On reserve in the library.

 

Course Description

 

The course introduces students to various approaches and concepts generally used for the understanding of interactions and interdependence among peoples, social and political institutions, nation-states and between people and their physical environment, especially the earth.  It also deals with conceptualization and definition of international events and issues from interdisciplinary and international perspectives.  Major issues to be studied include: the dynamics of the individual, group, community, national and international forces; the nature of the relationships between these forces and the base of their authority and conflicts; the protection of the social and physical environments, nature and its relationship with society and the economy; population and the global economy; debt, diseases, and underdevelopment; the role of the market and technology; and issues related to health, dynamics of culture and sustainable development. 

 

Requirements

 

-Attendance and active participation in all class activities are required.  They will count for 10 % of the total grade;

 

-10 points will be deducted from the final grade for any unjustifiable absence.

 

-A mid-term exam will be given on October 16, 2002.  It will count for 20 % of the total grade.

 

-Every student will write a first essay on the topic below:

 

 “Discuss critically the notion of cultural relativism and its relevance or irrelevance to the notion of global values.”  This essay is basically theoretical.  However, one can use empirical/concrete examples to support the theoretical arguments or positions.

 

-The length of the paper is between 6 and 8 typed and double-spaced pages, including footnotes and bibliography.  It will count for 20 % of the final grade.  The paper is due on October 2, 2001.

 

-The second writing assignment:

 

“Write a short essay on the impact of migration on the global economy.”  Students can use examples from a small community, country or region to support their arguments.  The main objective of this essay is to help students raise and examine critical issues related the nature of the political community in which we live and its pressures on the national and international economies.

 

-The length of the paper is between 6 and 8 typed and double-spaced pages, including footnotes and bibliography.  It will count for 20 % of the final grade.  The paper is due on November 13, 2001.

 

-The final exam will be given on Tuesday, December 18, 2002 at 1:00-4:00 p.m.  It will count for 30 % of the total grade.

 

Schedule

 

 

8/29- An Assignment. Each student will write a one-page paper on

 

A general introduction of the course: issues and perspectives on international studies

 

9/4-The World in Our Time: Perceptions, Trends, and Definitions and

A perception of the World: New and Old, The Global Puzzle, pages 1-18 and

Global Perspectives, chapter 1.

 

9/6-The World in Our Time: Perceptions, Trends, and Definitions, continued

Global Perspectives, chapter 1.

 

9/11-The concept of the Global System and Its Dynamics

The Global Puzzle, pages 46-59.

 

9/13-The concept of the Global System and Its Dynamics, continued

The Global Puzzle, pages 60-76.

 

9/18-Various Actors in the World System

The Global Puzzle, pp. 142-176.

 

9/20-Ethnicity as a Cultural Force

Global Perspectives, chapter 2.

 

9/25-Perspectives on Ethnicity and Global Diversity

Global Perspectives, chapter 3.

 

9/27-Discussion on Perspectives on Ethnicity and Global Diversity, continued

 

10/2-Issues in International Political Economy

The Global Puzzle, pages 324-336 and Global Perspective, chapter 4.

 

10/4-The Debt Issue in International Political Economy

Debts and Disorder, pages 13-34.

 

Fall Break October 6-9

 

10/11-The Debt Issue in the U.S. and Arguments on Dependency, Inequality, and Development

Debts and Disorder, pages 35-58 and chapter 3, and Global Perspective, pp. 53-71 and pp. 88-90.

 

10/16-Midterm Exam

 

10/18-Alternative to Debt in South America

Debts and Disorder, chapter 5.

 

10/23-International Debt and Progressive Politics

Debts and Disorder, pp. 120-136.

 

10/25-Perspectives on Economic Development: Liberal and Participatory Perspectives,

Global Perspectives, pp. 85-87 and pp. 93-100.

 

10/30-Perspectives on Economic Development: Liberal and Participatory Perspectives,

continued

 

11/1-Rethinking the New Economy for a New Century

State of the World, chapter 1.

 

11/6-Issues on Energy

State of the World, chapter 2.

 

11/8-Issues on the Political Economy of Forest

State of the World, chapter 4.

 

11/13-Managing the Oceans and the Political Will

State of the World, chapter 5.

 

11/15-Human Ecological Sustainability

Global Perspectives, pp. 105-121.

 

11/20-Issues on Population and Food

 

Thanksgiving 11/21-25

 

11/27- Issues on Urbanization

State of the World, chapter 8.

 

11/29- War, Security, and Peace

Global Perspectives, pp. 144-162 and State of the World, chapter 9.

 

12/4-War, Security, and Peace, continued.

Global Perspectives, pp. 144-162 and State of the World, chapter 9.

 

12/11- Arguments for Building a Sustainable Society

State of the World, chapter 10.

 

Final Exam is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, 2001 (1:00-4:00PM).