Wells College

Political Science 332

World Politics

Fall 2003

Instructor: Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo

Cleveland Hall 108

Telephone: 364-3220

Office Hours:

Office Hours:

Monday: 10:00-12:00 noon.

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

Required Readings:

-Richard W. Mansbach, The Global Puzzle: Issues and Actors in World Politics, 3rd Edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.

-Charles W. Kegley, Jr. and Eugene R. Wittkopf, World Politics: Trends and Transformation, 8th Edition, New York, St. Martin’s Press, 2001.

Course Description:

World politics is essentially a study of power relations between states, social groups, national and international economic, social and political agencies and of how those interactions shape and produce policies at the global or international level. World politics has actors and institutions, and the functions in national and international environment. Since the 19th century, especially with the impact of the industrial revolution, the expansion of colonialism and capitalism, and their philosophical and social contradictions, and the rise of nationalistic movements and communism and their quest to promote new ideologies and new societies, the study of world politics has become one of the central components of science of politics. It is so because more and more the world has become functionally and technically smaller although not philosophically so. In this course, we will examine the rise of world politics, the nature of actors involved in various processes of its reproduction, the dominant trends that it has created, the major structures that it has produced and the forces that have led to its change. In addition to studying the actors and institution of the world politics, we will also analyze the paradigms and tools that have been produced and used in social sciences in general and in political science in particular to deal with the world of states in a global perspective.


-Attendance and active participation in all class activities are required. They will count for 15 % of the total grade;

-Any unjustifiable absence will be penalized;

-The first assignment. Student will write a book review of 12 typed double-spaced pages, including the footnotes and references on “the Force in Global Politics” and “The Special Case of Nuclear Weapons” in chapters 10 and 11 in The Global Puzzle. The paper will be due on October 9, 2003. It will count for 25% of the total grade.

-The second Assignment.  Student will make an oral class presentation of between 20 and 25 minutes on a topic to be discussed and agreed on with the instructor; Presentations will be on December 4, 2003.  It will count for 25% of the total grade.  Some suggested topics include:

-The Role of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in the global politics;

-Market women and the global economy in developing countries;

-Child labor and its impact on the national economy;

-War and its consequences in a given country or region;

-Politics of a given regional economic organization;

-Peace agreements;

-US foreign policies;

-Transportation and the market;

-Feminist approaches to understanding of world politics;

-The Third assignment. The final paper will be due on December 11, 2003. Student is free to choose any topic in world politics that she is interested in and also which was not fully or well covered in the class discussion. The length of the paper is 15-17 typed and double-spaced pages with footnotes and references. The paper will count for 35% of the total grade.


8/28-A General Introduction: Issues on the global village, borders, transformation, and Requirements,

The Global Puzzle, chapter 1 and World Politics, chapter 1.

9/4-Images, Realities, History, and Perceptions of World Politics

The Global Puzzle, chapter 2.

9/11-The State, Its Origins, The Traditions of Power Politics

The Global Puzzle, chapter 3.

9/18-Theoretical Interpretations of World Politics

World Politics, chapter 2.

9/25-The Issues Concerning the Cold War and Its Meanings

The Global Puzzle, chapter 4.

10/2-The Global System and Its Components

The Global Puzzle, chapter 5.

10/9-Many Actors in World Politics

World Politics, chapter 7.

Fall Break October 13-14

10/16-Issues in Foreign Policies

The Global Puzzle, chapter 6.

10/23-International Political Economy: Arguments and Policies

The Global Puzzle, chapter 12.

10/30-The South and Consequences of Its Underdevelopment at the Global Level

World Politics, chapter 5.

11/6-The Demography of the World Politics: Population, Food, Migration, Women, and Gender Inequalities

World Politics, chapter 10.

11/13-Search for Solutions to the Global Problems

Human Rights and Gender Approaches, Global Puzzle, chapter 15.

11/20 International Organizations, Peace and Political Integration Approach, World Politics,” chapter 16 (pages 618-648).

Thanksgiving 11/26-28

Class Presentations and Conclusion; December 4, 2003.