Wells College
International Studies 151
Introduction to International Studies
Fall 2000

Instructor: Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo
Cleveland 108
Telephone:  364-3220
Office Hours: Monday: 11:00am-12: 00 p.m.
  Tuesday: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  Thursday:  2:00-5:00 p.m.

Required Books

-Lester R. Brown (ed), State of the World, W. W. Norton and Company, Inc. 1999.

-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.


-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 17, 2000.  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 3, 2000.

-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 14, 2000.

-The final exam will be given on Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 1:00-4:00 p.m.  It will count for 30 % of the total grade.


8/24-A general introduction of the course: issues and perspectives on international studies

8/29-A perception of the World: New and Old
The Global Puzzle, pages 1-18.

8/31-The World in Our Time: Perceptions, Trends, and Definitions
Global Perspectives, chapter 1.

9/5-The World in Our Time: Perceptions, Trends, and Definitions, continued
Global Perspectives, chapter 1.

9/7-The concept of the Global System and Its Dynamics
The Global Puzzle, pages 46-59.

9/12-The concept of the Global System and Its Dynamics, continued
The Global Puzzle, pages 60-76.

9/14-Various Actors in the World System
The Global Puzzle, pp. 142-176.

9/19-Ethnicity as a Cultural Force
Global Perspectives, chapter 2.

9/21-Perspectives on Ethnicity and Global Diversity
Global Perspectives, chapter 3.

9/26-Discussion on Perspectives on Ethnicity and Global Diversity, continued

9/28-Issues in International Political Economy
The Global Puzzle, pages 324-336 and Global Perspective, chapter 4.

10/3-The Debt Issue in International Political Economy
Debts and Disorder, pages 13-34.

10/5-The Debt Issue in the US
Debts and Disorder, pages 35-58.

Fall Break October 7-10

10/12-Dependency, Inequality, and Development
Debts and Disorder, chapter 3 and Global Perspective, pp. 53-71 and pp.88-90.

10/17-Midterm Exam

10/19-Alternative to Debt in South America
Debts and Disorder, chapter 5.

10/24-International Debt and Progressive Politics
Debts and Disorder, pp. 120-136.

10/26-Perspectives on Economic Development: Liberal and Participatory Perspectives,
Global Perspectives, pp. 85-87 and pp. 93-100.

10/31-Perspectives on Economic Development: Liberal and Participatory Perspectives,

11/2- Rethinking the New Economy for a New Century
State of the World, chapter 1.

11/7-Issues on Energy
State of the World, chapter 2.

11/9-Issues on the Political Economy of Forest
State of the World, chapter 4.

11/14-Managing the Oceans and the Political Will
State of the World, chapter 5.

11/16-Human Ecological Sustainability
Global Perspectives, pp. 105-121.

11/21-Issues on Population and Food

Thanksgiving 11/22-26

11/28- Issues on Urbanization
State of the World, chapter 8.

11/30- War, Security, and Peace
Global Perspectives, pp. 144-162 and State of the World, chapter 9.

12/5- 12/5- Arguments for Building a Sustainable Society
State of the World, chapter 10.

Final Exam is scheduled for Tuesday
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