Current World Problems [CRN 27391]

Discipline: Political Science
Instructor: Martinez
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1700
End: 1820
Field Work: Day 1 | February 8, 2018 | Vietnam
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course will provide an introduction to current world problems, as well as the analytical tools, rules, and mechanisms that have been created by the international community to address them. This course examines politics as a factor affecting relations among nation-states, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations, exploring how politics operates to promote both collaboration as well as conflict among a growing number and diversity of actors composing the international system.  Students will focus on the relationships between domestic political systems (i.e., “democratic” or “authoritarian”) and countries’ foreign policies as revealed from the perspective of governments addressing globalization-related issues. The course employs a comprehensive approach analyzing how nation-states are compelled to operate alongside inter-governmental actors such as the UN, NATO, and the EU on an increasingly crowded global stage as non-governmental actors such as Amnesty International, Facebook, and Islamic State, attempt to assert their vision for change as issues such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, global warming, and the international drug trade transform configurations of world political, economic, strategic and “soft” power.

Field Work

Country: Vietnam
Day: 1
Date: February 8, 2018

Students will visit a Vietnam war related site, the Cu Chi tunnels, and will discuss the regulation of armed conflict in this context, including the various possible models for qualifying the conflict.

Learning Objectives: 1. Students will learn about the differing perspectives of the Vietnam Conflict. 2. Students will learn about the experience of the war from the Vietnamese perspective. 3. Students will learn about efforts (legal, political, economic, and cultural) to regulate armed conflict.