DVC Political Science 250-International Relations

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Lecture Outlines:

(January 31) Lecture / Discussion Page - The Historical Context of Contemporary International Relations

Readings
  • Why Are We In Afghanistan? - Documentary
  • The New Thirty Years War - Klare
  • (February 7) Lecture / Discussion Page - Realism

    Readings
  • Blood and Oil - Documentary
  • Putin's Way - Frontline
  • Obama and the Road to Hell in the Middle East- MacGregor
  • The Prince - Documentary
  • (February 14) Lecture / Discussion Page - Liberalism

    Readings
  • Think Again: Soft Power - Nye
  • Twenty Years of Institutional Liberalism - Keohane
  • The Power of the Poor - Documentary
  • (February 21) Lecture / Discussion Page - Class System Theory

    Readings
  • Iraq for Sale - Documentary
  • There’s No Business Like the Arms Business - Hartung
  • Exposed: The Carlyle Group - Netherlands TV
  • (February 28) Lecture / Discussion Page - Postmodernist and Feminist Theories

    Readings
  • Feminist Debate Rising Fundamentalism In Iraq / Afghanistan - Democracy Now
  • Why Women Need to be Part of the Peace Process - De Langis
  • (March 7) Lecture / Discussion Page - Political Culture and Decision Making Process Theories

    Readings
  • The Power of Nightmares - Documentary
  • Islam: What the West Needs to Know - Documentary
  • (March 14) Lecture / Discussion Page - Human Nature and Cognitive Theories

    Readings
  • Is It Natural for Humans to Make War? - Connor
  • The US Military and the Myth That Humanity Is Predisposed to Violence - Santelli
  • Have We Been Denying Our Human Nature for Four Hundred Years? - Parramore
  • (March 21) Lecture / Discussion Page - Peace Studies Theory and the Research Paper Writing Seminar

    Readings
  • Why War Is Not Inevitable - Swanson
  • A Blueprint for Ending War - World Beyond War
  • Owl Purdue APA Writer's Page
  • (April 11) Lecture / Discussion Page - Security Theory and Peak Oil

    Readings
  • The 5 Security Approaches - Class Notes
  • Peak Oil and Climate Collapse: Can Society Make the Transition in Time? - Global Research News Hour
  • Oil, Smoke, and Mirrors - Documentary
  • A Tough-Oil World - Klare
  • (April 18) Lecture / Discussion Page - Religion and Nationalism

    Readings
  • Beyond Our Differences - Documentary
  • Why Religion Still Matters - Carroll
  • Religion: A Source of Solidarity or Division? - Alberts
  • What Went Wrong? - Lewis
  • God's Country? - Mead
  • Jihad vs. McWorld - Barber
  • (April 25) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Political Economy and Globalization - The North

    Readings - Conventional Perspectives
  • Think Again: Globalization - Naim
  • World Trade Organization
  • Globalization 101
  • The Blessings and Challenges of Globalization
  • Globalization with a Human Face - Bhagwati
  • The CATO Institute - Trade and Globalization
  • Why Globalization Works - Wolf
  • Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
  • (May 2) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Political Economy and Globalization - The South

    Readings - Critical Perspectives
  • Extreme Poverty Cut in Half? Only in the Minds of the Capitalists - Buchheit
  • Three Richest Americans Now Own More Wealth Than Bottom Half of US Combined: Report - Johnson
  • It’s Not Only Necessary to Develop an Alternative to Globalization — It’s Entirely Possible - Bello
  • Measuring Global Inequality - Yates
  • You'll Only Understand Trump and Brexit If You Understand the Failure of Globalization - Washington's Blog
  • Globalization and Terror - Norberg-Hodge
  • Building a Democratic Economy: Local Tools in the Struggle Against Neoliberalism - Gilbert
  • The Globalization Website
  • Globalization on the Rocks - The New Internationalist
  • Globalization Creates Unemployment: American Job Loss is Permanent - Roberts
  • Globalization for Whom? - Rodrik
  • (May 9) Lecture / Discussion Page - United States Foreign Policy

    Readings
  • U.S. Foreign Policy Power Point Presentation
  • A World Without Power - Ferguson
  • The Neoconservative Convergence - Krauthammer
  • U.S. Middle East Policy: Democratic Illusions - Selfa
  • The Logic of U.S. Intervention - Parenti
  • (May 16) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Relations and the Global Environment

    Readings
  • Anthropocene - Documentary
  • The Tragedy of the Commons - Hardin
  • Natural Capitalism - Hawken
  • Origins and Delusions of Green Growth - Dale
  • Green Capitalism: The God That Failed - Smith
  • The Climate Crisis is Capitalism - Urie
  • Capitalist and Socialist Responses to the Ecological Crisis - Wallis
  • Research Projects and Examinations:

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    1st Journal Responses - Due: April 4, 2018

    For the first eight lectures, please respond to the question shown from each lecture from the "Study and Discussion Questions" section. Responses should be approximately one page in length (double-spaced)

  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Historical Overview): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Realism): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Liberalism): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Class System Theory): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Postmodernism / Feminism): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Political Culture Theory): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Human Nature / Cognitive Theory): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Peace Studies Theory): Choose One Question
  • The Global Arms Trade and the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex - POLSC 250 Spring 2018 Research Project - Due: April 4, 2018

    Recent Books for the Research Paper:

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    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites on the Global Arms Trade (Realist / Liberal / Defense Industry)
  • Defense and Arms - Statistics & Facts - Statista
  • U.S. Defense Planning Guidance 1992 - National Security Archive
  • Getting the Pentagon's Next National Defense Strategy Right - Brimley
  • National Security Strategy 2017 - The White House
  • Leading Through Civilian Power - Clinton
  • The Global Arms Trade and the ‘Hyundaization’ Threat - Bitzinger
  • Analysis: RAND Says US Facing Tough Fight With China - Minnick
  • Ministry of Defence Pledges to Back Arms Companies' Export Sales and Draw in Small Businesses to the Sector - Tovey
  • Party Time for the Weapons Industry Bryant
  • Stirrings of a New Push for Military Option on Iran - Lobe
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites on the Global Arms Trade (Class System / Idealist / Critical)
  • Huge Military Budgets Make Us Broke, Not Safe: Pemberton
  • 'Another Giant Spending Spree': Budget Deal Denounced as Wasteful Gift to War Profiteers: Corbett
  • Shadow World: Introduction, Chapters 1, 2, and 3 - Feinstein
  • Shadow World: Chapters 7, 10, and 13
  • Shadow World: Chapters 18 and 20
  • Shadow World: Chapters 21 and Afterword
  • Shadow World: Notes and References
  • 2018 Looks Like an Arms Bonanza - Hartung
  • Why the 'Merchants of Death' Survive and Prosper - Wittner
  • The 10 Companies That Dominate the Global Arms Trade - Visual Capitalist
  • Imperialism Without Colonies - Magdoff
  • Toward a New Cold War - Chomsky
  • Costs of War - Brown University
  • SIPRI Arms Industry Database
  • Arms Sales: Who Are the World's 100 Top Arms Producers? - The Guardian
  • The US Defense Industry and the ‘Weaponization’ of American Foreign Policy - Carden
  • 10 Companies Profiting Most from War NBC News
  • The US Government Is Literally Arming the World, and Nobody’s Even Talking About It - Hartung
  • Here’s Why the Defense Industry Is Ecstatic About a President Trump - Hartung
  • Arms Industry Lobbying and the Militarisation of the EU - Corporate Europe Observatory
  • Britain is Now the Second Biggest Arms Dealer in the World - Stone
  • U.S. Defense Contractors Tell Investors Russian Threat is Great for Business - Fang
  • 2017 Was a Banner Year for the Arms Industry - Blain
  • The Arms Trade is Big Business - Shah
  • The US Imperial Triangle and Military Spending
  • Military-Industrial Complex Revisited - Hartung
  • The Globalization of Militarism - Hossein-Zadeh
  • Grand Theft Pentagon - St. Clair
  • The Pentagon vs. America - Ritter
  • 2nd Journal Responses - Due: May 23, 2018

    For the last five lectures, please respond to the question shown from each lecture from the "Study and Discussion Questions" section. Responses should be approximately one page in length (double-spaced)

  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Security Theory / Peak Oil): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Religion / Nationalism): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Globalization North): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Globalization South): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (US Foreign Policy): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Global Environment): Choose One Question
  • Recent Articles, Documentaries, and Websites of Interest for IR Students:

    War Is A Racket - Major General Smedley Butler

    Four Horsemen - Documentary (Great Stuff! Check This Out!)

    Empire Files: Peter Joseph & Abby Martin on Abolishing Capitalism

    A Century of War - RT Documentary

    Tipping Point: The End of Oil - Documentary

    The Lie We Live [Smart Kid - A Nice Wake-Up Call] - Spencer Cathcart

    Wondering About the Origins of ISIS? (You'd Better Buckle Your Seatbelts for This One)

    Capitalism Never Solves Its Crises; It Moves Them Around Geographically - RSAnimate

    We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim - Lawrence Lessig on TED

    Global Wealth Inequality: What You Never Knew You Never Knew - therules.org

    The Crisis of Civilization - Documentary

    Let Your Life Be A Friction That Stops The Machine - Documentary

    America's Strategic Response to 9/11 - National Security Archive

    Empire Under Obama: Counterinsurgency, Death Squads, and the Population as the Target - Marshall

    Sleeping With The Devil: How U.S. and Saudi Backing of Al Qaeda Led to 9/11 - Washington's Blog

    The Collapse of Globalism - Saul

    Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds - National Intelligence Council

    Shock and Awe - National Defense University

    Vision for 2020 - U.S. Space Command

    Rebuilding America's Defenses - Project for a New American Century

    The Stealth Crusade - Yeoman

    Oil, Power and Empire - Everest

    Behind the War on Iraq - Research Unit for Political Economy

    Military Cancer - Class War Films

    Imperial Decay - Class War Films

    Iraq War - PIPA Poll

    Smash the Control Machine - Otep Rocks!

    Rise Rebel Resist - Otep Rocks!

    Iraq's New Constitution - Hassan

    The World is Coming to an End - Prince Ea

    The Final Word from My Two Favorite Comedians of All Time on "The Big Question"