DVC Political Science 250-International Relations

Course Syllabus and Outline

Basic Essay Structure

How to Analyze the Logic of an Article, Essay, or Chapter

Grading Rubric for Research Essays

Essay Grading Codes for APA Research Essays

Setting Up APA Formatting for WORD

Owl Purdue APA Citation Style

Annotated Film Bibliography

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Lecture Outlines:

(August 23) Lecture / Discussion Page - The Historical Context of Contemporary International Relations

  • Why Are We In Afghanistan? - Documentary
  • The New Thirty Years War - Klare
  • (August 30) Lecture / Discussion Page - Realism

  • Blood and Oil - Documentary
  • Putin's Way - Frontline
  • Battle Zones: Ukraine and Syria - Frontline
  • Obama and the Road to Hell in the Middle East- MacGregor
  • The Prince - Documentary
  • (September 6) Lecture / Discussion Page - Liberalism

  • The Power of the Poor - Documentary
  • (September 13) Lecture / Discussion Page - Class System Theory

  • Iraq for Sale - Documentary
  • There’s No Business Like the Arms Business - Hartung
  • Exposed: The Carlyle Group - Netherlands TV
  • (September 20) Lecture / Discussion Page - Postmodernist and Feminist Theories

  • Feminist Debate Rising Fundamentalism In Iraq / Afghanistan - Democracy Now
  • Why Women Need to be Part of the Peace Process - De Langis
  • (September 27) Lecture / Discussion Page - Political Culture and Decision Making Process Theories

  • The Power of Nightmares - Documentary
  • Islam: What the West Needs to Know - Documentary
  • (October 4) Lecture / Discussion Page - Human Nature and Cognitive Theories

  • 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
  • Soldiers of Conscience - Documentary
  • (October 11) Lecture / Discussion Page - Peace Studies Theory and the Research Paper Writing Seminar

  • Why War Is Not Inevitable - Swanson
  • A Blueprint for Ending War - World Beyond War
  • Owl Purdue APA Writer's Page
  • (October 25) Lecture / Discussion Page - United States Foreign Policy

  • 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
  • (November 1) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Political Economy and Globalization - The North

    Readings - Conventional Perspectives
  • The End of Globalization or a more Multipolar World? - Credit Suisse
  • 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
  • (November 8) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Political Economy and Globalization - The South

    Readings - Critical Perspectives
  • The End of Poverty? - Documentary
  • 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
  • Essays on Globalization and Neoliberalism - Monthly Review
  • Globalization on the Rocks - The New Internationalist
  • Globalization Creates Unemployment: American Job Loss is Permanent - Roberts
  • Globalization for Whom? - Rodrik
  • (November 15) Lecture / Discussion Page - Security Theory and Peak Oil

  • 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
  • (November 29) Lecture / Discussion Page - Religion and Nationalism

  • 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
  • (December 6) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Relations and the Global Environment

  • 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: October 18, 2017

    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 Coming War on China - POLSC 250 Fall 2017 Research Project - Due: October 18, 2017

    Recent Books for the Research Paper:

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    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites on the Conflict with China (Mainstream / Government)
  • The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia - Bradley
  • China Inc: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World - Fishman
  • The Beijing Consensus: How China's Authoritarian Model Will Dominate the 21st Century - Harper
  • Chinese Nuclear Forces - The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • Bannon Ridicules White House Adversaries in Wide-Ranging Interview - Nelson
  • US Relations with China - The White House
  • War with China Thinking Through the Unthinkable - The RAND Corporation
  • US Relations with China - The Department of State
  • China Is Among Worst Human Trafficking Offenders, State Dept. Says - Harris
  • Office To Monitor And Combat Trafficking In Persons - US Department of State
  • China’s Trump Honeymoon: Unexpected, and at Risk of Ending - Myers
  • China Looks to Capitalize on Clean Energy as U.S. Retreats - Bradsher
  • Articles on China - Los Angeles Times
  • Articles on China - The Guardian (Britain)
  • Articles on China - The American Interest
  • Articles on China - The National Interest
  • Articles on China - Foreign Policy Magazine
  • Articles on China - The Christian Science Monitor
  • Articles on China - Foreign Policy in Focus
  • Stirrings of a New Push for Military Option on Iran - Lobe
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites on the Conflict with China (Critical)
  • John Pilger on The Becoming of Nuclear War - Flashpoints
  • The Coming War on China - Project Censored Radio Interview
  • Dangerous Times: North Korea, China and the Threat of Nuclear War and Accident - Pilger and Coles
  • American Hawks Want Showdown with China – Pentagon Adviser - RT
  • China-Bashing is the Dangerous New Sport of US Elites - Baker
  • More American Troops to Afghanistan, To Keep the Chinese Out? Lithium and the Battle for Afghanistan’s Mineral Riches - Chossudovsky
  • Putin, Xi Message To Trump: US Unipolar World Is Over - Cunningham
  • Donald Trump and the Coming Fall of American Empire - Scahill and McCoy
  • One Belt, One Road: China's Strategy for a New Global Financial Order- Wong, Sui and Tiejun
  • A Theory of China’s ‘Miracle’ Eight Principles of Contemporary Chinese Political Economy - Enfu and Xiaoqin
  • US Imperialism's Pivot to Asia - Smith
  • China’s Changing Working Class - Hore
  • A Glimpse Into the Future of Asia - Feffer
  • How China Is Building the Post-Western World - Lawrence
  • Crisis and Class Struggle in China - Whitehouse
  • China 2013 - Amin
  • The South China Sea and the Nine Dash Puzzle - Stinson
  • U.S.-China-North Korea Tensions Increase Threat of Global Nuclear War - Gurtov
  • Russia-China Tandem Shifts Global Power - McGovern
  • A Failed System: The World Crisis of Capitalist Globalization and its Impact on China - Foster
  • The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire - Whitney
  • Xinhuanet News (Chinese State News Network)
  • Articles on China - Common Dreams
  • Articles on China - Counterpunch
  • Articles on China - Global Research
  • America's War for Global Domination - Chossudovsky
  • 2nd Journal Responses - Due: December 13, 2017

    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 (US Foreign Policy): Choose One Question
  • 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 (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"