DVC Political Science 250-International Relations

Course Syllabus and Outline

Fall Supplement: Online Instructions for Classes

Basic Essay Structure

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

Grading Rubric for Research Essays

Setting Up APA Formatting for Research Papers, 7th Edition

Owl Purdue APA Citation Style

Essay Grading Codes for APA Research Essays

How to Submit a Paper and Read Feedback Comments on Turnitin

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Annotated Film Bibliography

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Text for the 9 Theories of International Relations

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Part One Lecture Outlines: Introduction and Historical Context of International Relations

(August 25) Lecture / Discussion Page - Introduction: What is International Relations?

Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the August 25, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Introduction: What is International Relations (I.R.)?
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Five Big Questions - Walt
  • 5. Video Presentation: The Coming War on China
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Introduction: What is International Relations (I.R.)? [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Big Questions in the Study of World Politics - Keohane
  • The Question of African Agency in International Relations - Chipaike
  • Where Have All the Big International Relations Theories Gone? - Drezner
  • (September 1) Lecture / Discussion Page - The Historical Context of Contemporary International Relations

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the September 1, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Historical Context of International Relations
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: The Eternal Divide? History and International Relations - Lawson
  • 5. Video Presentation: The Coming War on China
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • The Historical Context of International Relations [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Man, the State, and War (12 min blog) - Waltz
  • One World, Many Theories - Walt
  • Why Are We In Afghanistan? - Documentary
  • Part Two Lecture Outlines: 9 Theoretical Perspectives of International Relations

    (September 8) Lecture / Discussion Page - System Level Theory #1: Realism

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the September 8, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] System Level Theory: Realism
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: The New Thirty Years War - Klare
  • 5. Video Presentation: Blood and Oil - Documentary
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Response for Video Presentation
  • Realism [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • The Sources of Soviet Conduct - X
  • The Thucydidies Trap - The Belfer Center
  • The Six Principles of Political Realism - Morgenthau
  • A Theory of Hegemonic War - Gilpin
  • The World Wants You to Think Like a Realist - Walt
  • Chapter 17: Better to be Feared Than Loved - The Municipal Machiavelli
  • Niccolo Machiavelli - BBC Documentary
  • (September 15) Lecture / Discussion Page - System Level Theory #2: Liberalism

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the September 15, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] System Level Theory: Liberalism
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Liberalism and Fascism: Partners in Crime - Rockhill
  • 5. Video Presentation: The Power of the Poor - Documentary
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Response for Video Presentation
  • Liberalism [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Introducing Liberalism in International Relations Theory - Meiser
  • Liberalism in International Relations - Badie, Schlosser, and Molino
  • Think Again: Soft Power - Nye
  • Twenty Years of Institutional Liberalism - Keohane
  • The Globalization of Informal Violence, Theories of World Politics, and the "Liberalism of Fear" - Keohane
  • (September 22) Lecture / Discussion Page - System Level Theory #3: Class System Theory

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the September 22, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] System Level Theory: Class System Theory
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: There's No Business Like the Arms Business - Hartung
  • 5. Video Presentation: Iraq for Sale - Documentary
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Response for Video Presentation
  • Class System Theory [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Marxist Economic Theory Easily Explained w/Richard Wolff - The Jimmy Dore Show
  • The Historical Background of the Communist Manifesto - Boyer
  • Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism - Gasper
  • Stealing Oil from Iraq
  • The New War Against Terror - Chomsky
  • Exposed: The Carlyle Group - Netherlands TV
  • (September 29) Lecture / Discussion Page - System Level Theory #4: Postmodernism / Feminism

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the September 29, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] System Level Theory: Postmodernism / Feminism
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Feminist Approaches to International Relations in the Post-Cold War Period - Zalewski
  • 5. Video Presentation: Her War: Women Vs. ISIS. Inside the Training Camp of an All-Female Kurdish Battalion - Documentary
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Response for Video Presentation
  • Postmodernism / Feminism [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Anarchy is What States Make of It - Wendt
  • Gender in International Relations: Feminist Perspectives on Achieving Global Security - J. Ann Tickner
  • Women Must Be Central to Negotiating the US-Korea Peace Process - Ahn
  • Feminist Debate Rising Fundamentalism In Iraq / Afghanistan - Democracy Now
  • Why Women Need to be Part of the Peace Process - De Langis
  • (October 6) Lecture / Discussion Page - State Level Theories # 5 and 6: Political Culture and Decision Making Process Theories

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the October 6, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3a. [Lecture Presentation] State Level Theories: Political Culture Theory
  • 3b. [Lecture Presentation] State Level Theories: Decision-Making Process Theory
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: The Clash of Civilizations - Huntington
  • 5. Video Presentation: The Power of Nightmares - Documentary
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Response for Video Presentation
  • Political Culture Theory [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Decision-Making Process Theory [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Atlantic Council Hawks Enraged as Think Tank Publishes Slightly Less Anti-Russian Article - Macleod
  • What Donald Rumsfeld Knew We Didn't Know About Iraq - Walcott
  • Why Democratic Peace? - Russett
  • It's Still Not the End of History - Stanley and Lee
  • Jihad vs. McWorld - Barber
  • The Essence of Decision - Allison
  • Islam: What the West Needs to Know - Documentary
  • (October 13) Lecture / Discussion Page - Individual Level Theories # 7 and 8: Human Nature and Cognitive Theories

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the October 13, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Individual Level Theories: Human Nature and Cognitive Theory
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Quitting the Hominid Fight Club: The Evidence is Flimsy for Innate Chimpanzee - Let Alone Human - Warfare -Horgan
  • 5. Video Presentation: Douglas Fry: Is War Part Of Human Nature? - Interview with Ricardo Lopes
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Response for Video Presentation
  • Human Nature Theory [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Cognitive Theory [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • The Problem Isn't Human Nature - Johnstone
  • Justice and the Justification of War in Ancient Greece: Four Authors - Husby
  • War in the Hobbesian State: Sovereignty's Justification and Limit - Bond
  • Why War: Einstein and Freud's Little-Known Correspondence on Violence, Peace, and Human Nature - Popova
  • The Psychology of War - Taylor
  • 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
  • (October 20) Lecture / Discussion Page - Individual Level Theory #9: Peace Studies Theory and the Research Paper Writing Seminar

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the October 20, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3a. [Lecture Presentation] Individual Level Theory: Peace Studies Theory
  • 3b. [Lecture Presentation] Writing the APA Research Paper
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: "Pruning-Hooks Made Out of Swords:" The Case for a US Department of Peace - Dangl
  • 5a. Video Presentation: A Force More Powerful: Part One - PBS Documentary
  • 5b. Video Presentation: A Force More Powerful: Part Two - PBS Documentary
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Response for Video Presentation
  • Peace Studies Theory [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • 3 Reasons Why Supporting Peace is More Important Than Ever - Dumasy
  • How Humanity Can Realistically Prevent New Wars: An Interview With Anthropologist Douglas P. Fry - Short
  • Why War Is Not Inevitable - Swanson
  • Peace Studies: An Alternative Perspective on International Security - Whitehead
  • Ghandi's Way to Peace - Kumar
  • Taking Stock of the Anti-War Movement - Stein
  • Owl Purdue APA Writer's Page
  • Part Three Lecture Outlines: Issues and Problems in International Relations

    (October 27) Lecture / Discussion Page - United States Foreign Policy

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the October 27, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] United States Foreign Policy
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: The Council on Foreign Relations, the Biden Team, and Key Policy Outcomes - Shoup
  • 5. Video Presentation: In Whose Interest?
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Response for Video Presentation
  • U.S. Foreign Policy [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • CrossTalk, QUARANTINE EDITION: Is China a threat? - RT
  • Biden's Protection of Murderous Saudi Despots Shows the Hidden Reality of U.S. Foreign Policy - Greenwald
  • The U.S. Foreign Policy Elite Still Wants the Middle East for Its Oil and Its Strategic Location - Hunt
  • A World Without Power - Ferguson
  • The Neoconservative Convergence - Krauthammer
  • U.S. Middle East Policy: Democratic Illusions - Selfa
  • Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy - Chomsky
  • (November 3) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Political Economy and Globalization - The North

    Readings - Conventional Perspectives
  • 1. Instructions for the November 3, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] International Political Economy and Globalization - The North
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Globalization: Positive or Negative?
  • 5. Video Presentation: Globalization at the Crossroads - Documentary
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Response for Video Presentation
  • Globalization and the North [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • The Blessings and Challenges of Globalization - Griswold
  • Think Again: Globalization - Naim
  • World Trade Organization
  • Globalization 101
  • Globalization with a Human Face - Bhagwati
  • The CATO Institute - Trade and Globalization
  • Why Globalization Works - Wolf
  • Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
  • (November 10) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Political Economy and Globalization - The South

    Readings - Critical Perspectives
  • 1. Instructions for the November 10, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] International Political Economy and Globalization - The South
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Localisation: A Strategic Solution to Globalised Authoritarianism - Norberg-Hodge
  • 5. Video Presentation: How the World Runs on Looting the Congo - Documentary
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Response for Video Presentation
  • Globalization and the South [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • The Pandemic Has Accelerated the Global Economic "Slowbalization" - An Interview with John Feffer
  • CrossTalk, QUARANTINE EDITION: Peak Globalism? - RT
  • Pitfalls of Economic Globalization - Tremblay
  • 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
  • Globalization on the Rocks - The New Internationalist
  • Globalization for Whom? - Rodrik
  • (November 17) Lecture / Discussion Page - Security Theory and Peak Oil

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the November 17, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Security Theory and Peak Oil
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Peak Oil Forum - World Watch
  • 5. Oil, Smoke, and Mirrors - Documentary
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Response for Video Presentation
  • Security Theory and Peak Oil [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • The Most Colossal Planning Failure in Human History - Heinberg
  • Peak Oil, 20 Years Later: Failed Prediction or Useful Insight? - Bardi
  • Will There Be Resource Wars in a Renewable Future? - Klare
  • Peak Oil and Climate Collapse: Can Society Make the Transition in Time? - Global Research News Hour
  • A Tough-Oil World - Klare
  • (November 24) Lecture / Discussion Page - Religion and Nationalism

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the November 24, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Religion and Nationalism
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: The Forever Wars - Hafiz
  • 5. Video Presentation: The Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts - Documentary
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Response for Video Presentation
  • Religion and Nationalism [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • What is the Doctrine of Discovery? (in 7 minutes)
  • The Downside of Institutionalized Religion - Davidson
  • 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 1) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Relations and the Global Environment

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the December 1, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] International Relations and the Global Environment
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: The Socio-Ecological Crises of Capitalism
  • 5. Video Presentation: Planet of the Humans - Documentary
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Response for Video Presentation
  • International Relations and the Global Environment [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • On Contact: Planet of the Humans with Jeff Gibbs
  • The Climate Crisis is Capitalism - Urie
  • The Tragedy of the Commons - Hardin
  • The Tragedy of the Commons: How Elinor Ostrom Solved One of Life's Greatest Dilemmas - Wilson
  • Natural Capitalism - Hawken
  • Origins and Delusions of Green Growth - Dale
  • Green Capitalism: The God That Failed - Smith
  • Capitalist and Socialist Responses to the Ecological Crisis - Wallis
  • Research Projects and Examinations:

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    Canvas Journal Responses - Due: Subject to Change. Check Canvas Assignments Page for Final Due Date

    For each of these lectures, please respond to the question shown from each lecture from the "Study and Discussion Questions" section. Responses should be at least one page in length (double-spaced). Most importantly, these journal responses should not just SUMMARIZE the question, but ANALYZE and EVALUATE them!

  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Introduction to I.R.): Question 7 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Historical Context for I.R.): Question 3 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Realism): Question 9 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Liberalism): Question 5 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Class System Theory): Question 6 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Postmodernism / Feminism): Question 2 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Political Culture and Decision-Making Theory): Question 4 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Human Nature / Cognitive Theory): Question 6 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Peace Studies Theory): Question 8 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (US Foreign Policy): Question 1 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Globalization North): Question 2 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Globalization South): Question 4 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Security Theory / Peak Oil): Question 3 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Religion / Nationalism): Question 3 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Global Environment): Question 4 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • The Coming War on China? - POLSC 250 Fall 2021 Research Project - Due: November 17, 2021

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    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites on the Conflict with China (Mainstream / Government)
  • Xi's Gamble: The Race to Consolidate Power and Stave Off Disaster - Blanchette
  • Unresolved: Face-Off with China - Intelligence Squared Debates
  • Understanding Influence in the Strategic Competition with China - Mazarr et. al.
  • Why Is China Turning Up the Heat on Taiwan? A Debate - Gregson
  • China Is Building Entire Villages in Another Country's Territory - Barnett
  • New Book Hints at Biden's Strategic Approach to China - Heer
  • [Book] The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia - Bradley
  • [Book] China Inc: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World - Fishman
  • [Book] The Beijing Consensus: How China's Authoritarian Model Will Dominate the 21st Century - Harper
  • There Are No Issues on Which China Can Be Considered an Ally - Schorr
  • Chinese Nuclear Forces - The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • Bannon Ridicules White House Adversaries in Wide-Ranging Interview - Nelson
  • Timeline: US Relations with China - Council on Foreign Relations
  • 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 - POLITICO
  • Articles on China - Foreign Policy in Focus
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites on the Conflict with China (Critical)
  • The New Cold War on China - Foster
  • On the Brink of War with China in 2026 - Klare
  • Donald Trump and the Coming Fall of the American Empire - Scahill and McCoy
  • A Cold War With China Is the Last Thing We Can Afford Right Now - Smithberger
  • America's $1.3 Trillion National Security Budget Isn't Making Us Safer - Smithberger and Hartung
  • When China Got the Bomb - Pierson
  • World War III With China - McCoy
  • 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
  • Biden Is Playing an Apocalyptic Game of Chicken With China - Klare
  • 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 - The National Security Archive
  • Articles on China - Common Dreams
  • Articles on China - Counterpunch
  • Articles on China - Truthout
  • Articles on China - Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
  • Articles on China - Global Research
  • America's War for Global Domination - Chossudovsky
  • Recent Articles, Documentaries, and Websites of Interest for IR Students:

    A Message From the Future II: "Years of Repair"

    A People's Guide to the War Industry - Sorensen

    A People's Guide to the War Industry - 2: Profits & Deception - Sorensen

    A People's Guide to the War Industry - 3: Bribery & Propaganda - Sorensen

    A People's Guide to the War Industry - 4: The New BOSS - Sorensen

    A People's Guide to the War Industry - 5: Portfolio of Conflicts - Sorensen

    The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War - Whitlock

    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

    Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism - The Real News Network

    A Century of War - RT Documentary

    The Collapse of the American Empire? - The Agenda with Steve Paikin

    Tipping Point: The End of Oil - Documentary

    The Propaganda Multiplier:How Global News Agencies and Western Media Report on Geopolitics - Swiss Propaganda Research

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

    The Crisis of Civilization - Documentary

    The End of Human Civlisation: War, Empire and Racism in the Anthropocene - Ahmed

    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

    Iraq's New Constitution - Hassan

    Behind the War on Iraq - Research Unit for Political Economy

    Let Your Life Be A Friction That Stops The Machine - Class War Films

    Military Cancer - Class War Films

    Imperial Decay - Class War Films

    Smash the Control Machine - Otep Rocks!

    Rise Rebel Resist - Otep Rocks!

    The World is Coming to an End - Prince Ea

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