Global Issues in a Changing World


University of Missouri–Kansas City

Political Science 361

Lecture 17304


Class Schedule (including semester-specific information)

Grading Policy

Reading Materials

Class Syllabus (independent of semester)


Course Description

Threats to national and international security were once dominated by military force and interstate warfare. Threats are now seen in a much broader context. Non-state, transnational actors now pose a threat to transnational business, states, and even civilizations. Issues like global climate change and HIV/AIDS are seen as threats to national survival well beyond any single nation’s ability to contain. For some, the deep phenomenon of globalization is seen as a threat to national sovereignty and, indeed, a threat to the international system of states. In this course, challenges and opportunities replace threat as the organizing principle, and the role of international institutions takes center stage.


Course Requirements

Students are required to undertake considerable reading each week and are expected to attend lectures and participate in class discussions. The principal output of the class is a 15-page term paper that addresses specific issues related to one or more of the global issues covered in class. The primary inputs include a book, course handouts, selected articles from scholarly journals, and contemporary material drawn from print and electronic sources. Grades are derived from the term paper, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Attendance and participation are also factors.


Faculty Contact Information

Professor:.............................. D. Robert Worley, Ph.D.

Office Room:........................ 304B Manheim Hall

Office Phone:........................ 816.235.5948


Ethics Statement

The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition. Report any violations you witness to the instructor.”


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