International Relations

Political Science 306

Lecture 25058

Spring 2009


University of Missouri–Kansas City


Class Syllabus

Class Schedule

Reading Materials


Course Description

This course provides an analysis of relations among nations, with emphasis on structures of international power, causes of war, and approaches to peace. The most prominent theories are covered, including realism, liberalism (or idealism, or institutionalism), social constructivism, international society, foreign policy, and political economy. Current issues in international relations will be discussed. Prominent historical events are used to clarify theory whenever possible. The course schedule will be interrupted to deal with current events.


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 international relations. The primary inputs include a book, course handouts, and selected articles from scholarly journals.

Grades are derived from the term paper (30%), a midterm exam (30%), and a final exam (30%). Attendance and participation are also factors (10%). Scores of 90% and above earn an A, scores in the 80s earn a B, etc. Plus and minus will be awarded. I reserve the right to assign a grade better than the above guidelines, but not a lower grade. Missed exams must be discussed beforehand and with a persuasive reason. There is a 10% penalty for missing an exam without prior arrangement. If you find yourself falling behind, speak with me early on.


Course Contact Information

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

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

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

Office Hours:......................... 4:30 to 5:30 (before class) or by appointment

 

Classroom:............................. 309 Haag Hall

Class Meeting Time:............ Monday, 6:00-8:30 PM.

Class Web Page:................... http://www.drworley.org/


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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