POL 201-800, Global Politics

SUNY Oswego | Spring 2023 | Dr. Craig Warkentin
Mon/Wed/Fri, 10:20-11:15 | 216 Mahar Hall

POL 201 combines a broad survey of two complementary subfields of political science: comparative politics (politics within countries) and international relations (politics between countries). We'll start by examining comparative politics, covering topics such as nations and society, state power, political economy, political violence, and various forms of government. Then we'll look at international relations, addressing foreign policy, international organization, war, human rights, environmental politics, and other issues. Throughout the semester, you'll be encouraged to use your personal values and experiences to develop your own, informed understanding of global politics.

I'll hold you accountable for all the information contained in this syllabus, so be sure to let me know if something isn't clear. I reserve the right to modify the syllabus as the semester progresses, but I'll consult you before making any changes that could impact your grade and announce any notable revisions in class.

Goals

When you finish this course, I hope you'll be able to:

I'll do my best to help you achieve these goals as we work our way through the semester. Toward that end, I trust you'll help me create a classroom environment that's conducive to learning and consistent with SUNY Oswego's non-discrimination policy.

Textbooks

This course has three required texts, to which you should have ready access throughout the semester:

Don't purchase older editions of these textbooks! Only the (current) versions listed above are acceptable for use in this course.

The "Essentials" books will serve as our main texts and we'll read each entirely. We'll also use some resources included with the digital version of each book, so be sure to purchase "eBook+inQuisitive" versions. The third book, Turabian's Manual for Writers, is a reference tool for your written assignments.

News

We'll occasionally discuss current events in class and use news stories for some assignments, so you're encouraged to stay abreast of relevant developments throughout the semester. The following (reputable) news sites are recommended (and will serve as sources for any graded assignments):

Attendance

I expect you to attend class, participate actively, and make any needed arrangements if you're absent. Keep in mind that participation is a graded assignment in POL 201, and (of course) you can't participate if you don't attend class. Note that you'll be held accountable for whatever occurs during class, whether or not you attend.

Phones, laptops, and other electronic devices should be silenced and stowed out of reach whenever class is in session. Excepted from this rule are devices used solely to access relevant course materials for the day at hand. If you fail to use a device exclusively for class purposes, I reserve the right to dismiss you from the classroom or reduce your course participation grade.

I'll email you if I can't make it to campus or we have to cancel class. If we do miss a class meeting, stay on schedule with any readings and assignment deadlines (unless otherwise instructed). We'll make adjustments when we return, if needed.

Assignments

Graded assignments and point values for POL 201 are:

Exercises will be administered/collected occasionally in class and take various forms. Examples include pop quizzes and written responses to classroom exercises or discussion questions.

Papers must be typewritten and double-spaced, use a (single) standard font with 1-1.25" margins, include your name at the top of the first page, and contain a word count at the end of your essay. Also required are parenthetical citations and a reference list that conform fully to the author-date style as detailed in Chapters 18-19 of Turabian's Manual for Writers.

Submit each paper via email, as a PDF file attachment, with your surname used as the first word of your attachment file name (e.g., "Biden Paper 1.pdf"). Email each paper directly to me from your "oswego.edu" address. I won't fetch files from Google Drive or accept formats other than PDF.

Submissions that don't meet stated requirements are subject to a score reduction or other penalty, to be levied at my discretion. Written assignments with missing or improperly formatted citations may receive a score of zero. I also reserve the right to give you a zero on any late, missed, or refused assignment (if conditions warrant).

Detailed requirements and expectations for each assignment will be discussed in class.

Integrity

As stated in SUNY Oswego's Academic Integrity Policy, "any form of academic dishonesty is a serious concern, and as such, students who are found to have violated this policy may be subject to penalties including, but not limited to, reductions of assignment grades, failure of courses, notations on official transcripts, and suspension or expulsion from the College."

By submitting your first written assignment for grading, in this class, you formally acknowledge that you fully understand the university's Academic Integrity Policy including relevant definitions, consequences, and procedures. I reserve the right to take any punitive action allowed by SUNY Oswego if you cheat, plagiarize, or otherwise engage in proscribed behavior.

Grading

Your course grade will be determined by the number of points you accrue during the semester, as follows:

470-500 = A
450-469 = A-
435-449 = B+

420-434 = B
400-419 = B-
385-399 = C+

370-384 = C
350-369 = C-
335-349 = D+

320-334 = D
300-319 = D-
000-299 = E

Health

Stress is a normal and important part of our human experience. However, there are times when your stress will exceed your coping skills and resources. The changes that we've experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other national and global events have impacted us all in various ways—and are expected to continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Your health and well-being are critical components in your ability to learn. If you find that you're struggling to engage and function, please reach out. Resources are available, including Counseling Services, which provides brief and confidential counseling support to enrolled students (covered by your student health fee). After-hours crisis coverage is available by calling Counseling Services at 315-312-4416 and listening to the available options. The CrisisTextLine can be accessed by texting GOT5U to 741741. Lastly, the Oz Concern Navigator is now available to point you to additional resources to help you address your concerns.

Safety

SUNY Oswego is committed to enhancing the safety and security of the campus for all its members. In support of this, faculty may be required to report their knowledge of certain crimes or harassment. Reportable incidents include harassment on the basis of sex or gender prohibited by Title IX and crimes covered by the Clery Act. For more information about Title IX protections, go to https://www.oswego.edu/title-ix/ or contact the Title IX Coordinator, 405 Culkin Hall, 315-312-5604, titleix@oswego.edu. For more information about the Clery Act and campus reporting, go to the University Police annual report, available at https://www.oswego.edu/police/annual-report.

Assistance

I'll assume you're doing as well as you'd like to in this class unless you tell me otherwise. If you do need some help, just let me know. I'm always glad to address any course-related questions or concerns you might have.

Feel free to stop by during office hours, email me, or give me a call. (Voice messages left on my office phone are forwarded to my email.) I'll reply to email messages as promptly as possible, but I can't guarantee a same-day response. Messages received after 3pm or on a weekend day will usually be addressed the following business day.

My contact information and office hours are:

  • MWF, 11:30-12:30,
    & by appointment

If you have a disabling condition that could interfere with your ability to successfully complete this class, please contact the Office of Accessibility Resources (155 Marano Campus Center, 315-312-3358, access@oswego.edu).

Reading

Jan 23

No Reading Assignment

Jan 25

Turabian: 15. General Introduction to Citation Practices; 7. Drafting Your Paper (§§7.4, 7.5, 7.9); 18. Author-Date Style: The Basic Form; Ch. 19. Author-Date Style: Citing Specific Types of Sources (§19.1)

Jan 27

Comparative Politics: Ch. 1, Introduction

Jan 30

Comparative Politics: Ch. 1, Introduction

Feb 1

Comparative Politics: Ch. 2, States

Feb 3

Comparative Politics: Ch. 2, States

Feb 6

Comparative Politics: Ch. 3, Nations and Society

Feb 8

Comparative Politics: Ch. 3, Nations and Society; Ch. 4, Political Economy

Feb 10

Comparative Politics: Ch. 4, Political Economy

Feb 13

Comparative Politics: Ch. 5, Democratic Regimes

Feb 15

Comparative Politics: Ch. 5, Democratic Regimes; Ch. 6, Nondemocratic Regimes

Feb 17

Comparative Politics: Ch. 6, Nondemocratic Regimes

Feb 20

Comparative Politics: Ch. 7, Political Violence

Feb 22

Comparative Politics: Ch. 7, Political Violence; Ch. 8, Developed Democracies

Feb 24

Comparative Politics: Ch. 8, Developed Democracies

Feb 27

Comparative Politics: Ch. 9, Communism and Postcommunism

Mar 1

Comparative Politics: Ch. 9, Communism and Postcommunism; Ch. 10, Developing Countries

Mar 3

Comparative Politics: Ch. 10, Developing Countries

Mar 6

Comparative Politics: Ch. 11, Globalization and the Future of Comparative Politics

Mar 8

Comparative Politics: Ch. 11, Globalization and the Future of Comparative Politics

Mar 10

News/Current Events

Mar 13, 15, 17

Spring Recess

Mar 20

International Relations: Ch. 1, Approaches to International Relations

Mar 22

International Relations: Ch. 1, Approaches to International Relations; Ch. 2, The Historical Context of Contemporary International Relations

Mar 24

International Relations: Ch. 2, The Historical Context of Contemporary International Relations

Mar 27

International Relations: Ch. 3, International Relations Theories

Mar 29

International Relations: Ch. 3, International Relations Theories; Ch. 4, Levels of Analysis

Mar 31

International Relations: Ch. 4, Levels of Analysis

Apr 3

International Relations: Ch. 5, The State and the Tools of Statecraft

Apr 5

International Relations: Ch. 5, The State and the Tools of Statecraft; Ch. 6, War and Security

Apr 7

International Relations: Ch. 6, War and Security

Apr 10

International Relations: Ch. 7, International Cooperation and International Law

Apr 12

International Relations: Ch. 7, International Cooperation and International Law; Ch. 8, International Political Economy

Apr 14

International Relations: Ch. 8, International Political Economy

Apr 17

International Relations: Ch. 9, Intergovernmental Organizations and Nongovernmental Organizations

Apr 19

International Relations: Ch. 9, Intergovernmental Organizations and Nongovernmental Organizations; Ch. 10, Human Rights

Apr 21

International Relations: Ch. 10, Human Rights

Apr 24

International Relations: Ch. 11, The Environment

Apr 26

International Relations: Ch. 11, The Environment; Ch. 12, Human Security: Population, Migration, and Global Health

Apr 28

International Relations: Ch. 12, Human Security: Population, Migration, and Global Health

May 1, 3, 5

TBA