MWF 11.00-11.50 am
This course will be divided into 2 sections; international conflict and civil conflict. This course is a study of the major theories and ideas behind interstate and intrastate political conflicts. It analyzes significant interstate wars and civil wars history had witnessed. It examines the causes and effects of conflict on state politics. Terrorism and other forms of non-state conflicts are also covered.
Upon completion of this course, students are required to have a grasp of the above. At the end of the course students are required to be able to identify key concepts and terms in political conflict. Further, the student should exhibit an ability to apply these in explaining development within the field. In addition, students are also required to understand and analyze political events and trends. Hopefully, what has been learned may give you a better understanding of what happens within the country and outside, and the questions posed by political scientists, etc. The reading assignments should prepare you for graduate level courses/PhD courses in other political science and conflict courses. The writing assignment/term paper is designed to improve both your scholarly writing skills as well as research skills. Graduate students are expected to analyze, explore, question, synthesize, and use advanced skills.
1. Contending Theories of International Relations: A Comprehensive Survey, latest ed. James E. Dougherty and Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr. Longman Publishers.
2. Triangulating Peace: Democracy, Interdependence, and International Organizations. Latest ed. Bruce Russett and John Oneal. Norton Series.
3. Writing in Political Science: A Practical Guide. Latest Edition. Diane Schmidt. Pearson Longman Publishing Company.
The instructor will recommend books, articles, and other reading materials in the course of the semester. A list of journal articles and books will be provided.
Some Important Expectations
Each member of the class will show due respect for one another. Ideas may be challenged, but individual attacks are unacceptable. I will not tolerate rude and/or abusive language in class. A student who makes fun of the instructor directly or indirectly, for example, in the form of a slang or a jargon will be dealt with seriously.I will also not tolerate any other unacceptable behavior in class, for example, the habit of talking to others when the instructor is talking, or while another student is engaged in a discussion with the instructor. Because there is a long list of negative behaviors, whenever there is a dispute on what constitutes negative behavior, the instructor reserves the right to decide. As college students, you are expected to discriminate between normal and not so normal behavior.
In keeping with the theme of respect, all students must adhere to the code of academic conduct in order to maintain appropriate and acceptable conduct when class is in session. In addition, students are also required to understand the seriousness of plagiarism in the academic world. Failure to do so, as evidenced by plagiarism or other honor violations will result in a failing grade or more serious consequences. Please read “Code of Student Conduct” (Section VI) in the Student Handbook.
No person will be discriminated based on age, race, religion, national origin, sex, or disability. (Any student with a disability certified by the University disability office should notify the instructor immediately for proper arrangements to be made)
Individual Presentation 20%
Attendance, Participation, and Quizzes 30% (15% for attendance and 15% for participation).
A hard copy of the presentation is required. The objective is to ensure ability to write a senior quality paper and the ability to understand search techniques, correct style of scholarly writing, avoiding plagiarism, etc. Papers must adhere strictly to requirements- Page numbering, Paper length, Introduction and Conclusion, Scholarly style, stapled (not clips), and not late. Failure to follow this can result in either reduced paper grade or fail (Will be discussed in greater detail in class).
Late papers will not be accepted
You are allowed one absence. For every additional absence, 3 percentage points will be deducted from the overall attendance points. Attendance will be taken at random. The instructor reserves the right to deduct attendance points for students who are regularly late for class or regularly enter and leave class while lecture is in session. The number of points deducted is at the sole discretion of the instructor. It could range from 1 percentage point to the entire 15 percentage points. If you are late, it is your responsibility to find out what announcements you missed. You are at a risk of losing some of your attendance points if you are unable to provide a correct answer when asked in class or if you did not prepare an assignment to be discussed in class. Although I sometimes repeat important announcements, it is solely your responsibility to find out missed information. The instructor is not responsible for repeating announcements already made in class, nor respond to emails about missed announcements.
I refer to any form of participation which is negatively distracting, inappropriate, or rude, negative participation. Students who commit negative participation are at risk of losing some or all participation points and face other appropriate actions. Other examples of negative participations are sleeping in class, whistling, regular grinning, and regular silent giggles. If you are grinning or giggling when a joke is not cracked, you may be busy conducting negative non-verbal communication with other students, reading/sending text messages, or other undesirable conduct. In any case these behaviors are considered negative participation. Because there is a long list of negative behaviors, whenever there is a dispute on what constitutes negative participation, the instructor reserves the right to decide.
Make-up exams will only be given if you miss an examination due to official reasons, forexample, a medical emergency, death of an immediate family member, or a court order. Official proof is required. If your excuse does not fall under one of these categories, it is recommended that you produce a copy of a police report or the equivalent to prove the validity of the incident.