Political Science | International Political Controversies
Y102 | 9489 | Poloni-Staudinger


The purpose of this course is to introduce you to concepts about the
international arena and the operation of politics outside of the
United States.  By the end of the course, you should be able to
critically evaluate ideas on germane topics of international and
comparative politics that will allow you to operate more effectively
as world citizens.  Knowledge of the processes shaping governance in
other countries around the world and in the international arena is
critical for students hoping to enter the global workplace.  In order
to impart a greater understanding of the world around you and the
issues of import of this day, this course will focus on several
different topics.  Each week will find us delving into a new issue of
current importance.  Our readings will also enable us to take a
holistic approach to understanding controversial issues by examining
issues from many different angles. The course will begin with an
overview of different types of governance and situate the type of
democracy practiced in the United States vis a vis other non-
democratic and democratic countries around the world.  We will then
move into discussions on certain topics.  Topics covered may include
(but are not limited to):  Terrorism, Globalization, Social Movements
and Issues, Iraq and Afghanistan, Expansion of the European Union,
U.S. Hegemony and the “Bush Doctrine”, Civil war and ethnic violence,
Israel and Palestine, and the Developing world.