PURPOSE OF THE COURSE
The purpose of this course is to provide a critical understanding of a range of global issues that confront the peoples of the world. The instructor does not assume that you have any knowledge or background on these issues. However, he does hope that you have some interest in understanding the various dimensions of these issues as an informed citizen.
The course will begin by analyzing the major issues of terrorism and human rights. Then, we will examine global ecological problems. global energy problems, and the problems of human trafficking, child labor, child brides and international piracy.
FORMAT OF THE COURSE
The instructor proposes to run this course on a lecture/discussion basis. A series of textbooks and reserve readings have been selected to highlight various dimensions of US policy toward these problems. The instructor will lecture on the background of these problems in class. He expects that students will read these works BEFORE coming to class so as to stimulate informed discussion of these problems.
The instructor urges students to make an effort to keep up with current political and international affairs by watching TV news programs and reading at least one quality newspaper like the New York Times or Washington Post. Both of these newspapers are available on line for free though you must register and obtain a password to obtain these on line. The URL’s for these are www.nytimes.com and www.washingtonpost.com. These are really great sources of high quality information on current world affairs. These newspapers can also be used for your entries for your global issues journal.
The instructor welcomes conflict and controversy, particularly in dealing with alternative policy prescriptions. Nobody has a monopoly on Truth except PRAVDA, the former Soviet Communist Party newspaper, and since the demise of the CPSU not even PRAVDA is sure of the truth in Russia today.
There are few final answers to any of the questions we will raise in class. What students should grasp after completing this course is that alternative policy prescriptions usually flow from different value assumptions that individuals have about politics.
The instructor will make extensive use of public affairs programs that deal with the issues under consideration. These programs should not be viewed as entertainment. They are an integral part of the course. The instructor expects that students will take notes on these programs and be prepared to discuss the arguments and themes raised by these programs in class. Material on these programs will appear on examinations.
All students will be required to keep a
global issues journal in his class. This journal will focus on current
newspaper articles related to the topics and we will cover in this class
- terrorism, human rights, global ecological problems, world energy
problems, population in immigration problems, and world health and
Plagiarism is a serious academic offense punishable by a failing grade and in some cases expulsion from the institution. Do not even consider plagiarizing a paper. If you are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism, check the SMC College Catalog or SMC Student Handbook.
is an essential part of this course. Students will be allowed 2
unexcused absences for any reason.
Beyond this limit, students will be penalized 5 points per class
missed. Excessive unexcused absences may result in failure in this
class. The instructor
reserves the right to use pop quizzes if attendance proves to be a
problems should be discussed with the instructor.
of class participation is based on a combination of attendance and your
willingness to raise questions and answer questions that are posed by
the instructor. There will
be several small out of class research projects that will count toward
your discussion grade. The
instructor will also attempt to have at least one extensive discussion
on each of the topics covered in class.
Three Examinations worth 20% each.