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POLI 2500– INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
The objectives of this course are to introduce various theoretical frameworks for understanding world events, and to provide a basic historical background for contemporary international political and economic developments. The ways in which governments adapt to the pressures of the global economy and to the always-present possibility of conflict will be examined from a critical perspective. Non-state actors, who have become influential in international politics, will also be considered. Some time will be spent talking about current events, attempting whenever possible to relate real world developments to long-standing theories.
POLC 4520– COMPARATIVE STATE BUILDING
The notion of ‘modern state’ is relatively new, much more in the developing world. Whether glorified as a democratic entity responsible for sustainable growth or demonized as the source of conflict and repression, the state is the fundamental element of any organized society and/or national political system. This seminar for mature students, therefore, will discuss some of the most notorious state reforms in the developing world since the 1970s with particular emphasis on issues of political economy, democratization and state readjustment such as decentralization, the adoption of neo-liberal reforms, legislative changes such as constitutional reforms/assemblies and some social implications such as the expansion of social, indigenous and grassroots movements. The approach will be interdisciplinary, using methods and theories drawn from politics, economics, sociology and history. Specific examples from the developing world will be presented/discussed during the seminar in order to illustrate students of the magnitude of recent social and political changes but with certain flexibility to allow students to incorporate their own regional/country interests. In addition, the seminar will discuss some of the methodological approaches used in the social sciences to assess complex and abstract issues such as social change, political transformation, democratization and citizenship.
Political economy, international relations, poverty reduction initiatives; decentralization and local development; regional and local fiscal management; inequality and economic growth; human and social development, processes of social and indigenous participation; political institutional transformation; democratization and citizenship; human rights; social capital and social policies.
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