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POLS 2401

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Global Issues
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from Learning Support Reading and all ENSL requirements except ENSL 0091.
Corequisite(s) None
Catalog Description
This course introduces students to contemporary issues in global affairs. It assumes no prior knowledge of international relations. The course examines problems facing the global community, as well as the prospects for governments, individuals, and international groups to address those problems. Issues include population and demographics, natural resources and the environment, the globalization of the economy, terrorism and threats to security, development and technology, global security, ethics, human rights, and the role of the United States and other regional powers in world affairs.  Special attention will paid to cross-national and international connections.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Locate and discuss the major geo-political regions of the world.
2.  Discuss the most significant current issues in each region.
3.  The logic of national versus international processes and institutions.
4.  The role of population issues in global migration patterns.
5.  The most pressing global environmental issues and their effects on national environmental issues.
6.  The dynamics of the international economic system, and of global trade and technology, and how these affect and are affected by national economic systems.
7.  The effects of global terrorism on the stability of the international political system.
8.  The concept of human rights and how this is perceived differently across regions.
9.  The concept of governance and how this has affected the international system.
10. The most pressing global health issues and their effects on the international system.
11. The concepts of international conflict and international cooperation.

General Education Outcomes
This course addresses the general education outcomes of identifying, analyzing, and evaluating global economic, political, historical, and geographic forces and communicating effectively through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Course Content
(Specific issues covered to be determined by the Instructor)

I.  The Political World in Maps

II. Global Issues: Challenges of Globalization
A. International Relations vs. Global Politics
B. Sovereignty in the Modern State
C. The Rise of Non-State Actors
D. Causes and Forms of Globalization
E. A Modern Phenomenon?:  Periods of Globalization
F. Resistance to Globalization

III. The International System and the Struggle for Primacy
A. Power and Leadership
B. The Rise and Fall of Great Powers
C. American Hegemony: On the Wane?
D. Does Primacy Matter in a Global Society?

IV. Global Issues
A. Population and Migration
B. The Environment
C. The Global Economy
D. Terrorism
E. Human Rights
F. Global Governance
G. Global Health, Global Disease
H. Global Conflict and Cooperation

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Tests and a final exam prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine a part of the course grade.  In general, all exams will focus on the above objectives, as determined by the instructor.  It is expected that writing skills will be a particular emphasis through use of a significant essay-question component of the course.  Student mastery of the expected educational outcomes will also be assessed with the use of a writing assignment or writing assignments.

A. This course will be assessed in the Spring semester of every year as part of ongoing program review. Every student in each section will be required to complete a 20-question multiple-choice assessment instrument that will count for 5-20% of the grade on the final exam.  This assessment instrument will have questions that sample the material found in the above objectives.
B. The construction of the assessment test will be the responsibility of the college-wide Political Science Curriculum Committee.
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
The results of the assessment questions will be summarized by the college-wide Political Science Curriculum Committee made up of all persons teaching Political Science and headed by a chair selected by the curriculum committee.  All committee members will analyze the results and determine implications for curriculum change.  A summary of the group analysis as well as specific details and a timeline for implementation of changes will be included.   The committee will follow-up and document the implementation of the agreed upon changes.

Last Revised: Apr. 08, 2010
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