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Introduction to the Course

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Courtney Thomas

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Transcript of Introduction to the Course

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
Introduction to World Politics
Lecture 1

About the Professor
Dr. Courtney I. P. Thomas
PhD: Planning, Governance, and Globalization, Virginia Tech (2010)

www.courtneyipthomas.com
Curriculum Vitae
Teaching Philosophy
Contact Information

Contact Information
Office: 527A Major Williams
Office Hours: MW 10-3 T 9-12
Email: cipthomas@vt.edu
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Course Topics
Course Expectations
Syllabus & Course Materials Available on Canvas

Attendance and Class Participation—10%
Reading Quizzes—10%
Exams:
Four exams, 27% each, drop the lowest grade
In-class, closed book, cummulative
Will include: multiple choice, matching, short answer, essay
NO MAKE UP EXAMS! WILL DROP THE LOWEST EXAM SCORE

Be a Better Learner
Come to class every day
Read the articles and book
Studied more for the examinations
Kept up with current events
Participated and asked questions in class
Taken better notes in class
Studied my notes every day instead of just the night before the exams
Gone to office hours

Some Flexibility Required
Theories of IR
Realism
Liberalism
Neo-Realism
Marxism
Feminist IR Theory
Constructivism
International Issues
Environmental Issues
The Changing Character of War
Cyberwarfare
Bioweapons
Terrorism
Nuclear Proliferation
Nationalism
Mass Political Violence
Human Security
Human Rights
Humanitarian Intervention
Historical Context
Globalization, IR, and World Politics
Primordial Communities
The Evolution of the International Society
Vienna to World War II
The Cold War
The Other Side of the Cold War
Structures and Processes
Transnational Actors
International Law
The United Nations
Poverty and Development


Required Reading
Required Reading
Articles for some lectures available in Canvas under Files

Schedule on Canvas

Complete reading BEFORE coming to class

Fair game for quizzes and tests
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