Discussion 1

· Discussion Requirement. Please ensure you do not forget to contribute to the discussion with a current events issue (from the Unit 1 concepts) that you have researched. Answer the questions provided in the Course Basics section and also submit a discussion question for your classmates.

· Course Basics

Netiquette and Collaboration (Threaded Discussion Requirement)—You will be required to participate in a threaded discussion once every unit on some of the outstanding issues in international politics. This will represent one-fifth of your overall grade. Your contribution to these activities will be the basis for your discussion grade. I will check to ensure you have responded to issues, and I will be participating in the discussion from time to time.

The following is a list of accepted online news sources. (Please note that search engine news – e.g., Google, Yahoo-and/or television news source – e.g., Fox, CNN – are unacceptable. If you know a good source that is not listed below and you would like to use, please let me know in advance.)

· Los Angeles Times: www.latimes.com

· NPR: www.npr.org

· New York Times: www.nytimes.com

· Seattle Times: www.seattletimes.com

· Washington Post: www.washingtonpost.com

· BBC World News: bbcworld.com

· Al Jazeera English: america.aljazeera.com

· AFP world news – agence france-presse in English: afp.com/english/home

Please make this a substantial topic, which will enhance our discussion. Once you have a good feel for the topic, you will provide the following:

· Summarize your take on the issue.

· How does it relate to the Unit concepts?

· Develop a question that you will post on the threaded discussion that either extends the discussion or queries others for their perspective on the debate about the topic. Once you have submitted the posting, please respond to two other comments or questions that fellow students have placed on the thread.

Discussion 2

Evolution and Analysis of World Politics Discussion Requirement. Please scan various news sources and look for articles related to the unit concepts. Pay particular attention to the evolution of the international system and the various levels of analysis that affect world politics. Once you have found a substantial story on the issue, please respond to the questions below:

· Summarize your take on the issue.

· How does it relate to the Unit 2 concepts?

· Develop a question that you will post on the threaded discussion that either extends the discussion or queries others for another perspective on the debate about the topic. Once you have submitted the posting, please respond to two other comments or questions that fellow students have placed on the thread.

· Readings

. Rourke and Boyer, Chapter 2 and 3

. Instructor notes on international politics literatures and concepts:

· Supplementary References (Optional):

. Burns, James MacGregor. 1978. Leadership. New York: Harper Colophon Books.

. Hermann, Margaret G. and Joe D. Hagan. 1998. International Decision Making: Leadership Matters. Foreign Policy, Spring: 124-37.

. Preston, Thomas. 2001. The President and His Inner Circle: Leadership Style and the Advisory Process in Foreign Policy Making. New York: Columbia University Press.

. Waltz, Kenneth. 1959. Man, The State, and War. New York: Columbia University Press.