Assignments for Pols. 315 (1) - Global Politics: International Relations.
January-May, 2006
Prof. Richard W. Chadwick

Welcome to your first assignment page (the first of four) for Pols. 315 (1) Global Politics: International Relations.   For general discussion of this class read the course description.  If you would like to learn more about me, you can go to my personal description


  • K&R - Kegley and Raymond text, The Global Future; comes with a resource CD which may be helpful for your research
  • JS   - John Stoessinger's text, Why Nations Go to War, 9th edition.
  • B&H   - Barry Hughes' and Evan Hillebrand's text, Exploring and Shaping International Futures, 4th edition.
  • IFs - You also have free access to Barry Hughes' global model, the International Futures simulation (IFs), which can be run online (although you may also download and run it directly on your computer--very long download, at least an hour: 338MB!).

    All quizzes and exams are on Thursdays.

    You are responsible for the readings. In my lectures I will assume you have read the material, so coming to class prepared with having done the reading will certainly not hurt. The texts are generally well written and easily understood.

    You will need to do a little work with the IFs model mentioned above. You are not expected to understand the math or the research behind the projections made by the model. You are expected to wrestle with (interpret and do some "critical thinking" about) the meaning of the projections for your (simulated) country.

  • You need to activate a UHunix public directory to store your simulation work to share with others. Here's how.
  • UH userid management page Get a UHunix login id (UH email address) if you do not currently have one.
    This link is for the main account management page. From there you can also instruct the UH mail system to forward your email to your favorite email address, and set up a personal web page and public directory.
  • Creating Personal Homepages on UHunix - Your own copy of SSH (Secure Shell - free for academic use) can also be downloaded here. This programs is used for uploading your homework to your own webpage directory.
  • Get user privileges on Saunders 635 IBM Lab computers 
  • Current Lab Schedule
  • Date Assignments Comments and Resources
  • Lecture: nature of (international) politics: social-psychological roots, systems approach, culture as decision tables, role hierarchies and organization, political decision making
  • Read K&R Ch 14 "Population..."
  • Read S, Preface, last chapter "Why Nations..." and "Epilogue"
  • Thursday in class: watch, then discuss "Guns, Germs and Steel" Episode 1 - followed by TI led discussion
  • Quiz 1 on readings (K&R Ch 14, "Population..," S's last ch. and epilogue) and DVD
  • Looking ahead: read K&R (Kegley and Raymond), Ch. 5 "Rich and Poor in World Politics: The Plight of the Global South" over the weekend (you'll be tested on it and Episodes 2 and 3 next week)
  • Background - Over the years I have accumulated background readings and written short essays on many of the topics touched on in class and class discussion. Here are links to them should you have an interest in going deeper into the lecture materials:
    Maslow    Easton    Lasswell    Political Stability  
    Parsons four "p"s    Parsons (not yet discussed)   
  • Transcripts are available for all three episodes of "Guns, Germs, and Steel" on PBS's website, (Go to the bottom of each page for links first to episode 1 description, then to the transcript and/or on to the next episode.)
  • Be prepared to move around in class at the instruction of the TIs. The TIs will organize you into 6-7 discussion groups of about 8-9 students each.
    1. Check out my question list before you come to class (perhaps bring it with you). These represent what I'd like you to learn from the DVD episodes.
    2. While listening to each episode, take notes on your own personal notepad or paper; write on interesting or puzzling points made.
    3. After each episode, the TIs will guide you. They will as you to take a minute to think in silence, and compose one sentence sharing one point of then write down what most interested you in the episode. Just one sentence.
    4. The TI will ask each of you to make your point; state your first name and then just read your one sentence. You will have time to elaborate later if you wish. The idea here is for you and everyone in your group to get a rough idea of what interested/puzzled the group.
    5. When everyone has shared a sentence about what interested or puzzled them most, the TI will open discussion up for about five minutes for any of you to react to each other or say something else that you feel needs to be shared. When you are listening, write done some of the things that are being said on your personal notepad or paper, to help you remember. You might want to remember the person that said something really interesting to you and ask that person after class is over to talk to you some more about it.
    6. On Thursdays, after the discussion there will be a short quiz.
      - The quiz will be on the screen in the front of the class.
      - Each question will be read aloud as well as displayed on the screen; the pause between each question will give you time to write down T (true) or F (false), or a multiple choice answer (a, b, c, ...).
      - Make sure you printed your name (last name first) at the top.
      - Below your name and the questions you asked, write the numbers in a row, followed by your answers. In the end your card will look something like this:

      Statement about interest/puzzle from "Guns, Germs and Steel" Episode 1.

      Quiz 1 items: 1. T,  2. F,  3. c,  4. b,   5. T (this is a sample, not actual answers)                      


      - At the end of the quiz, below your quiz answers, please write down a question you would like me to address either in class or on the web in my Questions and Answers page. Sometimes many of you have the same general question so I'll be able to construct one general answer. Other times you won't have a question. That's fine. I'm here to help you get an education, not sit in judgment on details.
  • 1/17/06
  • "Guns, Germs and Steel" Episodes 2 - followed by TI led discussion
  • Discussion of Diamond's hypotheses and the geopolitical interpretation.
  • Quiz 2 on Episode 2, lectures, and discussion
  • 1/24/06
  • Country assignments and role choices for simulation
  • Review K&R Ch. 14 "Population Growth, Resource Scarcity, and the Preservation of the Global Environment" and K&R Ch. 5 "Rich and Poor in World Politics: the Plight of the Global South"
  • Review my GDA model.
  • Explore regional and country trends with IFs, either online at, or by downloading it first off that site and running it on your own computer. See comments for detailed instruction (you'll find it here when it's ready).
  • Easton's political systems model
  • Political Stability model
  • Quiz 3 - following discussion of environmental and population problems, and their relationships to international relations
  • 1/31
  • K&R Ch. 13 "Human Rights and the Quest for Global Justice"
  • Maslow, Lasswell, and the GDA model: basic decisionmaking models
  • Exam 1 (based on Q1,Q2,Q3 and this week's assignments)
  • Go to Section II assignments

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