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  1. Required Textbooks 0 items
    There are no required textbooks for this course. Instead, the readings will be drawn from scholarly journal articles and book chapters, and will be made available online. All of the required readings, and the vast majority of the suggested/recommended readings, are linked below or are available at the library.
  2. Additional Reading 28 items
    1. Relevant Journals 21 items
      1. International affairs - Royal Institute of International Affairs, EBSCO Publishing (Firm), JSTOR (Organization) 1944- (electronic resource)

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      2. The Brown journal of world affairs - Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Institute for International Studies (Brown University), EBSCO Publishing (Firm), William S. Hein & Company ©1994- (electronic resource)

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      3. Review of international studies - British International Studies Association, Cambridge University Press 1981- (electronic resource)

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      4. International security - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, JSTOR (Organization), M.I.T. Press, Project MUSE. (electronic resource)

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      5. Global environmental politics - EBSCO Publishing (Firm), Project MUSE. 2001- (electronic resource)

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      6. Survival - International Institute for Strategic Studies, Oxford University Press (electronic resource)

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      7. Politics - Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom (electronic resource)

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      8. International politics - SpringerLink (Online service) (electronic resource)

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      9. British journal of politics and international relations - Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, EBSCO Publishing (Firm) ©1999- (electronic resource)

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      10. Global governance: a review of multilateralism and international organizations - EBSCO Publishing (Firm), Thomson Gale (Firm), William S. Hein & Company 1995- (electronic resource)

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      11. International studies quarterly - International Studies Association, JSTOR (Organization), Oxford University Press 1967- (electronic resource)

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      12. International studies review - International Studies Association, JSTOR (Organization), Oxford University Press ©1999- (electronic resource)

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      13. Foreign policy analysis - International Studies Association, Oxford University Press ©2005- (electronic resource)

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      14. Millennium: journal of international studies - London School of Economics and Political Science (electronic resource)

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      15. Perspectives on politics - American Political Science Association, JSTOR (Organization) ©2003- (electronic resource)

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    2. Relevant Websites 7 items
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  3. Week 1: Introduction 5 items
    In this introductory session we will discuss the purpose of taking a generalist course in international relations within the context of changes in higher education.
    1. Very Bad Wizards Episode 136: The Good Life (with Laurie Santos)

      Audio document  the pertinent discussion starts from around 14 mins on

    2. We are losing sight of higher education’s true purpose - Joshua Forstenzer March 9, 2017 9.15am GMTMarch 9, 2017 9.15am GMT

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  4. Week 2: How to run a seminar workshop 0 items
  5. Week 3:How does terrorism relate to modernity? 15 items
    In this session we will explore one of the defining issues of our time by way of a distinct question: how does terrorism relate to modernity and humanity? The session intents to bring terrorism closer to home and to consider both historically informed analyses of the phenomenon and the limitations they reveal to our attempts at ‘dealing’ with the problem.
    1. Terrorism, ideology and revolution - Noel O'Sullivan 1985

      Book  See: Noel O'Sullivan, "Terrorism, ideology, and democracy", pp. 3-26, available online.

    2. Suggested readings 13 items
      What Causes Terrorism?:
      1. How Successful Is Terrorism? - James M. Lutz, Brenda J. Lutz 2009

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      2. Inside terrorism - Bruce Hoffman, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2006

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      3. Explaining terrorism: causes, processes and consequences - Martha Crenshaw 2011

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      4. Terror in the mind of God: the global rise of religious violence - Mark Juergensmeyer, American Council of Learned Societies c2003 (electronic resource)

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      5. The role of religious fundamentalism in terrorist violence: A social psychological analysis - M. Brooke Rogers, Kate M. Loewenthal, Christopher Alan Lewis, Richard Amlôt 01/2007

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  6. Week 4: Are Drones Changing War? 11 items
    The technological revolution in military affairs is perhaps most vividly illustrated in the rapid increase in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or ‘drones’. What are the consequences of remote warfare? Have drones completely changed what came before or are they merely a continuation of imperial methods of warfare?
    1. Imagining Warfare - P. W. Kahn 01/02/2013

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    2. Suggested Readings 9 items
      What are the implications of drones for the ethics of war?
      1. Living Under Drones - International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Centre 2012

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  7. Week 5: When Should Outsiders Intervene to Stop Human Misery? 11 items
    International interventions remain some of the most hotly contested actions in the current international system. With memories of the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide still fresh, these authors analyse the questions: What are the moral responsibilities, if any, of powerful states to intervene to prevent or end human slaughter? What are the consequences of expanding the circumstances under which states might use force in international politics?
    1. Suggested Readings 9 items
      Is R2P a pragmatic middle of the road response to political reality and the moral imperative of responding to large-scale human misery?
  8. Week 6: Should we abandon the 'liberal peace'? 10 items
    The end of the Cold War brought about a wave of liberal optimism, best exemplified in Francis Fukuyama’s assertion that we have reached the ‘end of history', where the state is both liberal and democratic. Fukuyama’s optimism was mirrored in the UN’s, and other major institutions’ peacebuilding agendas which promoted political and economic (neo)liberalism and democratic institutions as the best ways to build peace. These measures, which came to be known as the ‘liberal peace’, came under severe criticism following 9/11 and the wars that ensued and especially after the debacle of the reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan. This week’s authors debate the merits of the ‘liberal peace’ and ways to reform it.
    1. Suggested Readings 8 items
  9. Week 7: Is sectarianism the main driver of violence in the Yemeni civil war (and conflict in the Middle East in general) ? 15 items
    Increasingly since the start of the Arab Spring, religious dogmatism has been used to explain the increase of violence in the region from Egypt to Bahrain, Syria and Yemen. In the case of the bloodiest conflicts that followed the Arab Spring, the Yemeni and Syrian civil wars, sectarianism in particular has been invoked as perhaps the most important causal factor of the violence. This week’s authors debate the causes of sectarianism: primordial hatred; elite instrumentalisation; an Iranian-Saudi Arabian proxy war and state collapse as well as the applicability of these explanations for the war in Yemen.
    1. The Gulf's Escalating Sectarianism - Project on Middle East Political Science 2016

      Document  See: pp. 6-33 and 40-43

    2. Suggested Readings 13 items
      How can we best explain the Yemeni civil war?
      1. Sectarian Politics in the Gulf - Summary Report - Center for International and Regional Studies 2012

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      2. Overlapping contests and Middle East international relations: The Return of the Weak Arab State - Bassel F Salloukh 2015

        Article  See: Salloukh, Bassel F., 'Overlapping contests and Middle East international relations: The Return of the Weak Arab State'.

  10. Week 8: Is global cooperation on climate change possible? 12 items
    Many argue that global climate change is the most pressing issue currently facing humanity. For decades, science has recorded rising temperatures and the links to human industrial activity. Yet, there is often little agreement about what should be done. This week’s authors put the politics of climate change and climate change negotiation in the context of two interrelated conflicts: the first between capitalism and the environment and the second the conflict between the global North and Global South. With this in mind, what, if anything can be done to promote action on climate change between states and between other actors, including individuals and MNCs?
    1. This changes everything: capitalism vs. the climate - Naomi Klein 2014

      Book  See: pp. 1-28, available online.

    2. Suggested Reading 10 items
      1. The environment and international relations - Kate O'Neill, Cambridge Books Online 2009

        Book  See: pp. 1-23.

      2. Advances in international environmental politics - Michele M. Betsill, Kathryn Hochstetler, Dimitris Stevis 2014

        Book  1st edition also available from the library at http://encore.lib.gla.ac.uk/iii/encore/record/C__Rb2860265 .

      3. Oil and honey - Bill McKibben 2014

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  11. Week 9: Why are some people better off than others? 13 items
    Global economics has always been a core aspect of international politics. Yet in light of the slow recovery and reverberations from the 2008 crisis, questions about poverty and inequality have regained attention. What are the sources of inequality? Why is inequality increasing both within and between many countries? What are its political consequences?
    1. Global politics: a new introduction 2014

      Book  See: Cammack, P., 'Why are Some People Better off than Others?', pp. 405-428.

    2. Capital in the twenty-first century - Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer 2014

      Book  See: Piketty, T., 'Introduction'.

    3. Suggested Reading 11 items
      1. Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2014 - Chris Belfied, Jonathan Cribb, Andrew Hood, Robert Joyce 2014

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      2. Fighting poverty in the US and Europe: a world of difference - Alberto Alesina, Edward L. Glaeser 2004 (electronic resource)

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      3. Unequal democracy: the political economy of the new gilded age - Larry M. Bartels c2008

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      4. Global inequality: patterns and explanations - David Held, Ayse Kaya 2007

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      5. Why globalization works - Martin Wolf 2005, c2004

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  12. Week 10: How is increased migration changing world politics? 10 items
    People have always been on the move, yet globalization has ‘shrunk’ the world and made it much easier for more people to move than ever before. How and why has immigration become the major political issue that it has? What are the various ways in which migrants have been characterized in current debates, and what are the policy consequences of these?
    1. Suggested Readings 8 items
      1. Gender matters in global politics: a feminist introduction to international relations - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2015

        Book  See: Pettman, J., and Hall, L., 'Migration', pp. 285-297.

      2. The figure of the migrant - Thomas Nail 2015

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      3. The visual dehumanisation of refugees - Roland Bleiker, David Campbell, Emma Hutchison, Xzarina Nicholson 12/2013

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  13. Week 11: Does pop culture affect how we think about world politics? 16 items
    To what extent is popular culture influential in shaping public views about politics? Or, is the public largely immune from such influence? Although not usually seen as ‘political’, how might popular culture influence political perceptions?
    1. Global politics: a new introduction 2014

      Book  See: Lisle, D., 'How do we find out what’s going on in the world?'.

    2. Popular culture and world politics: theories, methods, pedagogies 2015

      Book  See:Weldes, J. and Rowley, C., 'So, How *does* Popular Culture Relate to World Politics?' Also available via publisher's website at http://www.e-ir.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Pop-Culture-and-World-Politics-E-IR.pdf .

    3. Suggested Readings 14 items
      1. Foreign policy: theories, actors, cases 2016

        Book  See: Robinson, P., The role of media and public opinion, available online.

      2. Reel bad Arabs: how Hollywood vilifies a people - Sut Jhally, Jeremy Earp, Jack G. Shaheen, Media Education Foundation c2006 (videorecording)

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      3. Art/museums: international relations where we least expect it - Christine Sylvester c2009

        Book  See: Introduction, Chapter 1

      4. Aesthetics and world politics - Roland Bleiker 2012

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      5. Harry Potter and international relations - Daniel H. Nexon, Iver B. Neumann c2006

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