At Ohio State, I taught Global Politics, an introductory survey of the major issues in International Relations (IR), seven times during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. In Spring 2018, I also taught an upper-level undergraduate course on Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution at Binghamton University.
PLSC 1300: Global Politics
This course draws on an IR perspective to examine the many facets of global politics, including how they are organized and operate. It addresses the key issues around which International Relations revolve, with a special emphasis on the often dramatic ways in which international relationships affect people’s lives on social, political, and economic dimensions.
Each semester begins with an identification the key actors in IR and a discussion of the most prominent theories explaining how they interact. Having identified the actors and established a shared theoretical framework for thinking about their interactions, we explore why conflicts arise among actors. This includes looking at the use of force, coercion, and terrorism and the many institutions designed to manage these conflicts. In the latter half of the semester, we delve further into the complex relationship between between politics, economics, and the environment. We study the many economic and environmental relationships, institutions, and interdependencies that shape international relations. We conclude the semester with lessons on poverty, global inequality, and development, during which we discuss the role of politics in shaping the development, use, and distribution of human, natural, and economic resources across the globe.
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PLSC 486K: Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution
This course examines classic and contemporary perspectives on peace, justice, and conflict resolution. The goal of this course is to explore the major issues and debates in the fields of peace and conflict studies, with an emphasis on methods of conflict prevention and resolution at macro and micro levels. We achieve this goal by discussing the sources of violence and conflict, as well as how violence affects people’s lives on social, political, and economic dimensions; exploring the meaning of peace and justice; and introducing a variety of strategies to achieve peace.
Following an introduction to the fields of peace and conflict studies, this course begins with a discussion of why humans fight, exploring the causes of conflict between individuals, groups, and states. After exploring why conflicts begin, we move on a discussion of how to end them. We cover a multitude of approaches to conflict resolution, including non-violence and pacifism, peacekeeping and peacemaking, and reconciliation and transitional justice.