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After reading the assigned chapters (Chapters 24, 25, 27, 29, 31, & 32), answer two of the following questions. Then, reply to three classmates’ threads.

Questions:

      1. How has globalization affected environmental change? What does regime theory tell us about global environmental cooperation?
      2. How might the idea of ‘common but differentiated responsibilities’ in relation to climate change be viewed differently by the different international relations theories? What would realists argue that this demonstrates in comparison to what a liberal might argue?
      3. What is the history of terrorism? Why should we learn about it? What are the five areas in which globalization has improved the capabilities of terrorist groups? What are the limitations?
      4. Is nationalism a cause or consequence of the nation-state? What role did nationalism play in forming nation-states? What kind of nation-states? What was the relationship between nationalism and decolonization in the twentieth century?
      5. How do processes of globalization change our conceptions of nationalism? Also, does nationalism help or hinder international order?
      6. Why has IR traditionally omitted concerns of poverty, development, and hunger? What might be a Marxist or dependency theory account of the causes of poverty? Do you agree?
      7. What does the concept of the ‘global South’ add to our understanding? What are the implications of uneven development for theoretical approaches to IR and IPE, particularly world systems theory?
      8. Have institutions associated with structural adjustment policies been more of a success or failure? What theoretical assumptions motivate your answer?
      9. Which theory of international politics best accounts for the emergence of an international human rights regime? How do Liberalism, Marxism, Realism, and Social constructivism explain the concept of human rights in world politics?
      10. With reference to the chapter, assess the multilateral, bilateral and NGO human rights regimes. Which do you find most convincing and why?
      11. Why do states intervene in some humanitarian crises and not others? Outline the key objections to legitimizing humanitarian intervention. What are the responses to these objections? How sound are the arguments on both sides?
      12. What are the strengths and weaknesses of non-forcible humanitarian intervention approach? Does it offer a ‘third option’? How might the rules of international law and the institutions that uphold them (i.e., the UN), be reformed to prevent the horrors of Rwanda and other similar tragedies
      13. Threaded Discussion Requirements:
        • You are required to answer two of my questions, thus starting two new discussion threads for other students to reply.
            • Each answer to my questions should be in at least 300 words, totaling 600 words for both answers.
              • Greetings or compliments will not be counted toward the length requirement of each thread.
            • Each answer should be posted separately.
              • Thus, you should have two separate threads for each discussion.
            • Both answers to my questions should be posted by no later than Friday of the discussion week.
              • This is done to provide you sufficient time to reply to your classmates’ answers.
        • You are required to use the textbook as the primary course of information.
            • External source may be used to enrich your responses; however, such use should be secondary.
            • Your answers should demonstrate to me that you have both engaged and critically thought about the readings.
        • You are required to reply to at least three other students’ discussion threads.
            • Each reply to your classmates’ threads should be in at least 100 words, totaling at least 300 words for all three replies.
              • Each reply should be substantial and discuss related ideas or concepts
              • Greetings or compliments will not be counted toward the length requirement of each thread or reply.
        • You are required to provide in-text citations and references in the 6th edition of the APA writing format.
            • In-text citations for the textbooks or any other source of information should include (1) the author last name(s), (2) publication year, and (3) page number (s)., i.e. (Baylis, Smith, & Owens, 2014, p. 37).
            • Plagiarism will not be tolerated.

                • I will frequently put suspicious discussions through Turnitin.
                • Students with plagiarized discussions will automatically receive a failing grade (FF) for the course.

              Use the following Grading Rubric for guidance with your discussion.

              90-100 80-89 70-79 60-69 Below 60
              The discussion does everything in the B, and it shows a synthesis of the topic with the concepts from international relations. The discussion does everything in the C but includes original evaluation of the material and makes nearly all of the main points from the course material. The discussion is organized, references course material, and includes well-thought ideas.The discussion addresses all the assignment questions/topics.The discussion provides in-text citations and references Some thoughts are related to the topic and some course material is mentioned or alluded to. There appears to be an attempt at structure and organization.The discussion does not address all the assignment questions/topics.The discussion is missing in-text citations and/or references. The discussion shows little effort, poor organization, and no incorporation of course material.
              Thoughts are incomplete and not always relevant to the topic.The discussion does not address the assignment questions/topics.The discussion misses in-text citations and/or references.

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GEA1_Reading Response Paper

Read the following article:

Catherine Hodge McCoid and Leroy D. McDermott, “Toward Decolonizing Gender: Female Vision in the Upper Paleolithic,” American Anthropologist 98, no. 2 (June 1996): 319-326

Write a response paper (500-word minimum to 800-word maximum) in which you do the following:

As you read the article, see if the authors provide compelling evidence to support their arguments. You should note that other scholars present different claims regarding the same facts or hypothesis. Think about Dr. Brekka’s lectures in Module 1 of this course concerning the same objects. Next, determine credibility. To determine whether or not the authors are credible:

  1. Search the authors’ names for institutional affiliation
  2. Search the journal/publication title for indications of authority using the parameters for credibility you would associate with scholarly/academic institutions (versus, for example, tabloid newspapers or political blogs)
  3. Examine the date of publication and whether or not the research is so old that public opinion today stands radically in opposition to ideas presented by the authors

Once you have determined credibility, address the following: Do the authors follow through on the arguments presented in their thesis statement? After you’ve read all the article, critically compare and contrast the various arguments presented within the article; ask yourself: What elements of the argument(s) presented is the most compelling? How and why?—defend your point of view (your argument). Use specific examples to back up your claims. Do the authors appear to have any biases that would unfairly prejudice their research? Next, how do the claims presented relate to our course material? Specifically, how do the author’s claims impact global cultural interrelationships and interdependencies related to visual culture? Finally, how might these claims impact our worldview from an art historical perspective? Address all these questions in your response. This is a critical response, NOT a summary of the article you’ve read. Your response should be critically engaged. Do not generalize or summarize. Provide specific examples from the article to support your point of view.

Avoid numerous or long direct quotes. If you do quote or paraphrase, be sure to cite your source. You should always cite your sources for anything you write, every time. To not do so constitutes plagiarism. A reading response paper doesn’t typically include multiple outside sources (this is not a research paper)—unless you want to use outside sources, which is fine too. The best format for a reading response paper is to follow the format for in-text citation for Chicago style guide, thus:

Blah blah blah blah “blah blah blah” (Hodge and McDermott, 324). Blah blah blah. . .

No need for footnotes or endnotes unless you want to use them. Always provide the full article information in your introductory paragraph (author, article title, journal title, volume, date, pages)–exactly as shown about at article link; this is a good approach as it also introduces the subject of your paper. You reader needs to know exactly where your article came from.

Your paper should be formatted in a clear way using paragraphs, with an introduction, body and conclusion.

Be sure to have a look at the rubric criteria, below, for which you will be assessed. Once your paper has been graded, please read the helpful comments and feedback you’ll find embedded in the rubric. All point deductions will be justified with grader comments. Additional grader feedback may also be provided in the text box below your grade.

  • Your paper should be a Word doc or pdf only; 12 point font, double-space, 1″ margins

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GUIDELINES for answering your First Book of Choice discussion questions (using books listed as required – NOT Vaughn’s E-BOOK).  You can use Dobson’s Environmental Politics: A Very Short Introduction, Global Ecopolitics, or Solved). These questions are mandatory and meant to make you think about your responses — but have some fun at it too by being as creative as you wish. YOU CAN USE YOUR BOOK from your Book Critique for this question if you wish but not for both Discussion Question Assignment’s 1 and 2 (separate assignments). 

You do not need to read the entire book, since you can choose an environmental theme, problem or even what seems to be a “solution” to an environmental issue.  

1) Share your critique, for example, of a problem and, if any “solution” listed in the book. This could be in another book too, per above in your list of course books. … pick 1 possible solution to the from your book (it could be one of your favorite solutions/themes or one you don’t care for, etc. – playing devil’s advocate) and state why you favor (or not) this “solution.” Again, make this creative, and I leave that up to you since you have many many choice of how to work through this assignment. There are no wrong answers here. This is an exercise in critical thinking. Hope you enjoy it!

— What are the main strengths and any weaknesses of this solution? 

— State whatever else you want to in order to support your argument. 

— You just need to make sure you write at least 350 words and, yes, you may write more but it is not necessary.  

— Reply to another student’s post and comment on their “solution” … be respectful and there is set minimum word count here. Just a couple sentences will do.  Write more if you wish and you want your fellow student to consider your suggestions/critique!!!you must have access to one of the books: 

“Global Ecopolitics” by Peter Stoett, ISBN: 97814875878955.

“Solved” by David Miller, ISBN: 978148750682 

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After reading the following assigned chapters (Chapters 20-23), answer two of the following questions. Then, reply to three classmates’ threads.

Questions:

  1. What, in your view, are the main limitations of IO’s in world politics? Use the four theories mentioned in the chapter to discuss why IOs are established.
  2. Are IOs merely an expression of power politics among the dominant states in international politics? If so, how and why? Discuss, giving examples.
  3. What are transnational actors and what are the different types of them?  Also, how do transnational actors affect the sovereignty of governments, and how do NGOs exercise influence in global politics. 
  4. Why is linking terrorism with globalization so difficult to do theoretically? Also, given that terrorism has been both a transnational and a global phenomenon, why has it not been more successful in affecting change? 
  5. Describe the historical origins of the UN and their significance. How has the UN challenged state sovereignty? In what ways is it complementary to sovereignty?
  6. How has the concept of security, in personal, societal, and international life, changed as a result of globalized terrorism–and how will it change in the future? What are the challenges that the international community faces today? Please, discuss.
  7. What is regionalism and what are the types of regional cooperation? Also, how is regional cooperation different from regional integration. Please, explain.
  8. What are the factors that hinder regional cooperation and/or integration? Also, what are some main similarities and differences of regional cooperation/integration across the world? 
  9. What are the arguments for and against the supranational approach to integration? How has globalization contributed to and been a response to regional integration? Make reference to at least two examples.

Threaded Discussion Requirements:

  • You are required to answer two of my questions, thus starting two new discussion threads for other students to reply. 
  • Each answer to my questions should be in at least 300 words, totaling 600 words for both answers.
    • Greetings or compliments will not be counted toward the length requirement of each thread. 
  • Each answer should be posted separately.
    • Thus, you should have two separate threads for each discussion.
  • Both answers to my questions should be posted by no later than Friday of the discussion week.
    • This is done to provide you sufficient time to reply to your classmates’ answers.
  • You are required to use the textbook as the primary course of information.
  • External source may be used to enrich your responses; however, such use should be secondary.
  • Your answers should demonstrate to me that you have both engaged and critically thought about the readings.
  • You are required to reply to at least three other students’ discussion threads.
  • Each reply to your classmates’ threads should be in at least 100 words, totaling at least 300 words for all three replies.
    • Each reply should be substantial and discuss related ideas or concepts
    • Greetings or compliments will not be counted toward the length requirement of each thread or reply.  
  • You are required to provide in-text citations and references in the 6th edition of the APA writing format. 
  • In-text citations for the textbooks or any other source of information should include (1) the author last name(s), (2) publication year, and (3) page number (s)., i.e. (Baylis, Smith, & Owens, 2014, p. 37).
  • See the videos below for additional help with the 6th edition of the APA format.

POST 1

To begin, The United Nations (UN) was formed after the Second World War and “reflected the hope for a just and peaceful global community” (Baylis, Smith & Owens, 2017, p.322). To be more specific, the UN was created on October 24th, 1945. Joining members had to accept agreements of the United Nations Charter, a treaty; laying out the main principles of international relations and as we know, world politics. At the time, the UN consisted of 51 countries whose governments acted against the German and Japanese military in the second world war. According to the UN website in 2021, there are 193 countries that make up the UN (About us, n.d.). The significance of the historical origins of the UN is that it reflected the want for peace among a majority of states around the world following the devastating effects and casualties of the world war. The UN has challenged state sovereignty because “the relationship between state sovereignty and the protection of the needs and interests of people has not been fully resolved” (Baylis, Smith & Owens, 2017, p.332). Furthermore, the meaning of sovereignty and the perspective of the term by different theoretical positions limit the UN’s actions. The UN is complementary to state sovereignty in many ways, especially after the promotion of decolonization. Following diminishing concerns over the cold war, members within the UN did not want to question the sovereignty of states. Furthermore, decolonization put individual statehood over international justice. On page 337 the textbook states “The UN had elevated the right to statehood above any tests of viability, such as the existence of a nation adequate economic performance, defensibility, or a prospect for achieving justice for citizens” (Baylis, Smith & Owens, 2017, p.337). From the above quote, it is clear that the UN promoted the actions of a state acting for self-governance.

POST 2

7. What is regionalism and what are the types of regional cooperation? Also, how is regional cooperation different from regional integration. Please, explain.

Regionalism, as defined in the textbook, is the “development of institutionalized cooperation among states and other actors on the basis of regional contiguity as a feature of the international system” (Baylis, Smith, & Owens, 2014, p. 478). The word “region” itself can refer to specific territories found within a state or it can refer to a specific area that consists of multiple states. Due to the flexibility of this term, regionalism has been making its way into conversations of international relations and has started to essentially challenge the traditional views of states (Baylis, Smith, & Owens, 2014, p. 320). Since regionalism covers so many topics, it can be broken down into two subcategories: regional cooperation and regional integration. Regional cooperation can then be broken down into several different types. The first is functional cooperation, which refers to the agreements made among different states that address areas, such as health and transportation, that they plan on working together on. Then there is economic cooperation, which refers to the agreements among states that focus on “…commercial preferentialism, but with no harmonization of domestic rules nor any obligation for common action in international affairs” (Baylis, Smith, & Owens, 2014, p. 320). Next is political cooperation, which addresses the support countries offer to other countries regarding the way in which their practices are applied to their own countries. Finally, foreign and security policy cooperation addresses how “…governments systematically inform and consult each other, try to adopt common positions in international organizations, and may even implement joint actions elsewhere” (Baylis, Smith, & Owens, 2014, p. 320). Regional cooperation differs from regional integration in the sense that regional cooperation takes on multiple forms while regional integration “…refers to processes by which states go beyond the removal of obstacles to interaction among their countries to create a regional space subject to some distinct common rules” (Baylis, Smith, & Owens, 2014, p. 320). Although both cooperation and integration address similar topics, the general focuses of the two differ. For example, regional cooperation, as previously stated, addresses economics by focusing on commercial preferentialism while not enforcing any form of obligation for common rules with respect to international affairs. On the other hand, regional integration addresses economics by focusing on several different aspects, “free trade area, customs union, common market, and economic and monetary union”, and the way in which different states share commonalities with regard to these economic ambitions since integration revolves around the establishment of common rules. (Baylis, Smith, & Owens, 2014, p. 320).

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Your rough draft should include, at minimum:

  • Three full pages of organized, coherent text–use formal, college-level writing
  • Your topic proposal will become your paper’s introduction, the first paragraph of your paper/rough draft
  • A 2-prong thesis statement (your research questions become statements: “Why did the ancient Chinese use bells in graves” becomes “This research will show why the ancient Chinese used bells in graves”)
  • Your thesis statement should be located at the end of your first paragraph/introduction
  • Underline your thesis statement
  • A picture of your artwork with label: artist (if known), title, date, culture or location (from your topic proposal)
  • Bibliography (from your topic proposal)
  • chicago style

Rough draft upload requirements:

  • Word doc with 1″ margins
  • 12 point font
  • Text should be double-spaced with no additional spaces between paragraphs
  • First sentence of paragraph should be indented
  • Chicago Manual of Style for citations and bibliography
  • Your paper should constitute your original ideas/arguments associated with your work of art

Be sure your thesis statement is underlined.

Student will create a 1500-word research paper based on the art object or monument selected from one of the global (non-Western) chapters in the Gardner’s textbook relevant to the time period covered in this class (30,000 BCE to 1300 CE).

This final, revised paper will represent the second revised and expanded version of the paper you have been working on over the past several modules. As such, this paper should be well written using college-level English and nearly error free. See grading rubric below for criteria regarding grammar, spelling, word use, rhetorical style and paper format. The research questions submitted with the topic proposal for this project should be commuted here to a well-researched thesis statement. Papers should address questions formulated from information gaps in Gardner’s or provide a reexamination of existing, possibly conflicting, published data on the topic. Students will be expected to critically apply concepts, vocabulary, content, themes and methodologies relevant to global art history, as assimilated in class lectures. This final project should reflect the culmination of critical communication, process writing, global concepts, art history methodologies and information and data literacy techniques acquired by the student over the course of the semester.

Avoid numerous or long direct quotes. If you do quote or paraphrase, be sure to cite your source. You should always cite your sources for anything you write, every time. To not do so constitutes plagiarism. Your bibliography should include credible, authoritative sources, as vetted in the earlier bibliography assignment keyed to this project. Whenever relevant, critically compare and contrast opposing claims by other authors who have published research on your topic. Includes footnote or endnotes and a bibliography. Follow the Chicago Style Guide, provided. Your paper should be formatted in a clear way with introduction, body and conclusion. As an art history paper, include photographs of art works discussed, properly labeled with artist, title and date. Photographs should be labeled figure 1, figure 2, etc. and referenced as such in the body of your paper: eg., “As seen in figure 2, . . . “

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After reading Chapter 6 (Nondemocratic Regimes), answer separately in your own words (paraphrasing when needed) two of the following questions. Then,reply to three classmates’ threads.

Questions:

    1. What is the link between civil society and populism in nondemocratic systems? Is the presence of a strong civil society always democratic?
    2. What is co-optation? How do nondemocratic regimes achieve political control through co-optation?
    3. What are the five forms of nondemocratic rule and what is each one’s preferred method of control? In recent years, are nondemocratic regimes retreating or retrenching? Why?
    4. How is totalitarianism different from other forms of nondemocratic rule? Why have some scholars suggested that the concept of totalitarianism be abandoned in comparative politics?

Threaded Discussion Requirements:

  • You are required to answer two of my questions, thus starting two new discussion threads for other students to reply.
      • Each answer to my questions should be in at least 300 words, totaling 600 words for both answers.
        • Greetings or compliments will not be counted toward the length requirement of each thread.
      • Each answer should be posted separately.
        • Thus, you should have two separate threads for each discussion.
      • Both answers to my questions should be posted by no later than Friday of the discussion week.
        • This is done to provide you sufficient time to reply to your classmates’ answers.
  • You are required to use the textbook as the primary course of information.
      • External source may be used to enrich your responses; however, such use should be secondary.
      • Your answers should demonstrate to me that you have both engaged and critically thought about the readings.
  • You are required to reply to at least three other students’ main responses-threads.
      • Each reply to your classmates’ threads should be in at least 100 words, totaling at least 300 words for all three replies.
        • Each reply should be substantial and discuss related ideas or concepts
        • Greetings or compliments will not be counted toward the length requirement of each thread or reply.
  • You are required to provide in-text citations and references in the 6th edition of the APA writing format.
  • Have to have access to the book below
  • O’Neil, Patrick H. 2017. Essentials of Comparative Politics. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company (ISBN-13: 978-0393624588)

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Reflect

Respond to all of the following questions in a 5-page Reflection Journal to Canvas under “Service Learning Experience” by the due date in the syllabus.

o Describe your initial expectations on researching your chosen service organization.

o What specific disciplinary skills (i.e. skills learned in your major) could you apply to your chosen service organization?

o Write about your thoughts and feelings on researching the service organization and how you might contribute your time in the future to support the goals of the service organization and/or allow you to make a difference in the community.

o Based on the knowledge gained in researching your chosen service organization and concepts taught in this class on developing a mission and vision, draft a new and improved mission and vision statement for the organization. You should include not only the new mission and vision but also an appropriate rationale for the mission and vision including elements of the organization as well as required elements needed in a well written mission and vision statement.

o Share the new mission and vision statement you created with at least two other people capable of giving you feedback on the soundness of your new mission and vision (fellow student, volunteer, or non-profit employee, etc.). After getting feedback from the first person, revise the mission and vision statements to accommodate the new ideas or suggestions. Do this again with the second person. Document the feedback received and how you revised the statements each time. In other words, you must complete two rounds of sharing and revising your mission and vision statement. Make sure you explain what advice you followed (and why) and what advice you felt didn’t warrant changes (and why).

o Based on your research of the organization and in drafting the vision and mission explain how you might recommend that the organization expand the diversity of those it serves while achieving its mission. Identify diverse constituencies that might benefit from the organization’s services or with whom it could collaborate to extend its mission.

o Based on your research, what ethical dilemmas do you think can arise in non-profit organizations?

o What is required to be a good ethical leader in a non-profit organization?

o Examine how this service learning research required different business skills and knowledge than the assignment related to the strategic management project.

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After reading the assigned chapters (Intro. and Chs. 1-3, & 5), answer two of the following questions. Then, reply to three classmates’ threads.

Questions:

  1. What is the difference between international politics and world politics? Discuss also the main principles of liberalism, realism, constructivism, and Marxism.
  2. What are the arguments in favor of and against globalization? What are some major characteristics of the Westphalian and post-Westphalian orders and how do they relate to globalization? 
  3. What do you understand by the unipolar moment? Should Russia and China be seen as a threat to the West? Can they remain peaceful. Please, explain.
  4. Excluding globalization, what were the most important changes in the idea of international order? Has much changed at all? Is “international order” just a cover for power politics? Why or why not?
  5. What brought about the Cold War? What were the differences between the reasons the US became involved in Korea and the reasons for its involvement in Vietnam?
  6. Do today’s emerging powers mean the end of the Third World? Are China and India great powers and how does the former challenge the existing international order? Please, explain.

Threaded Discussion Requirements:

  • You are required to answer two of my questions, thus starting two new discussion threads for other students to reply. 
  • Each answer to my questions should be in at least 300 words, totaling 600 words for both answers.
    • Greetings or compliments will not be counted toward the length requirement of each thread. 
  • Each answer should be posted separately.
    • Thus, you should have two separate threads for each discussion.
  • You are required to use the textbook as the primary course of information.
  • External source may be used to enrich your responses; however, such use should be secondary.
  • Your answers should demonstrate to me that you have both engaged and critically thought about the readings.
  • You are required to reply to at least three other students’ discussion threads.
  • Each reply to your classmates’ threads should be in at least 100 words, totaling at least 300 words for all three replies.
    • Each reply should be substantial and discuss related ideas or concepts
    • Greetings or compliments will not be counted toward the length requirement of each thread or reply.  

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