Global Problems, Power, and Politics 

Plymouth State University 
Sheryl Shirley, 
Professor

WEB LINK READINGS (WL):

 How the UN Works 
 Universal Declaration of Human  Rights
                CEDAW and
               
International Criminal Court at a Glance  
 The WTO in Brief: Parts 1-4
What is the World Bank? and  The IMF at a Glance
 

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CRITICAL THINKING EXERCISES AND PRESENTATIONS
 

October 7 CRITICAL THINKING EXERCISE (Informal- ALL participate) "Counterterrorism Strategies: do we need bombs over bridges?"

Required Reading:
See: Moodle Course Resources (Reserve Article):
"Counterterrorism Strategies: do we need bombs over bridges?"

Yes:  Michael Rubin, "More Creative Military Strategies are Needed"
No: Brigitte L. Nacos, "There is a Need to Focus More on Building Bridges"

Additional Sources:
Federation of American Scientists
Seth Jones' "Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan" 

"Counterinsurgency Field Manual" in Small Wars Journal
 Rethink Afghanistan

October 21
CRITICAL THINKING PRESENTATION
"Should the United States Support the International Criminal Court?"

Yes: William L. Nash,  "The International Criminal Court and the Deployment of US Forces"
No: John Bolton,  "American Foreign Policy and the ICC"

Additional Sources:

International Criminal Court
Rome Statute
UN: International Law
United States Constitution  
Rwanda Tribunal
US Department of Defense
Find Law
Darfur
 

October 26 CRITICAL THINKING PRESENTATION
"Would the World be More Peaceful if Most Heads of State were Women?"


See: Moodle Course Resources (Reserve Articles)
Yes: "Women and the Evolution of World Politics," Francis Fukuyama, Foreign Affairs, Sept./Oct. 98 Francis Fukuyama, Francis.
No: "Men Hate War, Too, " Barbara Ehrenreich and "Father Knows Best,"
Katha Pollitt,  Foreign Affairs, Jan/Feb. 99

Additional Sources:
Women in Government
Women World Leaders

UNSC Resolution 1325
Women in Politics

Women in Parliament
Quotas
Status of Women States
Global Fund for Women 
Institute for Women's Policy
 



 




 

 November 16  CRITICAL THINKING EXERCISE
"Is Free Trade Good for the Global South?"

Required Reading:
Yes: Mike Moore's "How Trade Impacts Employment"
No: Timothy Wise's  "NAFTA's Untold Stories"

Additional Sources:
Public Citizen

Oxfam  
World Bank
NAFTA
WTO
FTAA
NAFTA at Ten
Mexican Farmworkers
CATO
 

November 23 CRITICAL THINKING PRESENTATION
"Should University Students Mobilize Against Sweatshops?"


Required Reading
See Moodle Course Resources (Reserve Articles)
Yes:  "Progressive Public Relations, Sweatshops and the Net"
Bullert,
B. J.. Political Communication, Oct./Dec. 2000
No: "Corporate Ethics Crusade,"  Ethan Kapstein, Foreign Affairs, Sep./Oct.2001

Additional Sources:
Sweatshop Watch

Global Envision
Worker Rights Consortium
Global Exchange
CATO
WTO

December 7 CRITICAL THINKING PRESENTATION
"Can Business Help to Resolve the World's Water Crisis?
"
Required Reading:
Yes:
Fredrik Segerfeldt, "Water for Sale" (Moodle Course Resources (Reserve Article) 
No: Public Citzen, "Water Privatization Fiasco"

Additional Sources:
Sierra Club

Water Institute
Greens

American Enterprise Institute
 USPIRG
CATO

 

Other Useful Links


The Brookings Institute
Latin American Network Information
National Security Archives
Scholarly Political Science Journals  
From Mad to Nuts
Center for Defense Info. 
Senate Armed Services Committee Hearings
US Department of Defense
Fed. of American Scientists

Critical Thinking Assignment Worksheets:
Individual Worksheet
Group Oral Presentation Form

Newspaper Link:
New York Times
 

 


 

Dr. Sheryl Shirley
Department of Social Sciences
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264
 

This page was updated September 1, 2010