Syllabus for POS-420
CONFLICT IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Conflict in International Relations explores the causes and effects of international strife. Students will examine the structure of the international system as well as the dynamics of conflict and aggression among individuals, groups, and states. By examining the work of current and past theorists and practitioners, students will gain insight into the causes of war and peace, the politics of revolution and insurgency, the logic of terrorism, the importance of human rights, and the nuclear predicament. Finally, students will analyze potential mechanisms for managing international conflicts and implementing policies of peace at a global level.
After completing this course, students should be able to:
CO1 Evaluate past wars using contemporary theories of conflict.
CO2 Deconstruct the causes, participants, and effects of present day political discords.
CO3 Assess international struggles according to levels of analysis (individual, state, international).
CO4 Analyze the patterns of convergence among local, state, and international systems responsible for global flashpoints.
CO5 Analyze the meanings and risk of warfare.
CO6 Assess the potential for future global conflicts.
CO7 Recommend alternatives to conflict in the global arena.
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
Conflict in International Relations is a three-credit, online course consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take a proctored midterm examination, and complete a final project. See below for details.
Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.
One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.
You are required to participate in six graded discussion forums. There is also one ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1. A grading rubric for discussion forums can be found within the Evaluation Rubrics folder in Moodle.
You are required to complete five written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. A grading rubric for each of the written assignments can be found within the Evaluation Rubrics folder in Moodle.
For a list of key concepts that may appear on your exam, refer to the study guide available in the Examinations section of the course website.
You are required to take a closed-book, proctored, online midterm examination. For the exam, you are required to use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the Examinations and Proctors section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course website) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.
The midterm exam is two hours long and covers material from Modules 1 through 4 in the course. It is closed-book and contains multiple-choice and essay questions.
You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:
If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.
The final project will consist of two parts: an initial proposal in Week 8 and a final paper due Week 12. You will be selecting and researching a violent conflict within the last 50 years that does not directly involve the United States. Please see the Final Project section of the course for further details and instructions. A grading rubric for each part of the final project can be found within the Evaluation Rubrics folder in Moodle.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
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Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:
Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.
If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)
Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.
Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.
Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.
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Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
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Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.
If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.
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