Political Science

Course Dates: Sept. – Dec. 2017

Dr. Michael Dartnell University Partnership Centre

Georgian College Online Course Via Blackboard Office: C310E. Office hrs.: by appointment. E-Mail: Michael.Dartnell@GeorgianCollege.ca This course looks at international politics in relation to media and frames this relationship as fundamental to how global politics function and are perceived. The term “media” is broadly defined in the course and can include the Internet and portable devices, radio, books, television, painting, photography and other practices. The focus is an examination of the ways in which we get information about international politics and asking “how we know” about events that occur at a distance. The approach used here is historical and examines how media have been used in conflict from (mainly Western) antiquity to the present-day. Class discussion concentrates on how persuasion and ideas have been used in politics in the past and today with any eye to pinpointing differences and similarities between types of issues and successes/failures. The online version of this course is delivered via Blackboard. Some of the assignments and interactions have been modified to suit the medium. Students will achieve the same learning outcomes and objectives in the online and in-class versions of this course. The normal course week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. The course outline and a brief introduction will be available on Sept. 6 and the discussions on Monday, Sept. 11.

Evaluation and Grades

Blog assignment (date to be determined) 20% Mid-term examination (week of Oct. 16-23) 25% Discussion board (each week from Sept. 11 to Dec. 4) 15% Online Symposium (week of Dec. 4-11) 10% Final exam (week of Dec. 11-18) 30% “A” (80%-100%) grades indicate excellent work, superior knowledge of a subject area or outstanding presentation of material (i.e.: fully researched, strong grasp of subject matter and articulate critical perspective). “B” (70%-79%) indicates high or very good level with room to improve in some or all areas. “C” (60%-69%) indicates adequate performance and need for serious concentration on improvement. “D” (50%-59%) indicates poor performance, inadequate knowledge

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and substandard presentation. “D” signals need for urgent attention to performance. “F” (below 50%) is failure and applies to non-completion of assignments or entirely inadequate performance. In this course, “A” and “F” are rare since entirely excellent or disastrous performances are difficult to achieve. In all assignments, the goal is excellence. Achieving excellence is demonstrating knowledge of area literature, ability to use terms and concepts introduced in the course, articulation of a substantively critical perspective, and strong oral and written expression.

Blog assignment

The blog assignment is an opportunity to present your thoughts and ideas on a theme in politics that interests you. Using the blogging tool in Blackboard, you can choose to blog on an internationally-related topic of your choice. In your blog, you will identify an issue, explain why or how it is relevant to international politics, and outline why raising the issue in a course is important. You need to make your case in 500 – 750 words. Links and images can be used, but will not enhance your grade, which is focused on your writing. The blog should include three (3) questions for thought or reflection that are raised by the issue you identify. Due Date: Individual blog due dates will be scheduled and posted on the BB “Announcements” page after the second week of the course.

Mid-term Exam

A mid-term exam worth 25% of your final grade will be held during the week of Oct. 16-23, 2017. Students can expect an essay-format exam that allows them to discuss the themes in the course. The exam will cover all materials discussed online and covered in the course readings until that date. Date: Week of Oct. 16-23, 2017.

Discussion Board

The Discussion Board is how you integrate the course theory with your own thinking. The activity is worth 15% of your final grade and provides an opportunity to test out your understanding of materials and issues on an on-going (weekly) basis. Located at the bottom of weekly folders, you will find a link to the discussion board. Each week features several questions from which you can choose. Select only one question. After reflection, post a message of 150-300 words in which you explain your own perspective on the topic with reference to the weekly notes and readings. Your post should be thoughtful, highlight your abilities for critical thinking, and provide credible evidence to support your opinions (using the online resources provided below is one way to provide credible comments). Posting videos from Youtube or articles from other sources is not acceptable for this assignment.

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In addition, you are required to read some of your classmates’ discussion postings and reply to one of them in a thoughtful way (50-100 words). A statement of simple agreement or any evaluator comment is not an adequate reply. The discussion board and questions will become available for you each week. Do not attempt to race ahead of the week and be careful not to fall behind. BB records your login times. By sharing our interests in this way, we are creating a collective learning experience that will extend beyond the online classroom by sparking broader interest or debate. Date: ongoing each week from Sept. 11 to Dec. 4, 2017.

Online Symposium

In the last week of the course, you must post one message for the Online Symposium in the portal provided in the last week of notes. Your post must include the following: 1) state whether you participated in all discussion board sessions (if not, state which ones you missed and explain why it was missed); 2) state whether all of your discussion board contributions were over 150 words (and if they were not, explain why); 3) provide evidence that your posts displayed thoughtfulness, critical thinking, either supported or refuted select course ideas, and used credible sources and citations. You can do this by copying and pasting one example from one of your posts as an illustration (be sure to include the week number of the original post). Choose your best post. 4) state whether you responded to at least one classmate’s post for each week of the discussion board posts (and explain why you did not if you did not). Show one example of a reply to a classmate. By answering the above questions, you are building an argument for your grade. Your responses will be reviewed with reference to your posts in BB using the discussion board. Date: week of Dec. 4-11, 2017

Final Exam

The final exam is worth 30% of your final grade and will be held online during the week of Dec. 11-18, 2017. During this week, students can individually select a three-hour window that best suits them. The final exam will have essay-format questions that allow discussion of the themes in the course. The exam will cover all materials discussed in the course and readings. Exam: week of Dec. 11-18, 2017.

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No late assignments will be accepted.

* If it is not clear to you what is expected in the online symposium, bibliography assignment, blog or exams, please contact me directly by email. Do not wait until the

day on which the assignment is due (or the evening before)!

Note that all students are responsible for logging into BB. A doctor’s note or acceptable evidence of your inability to login is required for more than two (2) missed weeks.

Missing weeks without acceptable evidence will result in a grade reduction. Note that many assignments are linked to the weeks of the course.

Course Text

The course text is a mandatory part of the course. You will need to have the book in order to participate on the Discussion Board as well as write the mid-term and final exams, which together account for 70% of your grade. Taylor, Philip M. Munitions of the Mind: A History of Propaganda from the Ancient World to the Present Day (Manchester University Press, 2003). Additional required readings may be added during the term at my discretion. Also Recommended: Alleyne, Mark D. Global Lies? : Propaganda, the UN and World Order (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). Arndt, Richard J. The First Resort Of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy In The Twentieth Century (Potomac Books, 2005). Baum, Matthew. Soft News Goes to War: Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy in the New Media Age (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2003). Melissen, Jan. The New Public Diplomacy : Soft Power in International Relations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). Riordan, Shaun. The New Diplomacy (Polity Press, 2002). Rugh, William A. Engaging the Arab and Islamic Worlds Through Public Diplomacy (The Public Diplomacy Council, 2004). Rutherford, Paul. Weapons of Mass Persuasion: Marketing the War Against Iraq (University of Toronto Press, 2004). Taleb, B.A. The Bewildered Herd: Media Coverage of International Conflicts & Public Opinion (iUniverse, Inc., 2004). Online resources: Political Science and Social Science American Political Science Association (APSA), <http://www.apsanet.org/>. Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA), <http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca/>. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, <http://www.ceip.org/>. Federation of American Scientists, <http://www.fas.org/> Institute for Social Research (University of Michigan), <http://www.isr.umich.edu/>.

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International Association of Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST), <http://datalib.library.ualberta.ca/iassist/>. International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), <http://www.irex.org/>. Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, <https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/ICPSR/index.html>. Political Resources on the Net, <http://www.politicalresources.net/>. Research Resources in the Social Sciences, <http://www.researchresources.net/>. Social Science Data Archives – Europe, <http://www.nsd.uib.no/nsd/english/index.html>. Social Science Information Gateway (SOSIG), <http://sosig.esrc.bris.ac.uk/>. Social Science Virtual Library, <http://www.dialogical.net/socialsciences/index.html>. The WWW Virtual Library – International Affairs Resources, <http://www.etown.edu/vl/intldev.html>. Media BBC News, <http://news.bbc.co.uk>. CBC News, < http://www.cbc.ca/news/>. The Financial Times, <http://www.ft.com/>. France 2, <http://www.france2.fr>. The Globe and Mail, <http://www.globeandmail.ca/>. The Guardian, <http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk>. Irish Times, <http://www.ireland.com/>. Libération, <http://www.liberation.com> Le Monde, <http://www.lemonde.fr/>. New York Times, <http://www.nytimes.com/>. Radio Canada, <http://www.radio-canada.ca/>. The Times (London), <http://www.the-times.co.uk/>. Wall Street Journal, <http://update.wsj.com>. Governments (foreign affairs) Canadian Department Foreign Affairs and International Trade, <http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/>. Brazilian Ministry of External Relations, <http://www.mre.gov.br/ingles/index.htm>. British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, <http://www.fco.gov.uk>. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, <http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/default.htm>. French Foreign Ministry (Ministère des Affaires étrangères), <http://www.france.diplomatie.fr>. German Federal Foreign Office, <http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/>. Indian Ministry of External Affairs, <http://meaindia.nic.in/imihome.htm>. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, <http://www.mid.ru/>. South African Dept. of Foreign Affairs, <http://www.dfa.gov.za/>. US Department of State, <http://www.state.gov/>. International and Regional Organizations Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), <http://www.apecsec.org.sg/>.

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Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), <http://www.asean.or.id/>. CARICOM (Caribbean Community), <http://www.caricom.org/>. The European Union (EU), <http://europa.eu.int/>. EU institutions and policies: Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), <http://europa.eu.int/pol/cfsp/index_en.htm>. Council of the EU, <http://ue.eu.int/en/summ.htm>. Court of Justice <http://curia.eu.int/en/index.htm>. European Central Bank <http://www.ecb.int/>. European Commission <http://europa.eu.int/comm/index_en.htm>. European Parliament, <http://www.europarl.eu.int/home/default_en.htm>. EU Satellite Centre, <http://www.eusc.org/>. International Labour Organization, <http://www.ilo.org> International Monetary Fund (IMF), <http://www.imf.org/>. NAFTA Secretariat, < http://www.nafta-sec-alena.org/DefaultSite/index.html >. NATO Website, <http://www.nato.int>. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), <http://www.oecd.org>. United Nations, <http://www.un.org> and its institutions: Security Council, <http://www.un.org/Docs/sc/>. Secretary General, <http://www.un.org/News/ossg/sg/index.shtml>. General Assembly, <http://www.un.org/ga/58/>. UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), <http://www.unctad.org/>. UN Dag Hammerskjöld Library <http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/>. UN Documentation – Research Guide <http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/resguide/>. World Bank, <http://www.worldbank.org/>. World Trade Organization, <http://www.wto.org/>. Global Stock Markets Bourse de Paris (Euronext), <http://www.euronext.com/fr/>. Dubai Internationall Financial Exchange, <http://www.difx.ae/>. Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Deutsche Börse Group), <http://deutsche-boerse.com/dbag/dispatch/en/kir/gdb_navigation/home>. Hong Kong Stock Exchange, <http://www.hkex.com.hk/>. Johannesburg Stock Exchange, <http://www.jse.co.za/>. London Stock Exchange, <http://www.londonstockexchange.com/>. Moscow Central Stock Exchange, <http://www.re.ru/>. National Stock Exchange of India, <http://www.nseindia.com/>. New York Stock Exchange, <http://www.nyse.com/>. Singapore Exchange Ltd., <http://www.ses.com.sg/>. Tokyo Stock Exchange, <http://www.tse.or.jp/english/>. Human Rights Issues and Documents Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, <http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/charter/>. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide,

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Approved and proposed for signature and ratification or accession by General Assembly resolution 260 A (III) of 9 December 1948, entry into force 12 January 1951, in accordance with article XIII, <http://www.hrweb.org/legal/genocide.html>. Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, Approved by the National Assembly of France, August 26, 1789, <http://www.hrcr.org/docs/frenchdec.html>. Human Rights Watch, <http://www.hrw.org/>. INCORE guide to Internet sources on Human Rights, <http://www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/cds/themes/humanrights.html>. International Campaign to Ban Landmines, <http://www.icbl.org/>. International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), <http://www.un.org/icty/>. International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, <http://www.ihf-hr.org/>. US Bill of Rights, <http://www.archives.gov/national_archives_experience/charters/bill _of_rights_transcript.html >. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), <http://www.unesco.org>. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), <http://www.unhchr.ch>. UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), <http://www.unhcr.ch/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home>. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948, <http://www.unhchr.ch/udhr/index.htm>. UN Division for the Advancement of Women, <http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/>. Journals and Reviews Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, <http://www.carleton.ca/npsia/cfpj/>. Critique internationale, <http://www.ceri-sciencespo.com/cerifr/publica/critique/criti.htm>. Environmental Politics, <http://www.frankcass.com/jnls/ep.htm>. Foreign Affairs, <http://www.foreignaffairs.org/>. Global Review of Ethnopolitics, <http://www.ethnopolitics.org/>. International Organization, <http://titles.cambridge.org/journals/journal_catalogue.asp?mnemon ic=INO>. International Studies Quarterly, < http://www.isq.unt.edu/>. Journal of Strategic Studies, <http://www.frankcass.com/jnls/jss.htm>. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, < http://www.lse.ac.uk/Depts/intrel/millenn/>. Le Monde diplomatique, <http://www.monde-diplomatique>. New Political Economy, <http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13563467.asp>. Review of International Political Economy, <http://www.susx.ac.uk/Units/IRPol/RIPE/>. Review of International Studies, <http://titles.cambridge.org/journals/journal_catalogue.asp?historyli

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Outline Introduction – Sept. 6 1. Sept. 11 – 18 – War and Persuasion Taylor, Introduction, pp. 1-16. 2. Sept. 18 – 25 – Propaganda in the Ancient World Taylor, Part 1, pp. 19-48.

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Sept. 18, 2017 is the last day to add, drop or withdraw in most programs and courses in order to receive a refund.

3. Sept. 25 – Oct. 2 – Print and Gunpowder Taylor, chaps. 9-11, pp. 87-101. 4. Oct. 2 – 9 – Print and Gunpowder (cont’d) Taylor, chaps. 12-13, pp. 102-116. 5. Oct. 9 – 16 – Print, Gunpowder and Absolutism Taylor, chaps. 14-15, pp. 117-126.

Oct. 16 – 23: Mid-term Exam

Oct. 23 – 27 – Reading Week 6. Oct. 30 – Nov. 6 – Understanding Work and the Digital Economy Film: “Genius of the Modern World: Karl Marx”. <http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4kwc1t>. Article: Ben Tarnoff, “Silicon Valley siphons our data like oil. But the deepest drilling has just begun”, The Guardian, Aug. 23, 2017. < https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/23/silicon-valley-big-data-extraction- amazon-whole-foods-facebook >. 7. Nov. 6 – 13 – Revolution and Persuasion Taylor, chaps. 16-17, pp. 129-144. 8. Nov. 13 – 20 – Persuasion and the Rise of Modernity Taylor, chaps. 18-19, pp. 145-170.

Nov. 15, 2017 is the last day to withdraw from most programs and courses. 9. Nov. 20 – 27 – The “Forgotten” First World War Taylor, chaps. 20-22, pp. 173-197. 10. Nov. 27 – Dec. 4 – Into the Televisual Age Taylor, chaps. 23-24, pp. 208-282. 11. Dec. 4 – 11 – Symposium.

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Final Exam – week of Dec. 11-18, 2017

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