Syllabus for POS-420
CONFLICT IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
In tandem with burgeoning globalization and economic cooperation, modern international relations continue to be characterized by strife and violence, perhaps to an unprecedented degree. Conflict in International Relations examines the sources responsible for international strife and their effect by exploring the dynamics of conflict and aggression among individuals, groups, states, and in the international system. Issues to be studied include the causes of war, politics of revolution and insurgency, the logic of terrorism, and the nuclear predicament – as explained by current and past theorists and practitioners. The latter part of the course reviews possible mechanisms for managing international conflicts and perhaps even reducing them to a minimum.
- Meaning and Definitions of Conflict
- Historical Trends of? Warfare
- Paramount Schools of Thought On War
- Levels of Analysis
- Reasons for Conflict
- Weapons and Strategies
- The Menace of Proliferation
- Guerilla Warfare
- Countering limited warfare
- The Fluid Nature of “Peace”
- The Role of International Organizations (GOs & NGOs)
- Conflict Resolution and Arms Control
- International Law and Cooperation
- Mechanisms for Pursuing Peace
- Human Rights
- The Environment
- Economic Aid
- Conflicts in the Future
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Examine past wars with a new understanding of the meanings of conflict.
- Expand their comprehension of present day political discords.
- Classify struggles in the international arena according to levels of analysis.
- Analyze patterns of convergence among local, state, and international systems responsible for global flashpoints.
- Explain the nature of CBRN Warfare.
- Comprehend the nature of limited warfare.
- Diagnose the prospects for future conflicts.
- Discuss potential alternatives to conflict in the global arena and their possible usefulness.
- Make educated assumptions about the future.
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.
- Barash, David P., and Webel, Charles P. 2009. Peace and Conflict Studies. 2nd Edition. Los Angeles: Sage.
- Betts, Richard K. 2013. Conflict after the Cold War: Arguments on Causes of War and Peace. 4th Edition. New York: Pearson.
- Yungher, Nathan I. 2008. Terrorism: The Bottom Line. 1st Edition. Prentice Hall.
Conflict in International Relations is a three-credit online course, consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2, 4
- Module 2: Causes of War: Who Is to Blame?
Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2, 3, 4
- Module 3: Weapons of Mass Destruction – Thinking the Unthinkable
Course objectives covered in this module: 3, 4, 5, 7
- Module 4: Asymmetrical warfare
Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
- Module 5: Managing Non-Belligerence
Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 3, 4, 7, 8
- Module 6: In Search of Lasting International Peace
Course objectives covered in this module: 8, 9
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete three written assignments, take a proctored midterm examination, and complete a final project. See below for more details.
Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.
You are required to participate in six graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules.
Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussion assignments.
You are required to complete three written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules.
Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website is the written assignment rubric used to aid in the grading of all written assignments.
You are required to take a proctored midterm examinations worth 25 percent of your course grade. This exam requires that you 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 Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures.
The Midterm exam is two hours long and covers material from Modules 1–3 of the course. It consists of 12 multiple choice questions followed by four essay questions.
Statement about Cheating
You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:
- Looking up any answer or part of an answer in an unauthorized textbook or on the Internet, or using any other source to find the answer.
- Copying and pasting or in any way copying responses or parts of responses from any other source into your online test. This includes but is not limited to copying and pasting from other documents or spreadsheets, whether written by yourself or anyone else.
- Plagiarizing answers.
- Asking anyone else to assist you by whatever means available while you take the exam.
- Copying any part of the exam to share with other students.
- Telling your mentor that you need another attempt at the exam because your connection to the Internet was interrupted when that is not true.
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.
Write a research paper of no more than 2,500 words (approximately 10 double-spaced pages). This research paper should:
- explain the origins of the war,
- describe the unfolding of the hostilities,
- delineate its outcome,
- elaborate on the political ramifications in the wake of the conflict, and
- conclude with an assessment whether there could have been a peaceful alternative to armed violence.
See the Final Project area of the course web site for further details.
Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website is the final project rubric used to aid in the grading of the final project.
Turnitin Requirement for Final Project
You are required to submit the final project in this course to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the project within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report) for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.
Read carefully the information found at the following link, as it will provide instructions for this requirement:
Turnitin FAQ Web Page
The course ID and password that you will need in order to create an account may be found at the following link. Look within Step 1, locating your course ID and password by semester.
Course ID and Password by Semester
This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.
Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to Turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.
GRADING AND EVALUATION
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
- Online discussions (6)—12 percent
- Written assignments (3)—33 percent
- Midterm exam (proctored, modules 1–3)—25 percent
- Final project—30 percent
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, etc.).
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
- Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
- Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, how to schedule exams, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State University.
- Arrange to take your examination(s) by following the instructions in this Syllabus and the Online Student Handbook.
- Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
- If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.
Consider the following study tips for success:
- To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the Course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
- Check Announcements regularly for new course information.
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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:
- Gaining or providing unauthorized access to examinations or using unauthorized materials during exam administration
- Submitting credentials that are false or altered in any way
- Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
- Forgery, fabricating information or citations, or falsifying documents
- Submitting the work of another person in whole or in part as your own (including work obtained through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Submitting your own previously used assignments without prior permission from the mentor
- Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others (including making tests, papers, and other course assignments available to other students, either directly or through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Tampering with the academic work of other students
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.
For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Originality Report Checking at Turnitin
Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism
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.
Possible sanctions include:
- Lower or failing grade for an assignment
- Lower or failing grade for the course
- Rescinding credits
- Rescinding certificates or degrees
- Recording academic sanctions on the transcript
- Suspension from the University
- Dismissal from the University
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