International Relations
This course presents an introduction to International Relations by looking at the historical background to International relations, the competing theories to explain IR, International Political Economy (IPE)and Development, International Law, and Human rights. Each student will be reporting on an geographic area of the world, and all students will complete a project on the global impact of the tsunami.
Course Materials
Course Documents:




On-line course materials

Rourke Website:

This website has glossary and chapter outlines. You will be responsible for the vocabulary from the text, the glossary is a good resource. Also available on-line will be outside readings to supplement the class.

PDF version of reading assignment/articles

You will have various articles to read so you can be familiar with how academics, politicians and professionals write and think about the issues. You can find eletronic versions of them here.

blank maps to help prepare for quizzes

3d Quarter Project

China/India Summit project


project requirements






Position Papers Due: March 12, 2009

Negotiations: March 12,  13, 16, 2009

Final Write-up DUE: March 17, 2009

The class will be divided into 2 teams each will represent either China or India at a selection negotiation and summit on four issues:

  • environment,
  • nuclear security,
  • development/poverty,
  • minority populations. 

These are broad areas.  You will need to work as a team with me, to narrow your topics and identify key themes to focus on.  What is your country’s key need or goal? Each team will prepare a positions paper that details each issue and of course provides the reader with enough introduction to the country and background on the issue to follow the analysis contained. You will have time in the library and in the computer labs to prepare.  Each team member should be prepared to discuss their issue and negotiate for their country’s best interest.


Special Opportunity: Humanities West in San Francisco will be presenting India Rising program on February 27, 28. They are offering special tickets for teachers and students. I will take as many students as are interested, and offer extra credit (in the form of get out of jail free cards for area reporting) for students who want to come. Here is the website to check out the program.

Humanities West India Rising

4th Quarter Project

Disaster Project

project requirements

library resources:

The entire class will be working on examining levels of analysis within the international context. The year 2005 saw several disasters. The entire class will be examining the ability of international governments (IGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), states and individuals to address these disasters. What can we learn about the appropriate level of power needed? You will have time in the library, the computer lab and class to prepare.

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Contemporary Affairs Reporting

Project requirements

Students will take responsibility for reporting on specific regions of the world to the rest of the class in seminar format. Engagement in international news media (either on-line, via radio, TV, or print) is required.

Resources include:

Casti Library link where the librarians have identified resources for you

On-line print media available:

One World

BBC on-line

World-wide newspapers listed by country

International Herald Tribune

Foreign Affairs

The Economist: With listings of country reports

Other print media:

Espinosa Library also provides access to World Press Review, US News an World Report, and Current History: A Journal of Contemporary Affairs

Television: KTEH offers BBC news look for local times

Radio: KQED offers BBC news broadcasts

Earth Day Project


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