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Credit Units: 2
Loveday Enyinnaya OGBULEKE Email: Department of Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies College of Arts, Law, Administration & Management Sciences (CALAMS)

Course description:

World politics, also called global or international politics, is a theatre of competing state forces where both the old and new states are engaged in the exploitation of world mineral resources in yet another conflicting situation in the contemporary society. This course is designed as an introduction to the international relations of old states and new states in the World politics. 

Learning Objectives and Outcomes 

The course aims to strengthen students’ knowledge and competence in international politics in New States in several ways. Students should not only develop an understanding of what patterns of international system in the new states look like, but also engage a range of academic conceptual analysis designed to explain these patterns. Thus, the course pays careful attention to competitions among the old states and new states in international economic order to explain particular aspects of Africa’s international politics, and encourages students to critically weigh available evidence in developing their own original understandings. Upon successfully completing the course, students shall be able to: 

➢ General understanding of the international politics/system ➢ the dynamics of colonialism, and the decolonization of Asia and Africa ➢ The perceived causes for the emergence of independent nations in Asia and Africa. ➢ A closer look at new states, international law, and international politics ➢ African experience and the international economic order. 

Course Content: To achieve the stated objectives above, this course shall be delineated as follows: 

Decolonization of Asia and Africa 

  • Colonialization in Asia and Africa 
  • Asia and Africa achieved autonomy (1945-1960) 
  • The creation of so many new countries 

The Causes for the Emergence of Independent Nations in Asia and Africa 

  • Weakening of Imperialism 
  • Anti-Imperialist Movements 
  • The Role of the United Nations 
  • The role of India 

The Conceptual Explanation of New States in World Politics 

  • Analysis of new States in Terms of Age 
  • Analysis of New States In Terms of Development 

The Making of New States in the International System 

  • Looting 
  • Truce or Ceasefire 
  • Occupation 
  • Disintegration 
  • Recognition 

The Challenges of New States in World Politics: The African Experience 

  • Internal Problem of Bad Governance 
  • External Problem of Globalization 
  • Inequality of States in the International System International Law 
  • As legitimate of power in world affairs 
  • Critiques of International Law 
  • International law and Globalization 
  • The Nation-State, Sovereignty, and Jurisdiction 

International Economic Order 

  • The emergence of international economic order 
  • the struggle for a new world economic order 
  • The African Challenges 

Mode of Delivery 

This course will integrate lectures, class discussions, assigned readings, oral and written presentation of assignments, library research, teamwork and individual/group presentations, and other activities. All the activities will aid in attaining the major learning objectives of this course. 

This combination will allow each person to draw on his or her own experiences and talents to help themselves and others in the course to become competent in the course concepts and skills. 

You are expected to come to class prepared to participate in scheduled activities. You will be encouraged to share experiences, knowledge, talents, and skills, which are related to the course. 

Course Requirements: 

Grading will be based on participation in class discussions (10%); one paper of 5-7 pages in length (20%); and a final essay examination (70%). Each unexcused absence beyond 2 will result in a 1/3-letter grade reduction for participation. To receive an A for participation students must not only attend class but also give indication through their participation in class discussion that they have reflected on the readings. Part of the participation grade may be based on performance on quizzes (announced or unannounced), which may not be made up due to absences. While you are encouraged to discuss the course material with each other, all assignments must be entirely your own work. All written assignments should be typed, double spaced, and follow the conventional rules of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and notation of references. All assignments must conform to the style of the publication manual of the American Psychological Association (APA style).

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