U N I V E R S I T Y O F S O U T H E R N C A L I F O R N I A
Fall 2004 Jeffrey Fields
Discussion sections: Tues, 11-11:50am THH 106 VKC B42J
Wed, 9-9:50am VKC 200 email: email@example.com
Office hours: Friday, 11am-1pm and by appointment (Fill in my name. This is to avoid spam)
University of Michigan document center (a great list of links to IR resources)
Friday, November 12, 2004
SIR 80th Anniversary Fridays@Noon Book Discussion Series John Lewis Gaddis, Surprise, Security, and the American Experience
Discussant: Dr. Gerald Bender
Weeks of November 8 and November 15 2004
* These are our last two discussion sections.
* You will make your presentations the week of November 15. We will have at least 7 groups in each sections so please be on time for discussion section.
* I have received a TON of emails from you about various items over the last week and a half. I think I have answered them all. If your email fell through the cracks, please let me know. I'm not ignoring you!
* No lecture this Friday, November 12, and hence I will not have office hours and will not be on campus. If you need to discuss this final exercise, I'll be happy to come in. Just let me know.
* Click here for Lamy's World Views chapter.
Week of October 18, 2004
* NO DISCUSSION SECTIONS THIS WEEK. PREPARE FOR THE MIDTERM EXAM.
* I will not have office hours this Friday because of the midterm. If you need to see me before the exam, email me and we'll set up a time.
* Read the NYT Magazine article on President Bush and faith here.
Week of October 11, 2004
* GIN exercise due at the beginning of discussion this week.
* Office hours will end at noon this Friday for the book discussion.
* We are having increasing problems across TA sections and in lecture with tardiness and discourteous behavior. Please arrive on time. If there is something you'd rather be doing (e.g. sleeping, chatting with friends, etc.) such that you feel the need to do it in class, please don't come.
Week of September 27, 2004
Don't forget your puzzle assignments are due by 11am Friday, October 1. If you email them to me please also make sure a hard copy finds its way to me by the Friday deadline as well. And do not put hard copies in my box unless you have also emailed me an electronic copy by the deadline. Thank you all for you patience, cooperation, and understanding during this little wrinkle.
The midterm examination is Friday, October 22, 2004.
* Sample mid-term exam questions, click here.
* Questions drawn from the course syllabus, click here.
* I sent out an email (today, Monday 9/27) to everyone in my sections with some minor additions to the puzzle assignment, including a change in due date. If you didn't get the email please contact me ASAP. This applies only my sections.
* I think I've gotten back to everyone who emailed me with puzzle questions. If I haven't, email me again ASAP with your questions.
* We will have a general Q&A this week in discussion focusing mainly on issues concerning the mid-term exam.
* Office hours will end at 12 noon on Friday instead of 1pm so that we can all attend Professor Lamy's book discussion.
Week of September 20, 2004
Turkey and the EU was mentioned in Tuesdays discussion. FYI from today's Washington Post:
By Fareed Zakaria
Tuesday, September 21, 2004; Page A21
Some of you asked about think tanks. Here are links to to some comprehensive lists. If you have questions about where they fit in the worldview scheme of things, email me.
University of Michigan list of think tanks (pretty good).
A list of IR related think tanks. (not particularly comprehensive but hits many of the big ones.)
A list of mostly liberal/reformer think tanks (not all are IR related. It is your responsibility to verify that any chosen from this list really are reformer/transformer)
CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE DOCUMENTS (CRS) - a good list going back as far as 1999.
Click here for a good list of sources of government documents
The most common "problem" with the ideas for puzzle people are emailing me is that they aren't puzzles; interesting issue areas but not puzzles. Most can be fixed easily. Take the issue area and pose a why question about behavior in that area.
"Should the U.S. intervene in Darfur, Sudan?" (a difficult question but not the type of puzzle we're interested in for this exercise). Transform this into "Why is the U.S. (or Western powers in general) reluctant to intervene in Darfur?"
Week of September 13, 2004
Sources of Information: Critical IR Resources (5 points)
Be creative in choosing a puzzle (an unexplained or unpredicted foreign policy issue or a persistent problem)
For a more extensive list of online IR resources than the one distributed in class click here.
Note: I will not have office hours this Friday, September 17th. I will instead be available by appointment on Thursday, September 16 and Monday, September 20 for library tours and help with accessing online resources. Email me to set up a time. Regular office hours will resume the following week.
Update: I'll be around from 1-2pm in the IR lounge on Thursday for library tours and help with electronic resources.
If you are turning in the globalization exercise late, please put it in Professor Lamy's box in the IR office with a note that it is for me. Late penalties apply.
Bring two typed copies (one to turn in and one to make notes on--we'll discuss some of them in class) of your preliminary puzzle with a few of sources to class next week -- the week of September 20.