Model UN Conference Rabat - Morocco

International Relations is the study of power, both global and localized, as well as the interconnectedness of the world’s nation-states, power brokers, and individuals. Global market shifts affect myriad international citizens, from political policy makers, to actors in Nigeria, and New Yorkers at the gas pump. This course is a survey of the different ways in which International Relations shape the global landscape. We will look at IR in different regions, as well as IR’s thematic trends. We will study theory and how individual views of single events can vary drastically. Students will learn to both speak and write eloquently concerning international topics, and will leave International Relations with a broader, more studied, view of global politics.

Week 1
Introduction of the course to the students:
-Expectations and rules for the class (go over the syllabus)
-Have the students introduce themselves (reasons for taking International Relations)
-Distribute books and materials (handouts)

What is the study of I.R? Ask the students to give a definition of this term.
We will start with the importance of studying I.R in the world we live today.
Why is it relevant? 

What are the technical and theoretical perspectives of International Relations?
We will look at the practical tools that define international relations.
Understanding of the direction in which international relations is moving.

Have the students get in small groups to discuss the International Relations scenes that will shape the 21st century.

Finally have the students look at the list of terms (list given) that are important to know for this course.

HW1:
First article to read: What Are International Relations Today?
Read and analyze this article by typing one page summary of main ideas. What is/are the main points?

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Present Article in Class (Importance of I.R)
Have the student share their answers in groups of three.
Open to discussion, have the students share their input with the rest of the class.
Main point? Do you agree with the argument(s) the author is making?
Why? Why not? Explain and elaborate.

Make sure the students interact with each other and exchange points of views with each other.

Let’s put the best answers on the board.

HW 2:
Describe the major forces of continuity and changes in today’s global system
Read Article 2: Analysis of Major of Past Political Systems

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Definitions (explanations of each term) – Making sure the students understand the terminologies we will be using in this course

Article: Analysis of Major Past Political System
We will start with the Monarchy

·       Monarchy (Ancient and Modern)

What is an absolute Monarchy? Give examples
What is a constitutional Monarchy? Give examples
Look at ancient China
Look at ancient India

What is feudalism? How was it structured? Feudal economy?

HW 3:
What are the different political systems we have in place in the World today?
Give five different specific examples of countries that have distinct political systems.
Read Article 3: Analysis of Major Modern Political Systems

Week 2

Review from last week Absolut and Constitutional Monarchy
Also the Feudal System – Students should grasp the main ideas

Explain the different Political Terminologies and Ideologies
Put on the board all different Political Philosophies past and present
Have the students explain each one of them
Have them give examples about each one of them (countries?)
Draw on the board the Political Ideology Line explaining the subtle differences between some of them. For example we can look at Communism and Socialism (what make them different?)

We will look at the article three and article four (The Enlightenment period and also the notion of Imperialism)

Students will have to do an in class Essay question by the end of the week

HW:  
Students will read and analyze article four on Imperialism and to prepare for the in class Essay.


Week 3

Test 1
Introduction to Topic Two – Imperialism
Is/was Imperialism justified?
Causes of Imperialism?
1884 Conference on the Berlin Conference on Africa
Colonization and Industrialization
Modern forms of Imperialism?

HW:
Oral Presentations by the end of the week
Quiz I by the end of the week


Week 4

What is a Connecting Idea?
How to structure your essay?
How to support your arguments?

Conclusion on Imperialism – Introduction to Colonialism
Oral Presentations on Imperialism next class (topics given to students)
Expectations and tools for the oral presentation

HW:
Oral Presentation next class on Imperialism
Use Power Point


Week 5

Introduction to the concept of ‘Neo-Colonialism’
-Definition of Neo-Colonialism
-Case study of Neo-Colonialism

New political and economic forms of Neo-Colonialism

Study of the article by Michael Curtis in the American Thinker
“The End of Neo-Colonialism”

HW:
Test #2 at the end of the week
(Essay Question)

Week 6

Review of Imperialism – Colonialism and Neo-Colonialism
Introduction of the ‘United Nations’
-League of Nations (Reasons behind it) - WWI
-United Nations – WWII

In Clas Essay Question One
-You are responsible to cover all the major topics we have done so far
-Review all the Articles
-Most Importantly make sure to work on your Essay Structure (Check Blog)
 (Introduction, three body paragraphs and conclusion)

HW:
Read and take notes on the two articles assigned
-League of Nations
-United Nations

Week 7

The Millennium Goals of the United Nations
-Look at the 15 goals the U.N has put together for 2015
-What are the challenges?
-Problems and Solutions?

HW:
Read and type one page summary on the article on NATO
Put it in context (WWII and the Cold War)
Underline the main ideas and themes

Week 8

The Millennium Goals of the United Nations (postponed from last week because of the Aid)
-Look at the 15 goals the U.N has put together for 2015
-What are the challenges?
-Problems and Solutions?

NATO (Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization)
-Structure of NATO
-Cold War and the Warsaw Pact
-NATO Today?

HW:
Read and type one page summary on the article on NATO
Put it in context (WWII and the Cold War)
Underline the main ideas and themes

Week 9

-This week the students will look at the following topics – Presenting their
  arguments and supporting evidence

A. Compare and contrast the theories attempting to explain the lack of development in
     much of the Global South.

B. Discuss the most important international organizations and the major factors
     limiting their effectiveness.

 C. Assess the impact of multinational corporations on global society


HW:  
Students will write one Essay on one of the topic listed above.
Learn about essay structure, MLA bibliography and sources.
Essay will be due early next week

Week 10
First Case Study of Fareed Zararia
‘The Post-American World”

-The Fastest Race Car in the World
This is Chapter One of Zakaria’s Book

HW:  
Reading and Analysis of Zakaria’a Introduction
-Main Ideas and Themes?
MLA – Learn how to cite your sources

Week 11

In Class Test on the last four case studies
First Case Study of Fareed Zakaria
‘The Post-American World”
-The Fastest Race Car in the World
This is Chapter One of Zakaria’s Book

HW:  
Read and Analysis of Zakaria’a Introduction
-Main Ideas and Themes?
MLA – Learn how to cite your sources

Week 12

Fareed Zararia  (cont.)
‘The Post-American World”
Analyze the transformation of the current political and economic paradigms
Moving from a bi-polar world to a multi-polar world
Look at the themes that can explain this new word order
-Do the Study Questions (Discussions in Class)

HW:  
Oral Presentations next week
Research papers (MLA – Learn how to cite your sources)

Week 13

Fareed Zakaria  (cont.)
'The Post-American World'
-The Rise and the Rest

Oral Presentations on the Post-American World
-Topics based on the two first Articles studied in class
-Work in pairs of two
-Use Power Points as your Format
-6-8 minutes long

HW:  
“The Post-American World” 
Chapter III – Analysis and Study Questions
Oral Presentations next week


Week 14

Oral Presentation:
(Presentation on Tuesday)

-Work in pairs of two
-Use Power Points as your Format
-6-8 minutes long

Conclude Documentary
“Darwin Nightmare”

HW:  
Oral Presentations

Week 15

Globalization:
The advantages and inconveniences of Globalization
Major corporations
Goals of Globalization

Conclude Documentary
“Darwin Nightmare”

HW:  
Globalization (Conclude the Article)
Tribute to Nelson Mandela
                                         
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TERM 2
Week 1

Globalization:
The advantages and inconveniences of Globalization
Read and Analyze – NY Times Article

Conclude Documentary
“Darwin Nightmare”

HW:
Globalization
Study Questions
Week 2

Globalization:
Economic structure of Globalization
-Political and Economic structure of Globalization
-The role of Corporations
-The example of Nigeria and the Shell Corporation
-Political Ideal vs. Economic Reality

HW:
Test One (Essay Question)


                                                                        Week 3
Test 1
(Globalization)
-Demographic Outlook for the future
-Sustainable Development
-Preservation of the Global Commons

Oral Presentations

HW:
Demography
(Article and Study Questions)

                                                                      Week 4

Sustainable Development:
-Article to Study (Class Blog)
-Review and Understand Main Ideas
-Question of Demography? Solutions?

Oral Presentations:
-Sustainable Development
-Choose Case Studies
-Water-Energy-Pollution-Demography-Food

HW:
Oral Presentation
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Sustainable Development:
-Topic Research (Sustainable Dev.)
-Oral Presentation and Report

Conflicts:
-The Gulf War (1991)
-Invasion of Kuwait
-Saddam Hussein and the United States

HW:
Gulf War Analysis (Articles)


                                                                   Week 6

Conclude Presentations by Students

The Gulf War (1991)
-Causes of the Conflict
-Resolutions
-Consequences

HW: 
Study Questions
                                                                   Week 7

The Gulf War
-The Role of the United States 
-The Role of the Arab World
-The Conflict and The Resolutions
-Control of the Persian Gulf

The Gulf War and the Israeli-Arab Conflict
-S.Hussein and Arab Nationalism?

HW: 
Test
                                                             Week 8

The Gulf War (Cont.)
-The Resolutions
-Control of the Persian Gulf

The Gulf War and the Israeli-Arab Conflict
-S.Hussein and Arab Nationalism?

HW: 
Read & Notes on the NYT Articles
The Afghan War
The Iraq War (2003)


                                                          Week 9

The 2003 Iraq War
-The New World Order
-Geo-Political Goals
-The Islamic Republic of Iran
-Redesigning the Middle East

HW: 
NY Times Article (Analysis)
Test 


                                                       Week 10

The Arab Spring:
-Case Study One: Tunisia
-The Regime of Ben Ali
-Monopoly of the Economy
-The Fall of the Regime

HW:
Prepare for your Test (Thursday)


                                                      Week 11

Test (Monday)

The Arab Spring:
-Case Study Two – Egypt
-Mubarak Presidency
-The Islamic Brotherhood
-Establishment of Military Leadership

HW:
NY Times Article (The Rise and the Fall of the Islamic Brotherhood)
Study Questions

                                                   Week 12

The Arab Spring:
-Case Studies of Tunisia, Libya and Morocco
-Democracy and the Arab World?
-Western Influence
-Lessons Learned

HW: 
Oral Presentations
6 Groups (6 Case Studies)

                                                   Week 13

Oral Presentations

Conflicts:
Continuities and Changes in the Armed Conflicts
Compare and Contrast Rival Theories (Causes of Armed Conflicts)
Case Study: The Cold War

HW:
Article: The Origins of the Cold War
The Truman Theory
                           
                                         Week 14

The Cold War:
-The Korean War
-The Vietnam War
-The Cuban Missile Crisis
-Afghanistan

HW:
-Cold War Conflicts
Type a Paragraph for each one
(Causes and Resolutions)

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Term 3
Week 1

Economic Power vs. Military Power
-Post Cold War Era
-Case Study (USA and China)
-Economic Relations and Military Tensions

HW:




Term 3
Week 2

Political and Economic Organizations:
-ASEAN
-OAU
-OAS
-MERCOSUR
-CIS
-EU
-NAFTA

HW:
Article:
Political and Military Alliances
Oral Presentation Next Week


Term 3
Week 3

Political and Economic Organizations:
-Oral Presentations by Students (6)
-Conflict Resolutions
-Use of Diplomacy
-The Role of the UN


HW:
Exam I Next Week
(Economic vs. Military 

Term 3
Week 4

Political and Economic Organizations:
-Test I (Term 3)
-Conflict Resolution
-8 groups of 3 students for 8 different resolutions
·      Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
·      The Ukrainian Crisis
·      The Kashmir War
·      Somalia Civil War
·      Mexican Drug War
·      Central African Civil War
·      China and Tibet
·      The Afghanistan Civil War

HW:
Find Resolution to each one of these Conflicts

Term 3
Week 5

Final Project
Conflict Resolution Research and Presentation
Plan and Outline

Fareed Zakaria:
New Rules for a New Age
Main Points
How to Face the Challenges of the 21st Century?
Analysis of the Last Chapter

HW:
Fareed Zarakia (Prepare the Last Chapter)
Final Project


Term 3
Week 6

Final Project
Oral Presentation
Written Report

Fareed Zakaria:
-The 6 Rules of the 21st Century
-The BRICS and the USA
-New Strategies for US Foreign Policy

HW:
Oral Presentation
Written Final Project

Term 3
Week 7

Oral Presentations (8 of them):
-Three Groups of Eight
-Working of Final Project
-Conflict Resolutions

HW:
Written Final Project Due



Term 3
Week 8

Final Project Due
End of the Academic Year (Movie)

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