World Politics

3 credits / 9 weeks weeks
8 Jun 2020 - 7 Aug 2020

Professor Ross Ryan

This course provides historical context and a theoretical foundation for the study of contemporary world politics. Approaching the topic from the perspective of Peace and Conflict Studies, the course begins by conceptualizing issues of globalization, interdependence, sovereignty, history, and international relations, and considers various cultural and ethical debates related to issues of development, order, security, diversity, and peace. Following a focused and critical consideration of the concept of global governance, the course then moves to a discussion of key international and transnational structures, including regional bodies, the United Nations, and other formal institutions, as well as less formal associations, movements, and other examples of global connectivity. The course ends with students applying the theoretical tools they have developed in the course to specific topics in world politics, such as migration and war.   




Ross Ryan

Instructor, Liason, Media, Peace and Conflict Studies Specialization Programme
Ross Ryan currently serves as Instructor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and Liaison Officer of the Media and Peace specialization programme. He previously served as Editor of Publications for UPEACE, where he oversaw the publication of the academic journal Peace and Conflict Review and online magazine Peace Conflict Monitor, as well as several ebooks and occasional papers hosted in the Open Knowledge Network. Professor Ryan holds a Double Honours BA in Political Science and English Literature from McMaster University, Canada and an MA in Environmental Security and Peace from the University for Peace, Costa Rica. His current research interests include the application of information technologies to anti-war and pro-peace movements.



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