Work we didn't get to Friday: Nonstate actors. Intergovernmental Organizations, Nongovernmental Organizations, Multinational Corporations (multinationals and country GDPs). Is the nation-state a dying concept? Nigeria and Shell Oil. How complicated is international politics? What are good guys and what are bad guys? Can educating women take a chunk out of poverty? Can we rethink allies and enemies? What is the role of the United States?
HW from Friday: IR Text, Be ready to talk about pages 13-18 in the IR Text. Also, read 43-60—More IR assumptions. Please write notes on the following so that you're able to apply the terms: rationality, cost-benefit analysis. 20th century history of International Politics (World War II, United Nations, Cold War, NATO, etc...). Realism. Realpolitik, Munich Conference, Sun Tzu, Thucydides, Thomas Hobbes, Power, U.S. invasion of Iraq (2003), Japan and Pearl Harbor (1941), anarchy, norms, balance of power
Liberalism and democratic peace discussion.
In pairs, examine the article and discuss how a realist would explain the events, including the behaviors of the different states involved.
HW: Read about Constructivism in the Zombie text. (67-76) Explain in your notes, very clearly for Mr. Milo to see, 1. how does constructivism differ from realism and liberalism? 2. What you feel is the main focus of constructivism. 3. How would constructivism deal with a world crisis, such as a zombie apocalypse? 4. How does constructivism explain war, peace?
Talk on constructivism, using the Zombie text and your notes to guide the discussion.
Munich Conference, U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, U.S. Trans-Pacific Partnership (what's the point, what paradigm pushed for it?)
HW: Can the U.S. remain the world hegemon? Read the article, and come prepared to extract specific excerpts from the article to back up your statements. Don't just come to say stuff, be able to support your words. Perhaps select a few passages before class to use to support your participation.
Quiz, then work on projects. You can use Infohio to get some sources. username: hoban, password: knights. Go to Grades 9-12, and go to Academic Search Premier.
HW: End of an era--sorry white males. What changes are taking place that we must consider? Describe the concept of the "other." Why should we not fight the change, according to this article? Your comments.
Milo at Roundtable.
First, write Mr. Milo a response to the following questions on a piece of notebook paper (to be handed in), using a clear voice and supportive evidence from the article that was for homework, End of an Era: 1. What changes are taking place that we must consider? 2. Describe the concept of the "other." 3. Why should we not fight the change, according to this article? 4. Your comments. 5. Also, relate this article to Tuesday's homework, the reading on the Decline of the West. What similarities do you find?
In class, read Sun Tzu's Art of War. Read and write answers in your notes in complete sentences for: 1. Explain the Five Fundamentals, 2. how a leader should use deception, 3. a leader's use of strategy, 4. what should one attack? 5. what type of general is needed? 6. what are the Essentials to Victory? 7. what does Sun Tzu mean by power in empathy? 8. when defend, attack? 9. what makes a skillful warrior? How can we implement these policies of Sun Tzu in the modern age—explain a specific example?
If you finish today's work, begin working on your homework:
HW: read: Early Marriage Impact article. Use this article to explain the importance for understanding the impact of girls' early marriage. Policy: what should be done as a result?
Solving one of the world's greatest challenges: the view of girls. (Changes usually occur at a snail's pace in the world, but in your lifetime, China and India will surpass the United States as having the largest economy. More women will gain leadership positions. The current white majority in the U.S. will be a minority. Knowing this inevitability, what do we do? There's two paths: cry about it or prepare for it.
Let's take a rising star like India as our example (the largest democracy in the world): Dudes to Dudes, a ride in a taxi —these might be regional problems, but there is no doubt a worldwide pandemic when it comes to the treatment/view of women—why should we care?
HW:Read Where do bad ideas come from? What is his argument about bad ideas? Why do bad ideas stick around? What examples does he provide? Is he just being grumpy? We'll apply this to our crummy ability to make reasonable decisions.
Greg Milo Teacher, Curriculum Developer, Community events organizer, World Traveler