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What are the things to consider when studying politics?

What are the things to consider when studying politics?

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School: University of Florida
Department: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Course: Introduction to International Relations
Professor: Richard nolan
Term: Fall 2015
Tags: international relations, INR2001, UF, UniversityofFlorida, week1, notes, and Lecture Notes
Cost: Free
Name: INR2001 Week 1 Notes
Description: These notes cover the August 23rd's lecture (includes notes on what was said, not just what was on the powerpoint) Please keep in mind that these notes do not replace lecture attendance.
Uploaded: 08/24/2017
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How are global and international politics different?




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How do we approach world affairs?



“When is World Politics” August 23rd Lecture Notes 1. World news helps you learn about (wait for it) the world.  a. Note that news can be made to manipulate the emotional tone of a story to make it more dramatic, at the cost of exposing  viewers/readers to a nuanced discussion of the story’s  complexities. 2. Things to consider Don't forget about the age old question of What is NOT one of the ways that the bioavailability of a drug is determined?
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when studying world politics. a. How do we approach world affairs? b. What is the best way to understand the world? c. How are global and international politics different? d. How are global and international politics similar? e. How have global politics changed recently in regards to power,  justice, security, etc? f. What’s the balance of continuity and change? 3. The Global a. We can’t dismiss the role of states and national governments i. This is mostly in regards to what they do or don’t do. b. Everyone operates in the context of interdependence. i. Economically in the form of trade, security in the form of  alliances, etc 1. Example: 2008 financial crisis began with USA’s  housing mortgages, but soon rippled out to the rest  of the world. Some places still haven’t fully recovered from that economic impact, even in the USA. ii. Nowadays there is/are…. 1. More “actors” (Powerful nations, powerful NGO’s) on  the states.  2. More interdependence, meaning that we cannot  return to more “simple” times, especially given the  fact that all nations have been connected in some  way ever since global trade and colonization became a thing. 3. There is a trend towards needing some sort of global  governance.a. The UN is not a global government, though it  governs without truly governing. 4. Governmental International Organizations a. The World Bank i. Was made to help developing nations develop  economically. ii. States are members. Individuals cannot be members. iii. Pros 1. Represents all member nations. 2. Has a lot of power. 3. Presumably the best equipped to identify/execute the “best” solution to an issue. iv. Cons 1. Are VERY bureaucratic and thus can be inconsistent. 2. Can cost a lot. 3. Can be too ambitious.  4. Don’t always provide the “best” solutions. 5. Non-governmental organizations a. Human-rights groups, environmental groups, etc. If the cause  exists, there’s probably an international organization for it. b. Individual people can be members. States are not. 6. Foreign Policy a. The interactions/actions/statements/decisions/inactions of all  nations influence other nations’ interactions/actions/etc. b. Global policies, the opinions of national leaders, the leaders  themselves result in a feedback loop that creates new policies,  new opinions, and leaders. i. Every decision has an unexpected consequence. ii. It is impossible to consider every single factor before  making a policy, as once all the factors were considered,  new factors would be in play.  7. Challenges of global politics. a. Most people are interested in global politics. Why? i. Because we think that there are things wrong with the  world (see Week 1 reading notes). b. It’s difficult to know what to do. i. Caring is a good start though. c. Big issues must be tackled to respond to global politics. i. Many of these issues are unresolved and have been for a  very long time.d. The world is full of people. i. Not everyone agrees, as everyone has a different  background and idea of what is “right”. ii. When things are contested, how can we move forward? iii. Everyone thinks differently. The world is, essentially, one of becoming, of change, and thus its politics are of change.

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