Week One Notes
Week One Notes POL 114 103
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This 5 page Class Notes was uploaded by Chelsey Smith on Wednesday September 23, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to POL 114 103 at Pace University taught by Dr. Meghanna Nayak in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 40 views. For similar materials see Introduction to International Relations in Political Science at Pace University.
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Next week39s quiz Concepts and terms doc this is on blackboard De nitions Responses to what is x Potentially ll in the blank Make sure you email Nayak about the spot for presentations Read section of syllabus with discussion leader section One of the questions on the nal is a re ection on what it was like being the discussion leader It may be wise to keep notes of your experience as you complete the project Semester project Essay One person connects to global politics Recommend asking beforehand How learning this class How does global politics affect us How do we affect global politics Final Keep track of where and when you get your notes Even dates of different lecturediscussion dates to cite Cite other people39s notes How to Write About Africa Familiarity everything we see ts Caring bout the image not the actuality Empirical Reality A ctional reality There39s one image that people have but it really only represents a part of the picture Africa often is referred to as a huge group not a bunch of very different countries Caring is supposedly represented through acknowledgement What is caring Always glorifying the animals without having discussed how the animals are harming the people Root causes are missing How did we get here How did these different realities come to be What caused it People are used as shells not as real people Binary Only good Africans and bad Africans Simple minded vs warlord West vs east Only people who were there have valid opinions When reading articles about Africa or African countries watch out for some of these writing styles Harmful perceptions Thinking bad or incorrect things about a person or a group of people Shapes policy making Believing some one or some group is evil or bad Even good perceptions can shape policy making negatively Inaccurate information Oppressed Iraq example Image of oppressed women was represented by burkas to western cultures After military intervention many women were able to begin taking off their burkas Women still had much fewer rights ex More rape more poverty among women etc which the militarized intervention did not help with Leaders often forget to think that a new group will come into power after they push one group out Helpless Opens door to make another country dependent on another Not much of a willingness to work with them but would rather put it in place for them Being able to go in isn39t necessarily the best way of deciding Strategies of avoiding this TrendsPatterns Try to nd the uniqueness of the situation UN HCRunifemetc whoever is in charge of your resource topic Their information is often put into context quotThe Unknownquot What don39t I know When researching gure out what could be missing from your sources Often it39s the view of the people directly affected Perspective of those who are impacted Unpopular perspective Who is marginalized This makes you aware of those subconscious lters What are my limits Languages What are my politics Do I already have preconceived notions or ideas Having at least 3 types of sources Nongovernmental organizations Newspapers Grassroots agencies Partners of bigger organizations Look for perspectives from other regionsareas even if its happening in the US After this we did an in class activity in which we split into groups and tried to mimic Joshua Keaton39s writing style The most important things to take away from this activity are that America shouldn39t always be viewed as the norm and that different events can be written about to sound positive or negative very easily One source should not set the tone for an issue