PSCI 105 Fall 2013 Small States in the International System: Opportunities and Challenges (D)

Cross Listed as INST101
What is a "small state"? How do small states differ from large states? Can small states stand on their own or do they need political and economic shelter for larger states and/or international institutions? The aim of the course is to provide a theoretical and practical understanding of the position of small states in the international system. It examines how small states work within the international and regional institutions and their power potential within the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU). As a regional and comparative case study, it analyzes in detail the participation of the Nordic states (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland) in the UN and the European integration process. What does the EU offer to small states in specific terms of survival, strategy and security? How can states exercise their powers within the EU? Do small states behave differently from the large ones within the EU? The final part examines small states in the UN and determines the ability of them to influence the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). It deals with how internal competence of small states in areas such as knowledge, initiative and diplomatic, coalition and leadership skills and their perceived neutrality. At the end of the course students should have a good knowledge of the relevance of multi-lateral institutions to small states' agendas and their strategic options; of the potential influence of small states within the UN and the EU; and of the specific reactions of the Nordic states to globalization and the European integration process.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: class discussion, two short papers (3-5 pages) group projects with oral presentations and a final examination
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: International Studies concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 30
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1844
PSCI105-01(F) LEC Small States (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Baldur Thorhallsson
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Weston 010 1844
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