IR201 Introduction to International Relations Spring 2012 Paul Bacon Coursework Exercise: Questions for Nye, Chapter Seven



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IR201 Introduction to International Relations

Spring 2012

Paul Bacon

Coursework Exercise: Questions for Nye, Chapter Seven


  • As part of your assessment for this class, you are expected to complete and submit a coursework exercise, on Monday July 9th. (You therefore have four weeks)

  • This exercise will account for 15% of your grade for this class.

  • Please answer the 26 questions below. You can find the answers in chapter 7 of the textbook.

  • Many of the questions will only require an answer of 50 words length or less. None of the questions require an answer longer than 100 words.

  • A hard copy of the essay must be submitted to me in person. I will not accept final submissions by e-mail.

  • The assignment will be marked out of 80, and graded on a curve, as are the exams.

  • I reserve the right to penalize you 5 points for each day of lateness.

  • You can choose the font style. Font size should be 11 or 12.

  • Single or 1.5 line spacing both good. Double-spaced not good.




  1. Why could it be argued that economics would play a more important role in world politics after the Cold War? 3

  2. For which 3 reasons is Nye cautious about this idea that economics will dominate? 3

  3. For which 3 reasons does globalization not equal universality? 3

  4. Give an example from the text which shows that the world market is not globalized. 2

  5. Give an example showing that globalization does not necessarily produce a world community. 2

  6. What are 4 other forms of globalization apart from economic globalization? 4

  7. How many people were killed by WWI, by 1918 bird flu, and by HIV/Aids respectively? 2

  8. What are the various great sources of ideas in the contemporary world, according to the text? 3

  9. What is Thomas Friedman’s view of contemporary globalization? 2

  10. Explain the terms ‘network effect’ and ‘system effect’ as used in the text. 4

  11. Which two types of event could create popular opposition to interdependence?3

  12. What is pluralization, and how has it increased? 3

  13. Identify 2 different types of capitalist response to economic globalization mentioned in the text. 4

  14. Identify three different types of response to political globalization mentioned in the text. 3

  15. Compare the extent of social inequality in the two historical periods of globalization to date. 3

  16. How is interdependence defined in the text, and what are four variables we can use to think about it? 4

  17. What are the 4 dimensions of interdependence? 4

  18. Explain the terms positive-sum and zero-sum. How do liberals relate these concepts to interdependence, and are they necessarily correct to do so? 4

  19. What are absolute gains and relative gains? Which are more important, according to realists, and is this necessarily true when we think of contemporary relations between France and Germany? 4

  20. Explain the concepts of interdependence sensitivity and interdependence vulnerability. 3

  21. What is interdependence symmetry? Is it normal or rare, and is this important? 3

  22. Is the US economically vulnerable to Japan and China simply because both countries have at different times bought US bonds and dollars? 3

  23. Why did Japan make trade concessions to the US in 1990? 2

  24. Which metaphor does Nye use to explain interdependence asymmetry? What types of strategy might states adopt with regard to different issue-areas? 4

  25. Why do states join regional organizations? 2

  26. What is complex interdependence? 3

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Reminder of remaining schedule:

June 11th – Francis Fukuyama, The End of History

June 18th – Samuel Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations

June 25th – The Bush Doctrine and the War on Terror

July 2nd – Globalization and Interdependence (Nye, Chapter Seven)
July 9th – The Information Revolution and Transnational Actors (Nye, Chapter Eight)
July 16thTrending Global Issue

July 23rd – Final Examination






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