Spring 2013 Syllabus



University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

IDS 3233 Political and Economic Systems and Theories

Spring 2013

T/Th 9:30-10:55, Davis Hall 124


Your Professors

Dr. Aleisha Karjala                                                  Dr. Jennifer Long

akarjala@usao.edu                                                   jlong@usao.edu

Davis 221                                                                Troutt 317

Office hours: MWF 9-10 and 11:15-12:15              Office hours: MWF 11-12 and

TTh 9-9:30 and 11-11:30 or by appointment          1-2:30; TTh 8:30-9:30 or by


Course Description

The purpose of this course is to the use the tools of economic and political theory to examine the leading issues within an increasingly globalized society.  Through readings, discussion, and interdisciplinary team assignments, we will attempt to understand real world issues created by political and economic institutions that are bringing the world’s peoples into greater contact with one another.  Along the way, we will discover the close relationship between economics and political science, illustrating the interdisciplinary nature of local and global problems and solutions. 

The IDS Core Curriculum and PEST

PEST is part of USAO's unique interdisciplinary Core Curriculum and thus has a larger purpose apart from analyzing economic and political issues. Indeed the specific content of this course will change from semester to semester and from section to section depending on the faculty team. The objectives of this—and all IDS courses—are larger, more complex, and much more significant.

We aim to produce students who will learn and use the tools of critical thinking, enabling them to become good consumers, questioners, and analyzers of information; develop a life-long love of learning; and appreciate the value of multiple perspectives in understanding complex issues.

Because each IDS course shares these common goals, the Core Curriculum is an integrated whole. We encourage students to move through the Core in its prescribed order, from courses that deal with the Individual, and then broaden into the Natural World, the Community and the Nation, and finally the World of Ideas. The Skills courses (writing, rhetoric, and math) should be completed before the student moves on to sophomore-level IDS courses. For more information about the Core Curriculum, see the IDS webpage at www.usao.edu/usao-ids.

Required Textbooks

The textbook for the course is Global Issues: Politics, Economics, and Culture, 4th edition and is available at the bookstore. 

Course Requirements

Assigned Readings

The course schedule at the end of the syllabus includes assigned reading for each class.  Please read these in preparation for each class.


A series of quizzes will be given throughout the term on these assigned readings.  These will be multiple choice questions taken directly from your textbook.  Missed quizzes may not be made up.  You may miss one quiz without penalty.


There will be two exams in this class, a midterm and a final.  The format of the exams is short answer.  A good short answer requires one to two paragraphs.  In order to perform well on PEST exams, you must reference the readings and the information learned from your text and lecture materials.  These exams will be given on the dates noted in the course schedule.

Team Assignments

In an increasingly globalized world, we will need college graduates who can work with others to address serious worldwide problems.  We hope to give you some relevant practice at this in PEST.  You will be responsible for forming interdisciplinary teams of four students.  This means that you must have a variety of majors present on a team.  There will be six team assignments over the course of the term which you will complete and turn in as groups, and class time has been set aside for this purpose.  These assignments will be graded based on your research, analysis and critical thinking, and innovative thinking.  Missed assignments may not be made up nor will these be accepted late.   

Course Policies


It is your decision whether to attend class or not.  Be forewarned that a lot of what we intend to cover in class will not come directly from your textbook, meaning that if you are not present, you will not have that knowledge and experience. 

Email Policy

Because you have a two professor team, please email both professors when you have any questions.  One of us, perhaps both, will respond, but you must include both when you send emails. 

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this or any other class on this campus. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: Plagiarism (see page 22 of the student handbook for definition); Fabrication (page 23); Cheating (page 23); Forgery and Altering Documents (page 23). All instances of dishonesty will result in penalty without exception. The maximum penalty for the first offense is a grade of "F" for the course (page 23) and the incident will be reported to the Academic Vice President for inclusion in the student's permanent university file. A second, as well as any subsequent offenses (in any course across the university), may result in the student's expulsion from the university. We're really not kidding about this. Don't cheat. We mean it.

ADA Statement

According to the ADA, each student with a disability is responsible for notifying the University of his/her disability and requesting accommodation. If you think you have a qualified disability and need classroom accommodations, contact the office of Student Services located on the third floor of the Student Center. Please advise the professor of your disability as soon as possible, to ensure timely implementation of appropriate accommodations. Faculty have an obligation to respond when they receive official notice of a disability from Student Services, but are under no obligation to provide retroactive accommodations. To receive services, you must submit appropriate documentation and complete an intake process during which the existence of a qualified disability is verified and reasonable accommodations are identified. Call 405-574-1278 for more information.

General Policies

If you are a student athlete or involved in a university sponsored activity that takes you away from class, it is your responsibility to notify is in advance of such an occasion and to make arrangements for anything that may be missed.

If you do not turn in the required assignments, including quizzes, or take the exams in this class, we reserve the right to fail you. 

Course Evaluation

Midterm                           30%

Final                                30%

Quizzes                            15%

Team Assignments          25%

Course Schedule

Tues, Jan 8            Introduction to the course/Economic Systems and Theories

Thurs, Jan 10         Political Systems and Theories

Tues, Jan 15          What is a State? (Ch. 1)

Thurs, Jan 17         Globalization (Ch. 1)


Tues, Jan 22           Theories of International Relations/Hegemony (Ch. 2)     

Thurs, Jan 24         Team Assignment

Tues, Jan 29          Human Rights (Ch. 3)

Thurs, Jan 31         Team Assignment

Tues, Feb 5            Defining Democracy/Democracy and Capitalism (Ch. 4)

Thurs, Feb 7                   Global Financial Crisis (Ch. 7)

Tues, Feb 12          Global Trade (Ch. 8)

Thurs, Feb 14        Team Assignment

Tues, Feb 19          Terrorism (Ch. 5)

Thurs, Feb 21        Weapons Proliferation/Nuclear Proliferation (Ch. 6)

Tues, Feb 26          Midterm Exam (Chapters 1-8)

Thurs, Feb 28        Defining Inequality (Ch. 9)

Tues, Mar 5           Poverty Policy (Ch. 9)

Thurs, Mar 7          Team Assignment


Tues, Mar 12         Environmental Policy (Ch. 10)

Thurs, Mar 14        Immigration (Ch. 11)

Tues, Mar 19         Spring Break

Thurs, Mar 21        Spring Break

Tues, Mar 26         Global Crime (Ch. 12)

Thurs, Mar 28        Team Assignment


Tues, Apr 2           Comparative Health Care Systems and Outcomes (Ch. 13)

Thurs, Apr 4                    Health Care Reform in the US

Tues, Apr 9           Global Conflict (Ch. 14)

Thurs, April 11      Team Assignment

Tues, Apr 16         Review

Thurs, Apr 18        Final Exam (Chapters 9-14), 10-11:30