POLS 1500: Themes in Global Politics Ohio University, Dr.Brandon Kendhammer


POLS 1500: Themes in Global Politics
Class No. 9020, Section 101
Room: Bentley Hall 236
Time: 12:55-1:50 PM, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Dr. Brandon Kendhammer
Office: 215 Bentley Annex
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 10 AM-12 PM and by appt.

Required Texts

*Michael Lewis (2010), The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (New York: WW Norton), ISBN: 978-0393338829

*Paul Collier (2009), War, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places (New York: Harper Perennial), ISBN: 978-0061479649

*Both books are available from local textbook sellers and (at substantially reduced prices) from online retailers like Amazon.com in a variety of formats. All other readings will be available online, either freely or requiring an OU login. Each book (and to be clear, these are not "textbooks") can be gotten used online for around $6, which is less than you'll pay for renting them in Athens.  I encourage you to purchase them (and at these prices, that shouldn't prove too much of a hardship for most of you), so that you may highlight/take notes in the text.

Important Deadlines

Drop Date (no grade): September 4
Exam 1 (Over First Course Module): October 5
Final Drop Date: October 30
Exam 2 (Over Second Course Module): October 30
Last day to complete 8th Reading Quiz: December 4
Exam 3 (Over Third Course Module): Friday, December 11 (at 10:10 AM)