INR4931 EU-China Relations (Spring 2020)

I received the Graduate Student Course Development Grant from the UF Center for European Studies (CES) to develop this course. This course aims to help students understand the European Union (EU)-China relations. Contemporary EU-China relations are characterized by both cooperation and competition. The EU and China have hold regular summit and ministerial meetings over sixty sectoral dialogues since 1975. Moreover, the EU is China’s biggest trading partner while China is the EU’s second largest trading partner. On the other hand, there are critical limitations that constrain further cooperation between the EU and China. For instance, the EU has continued arms embargo on China since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. The EU also has challenged human rights issue in China especially since the 2008 Beijing Olympic. Given the complex relationship between the EU and China, this course will discuss four questions: (1) How have EU-China relations evolve during the Cold War and post-Cold War era? (2) Which factors have contributed to EU-China economic cooperation? (3) What are the limitations to EU-China partnership? (4) What are the future prospects of EU-China relations? To discuss these four questions, this course organizes weekly interactive discussions and gives an opportunity to students for conducting their own research on the EU-China relations and presenting their work.

POS4734 Research Methods in Political Science (Fall 2018 and Fall 2019)

This course aims to help students understand political science research and produce your own research. Throughout the course, we discuss four questions: (1) what is the concept of “political science,” rather than “politics”? (2) what kind of research do political scientists do? (3) how do political scientists conduct their scientific studies and communicate the knowledge to one another? (4) which methodology is the best fit to the research? Throughout this course, we critically examine these questions. We do not focus on a specific field such as American Politics, Comparative Politics, or International Relations. Instead, we are interested in understanding the methods that political scientists in all fields use to build knowledge. As such, this course enables you to better understand the literature you read in substantive courses and helps you to conduct your own scientific research on the topics you are interested in. In our lab session (once in a week), we learn how to use the statistical software, STATA and the Geographic Information System software, ArcGIS.

INR4083 War and Peace in World Politics (Fall 2017)

This course aims to help students understand the dynamics of international conflict and conduct their own scientific research. Throughout the course, we discuss four questions: (1) what is the concept of the scientific study of international conflict? (2) how to conduct scientific study? (3) which causal factor contributes to the initiation, escalation, and termination of international conflict? (4) which methodology is the best fit to study international conflict? We also critically examine the various causes and correlates of international conflict from different level of analysis as well as the outcomes and consequences of war. We evaluate the different methodologies (from statistical analysis to in-depth case studies) and have an opportunity to analyze statistical data used in current literature via STATA.

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