World Politics in a New Era, 5e meets the needs of your students by providing them with the tools necessary to understand IR. Using the theme of Globalization and Fragmentation and Conflict versus Cooperation, this text provides the historical context and theoretical foundations to allow students to contemplate current world events.
Thematic Approach: Allowing students to get beyond the notion of Globalization as a buzzword, WPNE, 5e integrates a theme of Globalization and Fragmentation throughout the text to enable students to see the tradeoffs and tensions as a result of a "global community". Furthering this theme, the authors introduce the concept of Conflict and Cooperation so that students can see how world leaders balance their relationships with other countries.
Theoretical Foundations: WPNE, 5e introduces the predominant theories used to explain international relations in Chapter 2. This thorough foundation is then followed by discussions of theories placed throughout the narrative of the text as well as in a feature called "At A Glance" so students can see the theories at work in world events. The "At A Glance" features also allow students to see the intersection of theories with the individual, domestic, and systemic levels of analysis.
Historical Context: Four chapters in the text are devoted to reviewing key historical events to provide students with the context necessary to grasp world politics. A chapter on Non-Western history entitled Imperialism and Its Victims (Chapter 5) allows students to move beyond the typical "Western" understanding of world events. Covered in lecture, or assigned as background reading, WPNE, 5e provides students with the historical back-story to better understand today's contemporary global community.
Analysis of World Events: Each chapter of the text provides students with the opportunity to play the decision maker in the midst of a crisis within their country in a feature called "What Would You Do?" Real life situations are profiled and students are asked to think through a course of action using the material they've learned in the course. This experience of analyzing a crisis and proposing solutions is a skill students can take away from the course to use in other Politics courses, as well as their day-to-day lives.