Global Politics: A Toolkit for Learners is an innovative and exciting new learner-centered approach to the study of international relations. Leveraging decades of in-class teaching and learning experiences, authors Roni Kay M. O’Dell and Sasha Breger Bush have developed evidence-based teaching and learning practices which support a scaffolded, skills-oriented approach. Each chapter introduces historical documents from key political events, important concepts and the techniques learners need to independently and actively engage with primary sources. Readers are encouraged to develop a personal connection with global issues, to consider matters of justice, freedom and equality, and to think critically about possibilities for social transformation in the global arena.
Roni Kay M. O’Dell is associate professor and department coordinator of the Political Science and Global Studies Department at Seton Hill University.
Sasha Breger Bush is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Introduction:Taking Responsibility for Learning
Chapter 1: Understanding Global Politics
Chapter 2: What Does That Mean? Definitions, Terminology, and Jargon
Chapter 3: Who? Actors, Positions, Perspectives, and Interests
Chapter 4: What or What is? Identifying What Matters
Chapter 5: Where? Assessing Geographic Location and Influence
Chapter 6: Why? How Things Work in Global Politics
Chapter 7: When? Outlining Chronology
Chapter 8: What’s the Point? Identifying Main Ideas
Chapter 9: Making Connections: Applying Knowledge Across Global Political Contexts
Chapter 10: Breaking It Down: Categorizing and Analyzing Topics
Chapter 11: Compare and Contrast: Clarifying and Distinguishing Concepts and Ideas
Chapter 12: Tying the Pieces Together: Synthesizing Information About Global Politics
Chapter 13: Determining Value: Evaluation and Assessment
Conclusion: Creating and Negotiating the Future
This book is the perfect introduction to international relations. Instead of simply memorizing information, you explore the content for yourself, which gives you the unique opportunity to discover what interests you and become more intimately familiar with the content. I feel that I will be able to take the skills and knowledge I’ve gained from this textbook with me for the rest of my academic career and beyond!
This global politics book provides readers with comprehensive and clear information about the various components of international relations. By applying real-world situations to each topic and breaking down relevant learning tools in each chapter, this textbook assists in establishing a connection between the learner and the material at hand. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about the structure and function of global affairs and politics.
I wish I had been able to utilize this book throughout my entire college career. It reinforces self-discipline and research skills in a whole new way. I now feel that I have an excellent understanding of the issues facing our world, which I apply to my work in local government.
Each chapter gives a great description and analysis of global political issues and takes it a step further by introducing the reader to unique learning techniques.
This textbook on international relations is written unlike any other that I have read during my college career. It allows the reader to cultivate the skill of taking ownership of their own learning by walking them through the steps of learner-centered teaching and learning.
I love this approach to learning. It keeps me so engaged and accountable for my own learning and its applications. It’s difficult for me to remain focused when a lot of details are involved but the book provides checklists that support me - I didn’t know how much I needed that as a philosophy major. Thank you for writing such an amazing book!