International Studies Program

Director: Andrew Davison; Steering Committee: Mark Andrews (French), Pinar Batur (Sociology), Christopher Bjork (Education), Robert Brigham (History), Andrew Davison (Political Science), Michael Hanagan (History and International Studies), Leah Haus (Political Science), Martha Kaplan (Anthropology), Christopher Kilby (Economics), Alexis Klimoff (Russian Studies), Himadeep Muppidi (Political Science), Timothy Longman (Political Science and Africana Studies), Leslie Offutt (History), Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert (Hispanic Studies), Miki Pohl (History), Stephen Rock (Political Science), Jeffrey Schneider (German Studies), Joshua Schreir (History), Silke von der Emde (German Studies), Yu Zhou (Geography); Panel of Advisers: Program Faculty; Participating Faculty:­Andrew Davison (Political Science), Jeffrey Schneider (German Studies), Yu Zhou (Geography).

The multidisciplinary program in International Studies is designed to provide a solid and systematic grounding in the study of global interdependence while allowing students to develop strengths in at least two traditional departmental disciplines. A student’s course of study for the major is designed in close consultation with the director and the Panel of Advisers. The objectives are to build a core of knowledge in the international social sciences and develop fluency in at least one language, while ensuring a multidisciplinary perspective by encouraging students to approach international issues from the viewpoints that interest them most. Consequently, approved programs of study may include upper-level work in the sciences, humanities, literature and arts as well as the social sciences and languages. In general, the advising process should be initiated early in the sophomore year, especially if a student is interested in study abroad in the first semester of the junior year. Additional information on the registration process is available from the program office. Entry to the program is limited.

Requirements for the concentration: 

  1. 15 units, including International Studies 106, in a program of study that has been approved by the Panel of Advisers of the International Studies Program. These units must comprise a coherent and integrated program of study, and the rationale for the program must be given in a formal proposal. Credit to the program will not normally be given for courses at the 100-level except for International Studies 106, Political Science 160, and Geography 105, or if the course is accepted as filling one of the program recommendations given below.

  1. Competency in one foreign language through the third-year college level as demonstrated by completion of the relevant courses or special examination. The language studied should be directly relevant to the geographical area of emphasis.

  1. 4 units of work at the 300-level: International Studies 305, a senior seminar of 1 unit; a senior thesis of 1 unit (normally International Studies 301-302); and at least 1 unit from each of two departments. The senior seminar and the thesis constitute the Senior-Year Requirement. 
  2. 1 unit of intermediate work directly relevant to international issues in each of three departments. One of these departments must be economics and the other two courses may be drawn from political science, history, and geography.

  1. At least one unit of work dealing with issues of nationality, race, ethnicity, class, and/or gender in American society.

Recommendations for the concentration: 

  1. At least one course concerning the history, politics, economics, geography, anthropology or sociology of Latin America, Asia, or Africa.

  1. Familiarity with research methods appropriate to the student’s concentration in the International Studies major. The following courses may satisfy this recommendation: Anthropology 245 (The Ethnographer’s Craft); Economics 209 (Probability and Statistics); Geography 222 (Geographic Research Methods); Political Science 207 (Political Analysis); Psychology 209 (Research Methods in Social Psychology); or Sociology 254 (Research Methods).

  1. Systematic inquiry into the area of ethics. This recommendation may be satisfied by any of the following courses: Philosophy 106 (Philosophy and Contemporary Issues), Philosophy 234 (Ethics), Philosophy 238 (Social and Political Philosophy), or another approved course.

  1. A structured foreign area experience. This is especially recommended for students who have not lived or worked abroad. It may be satisfied by approved programs for Study Away, exchange living or study/travel.

I. Introductory

 
106b. Perspectives in International Studies
(1)
An introduction to the varied perspectives from which an interdependent world can be approached. Themes which the course may address are nationalism and the formation of national identity, state violence and war, immigration, religion, modernization, imperialism, colonialism and postcolonialism, indigenous groups, cultural relavitism, and human rights. These themes are explored by examining the experiences of different geographic areas. This multidisciplinary course uses texts from the social sciences and the humanities.
       The particular themes and geographic areas selected, and the disciplinary approaches employed, vary with the faculty teaching the course.
       This course is required for all International Studies majors. Sophomores and freshmen should take this course if they are interested in pursuing an International Studies major. Instructor to be announced.
 
110a-110b. International Studies Study Trip
(1)
Normally the study trip takes place in the spring semester break. Enrollment for the trip is made early in the first semestser. The course, which is taught in conjunction with the study trip, provides a systematic multidisciplinary introduction to the social, cultural, religious, historical, geographic, political, and economic aspects of the place of travel. The precise disciplinary foci of the trip varies depending on the faculty leading the trip and teaching the course. Language instruction is required when appropriate. Mr. Godfrey, Ms. Offutt, Ms. Johnson.
       Destination 2003/04: Brazil
 

II. Intermediate

 
[251b. Global Feminism.]
(1)
(Same as Women’s Studies 251) This course explores issues pertinent to women’s experiences in different Third World cultural and national contexts, focusing on feminist political analyses and activism pertaining to a range of issues affecting women. The course, examines how political fundamentalism, nationalism, and postcoloniality affect different women’s identities and choices, and how feminists negotiate these forces in their struggles for women’s empowerment. In addition to theoretical readings on Third World feminism, we address issues ranging from cultural practices, to issues of sexuality and reproductive rights, and issues pertaining to development and women’s place in the contemporary global economy. Learning about a wide range of Third World feminist engagements enables us to have a richer understanding of feminism as encompassing national, international and transnational political agendas, and to think critically about the similarities and differences in the predicaments and political struggles of women in different parts of the World. Ms. Narayan.
       Two 75-minute periods.
       Not offered in 2003/04.
 
265b. Population. Environment and Sustainable Development.
(1)
(Same as Geography 265) This course examines major issues, myths, theoretical debates, and real-life controversies regarding population change and the environment from a political-ecology perspective. Political ecology studies the changing physical environment through the lens of political- economic institutions and social discourse. The first part of this course visits the theoretical debates on population and environment through demographic analysis and critical evaluation of healthcare and family planning policies. The latter half offers lessons on issues related to food scarcity and security, environmental and social movements in many developing regions such as China, India, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. Ms. Zhou.
       Two 75 minute sessions.
 
275b. Economic Geography: Globalization and Regional Development
(1)
(same as Geography 275b)
       Two 75 minute sessions.
 
288a. Economic Development in Less Developed Countries
(1)
(Same as Economics 288)
       Prerequisites: Economics 100 and 101.
       Two 75-minute periods.
 
289b. Political Economy of Globalization
(1)
(Same as Economics 289b)
       Prerequisites: Economics 100 or 101.
       Two 75-minute periods.
 
290a or b. Field Work
(1/2 or 1)
 
298a or b. Independent Work
(1/2 or 1)
 
300a or b. Senior Thesis
(1)
A 1-unit thesis written in the fall or spring semester. Students may elect to write their theses in one semester only in exceptional circumstances. Usually students will adopt International Studies 301-302.
 
301a-302b. Senior Thesis
(1)
A 1-unit thesis written in two semesters.
 

III. Advanced

 
305a. Senior Seminar
(1)
An examination of selected global topics in a multidisciplinary framework. Topics vary from year to year. Mr. Hanagan.
 
[363a. Nations, Globalization, and Post-Coloniality]
(1)
(Same as Anthropology 363) How do conditions of globalization and dilemmas of post-coloniality challenge the nation-state? Do they also reinforce and reinvent it? This course engages three related topics and literatures; recent anthropology of the nation-state; the anthropology of colonial and post-colonial societies; and the anthropology of global institutions and global flows. Ms. Kaplan.
       Prerequisite: Previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.
       Not offered in 2003/04.
 
381b. Europe and Its Globality
(1)
Where does Europe end? Where does Europe begin? How do we understand Europe in the era of global interconnectedness? This seminar is structured around these questions by examining Europe's central role in the production of global political thought. It is premised upon the idea that concepts such as citizenship, the nation-state, civil society, human rights, distinctions between public and private, democracy, colonialism, sovereignty, and scientific rationality have been shaped in and through European encounters with others in the international system. This seminar is a focused study of the politics of these interactions. Mr. Davison, Mr. Muppidi.
       Prerequisite: Previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.
       Special permission.
       One 3-hour period.
 
399a or b. Senior Independent Work
(1/2 or 1)
The program faculty.