International Studies Program

Director: David Kennett; Steering Committee: Mark Andrews (French), Pinar Batur (Sociology), Christopher Bjork (Education), Robert Brigham (History), Andrew Davison (Political Science), Michael Hanagan (History and International Studies), Katherine Hite (Political Science), Maria Höhn (History), Martha Kaplan (Anthropology), Christopher Kilby (Economics), Alexis Klimoff (Russian Studies), Alexis Klimoff (Russian Studies), Timothy Koechlin (Economics), Margaret Leeming (Religion), Timothy Longman (Political Science and Africana Studies), Himadeep Muppidi (Political Science), 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.

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.

2) 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.

3) 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.

4) 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.

5) 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.

2) 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); Political Science 207 (Political Analysis); Psychology 209 (Research Methods in Social Psychology); or Sociology 254 (Research Methods).

3) 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), or another approved course.

4) 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 relativism, 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. Mr. Hanagan, Mr. Schreiber.

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. Ms. Paravisini.

Destination 2006/07: Lessser Antilles.

II. Intermediate

233a. The Political Economy of Globalization (1)

(Same as Economics 233) We examine the consequences of economic globalization from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Topics include: competing theories of globalization’s effects; an assessment of the extent of globalization; the effects of economic integration in economic growth and the distribution of income; and the ways in which globalization might alter the balance of power between and among workers, communities, governments and corporations. The course also considers a number of “applied” topics including the North American Free Trade Agreement, the International Monetary Fund, and debates over “sweatshop labor”. Mr. Koechlin.

Prerequisites: Economics 100 or 101.

251a. 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.

266b. Population. Environment and Sustainable Development. (1)

(Same as Geography 266) 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.

276a. Spaces in Global Capitalism (1)

(Same as Geography 276a). The spatial patterns and dynamics of the world economy are examined in diverse industrial and regional settings. The focus is on the spatial distribution of economics activities, the use of resources, and development of regional economics. Topics may include the global shift of manufacturing activities, the spatial organization of post-Fordist production, the spread and impact of agribusiness, globalization of services, foreign direct investment and multi-national corporations, and the interdependency between developed and developing economics. Ms. Zhou.

Two 75-minute periods.

287a. Islam and Modernity (1)

The relation between Islam and modernity constitutes one of the major concerns of the contemporary world. How does Islam relate to notions of human agency, individual freedom, political democracy, human rights, equality, and the separation of church and state? This course starts by exploring the major themes and philosophical underpinnings of the Qur’an and the Hadith. It then examines the encounter of different Muslim groups with the forces of modernity since the nineteenth century. Emphasis is placed on the early experiences of different regions of the Muslim world—the Ottoman homeland, the Indian subcontinent, and the Middle East—with European modernity. The class concludes with a case study on Islam and modernity today through an exploration of the Islamic revolution in Iran. Mr. Vahdat.

288b. Cinema and Social Change in Iran (1)

Using cinema and scholarly writings as texts, this course examines how society and culture in Iran have changed in recent decades. The period between early 1960s and the Islamic Revolution of 1979, when Iran experienced authoritarian development under the Shah, witnessed very significant transformations in culture and society which are depicted in some of the films of the period. The first decade following the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979 saw an attempt to revolutionize, Islamize, and militarize culture and society at large and the Iranian cinema engaged these issues. In the past fifteen years, Iranian society has lived through a phase of social and political change that is very much cultural in nature again reflected in film. In this course we examine how to view and write critically about film as well as reading texts on the Iranian cinema and its cultural and social contexts and impacts. We view a number of most influential and representative films of each period and discuss their significance for the major themes of the course. Mr. Vahdat.

290a or b. Field Work ( 1/2 or 1)

298a or b. Independent Work ( 1/2 or 1)

III. Advanced

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.

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.

305a. Senior Seminar (1)

An examination of selected global topics in a multidisciplinary framework. Topics vary from year to year. Ms. Geist.

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.

386b. The Russian Orient: Central Asia and the Caucasus (1)

(Same as History 386) This seminar explores the Muslim regions of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union during several important transitions: becoming part of the Russian Empire, under Soviet rule, and after independence in 1991. Topics include culture and spiritual life, politics and social transformation, and the challenges facing the transition societies of Central Asia and the Caucasus. The course readings include history and political science, travelers’ accounts, ethnomusicology, and NGO resources. It focuses on three distinct regions—the oases of Central Asia, the mountains of the Caucasus, and the Eurasian steppe. Ms. Pohl.

399a or b. Senior Independent Work ( 1/2 or 1)

The program faculty.