International Studies Program

Director: Pinar Batur; Steering Committee: Mark Andrews (French), Pinar Batur (Sociology), Christopher Bjork (Education), Robert Brigham (History), Andrew Davison (Political Science), Wenwei Du (Chinese and Japanese), Michael Hanagan (History and International Studies), Katherine Hite (Political Science), Maria Höhn (History), Martha Kaplan (Anthropology), David Kennett (Economics), Christopher Kilby (Economics), Alexis Klimoff (Russian Studies), Timothy Koechlin (International Studies), Margaret Leeming (Religion), Timothy Longman (Political Science and Africana Studies), Candice Lowe (Anthropology), Himadeep Muppidi (Political Science), Leslie Offutt (History), Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert (Hispanic Studies), Miki Pohl (History), Stephen Rock (Political Science), Jeffrey Schneider (German Studies), Elliot Schreiber (German Studies), Joshua Schreier (History), Fubing Su (Political Science), Vinay Swamy (French), David Tavárez (Anthropology), 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, 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

106a and b. 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. Mr. Hanagan, Mr. Schreiber

110a-110b. International Studies Study Trip — Political Landscapes of the Twenty-first Century (1)

Normally the study trip takes place in the spring semester break. Enrollment for the trip is made early in the first semester. 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.

Destination. 2008/09 Destination to be announced.

II. Intermediate

205. International Relations of the Third World: Bandung to 9/11 (1)

(Same as Political Science 205) Whether referred to as the “Third World,” or other variants such as the “Global South,” the “Developing World,” the “G-77,” the “Non-Aligned Movement,” or the “Post- colonial World,” a certain unity has long been assumed for the multitude of countries ranging from Central and South America, across Africa to much of Asia. Is it valid to speak of a Third World? What were/are the connections between countries of the Third World? What were/are the high and low points of Third World solidarity? And what is the relationship between the First and Third Worlds? Drawing on academic and journalistic writings, personal narratives, music, and film, this course explores the concept of the Third World from economic, political and cultural perspectives. Beginning shortly after the end of colonialism, we examine the trajectory of the Third World in global political debates through the end of the Cold War and start of the War on Terror. Mr. Mampilly.

[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.

Not offered in 2008/09.

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. Piesche

Two 75-minute periods.

[256. Ethnicity and Nationalism] (1)

(Same as Political Science 256) Mr. Mampilly.

Not offered in 2008/09.

[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. Mr. Nevins.

Two 75 minute sessions.

Not offered in 2008/09.

[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.

Not offered in 2008/09.

282b. Africa in the World Economy (1)

(same as Economics and International Studies 282b)

284a. Urban Political Economy (1)

(Same as Urban Studies 284)  This course employs the multidisciplinary lens of political economy to analyze economic development, social inequality, and political conflict in contemporary cities.  Why do people and resources tend to concentrate in cities?  How does the urban landscape promote and constrain political conflict and distribute economic and social rewards?  The course develops an analytical framework to make sense of a variety of urban complexities, including poverty, segregation, suburban sprawl, the provision of affordable housing, global migration, and the effects of neoliberalism on rich and poor cities throughout the world. Mr. Koechlin.

286a. Global Political Economy (1)


Global Political Economy

This course explores competing visions of economic globalization, and uses these distinct frameworks to analyze the meaning, causes, extent, and consequences of globalization, with a particular focus on the relationships among global, national and local economic phenomena.  What do we mean by globalization?  What are the effects globalization on growth, inequality, and the environment?  How might international economic policy and the particular form(s) of globalization that it promotes -- help to explain the pace and form of urbanization?  Why do economists and others disagree about the answers to these and related questions?   This course explores some of the ways that interdisciplinary analysis might enrich our understanding of  "economic" globalization.  Mr. Koechlin.

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. Mr. Batur.

363b.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.

380b. Global Interdependency: NAFTA and EU. (1)

Mr. Koechlin.

382a. Terrorism (1)

No other issue generates as much discussion and controversy as the contemporary debate over ‘terrorism.’ But what is this phenomenon? And how should we respond to it? This course examines ‘terrorism’ with a critical eye, looking at the different ways that the subject is framed by various disciplines and authors. Drawing on political science, anthropological and historical accounts, as well as arguments made by scholars from economics, Women’s studies and area studies, we discuss the ways in which terrorism has been presented, debated and analyzed. We also draw from the fictional universe through an examination of films and novels that depict the inner struggles of ‘terrorists’ and those affected by their actions. Mr. Mampilly.

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.

Not offered in 2008/09.

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

The program faculty.