International Studies Program

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.

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

106. a 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 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. The department.

107. Perspectives in International Studies (1)

This course explores global inequality from a variety of perspectives. What do we mean by "inequality" and how is it best measured? What are its causes and consequences? How does the increasing "globalization" of economics, politics and culture affect inequality, variously understood? Specific topics may include: colonialism and imperialism; migration; race, gender and inequality; war and peace; global warming; food, water and oil; and human rights (topics will vary from semester to semester). These questions/issues will be addressed in a variety of ways -- from analysis of economic data to literature and films. Mr. Koechlin.

Not offered in 2011/12.

110b. International Study Travel (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.The department.

II. Intermediate

203. Central Asia and the Caucasus (1)

(Same as History 203) This class explores the region between Russia, China, and Persia with an emphasis on history, politics, and international relations. We focus on four broad time periods: the era of the Khanates (1100-1500s), becoming part of the Russian and Chinese empires (1620s-1917), the period of Communist rule, and the emergence of independent states in 1991. The last part of the course examines aspects of liberalism and tyranny, regional security issues, and the economies of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the Caucasus (Chechnya, Georgia). The course readings include sources from history and political science, travelers’ accounts, literature and memoirs, as well as sociology and international studies.

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

(Same as Political Science 205b.) 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.

210b. International Social Movements and Revolution in the Modern World (1)

Why have forms of protest, once common---grain riots, social banditry, and nomadic raiding---generally declined while strikes, demonstrations and terrorist bombings have all increased? Why do some social movements express collective grievances through demonstrations and rallies while others turn to suicide bombings? What is a revolution and how would we know one if we saw it? What is the future of social movements and revolutions in an age of globalization? Using the work of historians but also of anthropologists and sociologists this course examines social movements and revolution from the urban artisans of the French revolution who supported the Terror to peaceful demonstrators in modern day Argentina. We will explore how the identity, goals, and techniques of popular contention have changed over the last two centuries. Mr. Hanagan.

Two 75-minute periods.

222b. Urban Political Economy (1)

(Same as Urban Studies 222b) 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.

235b. Ending Deadly Conflict (1)

This course uses historical case studies to identify practical ways to end conflict and build sustainable peace. It is concerned with the vulnerability of the weak, failed and collapsed states, with post conflict periods that have reignited into violence, and problems of mediating conflicts that are unusually resistant to resolution. Of particular interest will be the role that third party intermediaries and global governance institutions have played in bringing about a negotiated end to violence. Major topics may include: the Paris Peace Accords, South Africa’s truth and reconciliation commissions, the Good Friday Agreement, Israel-Palestine negotiations, the Dayton Peace Accords ending the Balkans wars, and negotiations to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Brigham.

Two 75-minute periods.

238. 238a. China: National Identity and Global Impact (1)

(Same as Geography 238a. and Asian Studies 238a.)

Not offered in 2011/12.

250b. Language and Early/Late Globalizations (1)

How have early global (colonial) and late global (post- or neo-colonial) states formulated language policies, and to what degree have their subjects conformed to or resisted these attempts? How does language use relate to the notion of belonging to globalized colonial, national, and local domains? This course offers a survey of anthropological, historical, and linguistic approaches to these questions through a consideration of language contact in colonial and neo-colonial situations, a comparison of linguistic policies upheld by empires, nation-states and transnational processes, and the conflict between language policy and local linguistic ideologies. The course addresses case studies from the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia that cover the range between institutional language reform and individual strategies of accommodation and resistance as they relate to early and contemporary forms of global expansion from the 16th century onwards. Mr. Tavárez.

Two 75 minute sessions.

Not offered in 2011/12.

251a. Global Feminism (1)

(Same as Women's Studies 251a.) The course focuses on several different forms of work that women , mostly in Third World countries, do in order to earn their livelihood within the circuits of the contemporary global economy. The types of work we examine include factory work, home-based work, sex work, office work, care work, informal sector work and agricultural labor. We consider how these forms of work both benefit and burden women, and how women's work interacts with gender roles, reinforcing or transforming them. We also consider some of the general aspects of economic globalization and how it affects poor working women; migration within and across national borders, urbanization, the spread of a culture of consumption, and ecological devastation. Ms. Narayan.

Two 75-minute sessions.

255b. Global Political Economy (1)

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? Who benefits from globalization, and who might be hurt? 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.

Two 75-minute meetings.

256. Race/Ethnicity/Nationalism (1)

(Same as Africana Studies 256 and Political Science 256) Mr. Mampilly.

260b. International Relations of the Third World: Bangdung to 9/11 (1)

(Same as Africana Studies 260b. and Political Science 260b.) 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.

261a. The Nuclear Cage (1)

(Same as Environmental Science 261 and Sociology 261) The central aim of this course is to explore debates about the interaction between beings, including humans, animals, plants, and the earth within the context of advanced capitalism by concentrating on the production, distribution, consumption, and disposal of nuclear power. The first question concerning the class is how does Environmental Theory approach nuclear power and its impact on the environment. The second question deals with how this construction interacts with other forms of debate regarding nuclear power, especially concentrating on the relation between science, market and the state in dealing with nature, and how citizens formulate and articulate their understanding of nuclear power through social movements. Ms. Batur.

262. War and Peace and the Struggle (1)

(Same as Sociology 262) The Bishop of Hereford told Henry VIII, "The surest way to peace is constant preparation for war." This class focuses on war and peace in the classical debates and in critical theory. We examine whether it is necessary to prepare for war in order to achieve peace; can "Peace" be conceptualized independent of "War;" and whether there is a need to conceptualize the relationships between them in order to reach a synthesis to define a new set of terms for global coexistence. In the first half of the course we concentrate on the theoretical discourse on war, and in the second half of the class we explore alternative theoretical paradigms, especially peace in its various manifestations. Ms. Batur.

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

(Same as Geography 266b.) Concerns about human population are integral to debates about matters of political stability, socio-economic equity, ecological sustainability, and human wellbeing. This course engages these debates via an examination of environmental change, power and inequality, and technology and development. Case studies include: water supplies, fishing and agriculture and the production of foodstuffs. Being a geography course, it highlights human-“nature” relations, spatial distribution and difference, and the dynamic connections between places and regions. Mr. Nevins

Two 75-minute periods.

275b. Comparative Education (1)

(Same as Asian Studies 275b, Education 275b) This course provides an overview of comparative education theory, practice, and research methodology. We examine educational issues and systems in a variety of cultural contexts. Particular attention is paid to educational practices in Asia and Europe, as compared to the United States. The course focuses on educational concerns that transcend national boundaries. Among the topics explored are international development, democratization, social stratification, the cultural transmission of knowledge, and the place of education in the global economy. These issues are examined from multiple disciplinary vantage points. Mr. Bjork.

Prerequisite: Education 235 or permission of instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

276b. Spaces in Global Capitalism (1)

(Same as Geography 276b.). 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.

283b. Modernity and Reform in the Middle East: 1776 to Present(1)

(Same as Africana Studies 283b.) Modernity and reform in the Middle East (1776 to the Present). This course traces the genealogy of socio-political reform movements across the past three centuries in the Middle East. The key moments that we will investigate span the colonial encounter, defensive modernization, the rise of nationalisms, and postcolonial nation-building. Our inquiry will culminate in an examination of the contemporary popular revolutions sweeping through the region in the wake of the failure of both the neocolonial enterprise and the postcolonial nation-state. Our goal is not only to analyze the different manifestations of this contested modernity, but also to explore the potential of our current historical moment in realigning regional and global hegemonies. We will rely on a host of primary and secondary sources delineating the chronology of historical developments and intellectual output.

287b. The Political Economy of Gender (1)

(Same as Asian Studies and Women's Studies 287)This one semester course provides an overview of such issues as the history of protectionist policies in the United States (including gender-specific limits on hours of employment and working conditions, limits on ability to sign contracts, own property or vote) and the effect of 20th century feminism and the Civil Rights legislation. We examine the persistence of gender-based wage differentials throughout the world. We also consider the economics of the family ( economic theories of marriage markets and bargaining within the family), and gender issues in the developing world (access to education, health, fertility, child marriage, etc.) We use selected parts of a textbook, but also read some journal articles and law cases. Students have a choice of writing two short papers during the semester or a term paper, due at the end of the semester. Ms. Johnson-Lans.

Prerequisite: Women's Studies 130.

Two 75-minute periods.

288. Memory and Media (1)

(Same as History 288 and Jewish Studies 288) In this course, we explore the complex relationship between memory and media. Representations of the past encompass competing claims of truth and moral value because the very act of remembering is necessarily mediated—we have no direct access to the past. This makes the medium through which memory and its representations are generated all the more important. For example, it was the film Shoah that prompted the first serious excavation of Holocaust memories; today, in the former Soviet Bloc, multimedia kitsch museums about communism are popular tourist sites; and the violent 1990s Yugoslav Civil War appears to have been as much about its journalists’ experiences as about its victims’. This course spotlights the European stage as a platform for discussing memory-making in relation to fascism, communism, and nationalism, but students are also encouraged to look further afield, as well as explore their own relations to memory. Through film, television, art, comic books, memorials, memoirs, and blogs—as well as student projects—students will examine memory as an active, value-laden process of reconstruction, and media as transmitter and shaper of multiple stories about the past, all contending for recognition, moral judgment, and emotional impact. Ms. Bren

289b.Islam in History: Major Themes from the Early Muslim State and Society (570-1517) (1)

(Same as Africana Studies 289b.). Ms. Bren.

290a or b. Field Work (1/2 or 1)

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

III. Advanced

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. Senior Thesis (1/2)

A 1-unit thesis written in two semesters.

Year long course 301-302.

302b. Senior Thesis (1/2)

A 1-unit thesis written in two semesters.

Yearlong course 301-302.

305a. Senior Seminar (1)

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

360b. Problems in Cultural Analysis (1)

(Same as Anthropology 360)

Not offered in 2011/12.

363. 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.

365a. Civil Wars and Rebel Movements (1)

(Same as Political Science 365a) Since World War II, civil wars have vastly outnumbered interstate wars, and have killed, conservatively, five times as many people as interstate wars. This seminar explores contemporary civil wars from a variety of different angles and approaches drawn primarily from political science, but also other disciplines. In addition, we consider personal accounts, journalistic coverage, and films that illustrate the reality of contemporary warfare. The course is divided into three sections, each of which emphasizes the transnational nature of contemporary civil wars. First, we read a selection of differing perspectives on the causes and consequences of civil conflicts. Next, we explore literature on the organization and behavior of rebel organizations by rebel theorists and academics. And finally, we consider different case studies from different parts of the world. Mr. Mampilly.

380b. Global Interdependency (1)

This seminar employs interdisciplinary analysis to investigate the meaning and consequences of "global interdependency." How are the people, nations, markets, and regions of the world linked? Interdependency takes many forms: trade and investment; migration; the exchange of ideas and images; our "shared interests" in natural resources (including water and the physical environment), and much more. How does this (apparently) growing interdependency affect our economics, politics, culture, and personal lives? In this course, we will attempt to address these questions in a variety of ways -- from economic data to personal narratives and films. Students will be invited to help shape the course to reflect their particular interests and concerns. Mr. Koechlin

Not offered in 2011/12.

382. 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.

Not offered in 2011/12.

384. Transnational Queer: Genders, Sexualities, Identities (1)

(Same as College Course 384 and Women's Studies 384) What does it mean to be Queer? This seminar examines, critiques, and interrogates queer identities and constructions in France and North America. In what ways do diverse cultures engage with discourses on gender and sexuality? Can or should our understanding of queerness change depending on cultural contexts? Through guest lectures and discussion seminars, the course examines a broad range of queer cultural production, from fiction to cinema and performance. Topics include such diverse issues as queer bodies, national citizenship, sexual politics, legal discourse, and aesthetic representation. All lectures, readings, and discussions are in English. Mr. Swamy.

Not offered in 2011/12.

385. Women, Culture, and Development (1)

(Same as Latin American Latino/a Studies, Sociology, and Women's Studies 385) This course examines the ongoing debates within development studies about how integration into the global economy is experienced by women around the world. Drawing on gender studies, cultural studies, and global political economy, we explore the multiple ways in which women struggle to secure well-being, challenge injustice, and live meaningful lives. Ms. Carruyo.

386. 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 2011/12.

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

The program faculty.