International Studies Program

Director: To be announced; Steering Committee: Mark Andrews (French); Pinar Batur (Sociology); Robert Brigham (History); Andrew Davison (Political Science); Leah Haus (Political Science); Martha Kaplan (Anthropology); Christopher Kilby (Economics); Alexis Klimoff (Russian Studies); Himadeep Muppidi (Political Science); Wambui Mwangi (Political Science and Africana Studies); Leslie Offutt (History); Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert (Hispanic Studies); Miki Pohl (History); Stephen Rock (Political Science); Jeffrey Schneider (German Studies); Daniel Tanaka (German Studies); Silke von der Emde (German Studies); Yu Zhou (Geography). Panel of Advisers: Program Faculty. Participating Faculty:Andrew Davison (Political Science); Jin Jiang (History); Martha Kaplan (Anthropology); Kathy Kurosman (Library); Uma Narayan (Philosophy and Women's Studies); Jeffrey Schneider (German Studies); Yu Zhou (Geography); Yuri Slezkin (Delmas Visiting Professor of International Studies).

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); Geography 222 (Geographic Research Methods); 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), Philosophy 238 (Social and Political Philosophy), 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
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. Schneider.
110a-110b.   International Studies Study Trip
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.
       Destination 2002/03: China. Ms. Zhou, Ms. Jiang.

II. Intermediate

181a.   Citizenship, Intercultural Communication and Global Media
(Same as Media Studies 181) From the telegraph to the Internet and from cinema to satellite television, global communications technologies have shaped the relationship between people and their governments and increased the exchange of information between people of different cultures. This course investigates some of the implications of global media for informed citizenship and social change through theoretical readings and the interdisciplinary study of a number of recent and historical case studies. Examples may include the role played by media in government propaganda, decolonization movements, contemporary human rights activism, war reporting, and the construction of national and international public spheres. As part of our focus on writing and developing critical thinking skills, the course may also use some of the new media we are investigating, such as e-mail list servers, websites, digital video, online learning environments, etc. Special attention also is paid to the impact of new media on academic citizenship, library research and scholarship. Ms. Kurosman. Mr. Schneider.
       Two 75 minute sessions
       Prerequisites: Open to freshman only. Satisfies college requirement for a Freshman Course.
251b.   Global Feminism.
(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.
265a.   Population. Environment and Sustainable Development.
(Same as Geography 265a.) Complex philosophical and theoretical surrounding population, economic development, and their interaction are considered, Geographical perspectives emphasize the spatial and temporal diversity of demographic experience in the context of a global network of production and distribution. Women's role in production and reproduction is investigated in diverse cultural, political, and economic environments. Themes include historical and contemporary demographic patterns, Malthusian-Marxist debate the population/resource problem government as family planners domestic and international migration and concepts and practices of sustainable development. Ms. Zhou.
       Two 75 minute sessions.
280a.   The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
This is a survey of the key debates on the history of the Russian revolution, the formation of the USSR, the nature of Stalinism, the reasons for the collapse the main features of the current regime and the changing role of Russia in the world. Mr. Slezkine.
287b.   Universalism: Theory and Practice
(Same as Political Science 287b) This course explores theoretical and practical attempts to establish universal bases for human cooperation, bases that emphasize human commonality in conscious opposition to those that emphasize human difference. What terms are necessary to forge commonalities among diverse human beings in local or global arenas, and what means exist to make those commonalities practically effective? As we consider how different universalisms (such as cosmopolitanism, multinationalism, secular and religious non-nationalisms) answer these questions, we address questions of viability, implications of globalization, dilemmas of cultural specificity, and prospects for failure as well as success. Readings include critiques of universalism from nonuniversalist positions. Cases are drawn from the contemporary Middle East and Europe. Mr. Davison.
289b.   Political Economy of Globalization
(Same as Economics 289) 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 on 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.
       Two 75-minute periods.
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
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
A 1-unit thesis written in two semesters.
305a.   Senior Seminar
An examination of selected global topics in a multidisciplinary framework. Topics vary from year to year. The program faculty.
363a.   Nations, Globalization, and Post-Coloniality
(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.
380a.   The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
This is a survey of the key debates on the history of the Russian revolution, the formation of the USSR, the nature of Stalinism, the reasons for the collapse the main features of the current regime and the changing role of Russia in the world. Mr. Slezkine.
       Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
       One 2-hour period.
399a or b.   Senior Independent Work
(1/2 or 1)
The program faculty.