International Relations

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  • CAS IR 206: Introduction to the Sociology of Globalization
    (Meets with CAS SO 206.) A sociological introduction to globalization. Explores the roles of technology, transnational corporations, and the state. Considers globalization's impacts on the workplace, the environment, and other institutions as well as the emergence of global social movements. Carries social sciences divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS IR 230: Fundamentals of International Politics
    Introduction to basic concepts of international politics: the state system and types of states, modern ideologies, legal frameworks of international transactions, and political regions. Also raises key issues such as population, the environment, war, and international law. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS IR 242: Globalization and World Poverty
    (Meets with CAS SO 242.) Globalization and world poverty; how and why over 80% of the world remains poor and inequality increases despite economic modernization and democratization. Addresses urbanization, immigration, religion, politics, development politics, foreign aid, women, drugs, environment, food security. Special attention to Latin American, African, and Asian experiences. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Ethical Reasoning.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Ethical Reasoning
  • CAS IR 250: Europe and International Relations
    Meets with CAS PO 343. Provides an overview European affairs. Topics include the foreign policies of European nations, the dynamics of European integration, NATO, international migration and ethnic conflict, and European relations with the United States, Russia, and neighboring countries.
  • CAS IR 251: Introduction to Comparative Politics
    Undergraduate core course. Meets with CAS PO 151. Examines different patterns of political development and contemporary politics in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Introduces the comparative method in political science and competing theories of political development and political change. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS IR 271: Introduction to International Relations
    Explores major issues in international relations, including conflict, cooperation, and governance. Addresses dominant international relations theories and their application. Investigates state system, international law and organization, transnational actors, state behavior, and globalization. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS IR 275: The Making of Asia
    This course provides undergraduates with a broad introduction to diversity and development in Asia Pacific. Part I introduces historical and political legacies in Asia, focusing on the rise and decline of a China-centric and a Japan-centric order in East Asia. Part II focuses on political-economic developments in Pacific Asia after WWII. Part III focuses on the 1997/8 Asian financial crisis and its impacts on individual countries in the region as well as their transnational politics. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS IR 290: Drugs and Security in the Americas
    (Meets with CAS HI 331). Drug trafficking is one of the greatest threats to security and stability in the Americas. In this class, we study how drug trafficking became such an immense problem and why it has been so difficult to solve.
  • CAS IR 292: Fundamentals of International Economics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS EC 101 and CAS EC 102.
    Basic issues of international finance. Topics include the balance of payment adjustment, theories of exchange rate determination, and case studies in international economic policy. Geared for international relations students; does not count toward economics requirements for economics concentrators.
  • CAS IR 302: Campaigns and Elections Around the World
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PO 151; or consent of instructor.
    Meets with CAS PO 325. Electoral campaigns in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Changes in campaigns over time; role of international political consultants; influence of party systems, electoral systems, campaign finance regulation, vote buying, and mass media; campaign effects on voting behavior and public opinion.
  • CAS IR 304: Environmentally Sustainable Development
    (Meets with CAS EE 304.) Traces the emergence of sustainable development as the defining environmental challenge of our times. Surveys and evaluates policies for balancing ecological sustainability and economic development in various parts of the world and at the global level.
  • CAS IR 307: Introduction to Middle East Politics
    Meets with CAS PO 368. Employs social science theories to explain the political development of the Middle East since World War I. Part 1 examines state formation and competing explanations for authoritarianism. Part 2 analyzes social movements ranging from Islamist groups to mass mobilization.
  • CAS IR 308: Introduction to Global Resource Geopolitics: Natural Resources, Development, and Conflict
    Meets with CAS GE 308. Introduces students to the relationship between natural resources, geopolitics, and conflict. Examines the effect of this relationship on development, peace, and security around the globe. Emphasis on conflict minerals, energy commodities, and technology metals.
  • CAS IR 310: The Sea and International Relations
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS IR 230 or CAS IR 271.
    Oceans have long been central to international relations. Addresses issues and implications of state sovereignty, resource exploitation, commercial transport, deployment of maritime power, environmental issues and climate change, potential for terrorism, and continuing evolution of associated international law.
  • CAS IR 315: Nuclear Governance
    Examines how states administer their nuclear weapons and energy programs at the domestic and international levels. Explores the bureaucracies, military services, and government officials responsible for creating and maintaining nuclear weapons and energy. Also offered as CAS HI 335 and CAS PO 358.
  • CAS IR 318: Religion and American Foreign Policy
    (Meets with CAS RN 318.) Introduction to the historical roots and contemporary relevance of religion for American foreign policy. Uses conventional chronological approaches to explore key themes that illustrate the role of religion as input and object of American foreign policy.
  • CAS IR 322: Governing Crises: The Political Economy of Financial Booms and Busts
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS EC 102.
    Explores how and why financial crises take place,spread across borders, and how to avoid future financial crises. Uses political, historical, and sociological analysis to address these questions while exploring both mainstream and alternative economic approaches to financial crises.
  • CAS IR 325: The Great Powers and the Eastern Mediterranean
    Meets with CAS HI 229. The Eastern Mediterranean as center of Great Power confrontation. Its impact on wider international relations, the domestic political results, the role of sea power, and the origins, conduct, and resolution of wars.
  • CAS IR 328: Turko-Persia in the Twentieth Century
    The twentieth-century history of the non-Arab Muslim Middle East, i.e., Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. Analysis of the constitutional revolutions in Turkey and Iran, Kemalism, the Islamic revolution in Iran, and communism in the Soviet Union and Afghanistan. Also offered as CAS HI 382.
  • CAS IR 330: Diplomatic Practice
    The course is designed to get students familiarized with the "art of the possible," emphasizing how diplomatic practice has evolved so far. Students will be able to understand how foreign policy is formulated and promulgated and how diplomacy works on a daily basis.They will demonstrate a clear understanding of the role and importance of multilateral diplomacy/international organizations (liberalism) in today's world and examine how multilateral diplomacy functions. Students will be able to grasp the core principles of diplomatic negotiations and demonstrate them in the simulations. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Research and Information Literacy, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Teamwork/Collaboration