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  • CAS IR 351: Africa in International Politics
    Meets with CAS PO 377. Introduction to the international relations of post-colonial Africa. Core themes include the politics of post-independence international alignments, the external causes and effects of authoritarian rule, and Africa's role in the global political economy.
  • CAS IR 352: International Human Rights: Applying Human Rights in Africa
    Meets with CAS PO 378. Studies the growing international influence on politics of human rights principles, documents, and organizations, drawing especially on African cases such as Congo, Zimbabwe, and Sudan. Topics include universality vs. cultural relativism, individual vs. group rights, and issues in human rights enforcement. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS IR 580.
  • CAS IR 362: European Politics
    Meets with CAS PO 341. Comparative study of politics in member states of the European Union, with emphasis on political development, institutions, major issues in contemporary politics, and the impact of European integration. Selective references to original and new member states of the EU.
  • CAS IR 365: Rise of China
    (Meets with CAS PO 352.) China's political, economic, and strategic development since the late nineteenth century, with emphasis on the period since 1949. Examines three questions: In what ways is China rising? How did it happen? What are the impacts of China's rise on the U.S. and the global system?
  • CAS IR 367: Introduction to Latin American Politics and International Relations
    (Meets with CAS HI 399 and CAS PO 360.) Introduction to the patterns and complexities of Latin American politics and foreign policies. Focuses on the distinctive Latin American political experience and alternative explanation for it, including colonization, the international economy, and human and material resource capacity and utilization.
  • CAS IR 368: Contemporary East Asian Economics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS EC 101 ; CAS EC 102 or CAS EC 111 ; CAS EC 112.
    Meets with CAS EC 368. An introduction to the economic history and institutions of Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Topics include structural change, trade, labor markets, corporate organization, financial systems, and macroeconomic and industrial policy.
  • CAS IR 369: Southeast Asia in World Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS IR 271 or CAS IR 251.
    Meets with CAS PO 354. Examines Southeast Asia as an important emerging political, economic, and security region in world politics. Background materials, including the region's history, cultural diversity, and geo-strategic position, are given weight in the course.
  • CAS IR 370: China: From Revolution to Reform
    (Meets with CAS PO 351.) Introduction to modern Chinese politics including the development of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the political development of the PRC since its founding in 1949. Focus is on the party's official policy and its changing relationships with the people of China.
  • CAS IR 372: International Relations of South Asia
    Meets with CAS PO 355. Introduction to South Asia and regional conflict and cooperation. Focus on India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka inter-state relations; great power interventions; power distributions; norms; political, military, and economic conflict and cooperation.
  • CAS IR 373: Global Governance and International Organization
    Meets with CAS PO 384. Provides an overview of major theoretical perspectives on the creation and function of international organizations, comparative case studies of selected organizations, and an examination of present and future roles of international organizations in selected issue areas.
  • CAS IR 376: American Foreign Policy Since 1945
    (Meets with CAS HI 288.) America's tradition and heritage in foreign policy. American foreign policy during the Cold War. Conflicting approaches to the formulation of American foreign policy in the current international environment. Domestic and institutional actors in policy formulation: Congress, media, Presidency, CIA, military.
  • CAS IR 377: U.S. in South Asia since 1947
    Examines U.S. role in South Asia since 1947. Explores policies during various phases of the Cold War, including nonalignment and anti-communist movements, interstate wars, nuclear weapons programs of India and Pakistan, and Afghanistan war.
  • CAS IR 378: Intelligence in a Democratic Society
    The intelligence process and its role in democratic societies; the organization and functions of the U.S. intelligence community; techniques of intelligence collection, analysis, counterintelligence and covert action; assessment of problems and attempted solutions in the United States and other democracies.
  • CAS IR 380: American Foreign Policy: Practice and Process
    How U.S. foreign policy is made. After a historical introduction, focus on the external.bureaucratic, societal, and leadership forces that combine to shape broad policy lines and particular initiatives that produce feedback influencing the future.
  • CAS IR 382: Understanding the Middle East
    Introduces the contemporary Middle East, including the Arab world, Iran, Israel, and Turkey; examines the systems of government; the role of external powers; the origins of the state system; the sources and objectives of opposition forces; the prospects for political reform, including democratization; and the prospects for future cooperation or conflict.
  • CAS IR 383: Understanding Modern North Africa
    Meets with CAS PO 376. Considers political, cultural, economic, and social developments in the modern states of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya as they struggle to gain independence from colonial domination and to consolidate viable, secure, and legitimate states and prosperous national communities.
  • CAS IR 390: International Political Economy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS EC 101 and CAS EC 102.
    Meets with CAS PO 329. Emphasizes the dynamic interaction between politics and economics to understand and explain historical and contemporary issues in international political economy, including international monetary, trade, investment, financial, and environmental relations. Considers emerging challenges and structures in the international political economy.
  • CAS IR 394: Power, Leadership, and Governance in Africa and the Caribbean
    (Meets with CAS AA 395 and HI 352.) Haitian Revolution; British Caribbean, leadership, governance, and power in Africa during the period of legitimate trade; visionaries, dictators, and nationalist politics in the Caribbean; chiefs, western elites, and nationalism in colonial Africa; road to governance in post-colonial Caribbean and Africa.
  • CAS IR 395: North-South Relations
    (Meets with CAS PO 328.) Employs a multidisciplinary approach to analyze the relations between the industrialized nations of the "North" and the developing nations of the "South." Addresses historical and current issues in North-South relations, including trade, investment, migration, regional economic integration, and the environment.
  • CAS IR 397: History of Modern Iran, 1900?Present
    Meets with CAS HI 381. Geographical/historical background; social structure, ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversities; Anglo-Russian interventions; consequences of tobacco concession; constitutional revolution and reform; Qajar legacy; centralization, secularization, modernization under Pahlavis; oil and Mossadeg; autocracy and revolution; liberals, communists, fundamentalists, and Islamic revolution.