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  • CAS IR 427: Seminar in International Business
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the London Internship Programme.
    Reviews international business operations in Britain and the EU, and their underlying principles and concepts. Examines strategy, operations, and control. Using case studies, students gain experience in the application of relevant international management concepts and techniques.
  • CAS IR 430: Africa and Globalization: Opportunities and Obstacles
    Surveys political and economic trends and developments in sub-Saharan Africa from independence to the present, reviews current policy recommendations for Africa's integration into the global community, and compares Western and African policy recommendations for African development.
  • CAS IR 436: The Great War and the Fragile Peace
    Exploration of the military, political, social, economic, and cultural consequences of the First World War and the peace conference of 1919. Focuses on technological innovations, the expanded role of the state, and the long-range impact of the Versailles settlement. Also offered as CAS HI 436.
  • CAS IR 441: Immigration and Development in Asia
    (Meets with CAS PO 458.) Transnational immigration and economic development in Asia, focusing on China, India, and South Korea. Cases examined include the rise of manufacturing prowess in China, India's software industry, and Korea's corporate competitiveness in the world.
  • CAS IR 444: The Activities of International Organizations
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: admission to the Geneva Internship Program.
    Examination of several types of institutional arrangements, both within and outside the UN system, as well as normative, operational, and enforcement activities. Considers role of non-State actors in their relations with international institutional arrangements.
  • CAS IR 445: Introduction to Public International Law
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: admission to the Geneva Internship Program.
    (Meets with CAS PO 243E.) Analysis of how public international law governs relations between States. Focus on the decentralized structure of the legal order and on conditions under which States can safeguard their rights.
  • CAS IR 446: Small States and Security Issues
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: admission to the Geneva Internship Program.
    Approaches to small states' security, with focus on Switzerland. General review of foreign, security, and defense policies. Switzerland?s evolution since the Cold War.
  • CAS IR 447: Seminar: Global Sociology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology or international relations courses; or consent of instructor.
    (Meets with CAS SO 447.) Examines different sociological perspectives on global social dynamics and processes.
  • CAS IR 452: Topics in European Politics and Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of instructor.
    Meets with CAS PO 539. Explores European politics through the lens of culture, using materials from literature, film, and the social sciences, including live sessions with European writers/artists.
  • CAS IR 460: Security Studies and Foreign Policy: Europe and the MENA
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Rabat Arabic Studies Program or the Rabat Internship Program.
    Examines the interrelated issues of security, migration, and foreign policy in the Euro-Mediterranean region with a specific focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
  • CAS IR 465: The United States and the Cold War
    Examination of American Cold War foreign policy from its origins at the end of World War II through its conduct--Marshall Plan, Detente, Cold War II--to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union. Reading seminar. Also offered as CAS HI 465.
  • CAS IR 500: Topics in International Relations
    Examines various aspects of international relations. Topics vary from semester to semester. Fall 2015, Section C1: BRICS and Global Environmental Politics. Does the BRICS approach to development represent an improvement upon 20th-century global paradigms? Examines what is happening on the ground, to the people, resources, and environments among the BRICS and partner states, with a special emphasis on Brazil.
  • CAS IR 501: Conflict and Cooperation in Asia
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Meets with CAS PO 554. Investigates patterns of conflict and cooperation in South and East Asia surrounding issues ranging from water resources and health to borders and war. Analyzes how such issues contribute to instability in the region, as well as methods of cooperation.
  • CAS IR 502: Latin American Political Parties
    Meets with CAS PO 561. Parties and party systems of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Historical origins and labor incorporation. Populist, working-class, and hegemonic parties. Market reform and party system transformation or collapse. Ethnic parties, clientelism, rise of a new Left.
  • CAS IR 503: The U.S. in the Middle East
    Meets with CAS PO 503. Examines the historical development and present status of the United States' association with the Middle East: American commercial, economic, political, military, and humanitarian interests in the area and their interaction.
  • CAS IR 505: Arms Control and Proliferation of Weapons
    Arms control and disarmament in modern diplomacy. International agreements. Global control and dangers of proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. Impact of terrorism. Small arms and conflict. New ideas in global arms control.
  • CAS IR 506: India and the World: The Foreign Policy of a Rising Power
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior, senior, or graduate standing; or qualified sophomores with consent of instructor.
    Today, India is a nuclear power with a huge and growing economy. This, along with the rise of China and 9/11, has catapulted India into the international limelight. This course examines India's rise, focusing on its foreign policy and international role.
  • CAS IR 507: Islam and Politics
    Investigates the origins and practices of prominent Islamists and grassroots Muslim political movements. Emphasis is on the coevolution of states and religious movements, the emergence of religious democrats, the dynamics of transnational mobilization, and recognizing politics in unusual places.
  • CAS IR 508: Islamic Political Movements and U.S. Policy
    Studies the origin and impact of various revivalist Islamic political movements and their intersection with U.S. foreign policy. Examines their ideologies, their views of the West, and their contribution to the rise of terrorism.
  • CAS IR 509: Islam in Middle East Politics
    Meets with CAS PO 556. Analysis of Islam in the classical and popular forms; examination of the role of the Muslim religion in the international politics of the modern Middle East, especially Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Libya; their interrelationships and their attitudes toward the West.