200 to 400 Level

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CAS IR 230 Fundamentals of International Politics

Satisfies CAS social sciences divisional studies requirement. 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.

CAS IR 242 (SO 242) Sociology of Developing Countries

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.


CAS IR 250 (PO 342) Europe and International Relations

Provides an overview of the challenges and problems of West European cooperation and integration since 1945. Fundamental events, data, and political systems of the European Unification process.

CAS IR 251 (PO 151) Introduction to Comparative Politics

Examines different patterns of political development and contemporary politics in Western Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the former Soviet bloc.  Introduces the comparative method in political science and competing theories of political development and political change.

CAS IR 271 (PO 171) Introduction to International Relations

Undergraduate required principal course. Satisfies CAS social sciences divisional studies requirement. Study of basic factors in international relations, Western state systems, the concept of balance of power, nationalism, and imperialism. Primarily for concentrators.

CAS IR 275 (PO 350) The Pacific Challenge

The dynamic growth of Pacific Rim countries poses an impressive array of challenges for the U.S. and the world. Analyzes Japanese trade and defense policies, the rise of the “mini-dragons” (Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore) and “new mini-dragons” (Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia), “Confucian Capitalism,” democratization (and its failure in China), and legacies of the Indochina war.

CAS IR 292 Fundamentals of International Economics

Undergraduate required principal course. Prereq: CAS EC 101 and 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 304 (GE 304) Environmentally Sustainable Development

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 310 The Sea and International Relations

Covers the world’s seas in areas of resource exploitation, use of commercial transport, the deployment of maritime power, environmental issues, possible use by terrorists, and the associated body of international law.

CAS IR 318 (RN 318) Religion and American Foreign Policy

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 320 (HI 286) The American Military Experience

Introduction to American military history from the colonial period to the role of military force in contemporary U.S. statecraft. Examines the character of the armed services, the American style of waging war, and the relationship between the military and society.

CAS IR 325 (HI 229) The Great Powers and the Eastern Mediterranean

Looks at the Eastern Mediterranean as a center of Great Power confrontation, and considers 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 (HI 382) 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.

CAS IR 329 (HI 385) Premodern Iran

Covers the history of the Iranian plateau and adjacent areas from the eve of the Muslim conquest of the Sasanian Empire (early 7th century) to the eve of the Constitutional Revolution of 1906.

CAS IR 330 Diplomatic Practice

Introduces the practice of diplomacy as management of a country’s foreign relations with a view to secure or restore peace. The nation state in diplomatic relations; foreign ministries, diplomatic missions, embassies, and consulates; the peacekeeping role of international law and international government organizations.

CAS IR 333 (PO 327) Non-State Actors in International Relations

Examines the important role of non-state actors in international relations. Non- state actors include sub-national governments, international organizations, multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations, religious groups, violent groups, for-profit security firms, social movements, and grassroots organizations.

CAS IR 341 (HI 278) Central Europe

Intellectual, cultural, political, diplomatic, and military history of the region between Germany and Russia from the Middle Ages to the present.

CAS IR 349 (HI 289) History of International Relations, 1900 to 1945

Undergraduate required principal course. The causes and consequences of the First World War; the search for postwar reconstruction and stability during the twenties; economic collapse, revolutionary nationalism, and fascism during the 1930′s; the Second World War and the advent of the bipolar world.

CAS IR 350 (HI 290) History of International Relations since 1945

Undergraduate required principal course. The causes and consequences of the Soviet-American Cold War from its origins in Europe to its extension to Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The rise of the multipolar international system, the emergence of the nonaligned blocs, and inter- and intra-alliance conflicts.

CAS IR 351 (PO 377) Africa in International Politics

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 (PO 378) Intl Human Rights: Applying Human Rights in Africa

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.

CAS IR 358 (WS 360) Global Feminism: Race and Gender in International Relations

Exploration of critical issues concerning women, gender, and race throughout the world. Topics include women and the global economy, health care, reproduction, the dynamics of sex industries, violence against women, international women’s movements, and political/institutional change.

CAS IR 360 (PO 383) Making Sense of the World: The Conceptual Found. of IR

Introduction to various analytical approaches for understanding the dynamics of global interaction. Explores the variety of “worlds” made visible through the lens of theory. Fosters critical thinking about how conceptual tools shape our understanding of the world and attempted solutions to global problems.

CAS IR 362 European Politics

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 363 (PO 370) Soviet Politics 1917-1991

Analysis of the structure of major political institutions – government bureaucracy, Communist Party, and others – and policy-society relations during the seventy-four years of the USSR’s existence. Prime focus is institutional rather than historical, and deals with the Soviet politics “game” as it was played.

CAS IR 364 (PO 371) The Politics of Post-Communist Russia

Analysis of the emergent political forces, institutions, and alliances in the post-Soviet Russian Federation, against the background of the unresolved economic, ethnic, and social problems that are the USSR’s legacy to the “new Russia.” Prospects for stabilization are assessed in the context of the multiple crises facing Russia today.

CAS IR 365 (PO 352) Rise of China

Focuses on China’s political, economic, and strategic development since 1949. It 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 (PO 360) Introduction to Latin American Politics and Intl Relations

Introduction to the patterns and complexities of Latin American politics and international relations. Focuses on the distinctive Latin American political experience and alternative explanations for it, including colonization, the international economy, and human and material resource capacity and utilization.

CAS IR 368 (EC 368) Contemporary East Asian Economics

Prereq: CAS EC 101, EC 102, OR EC 111, EC 112. An introduction to the economics of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Topics include Japanese firms, labor markets, finance, monetary and fiscal policies, industrial policies, and Taiwanese and Korean post-1960 economic development.

CAS IR 369 Southeast Asia in World Politics

Prereq: CAS IR 271 or CAS PO 251. 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 (PO 351) China: From Revolution to Reform

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 (PO 355) International Relations of South Asia

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 (PO 384) Global Governance and International Organization

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 374 Introduction to Security Studies

Satisfies CAS social sciences divisional studies requirement. Analysis of the factors determining national and international security. Examines the historical relationship between military power and politics. Topics include causes of war, conduct of war, prevention of war.

CAS IR 375 (PO 372) Introduction to Russian and Post-Soviet Foreign Relations

Decisive factors in the foreign relations of Russia and the other former Soviet republics, including historical continuity and change, survival and and change of ideology, domestic politics, economic and geographical factors, military and external political considerations. The future of arms control, nuclear weapons, the economy, and relations among the former republics are also examined.

CAS IR 376 (HI 288) American Foreign Policy

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 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 & 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 381 US-Pakistan Relations

Examines the history and current state of U.S.-Pakistan relations. Considers the political and strategic complexities of the bilateral alliance as well as Pakistan’s key role in the international relations of South Asia, Central Asia, and the Muslim world.

CAS IR 382 (GE 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 (PO 376) Understanding Modern North Africa

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 (PO 329) International Political Economy

Prereq: CAS EC 101 and EC 102. 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 (AA 395/HI 352) Power, Leadership, Governance-Africa/Carribean.

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 (PO 328) North-South Relations

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 (HI 381) History of Modern Iran

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.

CAS IR 410 Latin America Today: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Capstone course for Latin American Studies Program concentrators. Seminar on a key issue in contemporary Latin America. Includes presentations by Latin American Studies faculty on the topic from the specific perspectives of their academic specialties.

CAS IR 411 (PO 566) Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Latin America

Examines a range of historical and contemporary conflicts and wars in Latin America, both internal and regional, examining their causes and consequences, and the most important factors that explain how they were resolved or why they persist.

CAS IR 425 (SO 420) Seminar: Women and Social Change in the Dev. World

Studies women in nonindustrial countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, stressing empirical research, theory, and methodology. Comparisons between regions and with industrial countries. Focus on sex segregation, female labor force participation, migration, fertility, family roles, and women and political power.

CAS IR 436 (HI 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.

CAS IR 441 (PO 458) Immigration and Development in Asia

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. Ye

CAS IR 447 (SO 447) Global Sociology

Prereq:  Junior or higher standing and at least two previous sociology courses, or consent of instructor.  Examines different sociological perspectives on global social dynamics and processes.

CAS IR 452 (PO 539) Topics in European Politics and Culture

Prereq: junior standing and consent of instructor.  Explores European politics through the lens of culture, using materials from literature, film, and the social sciences, including live sessions with European writers/artists. Schmidt

CAS IR 465 (HI 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, Détente, Cold War II – to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union. Reading seminar. Keylor