500 Level

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500 level courses are dual level courses and are open to Pardee upper class students and graduate students.

CAS IR 501 (PO 554) Conflict & Cooperation in Asia

Prereq: Junior or higher standing or consent of instructor. 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 (PO 561) Latin American Political Parties

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 (PO 503) The U. S. in the Middle East

Prereq:  Senior, graduate student, or consent of instructor. 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 & 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 & the World: The Foreign Policy of a Rising Power

Prereq: Junior or higher standing or 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 & Politics

Investigates the origins and practices of prominent Islamists and grassroots Muslim political movements. Emphasis is on the co-evolution 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 & 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 511 The Middle East Today

A critical survey of the rise and development of modern nations, states, and economies in the Middle East and North Africa since 1900. Provides context and perspective essential for understanding contemporary issues (e.g., peace process, gender relations, religion’s roles, democracy).

CAS IR 513 (PO 525) Bureaucracy & Governance: A Comparative Inquiry

Prereq: Junior or higher standing or consent of instructor. Bureaucracy is not only credited with underpinning economic development but also blamed for corruption and inefficiency. Exploring both theory and comparative development, this course looks at some of the most basic and important issues informing our understanding of governance.

CAS IR 514 (HI 533) Empire & Power: British Foreign Policy, 1782 - Present

Examines the evolution of British foreign policy over time as well as the nature of Great Power rivalry. Key themes include formulation of national diplomatic strategies, policy coordination, diplomatic vs. military considerations, alliance politics, and policy over-stretch.

CAS IR 516 Intelligence & Homeland Security

Aspects of homeland security, including information and intelligence sharing, the role of first responders, the structure and functioning of the system, and defensive and operational aspects. No prior knowledge of intelligence or security issues required.

CAS IR 517 (PO 543) Seminar in Russian & East European Politics

Treatment of political and security issues in Eastern Europe and European parts of former USSR in the crisis, transition, and contemporary periods; particular country and issue foci vary year to year.

CAS IR 518 (PO 583) Gender & War

Examines gender constructions in world politics.  Topics include gender biases in international relations theories, female and male roles in war, and rape as an instrument of warfare.  Also assesses roles of women as leaders, actors, and objects of foreign policy.

CAS IR 520 (PO 550) The State & Public Purpose in Asia

Explores how non-communist Asian governments have attempted to advance public purpose, and how organizational factors in countries’ governments affect their ability to do so. These questions are addressed in a comparative framework considering theory and cases.

CAS IR 521 Congress & National Security

Examines the role and influence of congress on the intelligence agencies of the US, Congress’s oversight of intelligence collection, counterintelligence, covert action and surveillance, in relation to the executive powers.  Explores the influence of espionage on national security policy.

CAS IR 523 (PO 526) Global Justice

Charts the course of human development over history and inquires why the quality of life varies so dramatically in the world today.  Geographic, economic, cultural, and political factors are explored.

CAS IR 524 The Cold War in Latin America

Analyzes the Cold War as experienced in Latin America.  Examines government policies, social movements, economic conditions, and power struggles across Latin America.  Compares episodes of direct and indirect intervention by the United States as well as Latin American responses.

CAS IR 527 (PO 548) Political Economy of China

How did China implement economic reform? What were the progresses and limitations? How is China’s political-economic development influencing the global system? Discussions are conducted in a comparative perspective. Countries of reference include Japan and India.

CAS IR 529 Cuba in Transition

Analysis of the prospects for peaceful transition in Cuba and the pressures for greater openness and democratization today.  Discussion of the factors that facilitated Castro’s Revolution and of Cuba’s continuing impact on the policies of the U.S. and other countries.

CAS IR 531 Intercultural Communication

Examines communicative problems that arise in contact between people from different cultural backgrounds in everyday life, social service encounters, and business transactions. Uses interdisciplinary approaches to study how verbal and nonverbal presentation, ethnic, gender, and cultural differences affect communication.

CAS IR 534 (PO 571) Government & Politics of Contemporary Africa

Analysis of independent black Africa; factors of continuity and change in modern Africa, problems of political order, ambiguities of independence.  Case studies of individual countries selected for additional emphasis on specific issues and problems of developing countries.

CAS IR 535 Diplomacy & Statecraft

Examines the mechanisms and process of diplomacy in historical context, to assess approaches to the implementation of foreign policy, analyze the success and failure of these approaches in different circumstances, and consider wider issues in the application of statecraft.

CAS IR 538 (HI 538) France, Europe, & the World: History of French Foreign Rel. in Modern Times

Prereq:  Consent of instructor.  An advanced research colloquium for history and international relations undergraduate concentrators and graduate students that explores the evolution of France’s position in Europe and the world from the beginning of the First World War to the present.

CAS IR 542 The Reemergence of Russia

Disintegration of the old Soviet system and signs of a reemerging Russia; careers of Gorbachev and Yeltsin and their attack on the foundations of Stalinism; Moscow’s role in the 1989 revolutions; the August 1991 coup d’ètat. The legacy of communism in the present medical and ecological crisis; current political developments.

CAS IR 543 The Changing Face of Eastern Europe

Domestic and foreign policies of East European states, their relations with the former Soviet Union and with each other. Emphasis is on the period 1989-1992, but recent events are presented with the historical contexts. Analysis of the formation and subsequent implosion of the Soviet sphere in Europe. The collapse of communism in Poland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria and its impact on the Soviet crisis, the Western alliance and international relations.

CAS IR 546 Power & Legitimacy: Ideology as a Political Tool

Using original texts from Plato to Havel, political theories and ideologies are studied as instruments of power. Analysis of the relationship between ideas, political elites, institutions, decision-making processes, and legitimacy. Emphasis is on the newly emerged post-totalitarian states.

CAS IR 548 United Nations Peace Operations

Provides an understanding of the problems confronting United Nations-led efforts to prevent armed conflict before it starts, contain and end such conflicts once they start, and create conditions whereby an enduring peace can be maintained.

CAS IR 550 (PO 535) European Integration

Assesses the meaning of “European Union” in its domestic, foreign policy and economic dimensions. To understand the opportunities and limits of cooperation and conflict, relevant areas of European Community policy are discussed from a functionalist and realist perspective.

CAS IR 551 (PO 536) Social Europe: Identity, Citizenship, & the Welfare State

Prereq: Junior or higher standing or consent of instructor. The past, present, and future of “social Europe.” Impact of European economic and political integration on national identities, cultures, politics, and citizenship; EU policies affecting these social constructions; and changes over time in the welfare state.

CAS IR 552 (PO 544) Nordic Europe

A brief historical overview of the region from the Viking Age to the emergence of the modern states is followed by study of the Nordic countries with respect to the European Union, security arrangements, and assistance to the developing world.

CAS IR 553 Classics of International Relations

Close reading of one or more of the following, with applications of their teachings to historic and contemporary problems: Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War; Xenophon, Anabasis and the Education of Cyrus; Tacitus, The Annals; Sun Tsu, The Art of War; Kau-tilya, The Arthasastra; Persia’s Shah Nameh; Machiavelli, The Prince and The Discourses; Winston Churchill, The Life of Marlborough; Clausewitz, On War; and Charles DeGaulle, France and Her Army and The Edge of the Sword.

CAS IR 556 Current Intelligence Issues

Examines U.S. intelligence needs, with an emphasis on preparing for international developments in advance. Addresses issues of transnational terrorism and proliferation in addition to traditional concerns such as rogue states, counterintelligence, organized crime, regional rivals, and rising powers.

CAS IR 561 (RN 561) Religion & International Relations

Prereq:  Junior or higher standing or consent of instructor.  Explores role of religion in contemporary international relations in the context of questions about the common core of modernity. Reviews scholarly and policy literature, and case studies, in order to elucidate religion’s intellectual and operational diversity in international relations.

CAS IR 563 (AN 563) Public Religion & Politics Across Cultures

Prereq:  Junior or higher standing or consent of instructor. The contested role of religion in modern politics and its implications for civil life.  Begins with the West and includes Islam in the Middle East and SE Asia, Evangelism in Latin America and Africa, Hindu nationalism, and Buddhism in China.

CAS IR 566 (PO 567) Democracy in Latin America & Its Challenges

Provides an overview of democracy’s achievements and challenges in Latin America.  Draws comparisons between stable and unstable democracies in the region, and analyze the reasons for, and implications of, these differences.

CAS IR 568 (PO 565) U.S.-Latin American Relations

The international context within which Latin American countries operate, with primary emphasis on U.S. policy toward the region. Includes historical overview, the policy-making process itself, and case studies of specific policy issues.

CAS IR 569 Politics & Society in North Africa & the Middle East

An investigation of contemporary North Africa and the Middle East, with Emphasis on current socioeconomic and political trends and tensions.

CAS IR 573 Introduction to Public International Law

The role of international law in efforts to solve current problems of world order. Emphasis on environmental protection and the regulation of ocean space and resources. The role of law in conflict and cooperation, and the quest for international security.

CAS IR 577 (PO 576) Foreign Policy of the People's Republic of China

Explores China’s perception of its role in the world, its evolution from a regional to a world power, and its security and economic relationships within the international system. Relationships with the superpowers, Third World, and world economy, focusing on technology and capital transfers.

CAS IR 579 (PO 552) Japan in International Politics

International and domestic influences on Japan’s international behavior in the past as a predictor of Japan’s future role in international politics. Covers Japan’s role in the Cold War, post-war Asia, and the management of the global economy. Examines viability of post-Cold War US.- Japan relationship.

CAS IR 581 The Evolution of Strategic Intelligence

Prereq: Junior or higher standing. Examines the uses of strategic intelligence by modern world leaders in shaping policy and the effects of intelligence on world events. Various uses of intelligence – collecting information, analysis, counterintelligence, and secret operations – are explored with emphasis on the period from the Congress of Vienna to the end of the Cold War.

CAS IR 582 (PO 553) Taiwan: Politics & Transformation

Examines Taiwan’s history, economic development, ethnic identity, democratization, and its controversial position in international politics as a key to understanding questions of political economy, democratic transition, and East Asian security.

CAS IR 585 (PO 549) Problems & Issues in Post-Mao China

An in-depth examination of politics in post-Mao China, this course focuses on several critical issues, uses various conceptual frameworks to try to understand why the reform process broke down, and examines prospects for the future.

CAS IR 586 Islam in South Asian Politics

Prereq: Senior or higher standing or consent of instructor. Examines the relations among state, politics, and Islam in South Asia, with particular focus on the unsolved conflicts over Kashmir and Afghanistan.

CAS IR 587 Political Economy of the Middle East

Considers the state of the Middle Eastern political economy and focuses on the failure of the rentier state and the difficulty of political and economic liberalization. Themes are petroleum, the uncertain course of political pluralism, and political Islam.

CAS IR 589 (PO 582) North Atlantic/European Security Issues

Examination of the post-Cold War security environment in the North Atlantic and greater European context. Exploration of threats to security, mechanisms in place and emerging (NATO, CSCE, CFE, WEU), and challenges posed by changes since fall 1989.

CAS IR 590 (PO 562) Political Economy of Latin America

Historical and contemporary issues in Latin American political economy. Uses case studies and cross-regional comparisons to assess competing explanations. Analyzes the current political and economic situation facing Latin America in its quest for economic growth and development.

CAS IR 592 Economic Development & International Institutions

Prereq:  Consent of Instructor.  Examines the role of international institutions in economic development. Analyzes how development- related international institutions make rules and affect national policy choices. Applies those lessons to concrete policy challenges, including possibilities for institutional reform.

CAS IR 594 (GE 594) Global Environmental Negotiation & Policy

Key concepts, actors, concerns, and issues related to the process of negotiating global environmental policies. Overviews of the international system and environmental problems; an international negotiation simulation; case studies of global agreement on ozone depletion, climate change, desertification, and biodiversity, among others.

CAS IR 596 (PO 529) Globalization & Contemporary Capitalism in Advanced Industrialized Nations

How has globalization affected national sovereignty and control? Competing hypotheses are examined with specific reference to the internationalization of trade and the financial markets, and its impact on the three postwar models of capitalism.

CAS IR 597 (GE 597) Development & Environment in Latin America

Prereq:  CAS IR 292, CAS IR 590, or CAS GE 100 & junior or higher standing or consent of instructor.  Provides an empirically based understanding of the social and environmental aspects of economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) for purposes of analyzing the numerous trade and development policies that nations in LAC are currently considering. 

CAS IR 598 International Business Intelligence & Security Practices

Introduction to practices of international business intelligence and industrial security, including legal and ethical issues, and investment and market analysis for strategic planning. Lectures are supplemented by a team exercise on dealing with risk in the overseas environment.

CAS IR 599 (GE 599) Science, Politics, & Climate Change

Applies a science and technology studies perspective to climate change science and policy. Examines the relationships between scientific and political systems at global, national, and local levels.