500 Dual Level Courses

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CAS IR 500 Topics in International Relations
Examines various aspects of International Relations. Topics vary from semester to semester.

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. Miller

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. Norton

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. Hare

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.Miller

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. Menchik

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 509 (PO 556) Islam in Middle East Politics
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. Norton / Rollman

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). Rollman

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. Fewsmith

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. Goldstein

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. Hulnick / Wippl

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.  Connor

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.  Arreguin-Toft

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. Grimes

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. Wippl

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. Keller

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. Ye

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. Hare

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. Woldemariam

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. Goldstein

CAS IR 538 (HI 538) France, Europe, & the World:  The History of French Foreign Relations 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.  Keylor

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. Lukes

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. Lukes

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. Lukes

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. Dunbar

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. Schmidt / Schilde


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. Schmidt

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. Corgan

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. Corgan

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. Wippl

CAS IR 559 (PO 585, AA 559) Reckoning with the Past:  Reparations & Justice in Comparative Perspective
The debate about reparations for slavery and Jim Crow segregation in the United States examined critically as conversation about, and movement for, retrospective justice.  Includes discussion of war crimes tribunals and truth commissions.

CAS IR 560 (PO 529) Globalization and Contemporary Capitalism in Advanced Industrialized Nations
Covers mainly the causes of the economic crisis on its political and social as well as economic impact, and on how this was generated in the context of growing globalization.  The economic patterns and events as well as the political economic institutions and the political and economic ideas and discourse surrounding globalization will be addressed.

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. Menchik

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. Norton

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. Keller

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. Chehabi / Corgan

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. Fewsmith

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. Berger

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.  Wippl

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. Fewsmith

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. Fewsmith

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. Dunbar

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. Corgan / Schilde

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.  Thacker

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. Ban

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. Selin

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. Schmidt

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. Gallagher

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. Hulnick

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. Selin

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