500 Level

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

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.

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.

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.

The Persian Gulf/Arabian Peninsula system as a major focus of international concern. An in-depth examination of the political, economic, and societal evolution and dynamics of these states: their interrelationships; superpowers’, European, and Japanese policies toward them.

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.

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.

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.

Examines immigration policies and domestic racial hierarchies across world regions and regime-types. Role of immigration and racial hierarchy in economic development, state formation, nationalism, and electoral politics in three largest migrant-receiving regions: North America, Western Europe, and the Persian Gulf.

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).

Students explore in-depth the relationship between conflict, natural resources, development, and security, and practice developing solutions to complex problems. Analyzes the most contentious themes in the political economy of resources: violence, population, energy, and agro-food production.

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.

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.

Examines the states, empires, faiths, and ideologies of the Muslim world over a 1500-year period, including states from North and West Africa, through the Middle East, to Turkey, Iran, and then to Central and Southeast Asia.

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.

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.

Explores how everyday people shape global politics, drawing on classic studies of political anthropology as well as more recent examples of transnational and digital activism. .

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.

This course will examine National Security and Homeland Security Law as the balance between the State’s requirement for security juxtaposed against the citizenry’s civil liberties.  Specific topics will be introduced, drawing on case studies, and analyzing the relevant policy implications.

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.

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.

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.

Examines the modern world trade regime and implications for global development. Draws connections between policies aimed at development and the trade and investment rules laid out in modern trade treaties. Topics include services, intellectual property, investment, environment, and human rights.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Arctic has become an area of focus among major states and other global actors including indigenous peoples. Climate change opens ocean paths, raising issues of sovereignty and security.  Focus is on the geo-political implications for Arctic and trans-Arctic stakeholders.

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.

What type of Germany is likely to emerge in the future? Will it be a powerful, assertive actor – primus inter pares – within a larger European order? Will it be a “normal” nation, that tries to act 2 unfettered across the whole spectrum of foreign policy dimensions, including the military? Or will it remain a “civilian power,” one dedicated to pursuing its interests through primarily nonmilitary means and opting for the preservation of the status quo over the pursuit of national power? The course, divided into three parts, is dedicated to exploring these issues.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Advanced undergraduate course dealing with recent and ongoing guerrilla and terrorist campaigns worldwide. Origins, ideologies, and doctrines.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This course examines the current and future relationship between sub-Saharan Africa and the United States, moving beyond stereotypes and mythology.  The class is organized thematically: Introduction and Contemporary History; Security and Conflict; Economics, Trade and Development; Human Rights and Democracy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.