GRS IR 630 (PO 569) Money, Guns, and Power
What is the relationship between money and war? This class explores the relationship between money, guns, and power through the lens of American and European military spending and through larger theoretical conversations on the concept of power.
GRS IR 702 Research Methods for International Relations Practitioners
Provides tools for designing and implementing rigorous research and policy papers. Reviews formulation of research questions and choice of research methods. Introduces methodologies including case study, archival research, and basic quantitative analysis.
GRS IR 703 International Security
Introduces core concepts of international security, including deterrence, balance of power theory, alliance politics, arms races, asymmetric warfare, and non-traditional security concerns such as terrorism. Topics are considered from both a theoretical basis and in historical and contemporary context.
GRS IR 706 The Iranian Revolution and Its Impact on the Middle East
This course examines the Islamic Revolution in Iran and its impact on the Middle East. The first third of the seminar focuses on Iran and, subsequently, the Iran/Iraq war. Lebanon, the Persian Gulf, and Israel will be studied as they are affected by Iran’s upheavals.
GRS IR 707 (PO 750) Political Reform in the Middle East
Seminar analyzes and rethinks Middle East politics. Authoritarian governments rule most of the Middle East, but internal and external pressures for change are mounting. Given the tenuousness of the status quo, political reform will be hard to avoid.
GRS IR 711 (AN 711, PO 754) Civil Society & the State
The relationship between civil society and democracy is a subject of major debate, and many scholars contest the notion that the existence of civil society is a sufficient condition for democracy. At best there seems to be a necessary relationship between civil society and democracy, but even this claim is challenged, especially when it is applied to the developing world.
GRS IR 713 Latin America Past and Present
The interdisciplinary study of Latin America through history, from pre-colonial indigenous times to contemporary achievements and challenges, including culture and the arts, archaeology, society, politics, and international affairs. Prerequisite: graduate student standing.
GRS IR 718 International Migration and Diaspora in World Politics
Explores how the movement of people across borders is reshaping world politics. Impacts of migration on the economy, domestic politics, regional integration, national identity, and the institution of the sovereign nation state. Historical perspectives and contemporary case studies.
GRS IR 723 (PO 528) The Political Economy of Advanced Industrialized Societies
Surveys forces contributing to national differences in social and economic policy; identifies current challenges to state sovereignty, such as globalization and immigration; and examines how nations from different welfare state regimes are coping with these threats to the nation state.
CAS IR 732 Public Diplomacy
Public diplomacy is the principal way in which states engage with overseas publics. The course examines the principles, functions, and practices of public diplomacy, as well as how they are affected by technological and political change.
GRS IR 758 (PO 785) Comparative Political Economy of China & India
Compares China and India’s economic reform, focusing on their reform policies and government-business relationships. Examines their political development (or lack thereof) during their economic reform. Discusses China and India’s rise and implications for the global system.
GRS IR 759 International Institutions for Finance, Development, and Trade
Intensive examination of the roles the IMF, World Bank, and WTO play in the postwar international economic order — addressing less the decision-making within these institutions and more the issues in which they are involved, including their policies and programs.
GRS IR 766 (PO 768) Contemporary Issues in Latin America
Review and analysis of contemporary developments in Latin America from major print and on-line news sources and journals. Focuses on breaking issues and develops capacity for critical analysis. Required for LASMA students.
GRS IR 778 Problems of Strategic Intelligence
Explores major aspects of strategic intelligence; interrelationship of intelligence and other aspects of foreign policy; performance of U.S. intelligence community; and intelligence as a tool in the formulation of foreign policy.
GRS IR 780 CIA's National Clandestine Service
The National Clandestine Service spends 5% of the US Intelligence budget but receives 95% of public and private scrutiny. Examines the unique legal mandate and culture of the clandestine service: espionage, covert operations, counterintelligence, and special operations.
GRS IR 786 (PO 786) Conflict & State-Building in Africa
Examines conflict in contemporary Africa at both the international and domestic levels. Addresses the dynamics of insurgency and inter-state war, as well as the ways in which these conflicts have affected African state-building.
GRS IR 788 (PO 789) International Relations of Asia-Pacific
Focuses on the international relations of the Asia-Pacific region. Analysis of issues that have defined regional relations: the impact of the Cold War and its aftermath, the impact of regional economic growth and dynamism; and the emergence of contention over regional identity and its relationship to global politics.
GRS IR 789 Globalization, Development, Governance
Prereq: IR 704 or permission of instructor. Covers the history, theory, and contemporary policy of the Bretton Woods Institutions and their offshoots, with special emphasis on developing country and policy perspectives.
GRS IR 798 (EC 798, GE 798) Global Development Capstone
Grad Prereq: at least 12 credits toward the MA in Global Development Policy or the MA in Global Development Economics. Capstone course for MA students in Global Development Policy and Global Development Economics. Students, working in groups, design and carry out an interdisciplinary policy analysis comparable to those performed for a government or nonprofit agency.
GRS IR 799 Master's Paper
Provides structure and support to MA Paper writers. Goals include formulating researchable questions, creating viable research and writing strategies, and critiquing intermediate efforts. Students will work with a faculty mentor to complete their master’s papers.
GRS IR 825 (SO 820) Women & Social Change in the Developing 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.