600+ Level

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This course introduces students to problems and concepts in the study of international relations and provides a building block for subsequent classes. The course is updated annually to address changing scholarship and issues in international relations.

Focuses on practical applications of statistical methods (from descriptive statistics through multiple regression), focusing on applications relevant to issues in international relations.

Provides an overview of key micro and macroeconomic concepts that students will encounter in their careers as international relations professionals, as well as in the broader policy world.

This course will focus on the negotiation skills that are essential to nearly all careers in the field of international relations. Students will develop an understanding of the diplomatic ecosystem and its rules and norms that are crucial in interacting with national governments and international organizations.

The course will begin with general concepts of policy design and analysis, then will address specific concepts and cases in the fields of development, environment and public health. Students will address key concepts, institutions, and actors while addressing several substantive case studies. Major themes will include inequality, management and state capacity, corruption, and funding mechanisms.

Intermediate level survey of the contemporary politics, economics and policy questions in the international economy: theories of international political economy and international economics; politics of international economic institutions; analyses of industrial development, foreign investment, global and regional trade and poverty alleviation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.