Pardee School of Global Studies
Note: Course details for Summer 2019 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2018 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.
Introduction to Comparative Politics
CAS IR 251
Examines different patterns of political development and contemporary politics in Western Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the former Soviet bloc. Introduces the comparative method in political science and competing theories of political development and political change. 4 cr.
Introduction to International Relations
CAS IR 271
Undergraduate required principal course. Study of basic factors in international relations, Western state systems, the concept of balance of power, nationalism, and imperialism. Primarily for majors and minors. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
The Making of Asia
CAS IR 275
Explores the diverse experiences of modernization and development in China, Japan, Korea, as well as the countries of Southeast Asia. Also examines the domestic and international impacts of growing social-economic ties, as well as the complex security challenges among Asian states. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course titled "The Pacific Challenge" that was previously numbered CAS IR 275. 4 cr.
Topics in International Relations
CAS IR 300
Topic for Summer 2018: Religion and Politics. Introduction to the comparative study of the political role of religious institutions and beliefs. Covers issues such as religion’s relationship to violence and terrorism, democracy and human rights, group identity, gender and sexuality, and modernity and secularism. 4 cr.
Topics in International Relations
CAS IR 300
Topic for Summer 2018: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in IR. Analyzes the politics and international relations of the Middle East, including both intra-regional relations and the role of outside powers. 4 cr.
CAS IR 330
Introduces the practice of diplomacy as management of a country's foreign relations with a view to secure or restore peace. The nation state in diplomatic relations; foreign ministries, diplomatic missions, embassies, and consulates; the peacekeeping role of international law and international government organizations. 4 cr.
History of International Relations, 1900-1945
CAS IR 349
The causes and consequences of the First World War; the search for postwar reconstruction and stability during the twenties; economic collapse, revolutionary nationalism, and fascism during the 1930s; the Second World War and the advent of the bipolar world. 4 cr.
History of International Relations since 1945
CAS IR 350
The causes and consequences of the Soviet-American Cold War from its origins in Europe to its extension to Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The rise of the multipolar international system, the emergence of the nonaligned blocs, and inter- and intra-alliance conflicts. 4 cr.
Introduction to Security Studies
CAS IR 374
Analysis of the factors determining national and international security. Examines the historical relationship between military power and politics. Topics include causes of war, conduct of war, prevention of war. Satisfies CAS social sciences divisional studies requirement. 4 cr.
International Political Economy
CAS IR 390
Prereq: (CAS EC 101 & CAS EC 102). Emphasizes the dynamic interaction between politics and economics to understand and explain historical and contemporary issues in international political economy, including international monetary, trade, investment, financial, and environmental relations. Considers emerging challenges and structures in the international political economy. 4 cr.
Conflict and Cooperation in Asia
CAS IR 501
Prereq: junior 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. 4 cr.
The Middle East Today
CAS IR 511
A critical survey of the rise and development of modern nations, states, and economies in the Middle East and North Africa since 1900 that provides context and perspective essential for understanding contemporary issues (e.g., peace process, gender relations, religion's roles, democracy). 4 cr.
Political Economy of China
CAS IR 527
Prereq: junior standing or consent of instructor. 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. 4 cr.