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SISU-306
Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Application of research methods in international studies to an original research project. Rotating topics focus on a specific research methodology or a specific subject area. Methodologies covered include survey research methods, comparative case study analysis, game theory, discourse analysis, and ethnographic research methods. Areas include foreign policy, civil war and intervention, and nationalism. Usually offered every term. Grading: A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206.

SISU-306
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Game Theory: Analyzing Choice and Strategy in International Relations

This course explores formal models of strategic interaction among actors in international relations--how citizens, politicians, non-governmental organizations, firms, interest groups, international organizations, and states fight for their interests. It uses (mathematical) game theoretic analysis and equilibrium solution concepts to predict how actors behave, and applies these techniques to the study of cooperation in international regimes, counterterrorism, trade relations, compellence and deterrence, and war. Students develop and carry out a research project analyzing strategic interaction on an international topic of their choosing.

SISU-306
002
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Game Theory: Analyzing Choice and Strategy in International Relations

This course explores formal models of strategic interaction among actors in international relations--how citizens, politicians, non-governmental organizations, firms, interest groups, international organizations, and states fight for their interests. It uses (mathematical) game theoretic analysis and equilibrium solution concepts to predict how actors behave, and applies these techniques to the study of cooperation in international regimes, counterterrorism, trade relations, compellence and deterrence, and war. Students develop and carry out a research project analyzing strategic interaction on an international topic of their choosing.

SISU-306
003
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Olson Scholars Seminar

Specifically designed for Olson Scholars, in addition to providing each student with support and feedback for an original research project, this course provides an opportunity to reflect critically on theoretical questions about the relationship between social science and ethics. Students are expected to work more and more independently with their mentor, while class time is generally devoted to more theoretical questions. With the help of texts from antiquity through to the present, students discuss questions such as: What kinds of things can we have knowledge about? How do we know what we know? What motivates/drives us as researchers, and why does this matter? What ethical assumptions are contained in our alternative approaches to research? Can we transcend these? Consideration of these broad questions help students think more deeply and critically about their own role as a young researcher on the global stage. Throughout the semester there is also class time set aside for consultations, writing workshops, and student presentations of research.

SISU-306
004
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Language, Symbols, Practices, and Identities in International StudiesResearch

This course focuses on the theory and application of discourse analysis-the way in which our worlds are constructed and understood through language, symbols, practices, and identities, and the ways in which each of these elements structures politics and societies-in international studies research. After examining of the history and evolution of discourse analysis in the social sciences, students develop a research question, literature review, and research design for their research projects. As students research and refine their individual projects, the class also examines examples of discourse analysis drawn from diverse substantive and geographical areas in international studies research. Students also receive training in NVivo qualitative analysis software. Each student produces a full independent scholarly research project, including an original research paper and a presentation that should serve as the basis for future research, conference presentations, and even potential publication.

SISU-306
005
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Language, Symbols, Practices, and Identities in International StudiesResearch

This course focuses on the theory and application of discourse analysis-the way in which our worlds are constructed and understood through language, symbols, practices, and identities, and the ways in which each of these elements structures politics and societies-in international studies research. After examining of the history and evolution of discourse analysis in the social sciences, students develop a research question, literature review, and research design for their research projects. As students research and refine their individual projects, the class also examines examples of discourse analysis drawn from diverse substantive and geographical areas in international studies research. Students also receive training in NVivo qualitative analysis software. Each student produces a full independent scholarly research project, including an original research paper and a presentation that should serve as the basis for future research, conference presentations, and even potential publication.

SISU-306
006
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Quantitative Analysis of Survey Data

This course delves deeper on the methodologies and methods of quantitative analysis of "Large Sample" data. This course focuses on developing statistical models to explain and predict real world socio-political phenomena. In so doing, students acquire the skills needed to solve common analytical problems. These include the acquisition, management, manipulation, estimation and interpretation of large sample data, using both descriptive and inferential statistics. Students also learn common techniques for displaying and communicating their findings for professional and lay audiences. Each student concludes the course with the submission of an original research project. While this class requires the use of Stata (a statistical software program), no particular expertise with statistical theory or software is necessary for the successful completion of the course.

SISU-306
007
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Quantitative Analysis of Survey Data

This course delves deeper on the methodologies and methods of quantitative analysis of "Large Sample" data. This course focuses on developing statistical models to explain and predict real world socio-political phenomena. In so doing, students acquire the skills needed to solve common analytical problems. These include the acquisition, management, manipulation, estimation and interpretation of large sample data, using both descriptive and inferential statistics. Students also learn common techniques for displaying and communicating their findings for professional and lay audiences. Each student concludes the course with the submission of an original research project. While this class requires the use of Stata (a statistical software program), no particular expertise with statistical theory or software is necessary for the successful completion of the course.

SISU-306
008
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Research on U.S. Foreign Policy

Students investigate the politics behind U.S. foreign policy. They learn how to use case study methods to test hypotheses informed by existing theories of foreign policymaking.

SISU-306
012
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Quantitative Methods

This course introduces students to quantitative approaches to international relations. It provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to both understand and employ statistical research used in the study of international affairs. As such, students learn to read and analyze quantitative research with an eye toward scrutinizing quantitative research designs and interpreting statistical evidence. Moreover, students become competent producers of research using introductory quantitative methods including both descriptive and inferential statistics. Students work with real data using Stata (a statistical software program) to manage, graph, display, and analyze different types of data. Among other assignments, students produce either a replication and extension of an existing research study or an original research project.

SISU-306
013
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Quantitative Methods

This course introduces students to quantitative approaches to international relations. It provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to both understand and employ statistical research used in the study of international affairs. As such, students learn to read and analyze quantitative research with an eye toward scrutinizing quantitative research designs and interpreting statistical evidence. Moreover, students become competent producers of research using introductory quantitative methods including both descriptive and inferential statistics. Students work with real data using Stata (a statistical software program) to manage, graph, display, and analyze different types of data. Among other assignments, students produce either a replication and extension of an existing research study or an original research project.

SISU-306
014
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Discourse, Hegemony, Ideology, Nationalism

This course introduces the concepts of discourse, ideology, hegemony, and their relationship to the society at large, with a specific focus on nationalism. The course starts with a theoretical exploration of these concepts and their place in larger scholarly debates, and then moves on to building up skills to critically engage ideological texts in an in-depth manner using critical discourse analysis (CDA). This is a methods course with intensive reading of primary sources, writing, and analysis. Throughout the course, students are not only exposed to essential readings in critical language studies, but also learn the basics of qualitative research design, culminating in a research paper.

SISU-306
015
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Commodity Chain Analysis

Commodity chains are composed of the social relationships, physical assets, governance structures, and technological processes involved in raw material extraction, processing or manufacturing, distribution and marketing of a particular commodity. This course engages with the theory and practice of commodity chain analysis. Analyzing where, by whom, how, and under what conditions a given commodity moves from initial conception to final sale helps to understand how the modern global economy works, and how its structures and processes lead to highly varied outcomes for different regions, populations, and environments.

SISU-306
016
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Modern World Order in Historical Context

Global in scope and comparative in its research approach, this course provides students with the opportunity to use qualitative research methods in the social sciences, such as historiography, ethnography, case studies, counterfactuals, discourse analysis, and archival research. The course further acquaints students with the nature of political science as an intellectual enterprise that is soundly grounded in a broader historical context.

SISU-306
017
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Field Research Methods

This course prepares students for independent field research. Students acquire methodological skills and data collection strategies that have broad application to both academic research and international program evaluation. The course covers a range of field methods, including ethnography, archival research, interviews, focus groups, surveys, and field experiments, as well as the theoretical, logistical, and ethical aspects of field research design.

SISU-306
018
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

The Case Study Approach

At its core, the case study approach compares things in order to identify the causes of key phenomena. This simple goal underlies the use of case studies both in scholarship and in the world of practitioners, where conclusions drawn from case studies are referred to as "lessons learned" or "best practices," and generalize about the best way that these can best be achieved under the heading of "knowledge management." This course familiarizes students both with a range of different strategies for using case studies within a primarily positivist and qualitative framework, and with techniques for designing good knowledge management strategies to bring the use of case studies into the workplace. The course concludes in a substantial original research paper and presentation, building on each students' previous work.

SISU-306
020
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Field Research Methods in International Studies

This course introduces students to field research methods commonly used in research on economic and political development. The course explores a wide range of field research methods employed by development studies scholars, including ethnography, participant observation, focus groups, interviews, and surveys and uses these methods to examine important research questions related to the meanings and impacts of development in domestic and international contexts. Students are able to draw on the wide range of possible subject populations in the DC metro area, including local residents, U.S. government employees, think tank researchers, NGO staff, journalists, in conducting their research.

SISU-306
021
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Qualitative Methods for Assessing Peacebuilding & Conflict ResolutionInitiatives

International peacebuilding involves multiple initiatives with diverse goals at different levels of society aimed at creating peace in the midst of violence. Though billions of dollars have been devoted to these processes, it is questionable how effective these initiatives are and how they contribute to peaceful societies. Students in this course learn some keys issues facing the peacebuilding field through analyzing multiple case studies of conflicts throughout the international arena. Students also explore data collection methods for conducting qualitative research in these settings, such as interviews, focus groups, ethnography, and surveys. Additionally, students in this course are oriented with skills for thematic data analysis. Each student practices these data collection and analysis skills through one individual research project that they engage in over the course of the semester.

SISU-306
022
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

The Practice of Ethnography in International Studies

This course is an in-depth exploration of ethnographic methodology and its significance to the field of international studies. Students are introduced to some of the key developments, debates, and scholarly works that have emerged from and informed the practice of ethnography. Students pay particular attention to the ethnographic turn in international affairs and what it means for their own research interests. At the same time, the course familiarizes students with each of the fundamental aspects of engaging in ethnographic inquiry and writing, and students use what they learn in the classroom to "enter the field" and pursue their research projects.

SISU-306
023
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

The Practice of Ethnography in International Studies

This course is an in-depth exploration of ethnographic methodology and its significance to the field of international studies. Students are introduced to some of the key developments, debates, and scholarly works that have emerged from and informed the practice of ethnography. Students pay particular attention to the ethnographic turn in international affairs and what it means for their own research interests. At the same time, the course familiarizes students with each of the fundamental aspects of engaging in ethnographic inquiry and writing, and students use what they learn in the classroom to "enter the field" and pursue their research projects.

SISU-306
025
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Sociocultural Field Research on Deeper Drivers of International Crises

International crises and conflicts that persist in varied sociocultural and geographic environments often seem resistant to peacebuilding and stabilization initiatives. They also present a significant challenge to conventional theories. This course provides students with the framework and methods to investigate twenty-first century conflicts and crises in the field, and to identify and analyze the underlying complex drivers of instability. Drawing from lessons of wars and instability over the past decade in regions around the world, the course focuses on a set of complex sociocultural factors and their dynamic interactions that are critical to understanding the deeper motivations, interest and intent of key conflict players. Using field-simulation workshops, secondary and primary source analysis, and guided independent research projects, students develop some core field investigation skills relevant both to international crisis research and to the design of more effective international policy.

SISU-306
019
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Historical Research in International Studies

This course introduces modes of historical research in international studies that emphasize the use of primary sources. There are multiple such modes, from the longstanding traditions of diplomatic history and historical case studies, to contemporary research agendas in international history and history of international thought. Students are introduced to opportunities, challenges, and choices involved in accessing and interpreting a variety of primary sources, from sources available online, to those available at the library, to archival materials. The course highlights methodological pluralism in the way primary sources are used, examining examples of historical research employing both interpretive and neo-positivist methodologies. As students learn about the varieties of primary sources, of traditions and agendas in historical research, and of methodologies, they develop, situate in the literature, and undertake a methodologically self-reflective research project of their own. By the end of the course each student should have produced an independent piece of historical research that could be a basis for future research, conference presentations, and even potential publication.

SISU-306
024
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

The Euro Crisis and the European Union

The European debt crisis of 2010-2013 has profoundly challenged the European Union and its currency the euro. The euro area, moreover, must adopt new reforms in its institutional architecture in order to surmount problems that continue to plague its member states. This course is devoted to European integration and the causes, responses, and consequences of the euro crisis. Students conduct a research project related to this topic. Case studies ("small-n neo-positive" studies) and qualitative methods are emphasized in the course and are expected to be used in research papers.

SISU-306
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

SISU-306
002
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

SISU-306
N01
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SUMMER 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)