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SISU-419
Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section. Rotating senior capstone topics focusing on international studies. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: International Studies major and at least 75 credits.

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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Violence in Cities: Global Perspective

This capstone seminar investigates the causes and trends of different types of violence in contemporary urban settings. Students learn about cities' trajectories from relatively safe to violent, as well as cases in which urban violence has decreased. The seminar's scope is both global and local, including in-depth analyses of cities such as Washington, DC and Baltimore but also Ciudad Juarez, Karachi, Managua, and Nairobi, among others. Students produce a major research paper, which they develop methodologically and empirically as the seminar progresses. Basic knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics as well as qualitative methods (interviews, focus groups, archival work, ethnographic approaches) is required. The seminar includes field trips and primary data collection.

SISU-419
004
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Intelligence and National Security Decisionmaking

While examining historic and contemporary issues in U.S. national security and foreign policy, this course explores the nexus of analyst-policymaker interaction, challenges to sound decisionmaking, and the art of transforming research methods, research designs, and academic-style writing into executive-style outputs. Students prepare written analyses employing the bottom line up front technique as well as verbally present and defend their work. Students also work in teams, mimicking the day-to-day collaboration that exists in today's workplace. Students identify a topic of current interest and focus deeply on it while keeping abreast of general developments in U.S. national security and foreign policy. The analytic work is estimative--students explore the likelihood of future developments and implications for the United States. Students also peer review each other's work along the way, offering constructive comments for consideration.

SISU-419
002
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Narcotrafficking in Mexico

This course looks at the drug trade in Mexico. Although Mexico has always exported drugs into the United States, the drug trade changed substantially in the 1990s. Drug trafficking groups grew more sophisticated and more violent and kidnapping, extortion, and murder tallies all increased during the 2000s. The course introduces students to this complex trade by tracing the trade and shifts in it through the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The devastating impacts of narcotrafficking on the country's political system, its social and cultural fabric, and its economic organization are also examined.

SISU-419
007
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Global Innovation without Frontiers

This course focuses on European perspectives on global innovation, the knowledge-based economy, and new strategic competition from emerging markets. The dynamic European innovation economy is compared with the United States in terms of innovation approaches, policies and business environments. Through class preparations students design a research strategy for investigation of distinctive national/regional paths to innovation and technology transfer in sectors such as: information and communication technologies, new media and digital media technologies, aerospace, defense technologies, biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, and nuclear energy.

SISU-419
009
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

The Global Challenge of Disability-Inclusive Development

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted in 2006 and became the first human rights treaty of the twenty-first century. The CRPD is a comprehensive, rights-based, approach to addressing the myriad challenges facing persons with disabilities. In 2011, the World Bank and World Health Organization produced the first ever World Report on Disability, which argued that more than a billion people in the world are living with some form of disability. This course explores the potential for a disability-inclusive global development agenda. It includes a focus on some of the key regional strategies, such as the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific developed by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the role of information and communication technologies to facilitate socio-economic development and inclusive educational practices around the world.

SISU-419
010
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in Comparative Perspective

Designed as a comparative and interdisciplinary inquiry, this course looks at the ways historical context, political realities, and cultural components enable ethnic cleansing and genocide to happen. Cases studied include the Herero genocide, the Armenian genocide, the Rape of Nanking Massacre, the Holocaust, the Cambodian genocide, the Rwandan genocide, ethnic cleansing and genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Sudan genocide.

SISU-419
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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Post-Cold War U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

This course explores international flashpoints in the post-Cold War period, with emphasis on challenges U.S. foreign policy faces in the next decade and the role of diplomacy in managing them. The course looks at past conflicts, ongoing disputes, and potential eruptions. Some of these crises demonstrate effective diplomacy and offer positive guidance for the future; others provide lessons on what not to do. A primary goal of the course is to acquaint students with major foreign policy challenges in the immediate future, provide a framework in which to incorporate additional knowledge going forward, and impart lessons learned in the effective use of diplomacy to resolve or manage conflict. The course also examines how the United States government makes foreign policy, with a focus on the State Department, but with due consideration for other actors, including the Pentagon, CIA, National Security Council, and White House. Students gain experience exercising essential skills of a foreign policy practitioner, including the ability to provide focused oral briefings, succinct written products, and more lengthy written policy analysis.

SISU-419
003
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Rise of China and the Global Economy

Over the past two decades, China has experienced a dramatic economic transition and extremely rapid growth, lifting nearly half a billion of its people out of poverty. At the same time, this ongoing transformation has had a far-reaching impact on the rest of Asia and the world. This course provides an overview of China's economic reforms as well as their impact on regional and global growth, employment, income distribution and inflation, the battle for natural resources, the structure of world trade and capital flows, and the process of global economic policy-making. With this as background, students undertake guided research, examining key challenges facing China going forward and tracing out potential implications for the global economy.

SISU-419
006
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

From Agriculture to Agribusiness: Political Economy of Food

Agriculture as a sector is unparalleled in its importance to the economy and society. While human societies have existed without agriculture, it is only with agriculture that we get complex divisions of labor, industry, commerce, and extensive cultural production. Because of its central importance to social stability and economic well-being, governments from the time of the Pharaohs have sought to control, promote and manipulate agricultural development in myriad ways. This course examines how agricultural development interacts with public policy, economic, and environmental change. Key themes explored include the role of the state in promoting certain agricultural models, international trade policy and agriculture, the relationship between agricultural development and industrialization, and the emergence of new agricultural paradigms in response to the failures of industrial agriculture. Case studies exploring these themes are drawn from across the world.

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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Alternatives to Violence

Against the many forms of violence: military violence, economicviolence, domestic violence, verbal violence, sexual violence, racial violence, governmental violence, alternatives do exist. The purpose of this course is to examine them: when, where, and why they work. The course is discussion-based, with all viewpoints welcomed.

SISU-419
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Environment, Conflict, and Peace

Students examine the theoretical linkages and political mechanisms at play between the environment, natural resources, and the causes, dynamics, and effects of conflict and peace. Key questions explored include, does environmental degradation lead to violent conflict; is resource scarcity or resource abundance a risk factor for violence; what are the environmental consequences of war; and whether addressing environmental problems can be used as a peace-building tool. Structured as a seminar, students participate dynamically by making presentations, working in groups, etc.

SISU-419
009
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

The United States and International Human Rights

Since 1941, United States attention to human rights abuses has risen and waned. Students explore how concern for human rights has influenced United States foreign policy and raise questions about the consistency and durability of that commitment throughout the Cold War and in the years that followed the Soviet Union's collapse. The course concludes with an examination of contemporary struggles to balance morality and adherence to "American values" with the preservation of national security. The assigned readings and class discussion help students define human rights and assess the American commitment to protect those rights. Students consider how the geopolitical struggle of the Cold War and domestic politics shaped American concern for human rights internationally and examine the challenges of combating terrorism and respecting human rights today. To this end, students read important accounts by historians, political scientists, journalists, and human rights activists. The objectives of this course are to promote critical, analytical thinking about United States human rights policy and to encourage students to develop their own interpretation of the evolution and significance of the American commitment to human rights in the postwar years.

SISU-419
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Empire to Globalization: Critical International Relations

What should critical international relations (IR) look like, what kinds of questions should it ask, and what kinds of changes does it envisage? These are central questions that are being asked from a number of different perspectives in the field. This course closely examines these issues in the context of hegemony and resistance, with added focus on global capitalism, empire, race, and postcolonialism and emphasis on historical and discourse analysis.

SISU-419
002
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

The Honeybee and International Relations

What does the humble honeybee tell us, behind its buzz? This course focuses on honeybees as both a metaphorical and pragmatic example through which to view broader international relations issues such as sustainable development, commodities and the global economy, labor and migration, and democratic processes. Throughout the course, students develop their own significant research projects, based on a singular micro-level case study which explores and explains an international relations issue. The course is based on political and cultural geographic traditions which use a granular focus to examine big-picture issues.

SISU-419
007
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Emerging Economies and World Politics

This course investigates the foreign policies of the largest emerging economies, particularly Brazil, China, and India, and their role in contemporary world politics and global governance. Although the course concentrates on these three emerging economies, students may write final papers on other emerging economies or to compare Brazil, China, or India to another emerging economy.

SISU-419
003
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Transitional Justice

This course considers reconciliation and transitional justice in countries transitioning to democracy. It explores the process of transitional justice in countries with different political histories, including Apartheid, Communism, and dictatorship or authoritarianism. By examining and comparing these cases, students gain a better understanding of the complex political, economic, social, psychological, and moral issues that countries are grappling with in their efforts to come to terms with the past. This is a writing intensive course.

SISU-419
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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Sports, Politics, and Society

Few things characterized mass culture in the twentieth century more consistently and thoroughly than sports, particularly in their team variety. In the course of the previous century, there was not one industrial country in the world that did not possess at least one major team sport which attained hegemonic dimensions in that country's culture. Team sports as a form of mass culture were among the most essential ingredients of public life in the twentieth century and if anything, their cultural importance increased in the beginning years of the twenty-first century, and shows every indication that this importance will grow in years to come. This course examines why this has been the case and how it happened; the global and local dimensions of sports; and how they have influenced every aspect of contemporary life, from culture to politics.

SISU-419
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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

The UN and Security Crises

This course focuses on global security threats facing the United States and the international community, and the role of the UN Security Council, NATO, and other multilateral entities in addressing them. Through a series of crisis scenarios and mock Security Council discussions, students explore the interests and objectives of major world powers, and analyze the use of various policy instruments, from negotiations to sanctions to the use of military force. The course draws upon relevant case studies and historical analogies to provide context for current challenges.

SISU-419
004
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Emerging Technologies and the Environment

Technology is at once a driver of and response to global environmental challenges. This course looks at cutting edge technologies such as nanotechnology, genetic modification, synthetic biology, and climate geoengineering, and whether these technologies will lead the way to sustainability, or make things worse.

SISU-419
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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Alternatives to Violence

Against the many forms of violence: military violence, economic violence, domestic violence, verbal violence, sexual violence, racial violence, governmental violence, alternatives do exist. The purpose of this course is to examine them: when, where, and why they work. The course is discussion-based, with all viewpoints welcomed.