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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE

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. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206.

SISU-306
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced International Studies Research (3)

Social Science Theory

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 knowledge and ethics. The course incorporates readings that take up the development of the human or "social" sciences from a broad historical perspective. With the help of texts from antiquity through the present, students discuss questions including why knowledge has traditionally been seen as dangerous; what is the relationship between scientific knowledge and ethics, values, and religion; is science by definition monolithic and imperialist; what assumptions are contained in alternative approaches to research and can they be transcended. Consideration of these broad philosophical questions helps students to think more deeply and critically about their roles as researchers on the global stage. Prerequisite: Olson Scholars and permission of SIS Undergraduate Advising Office.

SISU-306
008
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

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.