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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE

SISU-310
Topics in Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics including peace and social justice, international security, causes of war, and human and global security. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-210.

SISU-310
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution (3)

Migration and Security

Few issues pose as significant a challenge to states as international migration does, affecting nearly all critical aspects of governance. The myriad ways that immigration and refugee flows affect state interests, both material and idealistic, creates highly contentious politics where domestic interests clash and defining a national interest is an elusive quest for the state. This course offers students a broad overview of migration and refugee dynamics, and identifies those aspects most challenging to state governance. This includes understanding the factors that generate migration and refugee flows, as well as the politics they generate, both international and domestic. The course examines the security implications (broadly defined) of global migration and refugee flows, including defense, homeland security, and economic and societal dimensions. It also considers carefully the human rights implications of these dynamics. The course also examines policy development over the past half-century in a comparative perspective with an eye towards identifying new challenges and generating questions for future research.

SISU-310
002
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution (3)

Violence and Peace in Latin America

Most of the twentieth-century ideological wars in Latin America ended with peace agreements aimed at more just, secure, and inclusive societies. But many of these post-war societies became more violent, insecure, and exclusionary. This course explores how peace was made, the dynamics of renewed social violence, exclusion and inadequate governance in selected Latin American countries. The class examines traditional and cutting-edge U.S. policy responses as well as internal policies seeking to address these and other challenges in Latin America.

SISU-310
003
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution (3)

Great Powers Politics in International Society

What does the end of the dominance that the United States has enjoyed since the end of the Cold War and the return of the great powers mean for international society? This course helps students to unpack and discover the critical role that great power politics plays in ordering international politics. Using empirical instances of great power interactions as a guide, students are provided with the theoretical concepts necessary to understand what great powers are; how they achieve their status; the manner in which they interact with one another; the institutions they design; and the sources and consequences of great power consensus and discord. Students select a famous great power incident and use the concepts from the course to explain it.

SISU-310
004
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution (3)

Gender and Peace Building

Female power is rising worldwide, at a time when sexual violence is also increasing. Gender is also being redefined, and women's roles in peacemaking, peace-building, and peacekeeping are growing. Research shows females have been challenging unjust authority, brokering peace agreements, negotiating ceasefires, and advancing human rights at enormous personal risks, although their contributions are rarely featured in textbooks or official records. This course explores cutting-edge issues of gender and peace from multiple angles and perspectives. Students engage in active-learning and diverse teaching styles.