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SISU-380 Topics in Global and Comparative Governance (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics including international law, comparative governing institutions, and leading global organizations. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-280.

SISU-380 001
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Politics of International Criminal Courts
Civilians have comprised half of all war-related deaths over the past three centuries. In the twentieth century, more than 170 million people-men, women, and children-"have been shot, beaten, tortured, knifed, burned, starved, frozen, crushed, or worked to death; buried alive, hung, bombed, or killed in any of the myriad ways governments have inflicted death on unarmed helpless citizens and foreigners." When civilian war casualties are combined with those targeted by their own governments, the number rises to nearly 360 million people. For those who experience or witness atrocities, shock and grief are often followed by an urgent cry for justice, a primal anguish born of human tragedy. During what some have called "the century of genocide," the global hue and cry for justice continued to grow. A growing global movement for justice gave rise to significant growth in international criminal law. This course explores the politics of international criminal law by examining the emergence of international courts, the factors that shaped their formation, the politics of their design, and their impact on international society. These elements are examined in depth through a study of international criminal courts, including the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals, the ICTY and ICTR, hybrid tribunals, and the International Criminal Court.
SISU-380 002
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: From Uprising to Coup: Contemporary Egyptian Politics
This course examines the forces and issues that have shaped Egyptian politics throughout the last century. Through course readings and class discussions students are acquainted with the patterns and processes of Egypt's contested political arena and develop a critical understanding of the country's ongoing political turbulence.
SISU-380 003
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Iran and Middle East Conflicts
The Middle East is experiencing one of the most unstable periods of its modern history. From ISIS and Iran's nuclear ambitions to Russian intervention in Syrian civil war, to Saudi-Iranian proxy war in Yemen, and never ending Israeli-Palestinian confrontations, this course examines the central challenges to the regional environment, evolving foreign policies, sectarian polarization, relationships of Arab and non-Arab regional powers, and Iran's strategic interests, regional ambitions, and nuclear activities. The course offers students a better understanding of the conflicts and complexities of the region, and the profound changes that are taking place. It focuses on the potential role of Iran as a major regional player, considers Iran's foreign policy, its drive toward regional supremacy, rivalry with Saudi Arabia, civil war in Yemen, Iran's influence in Lebanon, and the civil war in Syria. In addition, the course considers ISIS's threat to the region, Iraq's fragmentation, and Iran's relations with the smaller Gulf States. The course also examines gender and minorities issues and the U.S. and other outside powers' role in the region, as well as the challenges and opportunities that the nuclear deal has provided for increased bilateral engagement with the Gulf States, and possibilities of a new security order which could be more inclusive.