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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE

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.

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
010
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
008
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
012
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.

SISU-419
011
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Conflict Cuisine

This course explores the history and diplomacy of recent conflicts through the ultimate form of soft power: food. Gastro-diplomacy, conflict prevention, and history converge in this unique course that whets students' intellectual appetites. Classroom readings and discussions plus visits to local eateries in Washington, DC explore how the wars in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and El Salvador became local through their cuisines and the Diaspora that produces them.