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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-676
Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics, usually with a comparative or regional focus, include political economy of Africa; theories of nationalism; etc.

SIS-676
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Nuclear North Korea

This seminar examines the two nuclear crises in the Korean Peninsula, one that was averted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the United States signing the Geneva Accord in 1994, and the other ongoing since November 2002. The course compares different strategic visions to deal with the nuclear proliferation and investigates the missed opportunities and new challenges underlying the current multilateral engagement with North Korea through the Six-Party Talks. Particular emphasis is placed on the roots of the crises inherited from the unsettled colonial legacy in the Korean peninsula as the pivotal geopolitical area in modern history where great powers collided. The nuclear crises are also used as rich test grounds for theories of comparative politics, strategic studies, and international politics.

SIS-676
006
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

U.S.-China Relations

This course begins with an overview of U.S.-China relations from historical and theoretical perspectives, providing the background necessary to comprehend the domestic foundations of foreign policy. It then examines politics and foreign policies of China and the United States, and interactions between the two powers. Includes security, economic, and diplomatic relations as well as their impact on international relations in Asia-Pacific including Japan, South Korea, and Southeast Asia. The course also introduces a variety of perspectives as analytical tools for research, and analyzes significant controversies as a way of participating in the field's theoretical and policy debates.

SIS-676
008
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Political Economy of Africa

This course provides an in-depth overview and analysis of both the economic and political factors which have helped to condition Africa's position within the global economic system. Political independence by the various African states launched into the global economic system a group of the world's poorest, weakest, and most artificial states. How have such states managed to survive politically and to shape their economies and to what extent is their survival now threatened by the global economic meltdown? Are the African countries competing successfully within the world's economic system? The course comprehensively treats the interplay between politics and economics as African states attempt to effectively manage their affairs within an era of globalization and also identifies patterns of change, examines constraints, and give careful attention to some of the processes that influence economic policy outcomes.

SIS-676
009
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Contemporary Southeast Asia: Government,Development,Security

This course analyzes the political systems, political economies, and international relations of Southeast Asia, one of the world's most diverse and strategically important regions. The course examines governance, economic development, security (both traditional and non-traditional/human security), and foreign policy issues with reference to Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam within a comparative perspective. The overarching themes of domestic governance, development, and security are analyzed with reference to both regional developments and also external relations with major players such as the United States, China, Japan, and India. The course also examines rapidly-evolving political, economic, and security cooperation as reflected in the dynamic regional integration led by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

SIS-676
010
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Protest and Change in the Middle East

This course focuses on the recent revolutions, protests, and uprisings sweeping the Middle East and North Africa. Organized around a number of country case studies (including Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Libya, Yemen, and Iraq), students consider how movements demanding change occurred, the specific changes sought, and the prospects for the realization of democracy and other rights. In considering the various transformations and calls for transformation taking shape, students examine both the historical backdrop and modern-day dimensions, including the role of social media and the internet. Finally, the course examines the broader internal, international, and global implications of the new Middle Eastern landscape.

SIS-676
E01L
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Understanding Government in Africa through Novels,Film,Music

Throughout much of Sub Saharan Africa, governments are democratizing while addressing historical, political, and economic challenges that largely result from the legacy of colonialism. African authors, directors, and musicians have recorded these challenges in novels, films, and music from the continent. This online course focuses on these works of fiction, offering students the opportunity to study themes in governance and development from perspectives found in the continent's novels, films, and music. These themes include precolonial political structures; the political, social, economic, and cultural impacts of colonialism; resistance to colonialism; the modern state and economy; politics and reconciliation at the national and local levels; and democratic consolidation. The course compares novels, films, and music from West, Central, East, and Southern Africa, while exploring local perspectives on governance issues and also uses historical and political texts to supplement novels, film, and music. Meets with GOVT-432 E01L GOVT-696 E01L.

SIS-676
011
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Security in South Asia

South Asia is a turbulent region with a wide range of security issues affecting the countries of the region, their neighbors, and the United States. India is the largest and most powerful country of South Asia that shares borders, and problems, with each of the others. Students study the structural and tactical reasons why India's recent policies of building a South Asian community bolstered by its own economic dynamism have not yet succeeded. Students also examine the effects of Pakistan's enduring rivalry and China's growing presence on security in South Asia and discuss the prospects of peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in the region. The U.S. has been deeply engaged in South Asia through its war in Afghanistan, its troubled relationship with Pakistan, and its deepening strategic partnership with India, especially in the Indian Ocean. New security issues are expected to surface with the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in 2014 and students study how affected South Asian nations and the U.S. propose to deal with them.

SIS-676
012
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Democracy and Development in South Asia

This course examines contemporary trends in democracy and development in the region of South Asia. The course focuses on India, but also covers Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. It investigates a number of related themes, including democratization, local governance and decentralization, urbanization and urban poverty, elections and political parties, ethnic and religious violence, insurgency, and corruption.

SIS-676
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Crime, Immigration, and Race in the United States and Europe

Most prisons in Europe and the United States are filled with men and women, or descendants of men and women, from countries that were once the colonial possessions of the countries where they now are imprisoned. In the United States, where twenty five percent of the world's prisoners are housed, many are descendants of slaves. This course looks at the dynamics of race, immigration, crime, policing, and criminal justice in Europe and the United States and questions such as how old colonial relationships are reproduced inside the cities of the global North and why the criminal justice system in many of these countries is so skewed.

SIS-676
013
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Race and Ethnicity in the Americas

From the birth of the multitude of nations in the Americas to the present, race and ethnicity have been critical arenas of social struggle. Today, across the Americas there are vigorous movements by black and indigenous communities for equality under the law, human rights, democratic inclusion, and social and economic development. Increasingly, these efforts are trans-continental and even globally linked. This course examines the historic context of these movements, policies, and state actions around these concerns, and their contemporary manifestations.

SIS-676
014
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Economic Issues in Latin America

This course examines contemporary economic issues in Latin America. Considerable emphasis is placed on the movement from import substitution industrialization (ISI) to more market-oriented economic models. The course also covers some recent populist experiments, such as those in Venezuela and Bolivia.