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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
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

International Relations of Africa

This course provides an in-depth overview of the historical and contemporary interstate relations in Africa and situates Africa within world affairs. Political independence by the various African states launched into international politics a group of the world's poorest, weakest, and most artificial states. How have such states managed to survive and to what extent is their survival now threatened? This course comprehensively treats the interplay between domestic and international politics while also analyzing the efforts by African states to manage their external relations amid seismic shifts in the internal, regional, and global environments. The class also identifies patterns of change, examines constraints, and gives careful attention to some of the processes that influence policy outcomes.

SIS-676
007
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa

This course examines the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The course introduces students to the complex sets of political and economic factors that shape state and society in the region. Topics covered include economic history and development; different models of the state; the role of culture and identity in politics; and state-society dynamics. Themes covered include the legacy of colonialism, rentier states and military autocracies, religious political and economic institutions, informal economies, and grassroots mobilization in autocratic states.

SIS-676
008
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Southeast Asia, United States, and Regional Powers

This course examines the roles and impact of the United States, Japan and China, and other regional powers on the transformation of security and economic frameworks in East and Southeast Asia from the end of the Second World War to the present. The security analysis treats developments during the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and issues in the post-Cold War era, particularly those pertaining to militant Islamic movements and non-traditional/human security challenges such as transnational labor flows, trafficking in persons, environmental degradation and natural disasters. The economic dimension highlights the impact of globalization on the region, and the emergence and evolution of regional economic cooperation. A major theme is the manner in which growing Chinese political influence and trade initiatives in recent years have impacted on long-standing American security and commercial interests, as well as on Japanese economic interests in the region.

SIS-676
015
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Japan: Society, Politics and Foreign Policy

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of Japan's historical background and its basic foreign policy issues. It examines significant strategic and economic debates regarding Japan's role in the international community with emphasis on Japan's relations with its Asian neighbors and the United States.

SIS-676
010
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Korean Politics and Foreign Policy

A study of the rise of contemporary Korea and its structure of politics and international relations. The course examines the evolution of the two different systems of South and North Korea that play an important role in Korean politics, economic development, and security arrangements.

SIS-676
012
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Race and Ethnicity in Europe

From the birth of the multitude of nations in Europe to the present, race and ethnicity have been critical arenas of social struggle and debate. Not a single nation in Europe has escaped the contradictions and divisions that racial and ethnic inequality have generated although there have been a very wide number of strategies employed by both states and marginalized racial and ethnic groups to address these concerns. This course examines the theoretical, historic and contemporary context of these movements, government policies, and state actions around these concerns.

SIS-676
006
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Government and Development in Latin America

Over the last decades, most developing countries have undergone major reforms that devolved administrative responsibilities, fiscal resources, and political authority from the central governments to the states and municipalities. As a result, political, institutional, societal, and economic dynamics have increasingly become independent from nationally-led processes. The goal of this course is to study and analyze these dynamics and processes, which to a great extent shape the daily lives of citizen living beyond the country capitals. Some of the topics addressed in the seminar are: advancement and setbacks of subnational democracy, the prospects of social policy design and implementation at subnational levels of government, the possibilities of crafting autonomous subnational judicial institutions, the politics of subnational service delivery, among others. While the primary focus of the course is on Latin America, other regions of the world are studied.

SIS-676
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Narcotrafficking in Mexico

This course provides an in-depth look at the role of narcotrafficking in Mexico. How one understand narcotrafficking depends on where one sits in Mexican society. For some Mexicans, the narcotics trade is a business opportunity. For others, it is a way of life. Still others view it as a scourge and menace. However, almost everyone agrees that it is embedded in the fabric of the country. This course explores the political, economic, and cultural ramifications of Mexican narcotrafficking, and uses it to explore themes including democratization, development, security, migration, and inequality.

SIS-676
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Oil, Islam and Politics in the Gulf

The states of the Arab Gulf are currently undergoing profound transformations. This course studies these transformative global economic forces and domestic and international political pressures in order to assess both the potential for and limitations on political and economic reform in the Arab Gulf states. The class proceeds by first gaining a strong understanding of the dynamics of governance in Gulf monarchies by setting out four key themes: the political economy of oil rent, the tribal patriarchal social base, Islam as a political force, and the security imperative. The course examines in detail the countries and issues of the Gulf, with the goal of understanding how these general dynamics play out in specific cases due to different national histories, social compositions, economic endowments, and strategic choices. How the U.S. intervention in Iraq, the showdown with Iran, and the Arab citizen revolts are impacting the political and economic trajectories of Gulf states are also considered.

SIS-676
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Disputes and Diplomacy: Korea, Japan, and China

This course examines key territorial and historical disputes involving South Korea, Japan, and China. The focus is to think critically about the ongoing disputes in terms of identity, domestic politics, and regional security dynamics, as the course investigates these countries' past and current diplomatic efforts to resolve them. The topics include but are not limited to the disputes over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, the Dokdo/Takeshima islets, the so-called comfort women, the South China Sea, and the controversy over Koguryo/Gaogouli. Meets with SISU-472 001.