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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
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in Comparative Perspective

Designed as a comparative and interdisciplinary inquiry, this course looks at the ways historical context, political realities, and cultural components enable ethnic cleansing and genocide to happen. Cases studied include the Herero genocide, the Armenian genocide, the Rape of Nanking Massacre, the Holocaust, the Cambodian genocide, the Rwandan genocide, ethnic cleansing and genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Sudan genocide.

SISU-419
005
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Environment, Conflict, and Peace

Students examine the theoretical linkages and political mechanisms at play between the environment, natural resources, and the causes, dynamics, and effects of conflict and peace. Key questions explored include, does environmental degradation lead to violent conflict; is resource scarcity or resource abundance a risk factor for violence; what are the environmental consequences of war; and whether addressing environmental problems can be used as a peace-building tool. Structured as a seminar, students participate dynamically by making presentations, working in groups, etc.

SISU-419
006
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Voices of Terror

This course investigates the causes and consequences of terrorism. Students read, discuss, hear, and watch first person accounts of participation in terrorism. The course examines prominent contemporary and historical terror campaigns through the lens of the people directly involved. Most courses on terrorism examine secondary sources or information that is filtered by other people/sources. This course is unique as it asks students to evaluate violent actions and goals through the participants' own words. The course incorporates insights from psychology, political science, economics, history, and other disciplines. The course examines questions related to the reliability of sources, moral issues, and how these works fit into larger themes in their particular historical periods.

SISU-419
007
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Detente: An International History

Detente was a significant period within the Cold War, marked by a prolonged absence of outright hostility or military tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. After two decades of brinksmanship ending with the Cuban Missile Crisis, detente appeared to be a period of apparent peace. Successive summits, arms control agreements, and cultural exchanges created the impression that tension between the two superpowers had finally dissipated. Examining the meaning of detente in a more international context, however, reveals a pattern of continued competition. Students enrolled in this course analyze the complex international relations of the detente period. This course attempts to define detente and evaluate its policy implications. Students study the origins of detente and its evolution over time and in different international contexts. The course begins examining early efforts in the late 1960s, continue through the successes of the Nixon administration and the challenges faced by Presidents Ford and Carter, and finish with the advent of the "new Cold War" in the first years of Reagan's presidency. The course compares key events in the Cold War, exploring different manifestations of detente across geographic boundaries. The objectives of this course are to promote critical, analytical thinking about a significant period in Cold War history and to encourage students to think in an international context to develop their own interpretation of the evolution and significance of detente.

SISU-419
008
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Seen and Not Heard: Children in International Affairs

This course examines the place of children in international affairs. Though they rarely have a voice of their own, they are caught up in a range of international and transnational phenomena. The course investigates how the notion of childhood is being radically re-shaped, in part as a consequence of globalization. Students take up various case studies including child soldiers, immigrant children in U.S. Immigration custody, children born of wartime rape, transnational adoption, links between education and violent extremism, and others. Guest speakers talk about their work with children around the world.

SISU-419
B02
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Comparative Social Movements

This course examines a broad range of civil rights, revolutionary, and pro-democracy movements in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the United States. Students develop a comprehensive theory about social movements in order to classify them and develop predictive models about their emergence, shape, and outcome.

SISU-419
009
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Alternatives to Violence

Against the many forms of violence: military violence, economicviolence, 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
010
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Warriors after War

One of the eternal challenges of war and peace is what happens to the combatants once their part of the war is over. This course explores questions such as whether they are a talent pool ready to build post-war prosperity or a disadvantaged group in need of social services and legal protection, and should assistance be focused on veterans, or the families and communities they rejoin, from both participant and policymaker perspectives. It also covers a range of contexts, from disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration programs in countries emerging from civil war to the treatment of veterans and families as professional armies return from overseas conflicts. Students are invited to build upon their existing areas of specialization or to explore new countries, regions, or aspects of the subject.

SISU-419
011
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Rise of China and the Global Economy

Over the past two decades, China has experienced a dramatic economic transition and extremely rapid growth, lifting nearly half a billion of its people out of poverty. At the same time, this ongoing transformation has had a far-reaching impact on the rest of Asia and the world. This course provides an overview of China's economic reforms as well as their impact on regional and global growth, employment, income distribution and inflation, the battle for natural resources, the structure of world trade and capital flows, and the process of global economic policy-making. With this as background, students undertake guided research, examining key challenges facing China going forward and tracing out potential implications for the global economy.

SISU-419
012
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

From Agriculture to Agribusiness: The Political Economy of Food in aGlobalizing World

Agriculture as a sector is unparalleled in its importance to the economy and society. While human societies have existed without agriculture, it is only with agriculture that we get complex divisions of labor, industry, commerce, and extensive cultural production. Because of its central importance to social stability and economic well-being, governments from the time of the Pharaohs have sought to control, promote and manipulate agricultural development in myriad ways. This course examines how agricultural development interacts with public policy, economic, and environmental change. Key themes explored include the role of the state in promoting certain agricultural models, international trade policy and agriculture, the relationship between agricultural development and industrialization, and the emergence of new agricultural paradigms in response to the failures of industrial agriculture. Case studies exploring these themes are drawn from across the world.

SISU-419
013
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

The Evolution of European International Society

The modern worldwide system of sovereign states began as a European international society that spread across the world and eventually supplanted all alternatives. In this class students study the evolution and expansion of this system and the consequences it has had for world history and contemporary politics. The class studies what European politics looked like before sovereign states dominated, how sovereignty came into being, how European international society differed from and interacted with the international societies of other regions, and how it is evolving today.

SISU-419
014
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Intelligence and National Security Decisionmaking

While examining historic and contemporary issues in U.S. national security and foreign policy, this course explores the nexus of analyst-policymaker interaction, challenges to sound decisionmaking, and the art of transforming research methods, research designs, and academic-style writing into executive-style outputs. Students prepare written analyses employing the bottom line up front technique as well as verbally present and defend their work. Students also work in teams, mimicking the day-to-day collaboration that exists in today's workplace. Students identify a topic of current interest and focus deeply on it while keeping abreast of general developments in U.S. national security and foreign policy. The analytic work is estimative--students explore the likelihood of future developments and implications for the United States. Students also peer review each other's work along the way, offering constructive comments for consideration.

SISU-419
015
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: International Studies (3)

Critical Approaches to International Relations

This course challenges students to think about international relations issues from a critical theoretical point of view. Topics covered include issues such as the war on terror, identity politics and border politics, as well as critical approaches like critical theory, poststructuralism and postcolonialism. The aim of these perspectives is to destabilize taken-for-granted ideas and views in order to cultivate alternative thinking and practice. The course is structured as a discussion oriented seminar, and students are expected to make presentations, do group works, etc.