2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

International Studies

Students may complete a major or a minor in International Studies.

Co-Directors

Kalala Ngalamulume, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History and Co-Director of International Studies
Michael Allen, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the International Studies Program

Steering Committee

Grace M. Armstrong, Eunice Morgan Schenck 1907 Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Cynthia D. Bisman, Professor of Social Work and Social Research (on leave semester II)
Carol Hager, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Social Sciences
Carola Hein, Professor of Growth and Structure of Cities
Yonglin Jiang, Associate Professor of East Asian Studies on the Jye Chu Lectureship in Chinese Studies
Madhavi Kale, Professor of History (on leave semesters I and II)
Toba Kerson, Professor of Social Work and Social Research
Mary Osirim, Interim Provost and Professor of Sociology
Melissa Pashigian, Professor of Anthropology

International Studies is the study of relationships among people and states affected by increasingly permeable borders and facing global issues. International Studies aims to prepare students to be responsible citizens by introducing them to issues of importance in an increasingly interdependent world of global dynamics in politics, economics, ideas, language, and culture.

At Bryn Mawr, International Studies combines applied and theoretical approaches by drawing from disciplines in both the Social Sciences and Humanities. This broad conception of International Studies distinguishes our program from many others. It builds from a core of courses from politics, economics, and ethics, a branch of philosophy, and then incorporates electives from specified tracks that reflect areas of strength in faculty research and teaching. It allows students to explore the descriptive and normative aspects of living in a world characterized by the deep interconnections of a globalized world. It thus draws on Bryn Mawr’s longstanding interest in promoting justice with its already established coursework at the undergraduate level and at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and on its well established programs in languages and cultures.

The curricular content is relevant in preparing graduates to participate critically and effectively in the many integrated transnational and global institutional networks of production, services, creative expression, research and governance. Thus students with specialties in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Sciences can benefit from a visible and structured flow of courses in International Studies. The inter and multi-disciplinary approaches reflected in the structure for the major as well as for the minor reflect the kind of integrative thinking that is necessary for effective agency in the globalized world economy and society. Students in International Studies will be made aware of both the distinct modes of inquiry that may transcend disciplines and the cumulative effects of convergent examinations of phenomena from these different disciplinary perspectives.

International Studies engages students in the necessarily inter- and multi-disciplinary course work that will prepare them for productive roles in transnational or intergovernmental institutions and in the areas of public policy, law, governance, public health, medicine, business, diplomacy, journalism, and development. Courses cover both theoretical perspectives and empirical issues in different areas of the world. International Studies at Bryn Mawr provides a foundation for students interested in pursuing career opportunities in these areas or in entering graduate programs such as International Politics/Relations, International Political Economy/Development Studies, International Law and Institutions, and Organizational Theory and Leadership.

A Bryn Mawr graduate in International Studies will be

  • Capable of integrative analysis from different disciplinary perspectives
  • Ethically literate
  • Prepared for work in related fields such as law, public health, medicine, business, and journalism as well as for graduate study in International Politics/Relations, International Political Economy/Development Studies, International Law and Institutions, and Organizational Theory and Leadership
  • Able to contribute their knowledge and leadership skills within governmental and nongovernmental organizations at transnational, regional, or global levels or in cross-cultural settings.

Although language study is not required per se for the major or the minor, students can take advantage of Bryn Mawr’s traditional strength in the study of language and culture to enhance their study of non-Anglophone areas of the world. Those intending to study abroad in a non- Anglophone area must meet the level of proficiency required by the Junior Year Abroad program involved; and those intending to undertake graduate work in international studies should plan to acquire the advanced level of proficiency in one foreign language (at the time of admission or graduation) required by the most selective programs here and abroad. Since it began in 2005, the minor in International Studies has attracted a significant number of language majors who use their study of a particular language to select a coherent set of electives under a relevant track in the minor in order to pursue career and study opportunities in the international arena.

Major Requirements

Students majoring in International Studies must complete a total of ten courses, which include a core of four courses, an elective track of four courses, and a senior capstone experience of either two courses (398 and 399) OR 398 and an additional 300 level course.

Please note that some of the courses listed in the core have prerequisites, which may increase the total number of courses for the major in International Studies to eleven. Also note that no more than two courses in an International Studies major work plan can be used to satisfy another major, minor, or concentration requirement.

Core Courses

The Core is a mix of 100-300 level courses in International fields. Students must choose one course from among four eligible courses in EACH of Politics, Economics, and Philosophy (at least one of which is at the 300 level). They must also choose one course from among ten in Culture and Interpretation, a requirement in the core that is unique to Bryn Mawr. The rationale for the two parts of the Core (Politics, Economics, and Philosophy and Culture and Interpretation) are given below along with corresponding lists of eligible courses under each. The disciplines of Politics, Economics, and Philosophy have become central to International Studies programs since markets, conflicts, diplomacy and rules are nested in values and norms as much as in state territories and institutional framings. The program at Bryn Mawr is distinctive in having the requirement that students take an ethics course in which they study topics in areas such as global ethical issues, development ethics, global justice, and human rights.

The eligible courses for the Politics, Economics, and Philosophy component of the core are:

Political Science

  • Introduction to International Politics (POLS B250), or International Politics (POLS H151)
  • Politics of International Law and Institutions (POLS B241)
  • International Political Economy (POLS B391)
  • Topics in International Politics (POLS H350)

Economics

  • Economic Development (ECON B225), or Economic Development and Transformation: China vs. India (ECON H240)
  • The Economics of Globalization (ECON B236)
  • Democracy and Development (ECON B385), or Economics of Transition and Euro Adoption in Central and Eastern Europe (ECON H241) NOTE: Introduction to Economics (ECON B105) is a prerequisite for all other Economics courses.

Philosophy

  • Global Ethical Issues (PHIL B225), or Human Rights and Global Politics (POLS H262)
  • Applied Ethics of Peace, Justice and Human Rights (PEAC H201)
  • Development Ethics (PHIL B344)
  • Global Justice (POLS H362)

If none of the eligible core courses from a particular discipline in the Politics, Economics, and Philosophy core are available in any given year, substitutions will be allowed with another allied course offered at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore or Penn, with the approval of an Advisor from the Center for International Studies.

Culture and Interpretation

Also in the core, and unique to Bryn Mawr, Culture and Interpretation teaches how language, aesthetics, beliefs, values, and customs can shape possibilities for cross-cultural understanding and dialogue in globalizing polities, economies and societies.

Courses satisfying this requirement cover a broad perspective that teaches students about differing cultures and what it means to interpret or make cross-cultural comparisons and engage in cross-cultural dialogue in the global context. The list of eligible courses is, therefore, drawn from courses taught by Advisors from a range of key disciplines in International Studies: Anthropology, Cities, Comparative Literature, History, Philosophy, Sociology, and Languages and Area Studies. The course is meant to be a broad analysis of culture and interpretation that does not focus on a country or region in isolation from this broad analysis. Each of the courses selected from the range of disciplines capture this breadth and depth. Students interested in studying a specific region of the world separate from its global implications can pursue this study in one of the tracks.

The eligible courses for the Culture and Interpretation component of the core are:

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH B102)
  • Culture and Interpretation (COML/PHIL B202 or COML/PHIL B323)
  • The Play of Interpretation (COML B293/ENGL B292/PHIL B293)
  • Chinese Perspectives on the Individual and Society (at Haverford) (EAST H120)
  • La Mosaique France (FREN/CITY B251)
  • Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile (GERM/COML/ANTH B231)
  • Introduction to Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures (GNST B145)
  • The Atlantic World 1492-1800 (HIST/ANTH B200)
  • British Empire: Imagining Indias (HIST B258)
  • Society, Culture and the Individual (SOCL B102)

With the approval of an Advisor from the Center for International Studies, substitutions may be allowed in the case of the ten eligible courses for the Culture and Interpretation component of the core when none is available in any given year.

Electives

Elective Tracks allow students to focus on one theme or area in greater depth across four courses, one of which must be at the 300 level.

The electives continue to anchor the major in inter- and multidisciplinary work while also adding flexibility so that students may be creative and purposeful in structuring their own work. What makes International Studies at Bryn Mawr unique is that it draws upon its established faculty research, resources, and reputations in the individual tracks at the same time as it offers flexibility under clear advising for each of the individualized pathways of learning. Students should choose the four electives from the approved lists under one of the tracks identified below.

Please refer to the International Studies Web site for detailed information regarding approved electives: brynmawr.edu/internationalstudies. Students should also check the International Studies Web site or the Tri-College Course Guide for information about courses that are offered in the current year.

Students may choose one of the following tracks:

Gender

Bryn Mawr’s “proud history of global leadership for women” makes gender an obvious choice as one of the tracks enabling students to complete the Major in International Studies. To make good on Bryn Mawr’s mission to prepare “students to be purposefully engaged citizens of an increasingly complex and interconnected world”, the student in International Studies who selects the Gender track will study gender and its intersections with factors such as race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, and disability in order to analyze gender with respect to the workings of the global economy and globalization more generally. Although not always the case, many organizations at the local, national, and global levels now understand gender to be a central factor in policies for alleviating poverty or promoting economic growth. The changes wrought by measures such as improving health care for women and children and increasing access to education, property, and work outside the home shows the importance of understanding gender and its intersections with other forms of discrimination in a globalized and interconnected world. The FOUR elective courses are to be selected from (but are not limited to) an approved list at: brynmawr.edu/internationalstudies.

Development

Development is most often understood in terms of processes of economic growth, industrialization, and modernization that result in a society’s achieving a high (per capita) gross domestic product. These descriptions of economic processes tend to embed assumptions about progress, transformation, and liberation as exemplified in concepts such as “underdeveloped” or “developing” countries. The student in International Studies who selects this track will study the concept of development in a broad sense by using a multidisciplinary approach that combines courses from disciplines such as Anthropology, Economics, Cities, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology to effectively understand development processes from multiple perspectives. One result is an exploration of development that broadens the study from describing economic deprivation in terms of levels of income, for example, to understanding the ways in which equality, justice, well-being, and human flourishing are affected by growth and modernization processes. The student selecting the Development track will become versed in the critical issues, problems, and achievements common not only to developing regions of the world but also to developed countries and the world as a whole. The FOUR elective courses are to be selected from (but are not limited to) an approved list at: brynmawr.edu/internationalstudies.

Global Social Justice

Efforts to realize social justice are increasingly necessary in global systems as much as they had always been in national and local ones. The Global Social Justice track will allow students to make connections at all these levels. They will be able to draw on the long tradition of focus on Social Justice at Bryn Mawr and Haverford and on collaboration with the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and its thrust on Social Welfare. Bryn Mawr’s mission statement identifies the characteristics of a Bryn Mawr education as “critical thinking, interdisciplinary perspective, engagement in a diverse community, and purposeful vision of social justice”. The Global Social Justice track allows students to explore issues of social and political change in the context of economic and political transition in the globalized world. Students gain insight into how global issues affect relationships among people and cultures within and across national boundaries and how global issues are in turn affected by these relationships. They will study the ways in which dramatic economic disparities wrought by globalization and the global economy affect social welfare and thwart efforts to achieve social justice locally, nationally, and globally. The FOUR elective courses are to be selected from (but are not limited to) an approved list at: brynmawr.edu/internationalstudies.

Independent Design

Students who are so inclined may develop an independent design in consultation with an Advisor from the Center for International Studies. An Independent Design could include area studies that draw on Bryn Mawr’s strengths in the study of languages and cultures and on our programs in Africana Studies, East Asian Studies and Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures.

Senior Capstone Experience

The capstone experience consists of two 300 level courses, 398 and 399, OR 398 and an additional 300 level course in International Studies.

The 398 seminar will have students do research, presentations, and final essays that delve deeper into topics from relevant courses in previously taken tracks and may incorporate experiences in Praxis courses, Summer internships, or Study Abroad. Should a student select to take 399 instead of an additional 300 level course, the 398 seminar could also be the basis for students to identify and begin preliminary work on research projects for 399 – including the exploration of theoretical perspectives and research methods that will provide a framework for their research and the matching of students with faculty serving as individual supervisors.

While most individualized supervision for those taking 399 will be of students writing a senior thesis, designated advisors in International Studies will work with those students who select to produce an extended document using platforms such as DVD documentary, a website, or a PowerPoint talk with pictures and video clips instead of writing a senior thesis.

Minor Requirements

The Minor in International Studies has been in place since 2005. Students who have declared a Minor and have not yet graduated should consult with one of the Co-Directors of the Center for International Studies to determine whether to continue under the old requirements for the Minor, switch to doing a Major in International Studies, or make slight adjustments to the requirements for the Minor in light of revisions that now have the core requirements for the Minor in line with those for the Major.

The Minor has always attracted and will continue to attract students who major in a language, arts, an area study, Political Science, or Economics. It will be possible, however, for select students to pursue one of the tracks in the major under consultation with an Advisor from International Studies.

Students minoring in International Studies must complete a total of seven courses, which include a required core of four courses and an elective track of three courses. Please note that some of the courses listed in the core have prerequisites, which may increase the total number of courses for the minor in International Studies to eight.

Core Courses

The Core is a mix of 100-300 level courses in International fields. Students must choose one course from among four eligible courses in EACH of Politics, Economics, and Philosophy (at least one of which is at the 300 level). They must also choose one course from among ten in Culture and Interpretation, a requirement in the core that is unique to Bryn Mawr. The rationale for the two parts of the core (Politics, Economics, and Philosophy and Culture and Interpretation) are given below along with corresponding lists of eligible courses under each. The disciplines of Politics, Economics, and Philosophy have become central to International Studies programs since markets, conflicts, diplomacy and rules are nested in values and norms as much as in state territories and institutional framings. The program at Bryn Mawr is distinctive in having the requirement that students take an ethics course in which they study topics in global ethical issues, development ethics, global justice, or human rights.

The eligible courses for the Politics, Economics, and Philosophy component of the core are:

Political Science

  • Introduction to International Politics (POLS B250), or International Politics (at Haverford)(POLS H151)
  • Politics of International Law and Institutions (POLS B241)
  • International Political Economy (POLS B391)
  • Topics in International Politics (at Haverford) (POLS H350)

Economics

  • Economic Development (ECON B225), or Economic Development and Transformation: China vs. India (at Haverford) (ECON H240)
  • The Economics of Globalization (ECON B236)
  • Democracy and Development (ECON B385), or Economics of Transition and Euro Adoption in Central and Eastern Europe (at Haverford) (ECON H241)
  • NOTE: Introduction to Economics (ECON B105) is a prerequisite for all other Economics courses.

Philosophy

  • Global Ethical Issues (PHIL B225), or Human Rights and Global Politics (POLS H262)
  • Applied Ethics of Peace, Justice and Human Rights (PEAC H201)
  • Development Ethics (PHIL B344)
  • Global Justice (POLS H362)

If none of the eligible core courses from a particular discipline in the Politics, Economics, and Philosophy core is available in any given year, substitutions will be allowed with another allied course offered at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore or Penn, with the approval of an Advisor from the Center for International Studies.

Culture and Interpretation

Also in the core, and unique to Bryn Mawr, Culture and Interpretation teaches how language, aesthetics, beliefs, values, and customs can shape possibilities for cross-cultural understanding and dialogue in globalizing polities, economies and societies.

Courses satisfying this requirement cover a broad perspective that teaches students about differing cultures and what it means to interpret or make cross-cultural comparisons and engage in cross-cultural dialogue in the global context. The list of eligible courses is, therefore, drawn from courses taught by Advisors from a range of key disciplines in International Studies: Anthropology, Cities, Comparative Literature, History, Philosophy, Sociology, and Languages and Area Studies. The course is meant to be a broad analysis of culture and interpretation that does not focus on a country or region in isolation from this broad analysis. Each of the courses selected from the range of disciplines captures this breadth and depth. Students interested in studying a specific region of the world separate from its global implications can pursue this study in one of the tracks.

The eligible courses for the Culture and Interpretation component of the core are:

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH B102)
  • Culture and Interpretation (COML/PHIL B202 or COML/PHIL B323)
  • The Play of Interpretation (COML/ENGL/GERM/PHIL B292)
  • Chinese Perspectives on the Individual and Society (at Haverford) (EAST H120)
  • La Mosaique France (FREN/CITY B251)
  • Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile (GERM/COML/ANTH B231)
  • Introduction to Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures (GNST B145)
  • The Atlantic World 1492-1800 (HIST/ANTH B200)
  • British Empire: Imagining Indias (HIST B258)
  • Society, Culture and the Individual (SOCL B102)

With the approval of an Advisor from the Center for International Studies, substitutions may be allowed in the case of the ten eligible courses for the Culture and Interpretation component of the core when none is available in any given year.

Electives

In addition to the four core courses listed, three electives are required. Each of the four tracks identifies a major topic or theme in International Studies that builds on or develops the core. The tracks under the minor will allow students who major in a discipline such as Political Science or Economics or in one of the Languages or Area Studies to have a minor that focuses their disciplinary work on International Studies.

Students should choose the three electives from the approved lists under one of the tracks identified below. Electives should demonstrate coherence and be approved by an advisor. Please refer to the International Studies Web site for detailed information regarding approved electives: http://www.brynmawr.edu/internationalstudies. Students should also check the International Studies Web site or the Tri-College Course Guide for information about courses that are offered in the current year.

International Politics

This track allows students to focus on the dynamics and structures of intergovernmental and transnational relationships from the perspective of the discipline of Political Science. Through engagement with the most salient theoretical and policy debates, students may focus upon such themes as globalization and resistance to it, development and sustainability, nationalism and sovereignty, human rights, conflict and peace, public international law and institutions, and nongovernmental or civil society organizations and movements at regional, trans-regional and global levels. The three elective courses are to be selected from (but are not limited to) this approved list.

International Economics

This track allows students to focus on various theoretical, empirical, and policy issues in international economics. Each of the courses in the track — trade, open-economy macroeconomics, development, and environmental economics — focuses on different economic aspects of the international or global economy. International trade looks at the major theories offered to explain trade and examines the effects of trade barriers and trade liberalization on welfare. International macroeconomics and international finance examines policy-making in open economies, exchange rate systems, exchange rate behavior, and financial integration and financial crises. Development economics is concerned, among other things, with understanding how developing countries can structure their participation in the global economy so as to benefit their development. Environmental economics uses economic analysis to examine the behavioral causes of local, regional, and global environmental and natural resource problems and to evaluate policy responses to them. The three elective courses are to be selected from this approved list.

Area Studies

This track allows students to situate and apply the economic, political, and social theory provided in the core to the study of a particular geopolitical area. It provides students with a global frame of reference from which to examine issues such as history, migration, colonization, modernization, social change, and development through an area study.

A coherent set of courses can be achieved by selecting the three electives from one of the following area studies: Africana, European, East Asian, and Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures. Courses include (but are not limited to) this approved list.

Language and Arts

This track allows students to explore human interaction at the global level through language, literature, music, and the arts. Students in this track focus their studies on the forms of language and the arts that are generated through global processes and in turn affect the generation and exchange of ideas in and between different societies and cultures.

A coherent set of courses can be achieved by selecting the three electives from one of the following: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Dance and Music. Courses include (but are not limited to) this approved list.

COURSES

ANTH B102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
An introduction to the methods and theories of cultural anthropology in order to understand and explain cultural similarities and differences among contemporary societies .
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Weidman,A., Uzwiak,B.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe. and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; International Studies Major; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B200
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile
This course investigates the anthropological, philosophical, psychological, cultural, and literary aspects of modern exile. It studies exile as experience and metaphor in the context of modernity, and examines the structure of the relationship between imagined/remembered homelands and transnational identities, and the dialectics of language loss and bi- and multi-lingualism. Particular attention is given to the psychocultural dimensions of linguistic exclusion and loss. Readings of works by Julia Alvarez, Anita Desai, Sigmund Freud, Milan Kundera, Friedrich Nietzsche, Salman Rushdie, and others.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B231; COML-B231
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

CITY B225 Economic Development
Examination of the issues related to and the policies designed to promote economic development in the developing economies of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Focus is on why some developing economies grow faster than others and why some growth paths are more equitable, poverty reducing, and environmentally sustainable than others. Includes consideration of the impact of international trade and investment policy, macroeconomic policies (exchange rate, monetary and fiscal policy) and sector policies (industry, agriculture, education, population, and environment) on development outcomes in a wide range of political and institutional contexts. Prerequisite: ECON B105.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): ECON-B225
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Rock,M.
(Fall 2013)

CITY B238 The Economics of Globalization
An introduction to international economics through theory, policy issues, and problems. The course surveys international trade and finance, as well as topics in international economics. It investigates why and what a nation trades, the consequences of such trade, the role of trade policy, the behavior and effects of exchange rates, and the macroeconomic implications of trade and capital flows. Topics may include the economics of free trade areas, world financial crises, outsourcing, immigration, and foreign investment. Prerequisites: ECON B105. The course is not open to students who have taken ECON B316 or B348.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): ECON-B236
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ceglowski,J.
(Spring 2014)

COML B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile
This course investigates the anthropological, philosophical, psychological, cultural, and literary aspects of modern exile. It studies exile as experience and metaphor in the context of modernity, and examines the structure of the relationship between imagined/remembered homelands and transnational identities, and the dialectics of language loss and bi- and multi-lingualism. Particular attention is given to the psychocultural dimensions of linguistic exclusion and loss. Readings of works by Julia Alvarez, Anita Desai, Sigmund Freud, Milan Kundera, Friedrich Nietzsche, Salman Rushdie, and others.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B231; ANTH-B231
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

COML B293 The Play of Interpretation
Designated theory course. A study of the methodologies and regimes of interpretation in the arts, humanistic sciences, and media and cultural studies, this course focuses on common problems of text, authorship, reader/spectator, and translation in their historical and formal contexts. Literary, oral, and visual texts from different cultural traditions and histories will be studied through interpretive approaches informed by modern critical theories. Readings in literature, philosophy, popular culture, and film will illustrate how theory enhances our understanding of the complexities of history, memory, identity, and the trials of modernity.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B293; ENGL-B292
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Seyhan,A.
(Fall 2013)

COML B323 Culture and Interpretation
This course will pursue such questions as the following. For all objects of interpretation—including works of art, music, literature, persons or cultures—must there be a single right interpretation? If not, what is to prevent one from sliding into an interpretive anarchism? Does interpretation affect the nature or the number of an object of interpretation? Does the singularity or multiplicity of interpretations mandate such ontologies as realism or constructivism? Discussions will be based on contemporary readings.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B323
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Krausz,M.
(Fall 2013)

ECON B225 Economic Development
Examination of the issues related to and the policies designed to promote economic development in the developing economies of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Focus is on why some developing economies grow faster than others and why some growth paths are more equitable, poverty reducing, and environmentally sustainable than others. Includes consideration of the impact of international trade and investment policy, macroeconomic policies (exchange rate, monetary and fiscal policy) and sector policies (industry, agriculture, education, population, and environment) on development outcomes in a wide range of political and institutional contexts. Prerequisite: ECON B105.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B225
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Rock,M.
(Fall 2013)

ECON B236 The Economics of Globalization
An introduction to international economics through theory, policy issues, and problems. The course surveys international trade and finance, as well as topics in international economics. It investigates why and what a nation trades, the consequences of such trade, the role of trade policy, the behavior and effects of exchange rates, and the macroeconomic implications of trade and capital flows. Topics may include the economics of free trade areas, world financial crises, outsourcing, immigration, and foreign investment. Prerequisites: ECON B105. The course is not open to students who have taken ECON B316 or B348.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B238
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ceglowski,J.
(Spring 2014)

ECON B385 Democracy and Development
From 1974 to the late 1990’s the number of democracies grew from 39 to 117. This “third wave,” the collapse of communism and developmental successes in East Asia have led some to argue the triumph of democracy and markets. Since the late 1990’s, democracy’s third wave has stalled, and some fear a reverse wave and democratic breakdowns. We will question this phenomenon through the disciplines of economics, history, political science and sociology drawing from theoretical, case study and classical literature. Prerequisites: ECON 200; ECON 253 or 304; and one course in Political Science OR Junior or Senior Standing in Political Science OR Permission of the Instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: International Studies Major; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B385
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ross,M., Rock,M.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B292 The Play of Interpretation
Designated theory course. A study of the methodologies and regimes of interpretation in the arts, humanistic sciences, and media and cultural studies, this course focuses on common problems of text, authorship, reader/spectator, and translation in their historical and formal contexts. Literary, oral, and visual texts from different cultural traditions and histories will be studied through interpretive approaches informed by modern critical theories. Readings in literature, philosophy, popular culture, and film will illustrate how theory enhances our understanding of the complexities of history, memory, identity, and the trials of modernity.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: International Studies Minor
Crosslisting(s): COML-B293; PHIL-B293
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Seyhan,A.
(Fall 2013)

GERM B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile
This course investigates the anthropological, philosophical, psychological, cultural, and literary aspects of modern exile. It studies exile as experience and metaphor in the context of modernity, and examines the structure of the relationship between imagined/remembered homelands and transnational identities, and the dialectics of language loss and bi- and multi-lingualism. Particular attention is given to the psychocultural dimensions of linguistic exclusion and loss. Readings of works by Julia Alvarez, Anita Desai, Sigmund Freud, Milan Kundera, Friedrich Nietzsche, Salman Rushdie, and others.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): COML-B231; ANTH-B231
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

GNST B245 Introduction to Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures
A broad, interdisciplinary survey of themes uniting and dividing societies from the Iberian Peninsula through the contemporary New World. The class introduces the methods and interests of all departments in the concentration, posing problems of cultural continuity and change, globalization and struggles within dynamic histories, political economies, and creative expressions.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Marquez,E.
(Fall 2013)

HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe. and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; International Studies Major; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B200
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

HIST B258 British Empire: Imagining Indias
This course considers ideas about and experiences of “modern” India, i.e., India during the colonial and post-Independence periods (roughly 1757-present). While “India” and “Indian history” along with “British empire” and “British history” will be the ostensible objects of our consideration and discussions, the course proposes that their imagination and meanings are continually mediated by a wide variety of institutions, agents, and analytical categories (nation, religion, class, race, gender, to name a few examples). The course uses primary sources, scholarly analyses, and cultural productions to explore the political economies of knowledge, representation, and power in the production of modernity.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

INST B398 Senior Seminar
This non-thesis capstone course is a seminar in which students do research, presentations and a final essay. These delve into topics from relevant courses in previously-taken tracks and may incorporate experiences from Praxis, Summer, or Study Abroad.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Allen,M.
(Fall 2013)

INST B399 Senior Project in International Studies
This involves the writing of a thesis or the production of an extended document on platforms such as a DVD or a website with the guidance of a designated adviser in International Studies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Allen,M.
(Spring 2014)

PHIL B225 Global Ethical Issues
The need for a critical analysis of what justice is and requires has become urgent in a context of increasing globalization, the emergence of new forms of conflict and war, high rates of poverty within and across borders and the prospect of environmental devastation. This course examines prevailing theories and issues of justice as well as approaches and challenges by non-western, post-colonial, feminist, race, class, and disability theorists.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B225
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Payson,J.
(Spring 2014)

PHIL B293 The Play of Interpretation
Designated theory course. A study of the methodologies and regimes of interpretation in the arts, humanistic sciences, and media and cultural studies, this course focuses on common problems of text, authorship, reader/spectator, and translation in their historical and formal contexts. Literary, oral, and visual texts from different cultural traditions and histories will be studied through interpretive approaches informed by modern critical theories. Readings in literature, philosophy, popular culture, and film will illustrate how theory enhances our understanding of the complexities of history, memory, identity, and the trials of modernity.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): COML-B293; ENGL-B292
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Seyhan,A.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B323 Culture and Interpretation
This course will pursue such questions as the following. For all objects of interpretation—including works of art, music, literature, persons or cultures—must there be a single right interpretation? If not, what is to prevent one from sliding into an interpretive anarchism? Does interpretation affect the nature or the number of an object of interpretation? Does the singularity or multiplicity of interpretations mandate such ontologies as realism or constructivism? Discussions will be based on contemporary readings.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): COML-B323
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Krausz,M.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B344 Development Ethics
This course explores the meaning of and moral issues raised by development. In what direction and by what means should a society “develop”? What role, if any, does the globalization of markets and capitalism play in processes of development and in systems of discrimination on the basis of factors such as race and gender? Answers to these sorts of questions will be explored through an examination of some of the most prominent theorists and recent literature. Prerequisites: a philosophy, political theory or economics course or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B344
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

POLS B225 Global Ethical Issues
The need for a critical analysis of what justice is and requires has become urgent in a context of increasing globalization, the emergence of new forms of conflict and war, high rates of poverty within and across borders and the prospect of environmental devastation. This course examines prevailing theories and issues of justice as well as approaches and challenges by non-western, post-colonial, feminist, race, class, and disability theorists.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B225
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Koggel,C.
(Spring 2014)

POLS B241 The Politics of International Law and Institutions
An introduction to international law, which assumes a working knowledge of modern world history and politics since World War II. The origins of modern international legal norms in philosophy and political necessity are explored, showing the schools of thought to which the understandings of these origins give rise. Significant cases are used to illustrate various principles and problems. Prerequisite: POLS 141.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Allen,M.
(Spring 2014)

POLS B250 Introduction to International Politics
An introduction to international relations, exploring its main subdivisions and theoretical approaches. Phenomena and problems in world politics examined include systems of power management, imperialism, globalization, war, bargaining, and peace. Problems and institutions of international economy and international law are also addressed. This course assumes a reasonable knowledge of modern world history. Enrollment Limit: 16; enrollment preference given to sophomores, and up, particularly majors in Political Science and/or International Studies.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: International Studies Major; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Allen,M.
(Fall 2013)

POLS B344 Development Ethics
This course explores the meaning of and moral issues raised by development. In what direction and by what means should a society “develop”? What role, if any, does the globalization of markets and capitalism play in processes of development and in systems of discrimination on the basis of factors such as race and gender? Answers to these sorts of questions will be explored through an examination of some of the most prominent theorists and recent literature. Prerequisites: a philosophy, political theory or economics course or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B344
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

POLS B385 Democracy and Development
From 1974 to the late 1990’s the number of democracies grew from 39 to 117. This “third wave,” the collapse of communism and developmental successes in East Asia have led some to argue the triumph of democracy and markets. Since the late 1990’s, democracy’s third wave has stalled, and some fear a reverse wave and democratic breakdowns. We will question this phenomenon through the disciplines of economics, history, political science and sociology drawing from theoretical, case study and classical literature. Prerequisite: one year of study in political science or economics.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: International Studies Major; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): ECON-B385
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ross,M., Rock,M.
(Spring 2014)

POLS B391 International Political Economy
This seminar examines the growing importance of economic issues in world politics and traces the development of the modern world economy from its origins in colonialism and the industrial revolution, through to the globalization of recent decades. Major paradigms in political economy are critically examined. Aspects of and issues in international economic relations such as development, finance, trade, migration, and foreign investment are examined in the light of selected approaches. One course in International Politics or Economics is required. Preference is given to seniors although juniors are accepted.
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Allen,M.
(Fall 2013)

SOCL B102 Society, Culture, and the Individual
Analysis of the basic sociological methods, perspectives, and concepts used in the study of society, with emphasis on social structure, education, culture, the self, and power. Theoretical perspectives that focus on sources of stability, conflict, and change are emphasized throughout.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Marquez,E., Karen,D.
(Spring 2014)