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Fall 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
INST B398-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM MCarpenter Library 17Dept. staff, TBA
ANTH B354-001Political Economy, Gender, Ethnicity and Transformation in VietnamSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM MDalton Hall 212APashigian,M.
ECON B225-001Economic DevelopmentSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHDalton Hall 119Rock,M.
ECON B385-001Democracy and DevelopmentSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 25Rock,M.
HIST B237-001Topic: Modern African History: Urban HistorySemester / 1LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWCarpenter Library 17Ngalamulume,K.
POLS B141-001Introduction to International PoliticsSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 300Allen,M.
POLS B391-001International Political EconomySemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCollege Hall 118Allen,M.
SOCL B102-001Society, Culture, and the IndividualSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHTaylor Hall DPinto-Coelho,J.

Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
INST B399-001Senior Project in International StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM MDalton Hall 212ADept. staff, TBA
ANTH B102-001Introduction to Cultural AnthropologySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWDalton Hall 300Pashigian,M.
ANTH B102-002Introduction to Cultural AnthropologySemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHDalton Hall 300Campoamor,L.
ECON B236-001The Economics of GlobalizationSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHDalton Hall 1Ceglowski,J.
GNST B245-001Introduction to Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWGaspar,M.
HIST B237-001Topic: Modern African History: African Economic DevelopmentSemester / 1LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHTaylor Hall DNgalamulume,K.
HIST B258-001British Empire: Imagining IndiasSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHKale,M.
PHIL B221-001EthicsSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWTaylor Hall CBell,M.
PHIL B225-001Global Ethical IssuesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWBell,M.
POLS B249-001Politics of Economic DevelopmentSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHDalton Hall 2Oh,S.
SOCL B102-001Society, Culture, and the IndividualSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 119Dept. staff, TBA

Fall 2018

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2017-18 Catalog Data

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.
Counts toward International Studies

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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.
Counts toward International Studies

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INST B403 Supervised Work

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ANTH B102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Spring 2018
An introduction to the methods and theories of cultural anthropology in order to understand and explain cultural similarities and differences among contemporary societies.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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ANTH B238 Chinese Culture and Society
Not offered 2017-18
This course encourages students to think critically about major developments in Chinese culture and society that have occurred during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with an emphasis on understanding both cultural change and continuity in China. Drawing on ethnographic material and case studies from rural and urban China over the traditional, revolutionary, and reform periods, this course examines a variety of topics including family and kinship; marriage, reproduction, and death; popular religion; women and gender; the Cultural Revolution; social and economic reforms and development; gift exchange and guanxi networks; changing perceptions of space and place; as well as globalization and modernity. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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ANTH B294 Culture, Power, and Politics
Not offered 2017-18
What do a country's national politics have to do with culture? Likewise, how are politics hidden below the surface of our everyday social lives? This course explores questions like these through anthropological approaches. Drawing on both classic and contemporary ethnographic studies from the U.S. and around the world, we will examine how social and cultural frameworks help us understand politics in new ways. Topics will include states and political systems, nationalism and citizenship, gender, violence, rumor and conspiracy theory, and non-state forms of governance. Prerequisite: ANTH 102, B103 or permission of the instructor.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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ANTH B301 Anthropology of Globalization: Wealth, Mobility, Insecurity
Not offered 2017-18
This course explores economic globalization from an anthropological perspective. With a focus on the social, cultural, and historical aspects of global connections, we seek to understand not only large-scale change in the world, but also how the growing integration of different countries and economic systems shapes everyday life experience. Conversely, we will also explore how individuals actively engage with, and sometimes help shape, changing global processes. We will examine the meanings and motivations that guide some people to accumulate capital, and we will consider the structural inequalities and barriers that prevent others from doing so. We will study the paths of mobile individuals around the world--those who cross borders "legally" as well as those whose movements are deemed "illegal"--and think critically about what exclusion and forced immobility means for people socially as well as economically. Finally, we will investigate patterns of economic, political, and social insecurity that often accompany processes of globalization. Working through a series of ethnographic analyses and conducting our own research, we will gain a better understanding of how people around the world experience and actively make "the global." Prerequisite: ANTH B102, ANTH H103 or permission of the instructor.

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ANTH B354 Political Economy, Gender, Ethnicity and Transformation in Vietnam
Fall 2017
Today, Vietnam is in the midst of dramatic social, economic and political changes brought about through a shift from a central economy to a market/capitalist economy since the late 1980s. These changes have resulted in urbanization, a rise in consumption and shifts in social and economic relationships and cultural practices as the country has moved from low income to middle income status. This course examines culture and society in Vietnam focusing largely on contemporary Vietnam, but with a view to continuities and historical precedent in past centuries. In this course, we will draw on anthropological studies of Vietnam, as well as literature and historical studies. Relationships between the individual, family, gender, ethnicity, community and state will pervade the topics addressed in the course, as will the importance of political economy, nation, and globalization. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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COML B293 The Play of Interpretation
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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EALC B353 The Environment on China's Frontiers
Not offered 2017-18
This seminar explores environmental issues on China's frontiers from a historical perspective. It focuses on the particular relationship between the environment and the frontier, examining how these two variables have interacted. The course will deal with the issues such as the relationship between the environment and human ethnic and cultural traditions, social movements, economic growth, political and legal institutions and practices, and changing perceptions. The frontier regions under discussion include Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, and the southwestern ethnic areas, which are all important in defining what China is and who the Chinese are.

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ECON B225 Economic Development
Fall 2017
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.
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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ECON B236 The Economics of Globalization
Spring 2018
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.
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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ECON B385 Democracy and Development
Fall 2017
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.
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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GERM B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile
Not offered 2017-18
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, Albert Camus, Ana Castillo, Sigmund Freud, Eva Hoffman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Milan Kundera, Friedrich Nietzsche, Salman Rushdie, W. G. Sebald, Kurban Said, and others.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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GNST B245 Introduction to Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Spring 2018
A broad, interdisciplinary survey of themes uniting and dividing societies from the Iberian Peninsula to the Americas. 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. Course is taught in English.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B237 Topic: Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2017): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Spring 2018): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Urban History
Fall 2017, Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Current topic description: This course examines the political economy of African development in historical perspectives. We will address the following questions: Why is the African continent, which is rich in natural resources, so poor? What are the causes of poverty in Africa? The course will analyze the environmental, economic, political, and historical factors that have affected the development of Africa. We will discuss the impact of slavery, colonial exploitation, foreign interventions, foreign aid, trade, and democratic transitions on African development. We will also explore the theories of development and underdevelopment.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B258 British Empire: Imagining Indias
Spring 2018
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B336 Topics in African History
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topic course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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PHIL B221 Ethics
Spring 2018
An introduction to ethics by way of an examination of moral theories and a discussion of important ancient, modern, and contemporary texts which established theories such as virtue ethics, deontology, utilitarianism, relativism, emotivism, care ethics. This course considers questions concerning freedom, responsibility, and obligation. How should we live our lives and interact with others? How should we think about ethics in a global context? Is ethics independent of culture? A variety of practical issues such as reproductive rights, euthanasia, animal rights and the environment will be considered.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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PHIL B225 Global Ethical Issues
Spring 2018
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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PHIL B323 Culture and Interpretation
Not offered 2017-18
This course will discuss these questions. What are the aims of interpretation? Must we assume that, for cultural objects--like artworks, music, or literature--there must be a single right interpretation? If not, what is to prevent one from sliding into an interpretive anarchism? What is the role of a creator's intentions in fixing upon admissible interpretations? Does interpretation affect the identity of the object of interpretation? If an object of interpretation exists independently of interpretive practice, must it answer to only one right interpretation? In turn, if an object of interpretation is constituted by interpretive practice, must it answer to more than one right interpretation? This course encourages active discussions of these questions.
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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PHIL B344 Development Ethics
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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POLS B141 Introduction to International Politics
Fall 2017
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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POLS B241 The Politics of International Law and Institutions
Not offered 2017-18
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 B250.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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POLS B249 Politics of Economic Development
Spring 2018
How do we explain the variations of political and economic systems in the world? What is the relationship between the state and the market? To what extent does the timing of industrialization affect the viability of certain developmental strategies? This seminar introduces the intellectual history of comparative political economy and development studies with readings on both comparative political economy and international political economy. First, we will examine the debates on the dynamics of the state and the market in the development and globalization process. Second, we will explore specific case studies to discuss: 1) how the political and economic processes have changed in response to the interaction of the domestic and international arenas, 2) whether and how the late developers learned from the experiences of early developers, 3) how the international economy and international financial crisis shaped domestic development strategies. Lastly, we will analyze the developmental concerns at the sub-national level with financial liberalization. Prerequisite: Freshman can enroll after they have taken 100 level courses in social science and after getting instructor permission.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B324 Politics of the Arab Uprisings
Not offered 2017-18
The recent uprisings in Arab countries have shocked the world. Long-entrenched authoritarian regimes have fallen. US allies have been ousted. This seminar is designed to introduce the politics of these recent uprisings. Their origins will be viewed through the lens of political and economic theories of authoritarianism and revolution. The outcomes will be assessed with an eye toward existing ideas about democracy. The course will aim to establish what political science can tell us about these events, and how political science must grow in reaction to them. Prerequisite: One course in political science or Middle East studies or consent of instructor.
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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POLS B391 International Political Economy
Fall 2017
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. This course is open to all students who have the prerequisites. It also serves as a thesis prep course for political science seniors. Prerequisite: One course in International Politics or Economics is required. Preference is given to seniors although juniors are accepted.
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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SOCL B102 Society, Culture, and the Individual
Fall 2017, Spring 2018
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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SOCL B218 Sociology of International Development
Not offered 2017-18
This course examines the persistent gap between the Global North and Global South around problems such as poverty, food insecurity, and access to health and education. We will examine theories and perspectives that address this disparity and explore alternatives to Western models of social organization, as put forth by social movements in the Global South. Throughout the course, we will read key primary texts (manifestos, communiqués, oral histories, and world financial institution reports) to understand the role of different players in the international development field, including global economic and governance institutions, non-governmental organizations, and--most importantly--feminist, afro-descendant, indigenous, and other voices emerging in the Global South.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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SOCL B317 Comparative Social Policy: Cuba, China, US, Scandinavia
Not offered 2017-18
This course will examine different countries' policy choices to address different societal challenges. Four societal types - socialist (Cuba), post-socialist (China), capitalist (US), and social-democratic (Scandinavia) - will be studies to help us understand how these different kinds of societies conceive of social problems and propose and implement attempted solutions. We will examine particular problems/solutions in four domains: health/sports; education; environment; technological development. As we explore these domains, we will attend to methodological issues involved in making historical and institutional comparisons
Counts toward Counts toward Education
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies

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