International Studies

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Professors

Stephen J. Ceccoli. 1998. P.K. Seidman Professor of Political Economy. B.A., Heidelberg College; M.A., Ph.D., Washington University. (International relations, political economy, comparative public policy.)
Andrew A. Michta. 1988. The Mertie Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies. B.A., St. Mary’s College; M.A., Michigan State University; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University. (U.S. foreign and security policy, NATO, European politics and security, Russia and post-Soviet states, international relations.)

Associate Professors

Shadrack W. Nasong’o. 2005. Chair. Stanley J. Buckman Professor of International Studies. B.A. and M.A., University of Nairobi, Kenya; Ph.D., Northeastern University, Boston. (African politics, comparative politics, international relations.)
Amy E. Risley. 2005. B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. (Latin American politics, comparative politics, international relations.)

Assistant Professors

Chien-Kai Chen. 2013. B.A., National Taiwan University; M.A., The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Ph.D., Boston University. (East Asian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations.)
Esen Kirdis. 2011. J.S. Seidman Research Fellow. B.A., Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. (Middle East politics, Islamic politics, international relations, comparative politics.)
Jennifer D. Sciubba. 2008. B.A., Agnes Scott College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland. (Political demography, environmental politics, international relations.)

Adjunct Professor

Yasir Kazi. 2010. B.Sc. University of Houston; B.A. and M.A., University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia; M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D., Yale University. (Islamic Studies.)

Staff

J. Barron Boyd. 2012. Coordinator, Buckman International Studies Initiative. B.A., Rhodes College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of South Carolina. (International politics, International Human Rights, South African Politics.)
Kimberly A. Stevenson. 2008 Departmental Assistant. B.S., University of Memphis.

The Department of International Studies offers a number of interdisciplinary majors in collaboration with other departments. These majors include International Studies/Economics; International Studies/History; International Studies/Political Science; and International Studies/Russian Studies.

Requirements for a Major in International Studies

A total of sixty (60) credits as follows:

1. Required courses: International Studies 100, 190, 200, 300, 485.

2. Economics 100.

3. Political Science 151 or 214.

4. Twenty-four (24) additional credits in International Studies with at least 8 credits from each area (A and B).

5. Completion of courses in a modern foreign language through the second full year at the college level (through the 202-level). Any 4-credit foreign language course above the 202-level and taught in the foreign language could also be used to satisfy the language requirement. Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, or Latin will not satisfy this requirement.

6. One International Studies-related course from outside the department chosen by the student and with the approval of the I.S. department adviser and the I.S. Department Chair.

Requirements for a Minor in International Studies

A total of twenty-four (24) credits as follows:

1. International Studies 100, 190, 200.

2. Two-course sequence numbered 200 or above in either area A or B.

3. One additional course at 200-level or above (I.S. 300 is recommended.)

Areas of Concentration:

Area A: Functional Specializations - includes courses numbered at the 300-level or 400-level (excluding IS 300, IS 485, and IS 495-6)

Area B: Area Specializations - includes region-specific courses numbered at the 200-level (excluding IS 200 and IS 235)

Other Courses (these can be either A or B area courses):

133: Model United Nations

235: Great Decisions in U.S. Foreign Policy

265-266: Selected Topics in International Studies

270: Research Methods

450: Washington Semester

460: Internship in International Studies

470: Summer Internship Abroad (Mertie W. Buckman International Internship Program)

Honors in International Studies

Required: Completing Honors in the Department of International Studies is comprised of two semesters (Fall and Spring). Students must enroll in International Studies 485 in the Fall semester of the year in which the student intends to complete the Honors Project and gain departmental approval of a research proposal. Students will select a first and second reader for the Honors Project and a third member will be selected by the department. Students should consult with an International Studies faculty member about their intentions to pursue an honors project prior to the beginning of the fall semester and obtain a copy of the “Honors in International Studies Guidelines.” A minimum GPA of 3.70 in all course work and approval of the department are required.

Course Offerings

100. Introduction to International Relations.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8.

A survey of contemporary international politics. Major topics covered in this course include international political geography, the evolution of the international system, the nation-state, modern diplomacy, international political economy, international law and organization, the East-West conflict, and North-South issues.

133. Model United Nations.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 1.

Simulation of United Nations bodies (General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, etc.) in a controlled class environment where debate and procedure are emphasized. Students engage in topical research on political, economic, and social issues of assigned countries and formulate position papers and resolutions for debate in the simulation. The course meets one evening per week for eight weeks. It may be repeated for credit up to a maximum of four (4) credits.

190. International Politics since 1945.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F3.

Survey of significant events and trends in the international system since 1945. Topics include the origins, evolution, and end of the cold war. The emergence of the post-cold war era, decolonization and East-West competition, the rise of nationalism, the role of nuclear weapons in world politics, changes in the global economy, and challenges facing the United States today are also examined.

200. Introduction to Comparative Politics.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8.

An introduction to the principal theories, analytical approaches, and methods relating to the study of comparative politics. Concrete country and case studies are used to highlight the relationship between the tools of comparative politics and real world political events and processes.

235. Great Decisions in U.S. Foreign Policy.

Spring. Credits: 1.

A review of important global issues confronting U.S. foreign policy decision makers. The course meets in the evening for two hours, once a week for eight weeks. The teaching of this course is shared as each member of the departmental faculty will typically deliver one lecture. The course is open to Meeman Center Students.

243. Government and Politics of the Middle East.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8, F9.

Survey of historical and political trajectories of selected Middle East states, including Turkey, Iran, Israel-Palestine, and the Eastern (Mashreq) Arab world. The region’s history, influence of Islam, and ideological trends are considered as are the roles of ethnic and religious minorities, state building, economic and political liberalization, authoritarian rule, conflict, and gender questions.

Prerequisite: International Studies 200.

244. Issues in Middle East Politics.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8.

Survey of topical areas of significance to Middle East politics. Possible topics include the treatment of minority peoples, social movements, and political ideologies in the region as well as the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Kurdish dispute.

Prerequisite: International Studies 200 or the permission of the instructor.

245. Foreign Policies of Middle Eastern States.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Survey of the foreign policies of selected Middle Eastern states. Particular attention is paid to theoretical interpretations of state behavior, individual decision makers, unintended policy results, and the need to balance domestic and external policy imperatives. The central pedagogic concern revolves around understanding how and why various Middle Eastern states choose the policies they do.

Prerequisites: International Studies 200 and 243.

251. Government and Politics of Africa.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F9.

An introduction to the complexity of the African political and socio-economic mosaic. The course examines the political, economic, and social transitions on the continent since 1945 with particular focus on issues of governance and socio-economic development in selected countries. The role of both external and internal factors in shaping these political and social dynamics provides the theoretical focus for an investigation of present political economy and future possibilities.

Prerequisite: International Studies 200.

252. Pan-Africanism and the Politics of African Unity.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F9.

An examination of the origins and development of Pan-Africanism and its impact as a political movement for the empowerment of Africans in the Diaspora and the decolonization of the African continent. The role of the OAU/AU as the basis of collective African security, diplomacy, regional economic integration, and development is evaluated with a view to determining its achievements, problems, and prospects. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of agency in hatching, animating, and orchestrating social movements.

Prerequisite: International Studies 251 or the permission of the instructor.

253. Ethnic Conflict in Africa.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8.

A theoretical delineation of how ethnic groups are socially constructed and maintained through a deliberate process of cultural objectification. The historical, political, religious and socio-economic roots of ethnic conflict in Africa are examined. Conflicts such as the Sudanese civil war; the Rwandan genocide; the Biafran civil war; conflict in the Great Lakes region; post-election violence In Kenya as well as ethnic strife in other areas are covered.

Prerequisite: International Studies 200 or the permission of the instructor.

260. Summer Study in China.

Summer. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F11.

A six week study program in China. Emphasis is placed on the language, culture, history, politics, and economy of China. Students should contact the I.S. Department and/or the International Programs Office for additional details.

Prerequisites: Minimum 2.0 GPA and approval by the International Programs Office.

261. Government and Politics of China.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F9.

A study of the political system of the People’s Republic of China, including an examination of the three centers of power (party, government, and military), ideology, leadership, political change, provincial and local governments. The Chinese political system is assessed as a unique communist system and one that is changing due to rapid economic development. Current political problems are also analyzed.

Prerequisite: International Studies 200 or the permission of the instructor.

262. China’s Foreign Policy.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F9.

An analysis of China’s foreign policy from 1949 to the present. Particular emphasis is placed on China’s relations with the United States, Russia, Japan and Europe, its bid to lead the Third World bloc, Beijing’s efforts to adjust to a new world order and its new role as an economic power.

Prerequisite: International Studies 190 or the permission of the instructor.

263. Comparative Political Economy of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

A comparative study of the interactions between politics and the economy In Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Major topics covered include developmental states, state-society Interactions, state-business relations, labor politics, economic and political development, and welfare politics.

Prerequisite: International Studies 200 or the permission of the instructor.

264. China-Taiwan-U.S. Relations.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

An exploration of the political and economic dimensions of China-Taiwan relations as well as the role played by the U.S. in these relations. Major topics covered Include Sino-U.S. relations, Chinese nationalism, identity politics in Taiwan, Taiwan Strait Crises, the U.S. Approach to China-Taiwan relations, China’s Taiwan policy, Taiwan’s China policy, and economic ties between China and Taiwan.

Prerequisite: International Studies 100.

265-266. Topics in International Studies.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4.

Concentrated study on issues of special importance in international affairs. Recently offered topics include Modern Islamic Fundamentalism, International Development, Ethnic Conflict, Terrorism, and International Drug-Trafficking.

270. Research Methods in International Relations.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

This course examines various tools and methods used in the study of international relations. The formulation and design of research projects is emphasized. Basic analytical concepts and techniques are introduced as students explore various approaches to the study of world politics.

Prerequisites: International Studies 100 and 200, or the permission of the instructor.

273. Government and Politics of Latin America.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8, F9.

An introduction to Latin American politics. Military rule, human rights, democratization, populism, and the politics of gender, class, and ethnicity are examined in relation to specific countries in the region. The course then explores the political dimensions of development, poverty, and inequality. Emphasis is placed on the most important conceptual and theoretical frameworks used to understand politics and governance in Latin America.

Prerequisite: International Studies 200 or the permission of the instructor.

274. Contemporary Issues in Inter-American Relations.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8.

A survey of Inter-American affairs, with a focus on past and present relations between Latin American countries and the United States. The course examines the consequences of U.S.-Latin American relations for democracy, human rights, and economic prosperity in the Western Hemisphere. Relevant themes include democracy promotion, immigration, and trade. The course combines case studies of specific countries, policy analysis, and historical/theoretical perspectives on Inter-American relations.

Prerequisite: International Studies 100 or the permission of the instructor.

281. Government and Politics of Western Europe.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8.

A comparative study of the government and politics of Europe. Emphasis is given to the evolution of parliamentary democracy, governmental, political, and social institutions, disparate decision-making patterns, and different political cultures. A special segment is devoted to the evolution of the European Union and the current level of European integration.

Prerequisite: International Studies 200 or permission of the instructor.

283. Introduction to International Business Cases.

Summer. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F11.

This travel/study course is a combination of lectures, case discussions, and site visits in Antwerp, Belgium. Students should contact the Economics and Business Department and/or the International Programs Office for additional details. The course is the same as Business 283.

Prerequisites: Economics 100 and admission to summer study abroad program for Business 283.

284. Russia and Eurasia.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8, F9.

A study of countries comprising the former USSR. The course discusses the politics of reform, as well as the domestic, foreign, and security policies of the successor states, and the context of the changed global power equation after the Cold War.

Prerequisite: International Studies 200 or the permission of the instructor.

INTS 292 Encountering Other Cultures: Before.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 2

This course is designed to prepare students for their study abroad experience and to help them derive maximum benefit from their time abroad. Studying or interning in a different country can be exciting and life-changing. It can also be confusing and frustrating, especially if you are not prepared for the different cultural context and are uncertain about the prevailing social norms or work habits of the host country. This first course will prepare the student for his or her first exposure to living, studying, and working in a foreign country.

INST 293 Encountering Other Cultures: During the Encounter.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 2

The course is intended to help students to engage with the host culture while abroad; in so doing, students will hopefully learn more about themselves as well. It will also allow students to keep in touch with their peers and others engaged in study/internship abroad. Students will communicate with each other and their Rhodes mentor using Moodle.

INTS 294 Encountering other Cultures: the Return.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 2

The objective of this course is to facilitate re-entry after a study abroad experience, identify intercultural competency and cultural learning gained through the study-abroad experience, and extend and apply that learning in new situations both at present and looking toward the future.

300. International Relations and Comparative Politics Theories.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4.

An examination of the major theoretical paradigms in the study of international politics and/or comparative politics. An overview of approaches to the study of international relations with emphasis on the realist, liberal, critical, and Marxist debates. Paradigms of international development studies are also analyzed.

Prerequisites: International Studies 100, 200 and Junior or Senior Standing.

310. Comparative Political Economy.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Contemporary nation-states display a wide range of diversity in their patterns of power and authority and choices of economic systems. This course seeks to comprehend from a theoretical perspective the processes which produced these present systems, their similarities and differences, and their sources and mechanisms of change. Major theoretical perspectives are reviewed.

Prerequisite: International Studies 200.

311. International Political Economy.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8.

An overview of major issues and theoretical paradigms in international political economy, including interdependence, foreign economic policymaking, the evolution of the international financial system, the role of multinational corporations, and issues in the North-South dialogue. Emphasis is on the variety of ways in which political and economic forces interact to affect flows of goods, services, investments, money and technology.

Prerequisite: International Studies 100 or the permission of the instructor.

330. Women in World Politics.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8; F2i.

An examination of how politics shapes women’s lives and the ways in which women influence politics at the domestic and international levels. Contemporary issues affecting women around the world, including the “War on Terror,” rape and similar forms of gender violence, sex trafficking, economic globalization, and environmental destruction are considered. Case studies are used to highlight the diversity of women’s political goals and strategies.

336. Nationalism.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

A study of nationalism and its impact on international relations. The course examines the roots of national identity, the evolution of nationalism in the twentieth century, and changes brought about by the end of the Cold War. It explores links between nationalism and foreign policy-making, war, and conflict resolution.

Prerequisite: International Studies 200 or the permission of the instructor.

340. Global Ecopolitics.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8.

An introduction to the ecological politics paradigm, an alternative approach to the study of international relations. The course explores how environmental issues, population, disease, technology, and globalization create both problems and solutions to traditional questions of international relations (like war and peace, sovereignty, power) and raise new areas of inquiry.

341. Comparative Ecopolitics.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8.

This course asks how different countries and communities end up with different approaches to the same environmental and population problems. Using a comparative lens we look for the answer in the different roles of social movements and advocacy; regime type; political culture and institutions; the policymaking process; and economic development.

371. American Foreign Policy.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8.

This course examines the foreign policy making process in the U.S. and American foreign policy since World War II. Emphasis is placed on the historical evolution of American foreign policy, the conduct and style of foreign policy making and the contemporary foreign policy establishment. Policy alternatives for specific issues in the present and near future are also studied.

Prerequisite: International Studies 190 or the permission of the instructor.

372. U.S. National Security Policy.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8.

This course examines the evolution of American military power and U.S. national security policy in the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on the dynamics of policy formation, the interaction of foreign and defense policy, and the impact of domestic politics and the changing international environment on the policy process. Various strategic theories, assumptions about national security policy, and dilemmas regarding the use of force are also examined.

Prerequisites: International Studies 190 and 371, or the permission of the instructor.

373. Terrorism and U.S. National Security.

Fall. Credits: 4.

An examination of the impact of terrorism on U.S. national security in the post-9/11 environment. The impact of 9/11 on U.S. security policy is considered, including the threats posed by terrorism to the homeland and to U.S. interests abroad, U.S. responses to terrorism, and long-term implication of the Global War on Terrorism strategy for U.S. global power position.

Prerequisite: International Studies 190 or the permission of the instructor.

374. Security Studies.

Fall. Credits: 4.

An examination of how Security Studies have evolved over the years, covering both traditional and non-traditional areas of security. It examines a range of concepts from “hard security” to such ideas as energy security, economic security, cyber security and human security. The problem of preventive war, deterrence, mass suicide terrorism, nuclear proliferation unconventional war, and globalization are also considered.

375. Population and National Security.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F2i.

An exploration of the shifting meanings and interpretations of “security,” particularly the securitization of population. The course covers a wide range of population topics, including aging, migration, the youth “bulge,” urbanization, disease, and the demographic “bonus.” Population trends, their security implications, and their connections to issues such as development and the environment are examined.

395. U.S. Foreign Policy in East Asia.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

An examination of U.S. foreign policy toward the countries of East Asia with a focus on America’s traditional role in the Far East, wars in Korea and Vietnam, problems in current relations with China and Japan, the NICs and ASEAN. Also to be assessed are the survival of communism in East Asia, trade and security issues, and human rights.

Prerequisite: At least one of the following: International Studies 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 371, 372.

420. Revolution in World Politics.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

This course examines the concept and theories of revolution; the development of processes involved in revolutionary political movements, and the consequences and ramifications of revolutionary political change. Historical case studies are employed to analyze the specific revolutionary role of such contributive factors as human agency, mass mobilization, state breakdown, international dynamics, and the prevailing social and cultural environment.

Prerequisite: International Studies 200 or the permission of the instructor.

421. Democratization in World Politics.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

An examination of the global expansion of democracy in recent decades. The course analyzes the processes of democratic transition, consolidation, and deepening. Relevant themes include civil society, political institutions, culture, and economic development. A variety of countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Bloc are explored. Particular attention is given to theories of democratization within the field of comparative politics.

Prerequisite: International Studies 200 or the permission of the instructor.

422. International Conflict Management.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8.

A survey of theoretical explanations of international and regional conflicts and an analysis of the practicalities of conflict management and resolution through negotiation, mediation, adjudication, and various other forms of third party intervention. Emphasis is placed on historical origins of conflict; its ethnic, religious, geographic, and political dimensions; and the complexities of conflict management and resolution on the part of international actors.

Prerequisite: International Studies 200 or the permission of the instructor.

451. International Organization.

Fall. Credits: 4.

An examination of the growth of international organizations in the nation-state system; procedures of international cooperation in key issue areas, including the peaceful settlement of disputes and collective security, human rights, ecological balance, and economic well-being. The course also covers functional and universal organizations, with an emphasis on the United Nations.

Prerequisite: International Studies 100 or the permission of the instructor.

452. International Law.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F8.

A study of the sources of international law, general problems of international law such as rights and duties of states, succession, recognition, settlement of disputes, international legislation, individual and collective responsibility, codification and UN-formulated international law.

Prerequisite: International Studies 100 or the permission of the instructor.

460. Internship in International Studies.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 1-8.

Degree Requirements: F11.

On an individual basis and in conjunction with the Career Services Office, students can receive internship credit for work in various professional settings. Internships have been arranged in the past with a variety of local law firms, non-profit agencies, government agencies, and area corporations. The typical internship experience receives four academic credits on a pass/fail basis. Student interns are expected to keep a regular log of their activities and write a final paper reflecting on their experience.

470. Summer Internship Abroad.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 2.

Degree Requirements: F11.

The Mertie W. Buckman International Internship Program provides an opportunity for outstanding International Studies majors and International Studies-related Interdisciplinary majors to spend two months abroad while working on an internship project approved by the International Studies faculty. The internships, which seek to give students a practical exposure to international politics and economics, are awarded on a competitive basis.

485. Senior Tutorial.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4.

Conducted as a tutorial in seminar format, this course assists students in intensive research and the completion of the Senior Paper and an oral presentation of the Senior Paper based on topics chosen by students and approved by the faculty member in charge of the seminar. Social science research methods and theories used in the study of international relations and comparative politics are also discussed.

Prerequisite: Senior Standing.

495-6. Honors Tutorial.

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4-4.

An Honors version of International Studies 485, this tutorial will consist of individual research and writing of the Honors Project. Students should consult with an International Studies faculty or staff member about their intentions to pursue an honors project at the beginning of the fall semester of the senior year (or earlier) and obtain a copy of the “Honors in International Studies Guidelines.”

Prerequisites: Senior standing, minimum GPA of 3.70 in all course work, and the approval of the department




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