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INTL Course Descriptions and Sample Syllabi

Course Title Description Syllabus Notes
INTL 101 Introduction to International Issues Survey of major political, economic, and cultural themes in international studies through in-class debates on key contemporary issues. Fall 2014
INTL 199 Globalization and the Global Economy The course will introduce students to the debate surrounding economic globalization. Following a brief introduction that surveys recent changes in the global economy, the course will investigate several issues under the headings of the status of workers, the debate surrounding world trade, and protection of the global environment. Spring 2014
INTL 240 Perspectives on International Development Introduction to major ideologies, theories, historical processes, and contemporary challenges in international development. Fall 2014
INTL 250 Value Systems in Cross-Cultural Perspective Introduction to value systems of various cultures, focusing on how values relate to religion, forms of social organization, group affiliation, and patterns of conflict resolution Fall 2013
INTL 260 Culture, Capitalization, and Globalization Cultural and historical perspectives on the development of capitalism as a way of life and its relationship to contemporary global issues and imbalances. Winter 2013
INTL 280 Global Environmental Issues Examines root causes of environmental problems at local, regional, national, and global scales. Critically compares approaches to addressing international environmental challenges. Spring 2014
INTL 340 Global Health & Development Introduction to major issues in global health, their causes and possible solutions, with a focus on the poor in developing countries. Winter 2013
INTL 345 Africa Today Introduces students to current challenges facing African peoples today. Extends survey of Africa courses, and prepares students for more advanced study regarding the African continent. Winter 2013
INTL 360 International Cooperation & Conflict Utilizes case studies and selected themes to examine the root causes, stakeholder perspectives, and attempts to resolve international conflicts. Winter 2013
  • Formerly INTL 399
  • Requires INTL 101 as a Pre-Requisite
INTL 370 International Human Rights Survey course on human rights, which examines diverse perspectives on the concept, practice and implementation of human rights and human rights regimes. Fall 2014
INTL 420/520 International Community Development Introduction to communitarian theory and grass-roots development practices. Comparison across North-South divide of efforts to alleviate poverty, promote sustainability, and ensure mobilization and cohesion. Fall 2014
  • Requires INTL 240 as a Pre-Requisite
INTL 421/521 Gender and International Development Analysis of the changing roles, opportunities, and expectations of third-world women as their societies undergo social upheavals associated with the problematic effects of development. Winter 2012
  • Requires INTL 240 as a Pre-Requisite
INTL 422/522 Aid to Developing Countries Examines the history and current dynamics of international bilateral and multilateral development assistance, the possibilities and constraints of aid, and other related issues Spring 2014
  • Requires INTL 240 as a Pre-Requisite
INTL 423/523 Development and the Muslim World Introduction to discourse on current development in various Muslim societies. Focuses on North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Spring 2014
INTL 431/531 Cross-Cultural Communication Focuses on skills and insights needed by professionals working in cross-cultural settings. Considers values, development, education, politics, and environment as central to cross-cultural understanding. Spring 2013
INTL 432/532 Indigenous Cultural Survival Explores case studies of global indigenous peoples who are facing cultural survival issues and developing strategies and institutions to deal with this complex process. Fall 2014
INTL 433/533 Childhood in Cross-Cultural Perspective Explores the experience of childhood around the world and examines how this experience is shaped by beliefs about who and what children are and by local conditions and contingencies. Winter 2014
INTL 434/534 Language Issues for International Studies Explores the influence of language on policy issues in societies around the world relative to nationalism, identity, multilingualism, education, human rights globalization, and language spread and loss. Winter 2012
INTL 442/542 Development & Social Change:South Asia Introduction to the vast social changes and development issues confronting the South Asian subcontinent. Fall 2014
INTL 444/544 Development & Social Change: Southeast Asia Introduction to the region and to the complex social issues facing the peoples of Southeast Asia. Spring 2013
INTL 445/545 Development & Social Change: Sub-Saharan Africa Introduces theoretical and practical aspects of development and social change in sub-Saharan Africa, with focus on key issues in African development during the postcolonial era. Winter 2014
INTL 446/546 Development & Social Change: Latin America Explores development challenges, debt cycles, urban growth, neoliberalism, populism, socialism, gender, the environment, U.S.–Latin American relations, ecotourism, and drug geographies in the region. Winter 2013
INTL 447/547 Comparative Tribalisms Situates contemporary polemics in Africa and the U.S. regarding ethnic, racial, and religious violence, culture wars, and nationalism in a comparative analytic framework. Spring 2012
INTL 448/548 Bollywood’s Lens on Indian Society Explores Indian Society through film, focusing on critical social issues; depicted vs. the historical reality; and ongoing transformations of social orientations and values Summer 2014
  • Formerly INTL 407/507