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Featured Fall 2013 INTL Courses

The Department of International Studies is offering a variety of exciting, upper-division courses for Fall Term 2013.

Registration for Fall Term re-opens on August 5th!

INTL 399 Islam & Global Forces Anita Weiss CRN 13987

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Within the Muslim world today, Islamist discourse has come to set a growing number of political agendas. However, as we have seen in response to recent global events, the nature of this discourse — and the diversity within it, in particular  — is rarely understood. This course is an introduction to the general salience of the Islamic religion in contemporary global politics, the pivotal role the religion plays in Muslim societies, and the effects of global forces (e.g., globalization processes, the global economy, mass media, and global political institutions) on the political economy of countries with major Muslim populations. This course will contextualize and enrich the study of the interactions between global influences and political, social and economic concerns in Muslim societies as we transcend the essentialism that often cloaks the study of Islam and Muslim society prevalent in the West.


INTL 399 Education & Development Jessica Cavas CRN 17161

Education is widely accepted as a basic right as well as a foundational tool for human development. Recognizing this, governments and international agencies have invested heavily in basic education over the past three decades to fulfill this basic right as well as foster broad based economic growth and democratic institutions. This course will reflect on global commitments to increase education access, including universal primary education, and improve education quality. We will explore the varied successes and challenges that have resulted from these international efforts through comparative case studies. Within these case studies we will discuss issues of educational inequality across gender, race, and socio-economic classes. Our perspective will focus on the role of aid agencies, including international non-governmental organizations in responding with new possibilities for “education for all” to become a reality.


INTL 407 Global Tourism Greg Ringer CRN 17162

Tourism is now the largest service sector industry in the world, driven by the social and economic benefits provided to destination communities. Yet the impacts also include significant human and ecological costs and often the trivialization of local culture to satisfy visitor expectations. This course will evaluate the challenges and opportunities of sustainable tourism in East Asia and the Pacific, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and the Americas.  We will examine the effects of various issues on tourism including climate change, “dark tourism” and global terrorism, human trafficking and the sex trade, volunteer tourism, “virtual tourism,” and social media applications to manage visitor activities. Students will also consider the ethical consequences of their own travel choices, and the broader implications for societies and sustainable community development.  With a focus on global trends and the changing experiences of travelers and “hosts,” the intent of the course is to highlight the paradoxical nature and complexity of travel for people worldwide.


INTL 408 Workshop Conflict & Development Nick Macdonald CRN 13992

This practically-focused workshop will provide students information about and strategies for searching and applying for jobs within the fields of international development, international diplomacy, NGOs, and similar areas. Students will learn what skills, experience and qualifications employers in these career fields are looking for, and will have the opportunity to polish their professional resumes before entering the professional workforce.


INTL 410 Population Displacement & Global Health Kristin Yarris CRN 13994

This course will provide a conceptual framework necessary for understanding the health problems of displaced populations (migrants, refugees, and internally-displaced persons). This course frames global health in broad terms to include the underlying social and economic conditions that permit health or push people into displacement. The course also understands health and mental health to be inextricably linked for displaced populations, and will take seriously a range of health problems resulting from displacement, including infectious disease, but also violence, social suffering, and local forms of distress. We will draw on a broad range of literature from global health, development studies, anthropology, and other social sciences. At the center of our analysis will be the ways political conflict, economic insecurity, uneven development, disaster and climate change are reshaping human landscapes across the globe.


INTL 410 Development & Conflict Resolution Nick Macdonald CRN 13995

This course will expose students to the theory and practice of humanitarian aid, peace-building, and development as it takes place during or after violent conflict. It focuses on the work of international organizations (including international NGOs, multi-lateral organizations such as the United Nations, human rights groups and others) working in conflict-affected areas or on issues of conflict. Nick Macdonald will draw on experiences from his many years working at Mercy Corps.


INTL 410 Global Media and Social Networking Teddy Workneh CRN 17168

Social media represents a fundamental shift, globally, in the way we develop and maintain virtual communities that more often than not mutate to actual movements in forms of activism, civic engagement and social mobilization. The burgeoning new media ecology is an increasingly intrinsic alternative to traditional forms of communication, thereby providing a compelling platform for citizen connectivity. The confluence of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube with multi-tasking and increasingly accessible cellphones that capture and share visual records ‘on the go’ is redefining the complexion and magnitude of the public sphere. This course will focus on the nature, process and significance of the marriage of social media, activism and social mobility—first through a discussion of conceptual frameworks and then by examining relevant case studies. It will further probe into issues like access, ownership, digital identity, censorship and surveillance, among other things.


INTL 442 Development & Change in South Asia Rifaat Hussain CRN 17165

This  course is an introduction to the vast social changes occurring in the South Asian subcontinent. In the first half of the course, our focus will be placed on India and Pakistan – two of the most populous countries in the world – though issues involving other countries will be addressed as appropriate.  We begin with a brief overview of the subcontinent, looking at the internal and external social forces which have had a great impact on these societies, culminating in Independence from Britain. We then focus on post-independence paths of development in India and Pakistan, looking in particular at patterns of industrialization, economic planning, political crises, challenges, and institution-building. Building on this, we turn our attention to major issues in the arena of development and social change including demands for literacy and rights (i.e., empowering the previously socially disempowered), the struggle to alleviate poverty and promote sustainability while ensuring livable cities, and political institution building challenges, particularly in light of religious/ethnic conflict and associated human rights concerns. This second section will focus a great deal on student participation.