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INTL Course Descriptions

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. Winter 2018
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 2018
INTL 199 Education & Development This course will introduce students to the foundational ideas in the field of international and comparative education, and help build a theoretical toolkit of the major approaches scholars utilize when analyzing education from a global perspective. Winter 2019
INTL 240 Perspectives on International Development Introduction to major ideologies, theories, historical processes, and contemporary challenges in international development. Fall 2018
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 Winter 2019
INTL 260 Culture, Capitalism, 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. Fall 2016
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. Fall 2017
INTL 323 Islam & Global Forces Addresses interactions between global forces and processes in historical and modern Muslim societies and the salience of Islam in contemporary global arenas.  Fall 2015 Offered alternate years
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 2020
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. Fall 2018
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 2016 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. Winter 2017
INTL 407/507 Development & Social Change: Europe Looks at an array of conceptual approaches to the study of European development and social change and examines the diversity of developmental processes underway in the various regions of Europe over the course of the post-war period Spring 2015
INTL 407/507 Culture & Development Explores the dynamic interplay between culture (understood as human creativity in the realms of values and actions) and development (understood as visions of and activities related to large-scale socio-economic change – both planned and spontaneous); it offers an in-depth analysis of cultural interaction within an increasingly integrated world. Winter 2019
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. Winter 2016 Requires INTL 240 as a Pre-Requisite
INTL 410/510 Ecology & Health This course will examine the social and ecological dimensions of human health. The seminar will be useful for students in a wide range of fields including anthropology, geography, sociology, ecology, and natural resources and conservation. Topics to be covered in the course include health and environment interactions; bodies and health; climate change, and environmental justice. Course expectations include intensive reading, in-class discussions, and the completion of a research paper of individual interest. Winter 2019
INTL 410/510 Global Perspectives on Disability Through class readings and discussions, students will use a human rights paradigm to examine issues facing people with disabilities, including women and girls with disabilities, throughout the world. Cross-disability, cross-cultural topics and viewpoints on disability will include:Through class readings and discussions, students will use a human rights paradigm to examine issues facing people with disabilities, including women and girls with disabilities, throughout the world. Winter 2019 2.00 Credits
INTL 410/510 Global Story of Race Working from a historical, biological, and anthropological perspective, this course first explains how race came to be a key principle of social organization in various global locations, including the USA, India, and Brazil. Then it explores why the concept of race is biologically invalid. It finishes with a critical look at present-day social implications of misapprehensions about human variation, with a focus on structural racism. Fall 2018
INTL 410/510 Transnational Migration This course will draw on will social science theory – namely,
theories about nation-states, migration, citizenship, and “illegality” – and close reading of ethnographic case studies from the assigned books and additional course readings (academic articles and book chapters, as well as non-academic policy papers and reports). Class assignments and activities will be designed to further engage students in readings and their application to contemporary migration issues both globally and locally.
Winter 2020
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. Spring 2018 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 2019 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. Winter 2017
INTL 424/524 UN humanitarian intervention in violent conflict The purpose of this course is to 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. Fall 2018
INTL 425/525 Global Food Security Explore the global food system and analyze the politics, science and economic choices that play important roles in the current system while addressing both the advantages and unsustainable aspects and considering alternatives to current practices Winter 2019
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 2019
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 2015
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. Spring 2016
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. Fall 2016
INTL 442/542 Development & Social Change: South Asia Introduction to the vast social changes and development issues confronting the South Asian subcontinent. Spring 2019
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 2019
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 2015
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. Fall 2018
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 Spring 2016
INTL 463/563 Population Displacement & Global Health Provides a conceptual framework necessary for understanding the health problems of
displaced populations (migrants, refugees, and internally-displaced persons)
Fall 2018
INTL 465/565 Global Reproductive Health Overview of issues in global reproductive health, including politics, economics, historical and cultural factors. Spring 2015
INTL 607 Research Design and Qualitative Methods This Master’s-level course introduces students to the foundations of social science research, research design, data collection, and data analysis. The overarching goal is to provide a strong foundation for students to design and execute rigorous, ethically sound research for their theses or similar projects. In this course students will design and carry out an independent research project as a way to practice the methods being introduced each week. For some this may be the beginning or end of their thesis project, while for others it might be a pilot project. Regardless, students are encouraged to choose topics and methods that support their graduate studies as closely as possible. Winter 2019