Spring 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AFST 320-01 Cold War in Africa 1945-1990
Instructor: Jeremy Ball
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 370-01 and INST 290-05. Even as the nuclear deterrent kept Europe and North America largely free of warfare after 1945, Cold War rivals fought proxy wars across Africa. This course examines the Cold War calculations of the superpowers and others in the region and assesses the overlapping objectives and interests of African nationalists, white settlers, and decolonizing empires. After an examination of Cold War history and an assessment of Africas historical development, we will focus on case studies: Guinea, The Congo, Angola,Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, and South Africa. The course ends with an analysis of U.S., Soviet, Cuban, and African interpretations of how the Cold War impacted Africa(ns).
1500:TF   DENNY 303
Courses Offered in COMP
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
COMP 203-01 Cyber and Information Security
Instructor: James Whitmore
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-06.Cybersecurity incidents represent a serious threat to governments, organizations and individuals. This course will explore the concepts and concerns that guide business executives, policy makers, and information technology professionals to address risks to computer systems and sensitive information. After reviewing industry, national and international security standards and practices, students will have the opportunity to analyze recent high impact incidents and craft cybersecurity plans for organizations and software development life cycles.
1030:TR   TOME 118
Courses Offered in FLST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
FLST 310-01 Homeland Security
Instructor: Giacomo Tagliani
Course Description:
This course centers on the representations of fears surrounding terrorism, immigration, and cloning that have spread in the US since the beginning of the 21st century. It analyzes these fears in film from an organic perspective, considering the political, symbolic and cultural aspects that they entail. Focusing on how film can contribute to create identities and communities based on the perceptions of these fears, we will discuss films on the war on terror (by directors such as Haggis, De Palma, Bigelow, Eastwood, and Friedkin), prevention (Lee, and the TV shows 24 and Homeland, immigration (Eastwood and Lee), and cloning (Bradbury, Spielberg, Lucas, and the TV show Westworld). Our analysis of movies and (episodes of) TV series will explore problematic relationships, such as interior/exterior and same/other, as well as the concept of border as a physical and symbolic place that regulates this relationship.
1500:TR   BOSLER 208
Courses Offered in HIST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HIST 254-01 Revolution, War, and Daily Life in Modern Russia
Instructor: Karl Qualls
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RUSS 254-01. This course explores Russia's attempts to forge modernity since the late 19th century. Students will explore the rise of socialism and communism, centralization of nearly all aspects of life (arts, politics, economics, and even sexual relations), and opposition to the terror regime's attempts to remake life and the post-Soviet state's attempts to overcome Russia's past.
1030:TR   DENNY 203
HIST 370-01 Cold War in Africa 1945-1990
Instructor: Jeremy Ball
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 320-01 and INST 290-05. Even as the nuclear deterrent kept Europe and North America largely free of warfare after 1945, Cold War rivals fought proxy wars across Africa. This course examines the Cold War calculations of the superpowers and others in the region and assesses the overlapping objectives and interests of African nationalists, white settlers, and decolonizing empires. After an examination of Cold War history and an assessment of Africas historical development, we will focus on case studies: Guinea, The Congo, Angola, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, and South Africa. The course ends with an analysis of U.S., Soviet, Cuban, and African interpretations of how the Cold War impacted Africa(ns).
1500:TF   DENNY 303
HIST 371-01 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 231-01. A study of conflict through four phases: the early stages of the Zionist movement and its impact in Ottoman Palestine to 1917; Zionist immigration and settlement and Arab reaction during the Mandate period; the creation of Israel and its wars with the Arab states to 1973; and the rise of a Palestinian Arab nationalist movement and the challenges it poses to Arab states and Israel. This course is cross-listed as MEST 231.
1030:MWF   DENNY 204
Courses Offered in INST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
INST 170-01 International Relations
Instructor: Andrew Wolff
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 170-01. An introduction to global politics which examines the interaction of states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in the world arena. Topics covered include traditional concerns such as war, balance of power, the UN and international law along with the more recent additions to the agenda of world politics such as international terrorism, human rights, and economic globalization. This course is cross-listed as POSC 170.
1130:MWF   DENNY 304
INST 170-02 International Relations
Instructor: Robert Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 170-02. An introduction to global politics which examines the interaction of states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in the world arena. Topics covered include traditional concerns such as war, balance of power, the UN and international law along with the more recent additions to the agenda of world politics such as international terrorism, human rights, and economic globalization. This course is cross-listed as POSC 170.
1500:MR   DENNY 110
INST 170-03 International Relations
Instructor: Nina Barzachka
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 170-03. An introduction to global politics which examines the interaction of states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in the world arena. Topics covered include traditional concerns such as war, balance of power, the UN and international law along with the more recent additions to the agenda of world politics such as international terrorism, human rights, and economic globalization. This course is cross-listed as POSC 170.
1230:MWF   DENNY 311
INST 277-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 266-01 and POSC 277-01. This course examines key factors and events in the formation of the modern Middle East state system and evolving patterns of conflict and cooperation in the region. Students will apply a range of analytical approaches to issues such as the conflicts between Arabs and Israelis, Iraq's wars since 1980, and the changing place of the region in global politics and economics. This course is cross-listed as POSC 277 and MEST 266.
1500:TF   DENNY 304
INST 280-01 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Andrew Wolff
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 280-01. A survey of U.S. foreign policy. American approaches to such issues as containment, detente, arms control, deterrence, international law, and third world economic development will be discussed. Students will also address issues of U.S. foreign policy formulation, including the roles of the public, Congress, and the president in the foreign policy process. Prerequisite: POSC 170 or INST 170. This course is cross-listed as POSC 280.
1330:TF   DENNY 103
INST 280-02 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Douglas Stuart
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 280-02. A survey of U.S. foreign policy. American approaches to such issues as containment, detente, arms control, deterrence, international law, and third world economic development will be discussed. Students will also address issues of U.S. foreign policy formulation, including the roles of the public, Congress, and the president in the foreign policy process. Prerequisite: POSC 170 or INST 170. This course is cross-listed as POSC 280.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 109
INST 281-01 American National Security Policy
Instructor: Marybeth Ulrich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 281-01. Analysis of formulation and implementation of American national security policy within the context of American society and the international system. National security will not be considered simply in a military/strategic sense but as connoting the preservation of the core values of a society. Prerequisite: POSC 170 or 120 or INST 170. This course is cross-listed as POSC 281.
1500:MR   DENNY 311
INST 283-01 Intelligence and National Security
Instructor: Anthony Williams
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 283-01. This course provides a basic understanding of the history, organization, activities, limitations, and capabilities of the U.S. national intelligence community, and the role of intelligence in developing and executing U.S. national security policy. The course also examines the significance of intelligence for policymakers and planners, the legal issues surrounding intelligence practices; the relationship between Congress, the Judiciary, and the intelligence community; and the future of U.S. intelligence.Prerequisites: POSC 120 & 170/INST 170. This course is cross-listed as POSC 283.
1500:MR   DENNY 103
INST 290-01 The Media in War and Peace
Instructor: Jacob Jacob
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 290-06. This course examines the role of the media in international crises and in peace-building and the techniques adopted by state and non-state actors as well as international organizations to influence media performance before, during and after violent conflicts. It begins by examining the theoretical role of the media in peace-building and in international crises and then, through a case study approach, measures media performance in practice in the major conflicts of the cold war and in the post 9/11 era. The course also explores the role of the media in international peace support operations ranging from the military humanitarian interventions in the Balkans in the 1990s to recent UN Peacekeeping Operations in the DRC, Somalia and Sudan. By the end of the course, students will be able to evaluate the role of the media as an observer, participant or catalyst in war and peace. They will be equipped to reflect more deeply on the nature of the medias role in either pushing governments into military, peacekeeping or humanitarian involvement in foreign crises or pulling them out of them. They will also be able to evaluate the role of the media as agents of terrorist propaganda and/or agents for countering violent extremism.
0900:TR   DENNY 110
INST 290-03 Global Security
Instructor: Robert Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 290-02. The course offers an introduction to Security Studies as an academic field and a practical foundation for professional engagement with security affairs. The search for security is basic to all social and political interaction, but security itself is a contested concept that can be applied in different ways to individuals, states, and the global system. Traditionally, the formal study of International Security has focused on the nation-state, including territorial defense, the role of military assets in pursuit of national interests, and the struggle for power. These concerns remain vital, but in the 21st century the security challenge has broadened to include new kinds of issues and approaches. These include the alternative discourse of Human Security as well as transnational challenges such as criminal trafficking, terrorism, environmental disintegration, pandemic disease, etc. Our course will look closely at both traditional and new security challenges. We will confront the problem of global security conceptually, develop a comprehensive portrait of global security challenges, and explore ways and means available to address them.
1330:MR   DENNY 110
INST 290-04 Politics of Oil, Arms, Peace & War: U.S./Russia/Middle East Relations in the 20th & 21st C
Instructor: Joseph McGinnis
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 200-03, POSC 290-04 and RUSS 260-01. From the time of the First World War the United States and Russia have been drawn into the Middle East economically, militarily, and politically. This course will examine those forces and the origins and results of a 100-year relationship, at times cooperative, but for the most part, confrontational. Oil has been a dominant factor, but religion, competition for influence, historic ties, and 65-plus years of Arab-Israeli tensions are equally important. We will review the history and politics of the relationship, using case studies where appropriate, including the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union almost came to blows placing their respective nuclear forces on alert. Where possible, the course will draw on individuals with experience in the region to share their expertise and first-hand knowledge of major events such as the Middle East Peace Process.
1330:TF   BOSLER 208
INST 290-05 Cold War in Africa 1945-1990
Instructor: Jeremy Ball
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 320-01 and HIST 370-01. Even as the nuclear deterrent kept Europe and North America largely free of warfare after 1945, Cold War rivals fought proxy wars across Africa. This course examines the Cold War calculations of the superpowers and others in the region and assesses the overlapping objectives and interests of African nationalists, white settlers, and decolonizing empires. After an examination of Cold War history and an assessment of Africas historical development, we will focus on case studies: Guinea, The Congo, Angola,Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, and South Africa. The course ends with an analysis of U.S., Soviet, Cuban, and African interpretations of how the Cold War impacted Africa(ns).
1500:TF   DENNY 303
INST 290-06 Cyber and Information Security
Instructor: James Whitmore
Course Description:
Cross-listed with COMP 203-01.Cybersecurity incidents represent a serious threat to governments, organizations and individuals. This course will explore the concepts and concerns that guide business executives, policy makers, and information technology professionals to address risks to computer systems and sensitive information. After reviewing industry, national and international security standards and practices, students will have the opportunity to analyze recent high impact incidents and craft cybersecurity plans for organizations and software development life cycles.
1030:TR   TOME 118
Courses Offered in MEST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MEST 200-03 Politics of Oil, Arms, Peace & War: U.S./Russia/Middle East Relations in the 20th & 21st C
Instructor: Joseph McGinnis
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-04 and POSC 290-04 and RUSS 260-01. From the time of the First World War the United States and Russia have been drawn into the Middle East economically, militarily, and politically. This course will examine those forces and the origins and results of a 100-year relationship, at times cooperative, but for the most part, confrontational. Oil has been a dominant factor, but religion, competition for influence, historic ties, and 65-plus years of Arab-Israeli tensions are equally important. We will review the history and politics of the relationship, using case studies where appropriate, including the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union almost came to blows placing their respective nuclear forces on alert. Where possible, the course will draw on individuals with experience in the region to share their expertise and first-hand knowledge of major events such as the Middle East Peace Process.
1330:TF   BOSLER 208
MEST 231-01 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 371-01. A study of conflict through four phases: the early stages of the Zionist movement and its impact in Ottoman Palestine to 1917; Zionist immigration and settlement and Arab reaction during the Mandate period; the creation of Israel and its wars with the Arab states to 1973; and the rise of a Palestinian Arab nationalist movement and the challenges it poses to Arab states and Israel.This course is cross-listed as HIST 371.
1030:MWF   DENNY 204
MEST 233-01 U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Arab World
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description:
This course introduces the students to the theory and practice of U.S. public diplomacy in the Arab world from a historical and a comparative perspective, looking at past challenges, successes and failures. The course examines the role of public diplomacy in the context of U.S. strategic interests in the region, U.S. efforts to promote democratic governance in the Arab world through the use of public diplomacy tools including traditional and new media, cultural exchanges, and educational programs. Students will debate whether public diplomacy should be integrated into the policy-making process, and how it could complement traditional diplomacy and advance political, military, and economic policies.
1330:T   DENNY 104
MEST 266-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and POSC 277-01. This course examines key factors and events in the formation of the modern Middle East state system and evolving patterns of conflict and cooperation in the region. Students will apply a range of analytical approaches to issues such as the conflicts between Arabs and Israelis, Iraq's wars since 1980, and the changing place of the region in global politics and economics.This course is cross-listed as POSC 277 and INST 277.
1500:TF   DENNY 304
Courses Offered in POSC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
POSC 170-01 International Relations
Instructor: Andrew Wolff
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-01. An introduction to global politics which examines the interaction of states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in the world arena. Topics covered include traditional concerns such as war, balance of power, the UN and international law along with the more recent additions to the agenda of world politics such as international terrorism, human rights, and economic globalization. This course is cross-listed as INST 170.
1130:MWF   DENNY 304
POSC 170-02 International Relations
Instructor: Robert Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-02. An introduction to global politics which examines the interaction of states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in the world arena. Topics covered include traditional concerns such as war, balance of power, the UN and international law along with the more recent additions to the agenda of world politics such as international terrorism, human rights, and economic globalization. This course is cross-listed as INST 170.
1500:MR   DENNY 110
POSC 170-03 International Relations
Instructor: Nina Barzachka
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-03. An introduction to global politics which examines the interaction of states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in the world arena. Topics covered include traditional concerns such as war, balance of power, the UN and international law along with the more recent additions to the agenda of world politics such as international terrorism, human rights, and economic globalization. This course is cross-listed as INST 170.
1230:MWF   DENNY 311
POSC 277-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and MEST 266-01. This course examines key factors and events in the formation of the modern Middle East state system and evolving patterns of conflict and cooperation in the region. Students will apply a range of analytical approaches to issues such as the conflicts between Arabs and Israelis, Iraq's wars since 1980, and the changing place of the region in global politics and economics. This course is cross-listed as MEST 266 and INST 277.
1500:TF   DENNY 304
POSC 280-01 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Andrew Wolff
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 280-01. A survey of U.S. foreign policy since World War II. American approaches to such issues as containment, detente, arms control, deterrence, international law, and third world economic development will be discussed. Students will also address issues of U.S. foreign policy formulation, including the roles of the public, Congress, and the president in the foreign policy process. Prerequisite: 170 or INST 170 or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INST 280.
1330:TF   DENNY 103
POSC 280-02 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Douglas Stuart
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 280-02. A survey of U.S. foreign policy since World War II. American approaches to such issues as containment, detente, arms control, deterrence, international law, and third world economic development will be discussed. Students will also address issues of U.S. foreign policy formulation, including the roles of the public, Congress, and the president in the foreign policy process. Prerequisite: 170 or INST 170 or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INST 280.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 109
POSC 281-01 American National Security Policy
Instructor: Marybeth Ulrich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 281-01. Analysis of formulation and implementation of American national security policy within the context of American society and the international system. National security will not be considered simply in a military/strategic sense but as connoting the preservation of the core values of a society. Prerequisite: POSC 170 or 120 or INST 170 or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INST 281.
1500:MR   DENNY 311
POSC 283-01 Intelligence and National Security
Instructor: Anthony Williams
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 283-01. This course provides a basic understanding of the history, organization, activities, limitations, and capabilities of the U.S. national intelligence community, and the role of intelligence in developing and executing U.S. national security policy. The course also examines the significance of intelligence for policymakers and planners, the legal issues surrounding intelligence practices; the relationship between Congress, the Judiciary, and the intelligence community; and the future of U.S. intelligence.Prerequisites: 120 & 170/INST 170. This course is cross-listed as INST 283.
1500:MR   DENNY 103
POSC 290-02 Global Security
Instructor: Robert Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-03. The course offers an introduction to Security Studies as an academic field and a practical foundation for professional engagement with security affairs. The search for security is basic to all social and political interaction, but security itself is a contested concept that can be applied in different ways to individuals, states, and the global system. Traditionally, the formal study of International Security has focused on the nation-state, including territorial defense, the role of military assets in pursuit of national interests, and the struggle for power. These concerns remain vital, but in the 21st century the security challenge has broadened to include new kinds of issues and approaches. These include the alternative discourse of Human Security as well as transnational challenges such as criminal trafficking, terrorism, environmental disintegration, pandemic disease, etc. Our course will look closely at both traditional and new security challenges. We will confront the problem of global security conceptually, develop a comprehensive portrait of global security challenges, and explore ways and means available to address them.
1330:MR   DENNY 110
POSC 290-04 Politics of Oil, Arms, Peace & War: U.S./Russia/Middle East Relations in the 20th & 21st C
Instructor: Joseph McGinnis
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-04 and MEST 200-03 and RUSS 260-01. From the time of the First World War the United States and Russia have been drawn into the Middle East economically, militarily, and politically. This course will examine those forces and the origins and results of a 100-year relationship, at times cooperative, but for the most part, confrontational. Oil has been a dominant factor, but religion, competition for influence, historic ties, and 65-plus years of Arab-Israeli tensions are equally important. We will review the history and politics of the relationship, using case studies where appropriate, including the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union almost came to blows placing their respective nuclear forces on alert. Where possible, the course will draw on individuals with experience in the region to share their expertise and first-hand knowledge of major events such as the Middle East Peace Process.
1330:TF   BOSLER 208
POSC 290-06 The Media in War and Peace
Instructor: Jacob Jacob
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-01. This course examines the role of the media in international crises and in peace-building and the techniques adopted by state and non-state actors as well as international organizations to influence media performance before, during and after violent conflicts. It begins by examining the theoretical role of the media in peace-building and in international crises and then, through a case study approach, measures media performance in practice in the major conflicts of the cold war and in the post 9/11 era. The course also explores the role of the media in international peace support operations ranging from the military humanitarian interventions in the Balkans in the 1990s to recent UN Peacekeeping Operations in the DRC, Somalia and Sudan. By the end of the course, students will be able to evaluate the role of the media as an observer, participant or catalyst in war and peace. They will be equipped to reflect more deeply on the nature of the medias role in either pushing governments into military, peacekeeping or humanitarian involvement in foreign crises or pulling them out of them. They will also be able to evaluate the role of the media as agents of terrorist propaganda and/or agents for countering violent extremism.
0900:TR   DENNY 110
POSC 390-01 Human Rights and Human Security
Instructor: David Strand
Course Description:
1330:T   DENNY 204
Courses Offered in RUSS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RUSS 254-01 Revolution, War, and Daily Life in Modern Russia
Instructor: Karl Qualls
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 254-01. This course explores Russia's attempts to forge modernity since the late 19th century. Students will explore the rise of socialism and communism, centralization of nearly all aspects of life (arts, politics, economics, and even sexual relations), and opposition to the terror regime's attempts to remake life and the post-Soviet state's attempts to overcome Russia's past.
1030:TR   DENNY 203
RUSS 260-01 Politics of Oil, Arms, Peace & War: U.S./Russia/Middle East Relations in the 20th & 21st C
Instructor: Joseph McGinnis
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 200-03 and INST 290-04, POSC 290-04.Taught in English. From the time of the First World War the United States and Russia have been drawn into the Middle East economically, militarily, and politically. This course will examine those forces and the origins and results of a 100-year relationship, at times cooperative, but for the most part, confrontational. Oil has been a dominant factor, but religion, competition for influence, historic ties, and 65-plus years of Arab-Israeli tensions are equally important. We will review the history and politics of the relationship, using case studies where appropriate, including the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union almost came to blows placing their respective nuclear forces on alert. Where possible, the course will draw on individuals with experience in the region to share their expertise and first-hand knowledge of major events such as the Middle East Peace Process.
1330:TF   BOSLER 208