Spring 2021

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
INST 170-01 International Relations
Instructor: Rachel Jacobs
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 170-01.In-person meetings will be in small groups of 10 - 15 (depending on class size). Lectures will be delivered asynchronously online, but in-class time will be for engaged/active learning. 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.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 109
INST 170-02 International Relations
Instructor: Kristine Mitchell
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.
1330:MR   DIST
INST 170-03 International Relations
Instructor: Ed Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 170-03.Asynchronous presentations of content, chunked for digestibility, will be delivered via Moodle. Discussion sessions will meet twice weekly in smaller groups. I will divide the scheduled class time (TF 130P - 245P) among three groups. Students and I will meet via Zoom (video optional for students), for around 25 minutes, then the next group will switch in. Sessions will be recorded so students can review their own group discussion as well as others, ensuring equity. Students abroad or who are for any other reason unable to participate in synchronous sessions can review the recordings of those group discussions and then schedule one-on-one conversations with me. Assessment will be a combination of weekly low-stakes quizzes, participation points for contributions to synchronous and asynchronous (forum) discussions, and essay-based exams. 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.
1330:TF   DIST
INST 200-01 Global Economy
Instructor: Shamma Alam
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INBM 200-01. The course introduces economic theory that builds on ideas from introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. It uses that theory as a framework for examining developments in the changing global system. Developments include the revolution in information technology; the dynamics of human population growth; the implications of climate change; challenges to human security; and emerging patterns of organizational interdependence and collaboration. Those developments provide the context for business managers and for government officials responsible for shaping strategies and implementing policies. Prerequisite: ECON 111 and 112; concurrent enrollment in ECON 112 by permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INBM 200.
1330:MR   DIST
INST 200-02 Global Economy
Instructor: Shamma Alam
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INBM 200-02. The course introduces economic theory that builds on ideas from introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. It uses that theory as a framework for examining developments in the changing global system. Developments include the revolution in information technology; the dynamics of human population growth; the implications of climate change; challenges to human security; and emerging patterns of organizational interdependence and collaboration. Those developments provide the context for business managers and for government officials responsible for shaping strategies and implementing policies. Prerequisite: ECON 111 and 112; concurrent enrollment in ECON 112 by permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INBM 200.
1500:MR   DIST
INST 200-03 Global Economy
Instructor: Michael Fratantuono
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INBM 200-03. The course introduces economic theory that builds on ideas from introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. It uses that theory as a framework for examining developments in the changing global system. Developments include the revolution in information technology; the dynamics of human population growth; the implications of climate change; challenges to human security; and emerging patterns of organizational interdependence and collaboration. Those developments provide the context for business managers and for government officials responsible for shaping strategies and implementing policies. Prerequisite: ECON 111 and 112; concurrent enrollment in ECON 112 by permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INBM 200.
1030:MWF   DIST
INST 260-01 History of International Relations
Instructor: Craig Nation
Course Description:
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to apply theories of international relations to major events and issues in world history. Concepts such as balance of power, appeasement and imperialism will be studied against the backdrop of world historical events such as the Congress of Vienna, World War II, and the Algerian War. Prerequisite: INST 170 or POSC 170.
1500:MR   HUB SOC HALL E
INST 277-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Ed 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.
1330:MR   ALTHSE 207
INST 280-01 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Rachel Jacobs
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 280-01.In-person meetings will be in small groups of 10 - 15 (depending on class size). Lectures will be delivered asynchronously online, but in-class time will be for engaged/active learning. Remote students are welcome. 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.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 109
INST 290-01 Globalization, Inequality, and Personal Finance in an Interdependent World
Instructor: Shamma Alam
Course Description:
This course will be partly synchronous (one-day) and partly asynchronous. The synchronous component will be only on Tuesday 1:30-2:45pm.There are two key goals of this course. The first is to understand how our personal fortunes are no longer only dependent on our local or states economic conditions, but increasingly dependent on the global financial market and the health of the world economy. To understand this, we will examine the effects of the Great Recession (2007-2009) and the current recession induced by the Covid-19 and its economic implications throughout the globe. We will also examine the increasing domestic and global economic inequality even though we are observing increased GDP growth across the world. The second goal of this course is to derive lessons from these past crises and the causes of inequality and apply those lessons in our own lives. We will focus on how to handle personal finance in this changing world and the common mistakes made by individuals at the start of their career. It will include topics such as, making investments that pay off in the long term, taking advantage of the global financial and stock market, understanding compound investing, creating a budget, managing debt issues and credit cards, and how to create and preserve wealth. We will cover case studies of successful investors and how they were able to create and preserve wealth. This class does not presume any background knowledge in economics.
1330:T   DIST
INST 290-02 Global Security
Instructor: Craig Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 290-06. 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.
1030:TR   STERN GREAT ROOM
INST 290-03 Introduction to Political Communication
Instructor: Jacob Jacob
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 290-08 and FMST 220-05. This course introduces students to the basic concepts of political communication. It draws on recent global political occurrences, including Brexit, rise in populist, nationalist and extremist movements, Russian malign influence operations, and the 2016 election of president Donald Trump, to explore how mainstream and social media as well as an increasingly globalized public sphere, influence the political process.
0900:TR   DIST
INST 290-04 Gender and Development
Instructor: Ebru Kongar
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ECON 314-01 and WGSS 302-01. This course examines the gender dimensions of economic development and globalization from the perspective of feminist economics. This perspective implies foregrounding labor, broadly defined to include paid and unpaid work, and examining gender differences in work, access to resources, and wellbeing outcomes, and how these are affected by macroeconomic policies and how gender inequalities are relevant for societal wellbeing. Since the early 1980s economic globalization has been achieved on the basis of a common set of macroeconomic policies pursued in industrial and developing countries alike. These policies frame both the gender-differentiated impacts of policy and the initiatives that are implemented to reduce inequalities between men and women. The main objective of the course is to examine the impact of these policies on men and women in the global South (a.k.a. developing countries/Third World) on gender inequalities and to evaluate the policies/strategies for reducing gender inequalities and promoting the well-being of all people. The pursuit of these objectives will entail first a brief examination of the central tenets of feminist economics and an historical overview of the policy-oriented field of gender and development. Gender-differentiated statistics will be reviewed as they pertain to the topics under discussion.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 207
INST 290-05 The Media in War and Peace
Instructor: Jacob Jacob
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 290-07 and FMST 220-06. Media and Communications are integral to the ways and means through which contemporary battles are fought ranging from the symbolic acts of terrorism to state-sponsored malign influence operations, and full-scale warfare. This course provides students with a deeper awareness of the increasingly sophisticated means and forms through which international conflicts are `mediatized and how peace can be represented in contemporary society.
1330:MR   DIST
INST 404-01 Integrated Study
Instructor: Russell Bova
Course Description:
The purpose of the course is to help students review and integrate the diverse components of the International Studies major. Prerequisites: senior standing in the INST major and prior completion of INST 401.
1330:F   DIST