Fall 2020

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ECON 240-01 International Development
Instructor: Shamma Alam
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 240-01 and INBM 300-08. This course examines the challenges and strategies of economic development, with a detailed focus on how households behave. The goal is to provide an understanding of what life for poor households in developing countries is like, what can be done about it, and an idea of how valuable insights can be gained using standard economic tools and thinking. In addition to learning about theoretical models and real-life examples, we will spend significant time understanding recent research on development problems. Issues examined include: poverty measures, health issues such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and undernutrition, economic growth, agriculture, land use, technology adoption, foreign aid, credits, child labor, child education, migration, and measures of inequality.This course is cross-listed as INST 240.
1330:TF   DIST
Courses Offered in HIST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HIST 215-02 U.S. - Middle East Relations
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-01 and MEST 200-01.The coursework will consist of synchronous meetings for discussion and clarification of course material, asynchronous lessons consisting of brief videos and PowerPoint presentations, and asynchronous discussion of course material. Synchronous meetings will be recorded. Students will be graded on the basis of short essays and contributions to discussion. The synchronous meetings will take place TF 1:30 2:45pm. This course examines the history of US-Middle East relations from the Barbary Wars to the present. Topics will include American travel and missionary activity in the Holy Land during the 1800s; the American role in post-World War I diplomacy affecting the Middle East; rivalry with the Soviet Union; Arab-Israeli diplomacy; petroleum policy; anti-American terrorism; and military interventions.
1330:TF   DIST
HIST 277-01 European Empires
Instructor: Regina Sweeney
Course Description:
This course will investigate the building, celebration and dissolution of the European empires moving from the 15th century into the 20th century. Definitions of imperialism as it developed over time will be discussed. The readings look at the effects of empire in Europe as well as some of the effects in the colonies, including works by Christopher Columbus, Willam Shakespeare, George Orwell, and Chinua Achebe. Offered every two years.
1230:MWF   DENNY 311
Courses Offered in INBM
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
INBM 300-08 International Development
Instructor: Shamma Alam
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 240-01 and ECON 240-01.
1330:TF   DIST
Courses Offered in INST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
INST 170-01 International Relations
Instructor: Russell Bova
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 170-01Course content will be delivered via weekly asynchronous, recorded PowerPoint videos to which I will add my narration. We will have one live, synchronous Zoom class session each week during the scheduled class time to discuss readings and to help clarify points from the PowerPoint videos. The second scheduled weekly class time will be for one-on-one Zoom consultations. You should complete each weeks assigned readings (~50 pages per week) and view the weeks PowerPoint videos (~1 hour per week) prior to each live meeting. Other details about course requirements will be provided during the first week of the semester. Note: I will record the live sessions for those who occasionally miss them and for others to review. However, if time zone issues or other considerations mean you will generally not be able to participate live, you should consider another course that works better in your schedule. 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   DIST
INST 170-02 International Relations
Instructor: Rachel Jacobs
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 170-02.Lectures will be posted asynchronously, as well as some other online activities; we will meet on zoom as a large group during the regular course time 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 20 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 240-01 International Development
Instructor: Shamma Alam
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ECON 240-01 and INBM 300-08. This course examines the challenges and strategies of economic development, with a detailed focus on how households behave. The goal is to provide an understanding of what life for poor households in developing countries is like, what can be done about it, and an idea of how valuable insights can be gained using standard economic tools and thinking. In addition to learning about theoretical models and real-life examples, we will spend significant time understanding recent research on development problems. Issues examined include: poverty measures, health issues such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and undernutrition, economic growth, agriculture, land use, technology adoption, foreign aid, credits, child labor, child education, migration, and measures of inequality.This course is cross-listed as ECON 240.
1330:TF   DIST
INST 277-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Ed Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 266-01 and POSC 277-01.Most content will be delivered via asynchronous/recorded presentations posted to Moodle. Synchronous class meetings via Zoom will focus on discussion and explanation and will be recorded. Assessment will be based on an essay-based midterm, a final research paper, student blogs, and a few quizzes, including at least one map quiz, as well as active participation. 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:MR   DIST
INST 280-01 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Craig Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 280-01.Zoom instruction with class materials and reading online. Special sessions provided for students who cannot tune in at scheduled class times (in other countries, time zones, special circumstances, etc.) Thorough description of procedures will be sent directly to students with syllabus. 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   DIST
INST 290-01 U.S. - Middle East Relations
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 215-02 and MEST 200-01.The coursework will consist of synchronous meetings for discussion and clarification of course material, asynchronous lessons consisting of brief videos and PowerPoint presentations, and asynchronous discussion of course material. Synchronous meetings will be recorded. Students will be graded on the basis of short essays and contributions to discussion. The synchronous meetings will take place TF 1:30 2:45pm. This course examines the history of US-Middle East relations from the Barbary Wars to the present. Topics will include American travel and missionary activity in the Holy Land during the 1800s; the American role in post-World War I diplomacy affecting the Middle East; rivalry with the Soviet Union; Arab-Israeli diplomacy; petroleum policy; anti-American terrorism; and military interventions.
1330:TF   DIST
Courses Offered in MEST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MEST 200-01 U.S. - Middle East Relations
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 214-02 and INST 290-01.The coursework will consist of synchronous meetings for discussion and clarification of course material, asynchronous lessons consisting of brief videos and PowerPoint presentations, and asynchronous discussion of course material. Synchronous meetings will be recorded. Students will be graded on the basis of short essays and contributions to discussion. The synchronous meetings will take place TF 1:30 2:45pm. This course examines the history of US-Middle East relations from the Barbary Wars to the present. Topics will include American travel and missionary activity in the Holy Land during the 1800s; the American role in post-World War I diplomacy affecting the Middle East; rivalry with the Soviet Union; Arab-Israeli diplomacy; petroleum policy; anti-American terrorism; and military interventions.
1330:TF   DIST
MEST 266-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Ed Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and POSC 277-01.Most content will be delivered via asynchronous/recorded presentations posted to Moodle. Synchronous class meetings via Zoom will focus on discussion and explanation and will be recorded. Assessment will be based on an essay-based midterm, a final research paper, student blogs, and a few quizzes, including at least one map quiz, as well as active participation. 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:MR   DIST
Courses Offered in POSC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
POSC 170-01 International Relations
Instructor: Russell Bova
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-01.Course content will be delivered via weekly asynchronous, recorded PowerPoint videos to which I will add my narration. We will have one live, synchronous Zoom class session each week during the scheduled class time to discuss readings and to help clarify points from the PowerPoint videos. The second scheduled weekly class time will be for one-on-one Zoom consultations. You should complete each weeks assigned readings (~50 pages per week) and view the weeks PowerPoint videos (~1 hour per week) prior to each live meeting. Other details about course requirements will be provided during the first week of the semester. Note: I will record the live sessions for those who occasionally miss them and for others to review. However, if time zone issues or other considerations mean you will generally not be able to participate live, you should consider another course that works better in your schedule. 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.
0900:TR   DIST
POSC 170-02 International Relations
Instructor: Rachel Jacobs
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-02.Lectures will be posted asynchronously, as well as some other online activities; we will meet on zoom as a large group during the regular course time 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.
1330:MR   DIST
POSC 170-03 International Relations
Instructor: Ed Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 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 20 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 INST 170.
1330:TF   DIST
POSC 258-01 Human Rights
Instructor: Rachel Jacobs
Course Description:
Lectures will be posted asynchronously, some group activities will take place online (e.g. quizzes,discussion boards, and short writing assignments), the class will meet all together on Thursday during the regular course meeting time The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights embodies a global consensus on the fundamental importance of human rights as a political value. But the idea and its practical applications have provoked intense controversy around the world on issues such as freedom of expression, capital punishment and torture, gender and sexuality, religious freedom, social and economic justice, and cultural and minority rights. Prerequisite: one social science course or permission of the instructor.
0900:TR   DIST
POSC 277-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Ed Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and MEST 266-01.Most content will be delivered via asynchronous/recorded presentations posted to Moodle. Synchronous class meetings via Zoom will focus on discussion and explanation and will be recorded. Assessment will be based on an essay-based midterm, a final research paper, student blogs, and a few quizzes, including at least one map quiz, as well as active participation. 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:MR   DIST
POSC 280-01 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Craig Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 280-01.Zoom instruction with class materials and reading online. Special sessions provided for students who cannot tune in at scheduled class times (in other countries, time zones, special circumstances, etc.) Thorough description of procedures will be sent directly to students with syllabus. 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   DIST