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International Studies Minor

15. Violence and Security

10F, 11F: 12

Violence and Security is a multidisciplinary introduction to scholarship on the causes, consequences, and possible prevention of armed violence between groups. Using multiple social science disciplines, we will examine armed violence within, between, and across states, ranging from civil war, “ethnic” conflict, insurgency, and inter-state war. The course addresses the trade-offs created by different political solutions to the problem of security, and features a group simulation exercise to explore the challenges faced by governments and non-governmental organizations when they seek to ameliorate it. W. Wohlforth.

16. Introduction to International Development (Identical to Geography 6)

10F: 10A 11S: 11 12W: 2

Why are some countries rich and others so persistently poor? What can and should be done about this global inequity and by whom? We address these development questions from the perspective of critical human geography. Focusing on regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia, we examine how development meanings and practices have varied over time and place, and how they have been influenced by colonial history, contemporary globalization and international aid organizations. Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: NW. Freidberg (10F), Fox (11S, 12W).

17. Cultures, Places, and Identities (Identical to Comparative Literature 57)

10F: 2A 11S: 2, Tu 2-5 11X: 2A

This course considers the role of culture and identity, migration, evolution of language, gender, race, and class issues, and studies the diverse cultural and artistic productions (literary, cinematic, musical, multi-media) that exemplify the tensions and negotiations between cultures and people.

In 10F at 2A, Women of the Asian Diaspora: Literature & Performance. Chin.

In 11S at 2, Gender and Islam. Green.

In 11S at W 2-5, U. S. Afro-Latino Literature and Contemporary Thought. Tillis.

In 11X at 2A, Films and Narratives of Displacement and Migration. Spitta, Gemünden.

18. Global Health and Society (Identical to Geography 2)

11W, 12W: 2A

Only a few decades ago, we were ready to declare a victory over infectious diseases. Today, infectious diseases are responsible for the majority of morbidity and mortality experienced throughout the world. Even developed countries are plagued by resistant “super-bugs” and antibiotic misuse. This course will examine the epidemiology and social impact of past and present infectious disease epidemics in the developing and developed world. The introduction of drugs to treat HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa will be considered from political, ethical, medical, legal, and economic perspectives. Lessons from past and current efforts to control global infectious diseases will guide our examination of the high-profile infectious disease pathogens poised to threaten our health in the future. Dist: INT or SOC. Adams, Butterly.