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International Studies Program 201-1: Global History I

Course description: This is the first part of a double-segment course that introduces you to thinking globally, systemically, and evolutionary. We now lay the foundation of your becoming a world affairs expert, and we have to start digging very deep, perhaps down to the extinct mammoths. We shall discuss only the organizational logics of various historical systems that pre-date the modern world: tribal chiefdoms, the first temple communities, the agrarian world-empires which are traditionally called “ancient civilizations”, and their “barbarian” peripheries in the woods of Europe, the steppes of Asia, and the deserts of Arabia. In short, all the diversity of social organization and civilizations that had existed before the first European globalization of the 1500s.

 

International Studies Program 201-2: Global History II

Course description:  This course examines the key processes of our contemporary epoch, or the 'short twentieth century'  (1914 to 1991), taking them, as Stephen Jay Gould prescribed, in the whole system of relations.  Starting with the mutual suicide of the Great Powers in the First World War, the class traces the effects of newer, much bigger and invavise governments and economic corporation.  Students try to figure out what caused the two world wars; what were fascism, populism, the New Deal and communism; how the former colonies became independent states, and what came out of their programs of national development and modernization.  The course investigates the institutions that ensured the long peace of the Cold War, and how their breakdown released the newest globalization.  It also speculates what might come out of globalziation. 

 

Political Science 240: Introduction to International Relations

Course description: The course is divided in two parts. In part I we will be primarily concerned with explaining the causes of war. The emphasis in this class will be on achieving a methodological understanding of how one might explain the outbreak of war, looking specifically at WW I, WW II, and the nuclear era. In Part II our focus turns to the interactions of economics and politics. We will specifically examine why states have divergent ways of conducting economic policy. We conclude by reviewing divergent perspectives on the future economic order.

 

Political Science 344: U.S. Foreign Policy

Course description:  This course examines a range of topics, controversies and case studies in U.S. foreign policy, primarily but not exclusively since the end of the Cold War. Topics include 9/11 and its aftermath, the social, cultural and historical sources of U.S. foreign policy, the privatization of foreign policy, the ethics and politics of covert action and interventionism, trade and aid, norms and international institutions, the debate over U.S. political, economic and cultural hegemony, and the history and politics of U.S. engagement with the Middle East.

 

 

Economics 201: Introduction to Macroeconomics

Course description: This course is an introduction to economics with an emphasis on macroeconomics. The first part of the course will cover such topics as scarcity and choice and supply and demand. The course will then focus on the study of the aggregate economy and will cover topics such as economic growth, macroeconomic fluctuations and monetary and fiscal policy. The course will conclude with a look at the US in the world economy and will focus on topics such as international trade and exchange rates.

 

 

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