GIA/PSCI 5474 Global Governance:
In this course students will explore the history and practice of global governance. Readings include political theories that help to explain the relationship between global actors and the nation state, including intergovernmental organizations and nonprofit organizations. Students will examine the norms, institutions and practices developed by the international community to address systemic global governance problems in the context of contemporary case studies.
GIA 5634: Global Social Policy: This course examines the history and practice of national and global welfare regimes since WWII. Students will explore theories of comparative welfare regimes and the emergence of global welfare regimes. Students will apply theories of social rights and human rights to contemporary issues in social policy at a global level and intersections with international development policy.
GIA 5514 Global Security: This course focuses on key themes in global security—the challenge of weak and failing states and the efforts to rebuild them. For over a decade U.S. national security strategists have label weak and failing states as a danger to U.S. interests and global stability, spawning civil wars, terrorism, and mass atrocities. The U.S. has taken on numerous state-building projects, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. This class will look at the deeper historical factors that affect the formation of states and the various policy tools available to try to fix them.
GIA 5314 Middle East Geopolitics: This course focuses on issues in international relations in the Middle East, including impact of political geography, emergence of regional system, relationship between identity and citizenship, domestic and transnational political contestation, and U.S. regional policy. It uses theories of social, cultural, and economics change to examine linkage between citizenship, religion, and political authority, particularly in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and the Persian Gulf region.
GIA 5624 Conflict Resolution & Peace Building: This course provides a comprehensive survey to contemporary conflict resolution. It discusses the strategies and approaches for mitigating and resolving conflict and the processes of conflict transformation and importance of reconciliation.
GIA 5404/GEOG 5424 Topics in Political Geography: This course is a graduate introduction to the core concepts of political geography: space/power, territory, borders, geopolitics and geographic imaginations. The course reviews classic and contemporary works that grapple with these questions in the field.
GIA/UAP/PSCI 5254 Global Conflicts: This course is a graduate introduction to the triangle of conflict: state-territory-identity. After reviewing core concepts and literatures, the course examines select topical territorial conflicts for in-depth analysis.
GIA 6114 Critical Geopolitics: This is an advanced seminar examines the foundational texts in critical approaches to geopolitics. Thereafter it examines a series of central themes and topics in critical geopolitics: geopolitical fields, technology and time-space compression, intellectuals and geopolitics, popular geopolitics, practical geopolitics, the role of affect and visuality in geopolitics.
GIA/PSCI 5354: Public Policy Analysis: This course examines the various approaches to policy analysis and program evaluation including the techniques appropriate to specific stages of the policy process. Case studies will focus on national and global security.
GIA 5524 International Development: This course explores the contentious concept of economic “development” as an intellectual paradigm and policy road map. It focuses on some of the main theories in the field, emphasizing the role of ideas in development policy. The goal is to provide students with tools for critical analysis of middle and low-income countries’ persistent challenges in some historical perspective.
GIA 5614: Understanding the Israeli Palestinian Conflict: This course addresses the underlying dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and discusses the critical issues that divide Israel and the Palestinians. It particular, it discusses the various diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the conflict and why a resolution to the conflict has remained so elusive.