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GPIS Concentration:Conflict & Cooperation

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Conflict and Cooperation Field Seminars


  • Students selecting this field as their major or minor must take Collective Security (IS 702/802) as their required field course.
  • M.A. students must select TWO more courses within the field.
  • Ph.D. students must choose FOUR more courses.
  • Students are strongly advised to take courses other than those listed below only in consultation with the field coordinator.
  • Students are also advised that they have the opportunity to enrich their classroom experience through Independent Study/Directed Research projects with the agreement and under the supervision of the field coordinator.

IS 701/801 Global Change & American Foreign Policy

Seminar, 3 hours. 3 credits. This research seminar examines the transformation of the U.S. role in the world in the global context of the 20th Century and since September 2001.

IS 702/802* Collective Security

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. This seminar explores the origins of the idea of collective security, examines the attempts to organize international security collectively and assesses possibilities and opportunities for collective security arrangements after the Cold War.

IS 703/803 Ethics and Foreign Policy (WAP)

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. The focus of this research seminar will be on the role of normative ideas in international relations. Students will be introduced to the growing literature on normative approaches to international relations as well as the traditional literature on the practical and philosophical problems of ethical action in the relations of states. Although a number of policy applications will be considered, the primary focus will be on the theoretical incorporation of normative ideas into our understanding of state action in the anarchic international environment.

IS 705/805 The Euro-Atlantic Community

Seminar, 3 hours; 3 credits. An examination of the Euro-Atlantic area as a partial international system since World War II; alignments and patterns within and between the members of the European "community" and the role and attitudes of the United States and leading European states to preserve and strengthen their sovereign prerogatives and influence; and the prospects for a true Euro-Atlantic community that would link the U.S. and Europe.

IS 706/806** Causes of War

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. This research seminar will explore the theoretical and empirical literature on the causes of violent conflict between states.

IS 707/807 Power, Interdependence & Transnationalism

Seminar, 3 hours; 3 credits. This course covers the fundamental concepts, ideas, and approaches to the study of interdependence and transnationalism. It seeks to expose students to the nature, role, and impact of economic, technological, strategic, and cultural interdependence. Cases of interdependence and transnationalism are explored in the post-Cold War era. Some focus is placed on how interdependence and transnationalism are impacting the power of the state.

IS 712/812 The New Germany in the New Europe (WAP)

Seminar, 3 hours; 3 credits. The unification of Germany and the end of the East-West conflict have changed the context within which policy is made in Europe. What kind of Europe will emerge? What kind of hierarchies will determine direction and pace of European politics? The purpose of this course is to explore the role played by Germany in the development of post-Cold War European politics.

IS 714/814 Law in the International System

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. An introduction to the principles of international law and to the political and institutional role of law in the relations of states.

IS 715/815 The New France in the New Europe (WAP)

Seminar, 3 hours; 3 credits. Emphasis will be placed on the transformation of French-American relations from the idyllic beginnings of the American nation to the complexities of the Cold War, to the new alignments of the new Europe and the European Union.

IS 720/820** Global Security

Seminar, 3 hours; 3 credits. The research seminar investigates the profound changes in international security brought about by the end of the Cold War with a specific focus on the role of nuclear weapons. The primary purpose of the seminar is to promote research into the global aspects of the nuclear issue and to enhance understanding of the relationship between nuclear control and the New World Order.

IS 721/821 New World Order: Chaos or Coherence

Seminar, 3 hours; 3 credits. The end of the Cold War has ushered tremendous political changes and an equally broad intellectual debate on the meaning of these changes. What will be the basic rules of international politics? Will the future resemble the past or follow new rules of its own? What countries, what groups, and what issues will dominate the future of world politics?

IS 722/822 Democracy and International Relations (WAP)

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. An examination of the relationship between democratic politics, democratic ideals, and international relations. Subjects covered will include trends and processes of democratization and their implications for international relations, the distinctiveness of democratic states in their international behavior, the impact of the international environment on the internal politics of democratic states, and the problems of democracy in global governance.

IS 795/895 U.S.-Latin American Relations (WAP)

IS 795/895 Mao's China and East Asia (WAP)

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. This reading seminar will focus on the changes of the Chinese society since the beginning of the 20th century. It will examine the pivotal historical events that led to the Chinese revolution, which put Mao's Communist regime in power and has changed the Chinese society ever since. While studying the history chronologically, students will identify issues and factors that affect the Chinese political system and society, and examine the legacies of Mao's revolution from social and individual perspectives. The course will also focus on political formation and transformation of the government, social structure and upheavals, economic reforms, and foreign policies. (cross listed with HIST 718).

IS 795/895 Russia Between East and West (WAP)

IS 795/895 Foreign Policy of Russia/Soviet Union (WAP)

IS 795/895 Politics of the Middle East (WAP)

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. Explores the international relations of the Middle East from World War I to the present. Examines the origins of the Arab-Israeli and Persian Gulf Wars and their modern dimensions. Examines the role of oil, outside powers and religion.

IS 795/895 Advanced IS Research Workshop (WAP)

IS 796/896 Emerging Issues in International Security

IS 796/896 Special Issues in American Foreign Policy (WAP)

HIST 695 Contested Territories

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. Using case studies of Europe since 1918, this course examines the contours of territorial disputes. The ways in which territorial contests are presented and represented through the lenses of geopolitics, ethnicity and race, nationalism, gender, violence, international authority and diplomatic and institutional influence will be explored.

*Core Seminar

** In addition to the core seminar, students must take either Global Security or the Causes of War.

WAP = "With Appropriate Paper." To count for field credits, these courses must have the paper topic approved by the field coordinator.

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