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SIS-676 Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics, usually with a comparative or regional focus, include political economy of Africa; theories of nationalism; etc.

SIS-676 001
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Government and Development in Latin America
Over the last decades, most developing countries have undergone major reforms that devolved administrative responsibilities, fiscal resources, and political authority from the central governments to the states and municipalities. As a result, political, institutional, societal, and economic dynamics have increasingly become independent from nationally-led processes. The goal of this course is to study and analyze these dynamics and processes, which to a great extent shape the daily lives of citizen living beyond the country capitals. Some of the topics addressed in the seminar are: advancement and setbacks of subnational democracy, the prospects of social policy design and implementation at subnational levels of government, the possibilities of crafting autonomous subnational judicial institutions, the politics of subnational service delivery, among others. While the primary focus of the course is on Latin America, other regions of the world are studied.
SIS-676 002
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Southeast Asia, United States, and Regional Powers
This course examines the roles and impact of the United States, Japan and China, and other regional powers on the transformation of security and economic frameworks in East and Southeast Asia from the end of the Second World War to the present. The security analysis treats developments during the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and issues in the post-Cold War era, particularly those pertaining to militant Islamic movements and non-traditional/human security challenges such as transnational labor flows, trafficking in persons, environmental degradation and natural disasters. The economic dimension highlights the impact of globalization on the region, and the emergence and evolution of regional economic cooperation. A major theme is the manner in which growing Chinese political influence and trade initiatives in recent years have impacted on long-standing American security and commercial interests, as well as on Japanese economic interests in the region.
SIS-676 003
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa
This course examines the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The course introduces students to the complex sets of political and economic factors that shape state and society in the region. Topics covered include economic history and development; different models of the state; the role of culture and identity in politics; and state-society dynamics. Themes covered include the legacy of colonialism, rentier states and military autocracies, religious political and economic institutions, informal economies, and grassroots mobilization in autocratic states.
SIS-676 004
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Oil, Islam and Politics in the Gulf
The states of the Arab Gulf are currently undergoing profound transformations. This course studies these transformative global economic forces and domestic and international political pressures in order to assess both the potential for and limitations on political and economic reform in the Arab Gulf states. The class proceeds by first gaining a strong understanding of the dynamics of governance in Gulf monarchies by setting out four key themes: the political economy of oil rent, the tribal patriarchal social base, Islam as a political force, and the security imperative. The course examines in detail the countries and issues of the Gulf, with the goal of understanding how these general dynamics play out in specific cases due to different national histories, social compositions, economic endowments, and strategic choices. How the U.S. intervention in Iraq, the showdown with Iran, and the Arab citizen revolts are impacting the political and economic trajectories of Gulf states are also considered.
SIS-676 005
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: U.S.-China Relations
This course begins with an overview of U.S.-China relations from historical and theoretical perspectives, providing the background necessary to comprehend the domestic foundations of foreign policy. It then examines politics and foreign policies of China and the United States, and interactions between the two powers. Includes security, economic, and diplomatic relations as well as their impact on international relations in Asia-Pacific including Japan, South Korea, and Southeast Asia. The course also introduces a variety of perspectives as analytical tools for research, and analyzes significant controversies as a way of participating in the field's theoretical and policy debates.
SIS-676 006
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: U.S. Strategy in East Asia
The course is designed to examine U.S. strategy in East Asia and U.S. military presence in Japan, South Korea, and Australia. The focus is to investigate how China's rise affects U.S. strategic thinking toward the region, including the US-led "hub-and-spoke" alliance structure. The course first discusses relevant concepts and theories and then explores the history of America's engagement with Asia before looking to the future. The questions addressed in this course include but are not limited to: How does China's defense spending and military modernization affect US defense policy; what are the major pros and cons of the US-led regional ballistic missile defense (BMD) system in the region; what is the current US approach to North Korea's nuclear development program; what are the pros and cons of the Obama administration's "rebalancing" toward Asia?
SIS-676 001
Term: FALL 2016
Course Level: Graduate
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SIS-676 004
Term: FALL 2016
Course Level: Graduate
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SIS-676 002
Term: FALL 2016
Course Level: Graduate
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SIS-676 005
Term: FALL 2016
Course Level: Graduate
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SIS-676 003
Term: FALL 2016
Course Level: Graduate
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SIS-676 007
Term: FALL 2016
Course Level: Graduate
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