Marx, Nietzsche, Freud

A critical examination and assessment of the thought of Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud: revolutionary theory and practice; nihilism and the challenge of overcoming it; the hidden foundations of the self and of culture. One course.

Course originates in Slavic and Eurasian Studies.

Power, Order and Law

Competing theories of law, social order, and political authority. How these arise, what (if anything) makes them legitimate, and how to assess them. Origins and development of these theories and how they matter in today's controversies. Focus on careful reading of demanding texts in law and social/political thought. One course.

Sex, Politics and Feminist Philosophy

Provides a philosophical framework to think about issues of sex, gender, and their political implications. Comparison between different historical traditions and methods. Study of a variety of feminist approaches and their critiques. Study of related questions, such as pornography, prostitution and mulitculturalism. Readings include Mill, Beauvoir, Butler, Foucault and contemporary analytical philosophy.

Economic History and Modernization of the Islamic Middle East

Economic development of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the present. Transformation of the region from an economically advanced area into part of the underdeveloped world. Role of religion in economic successes and failures. Obstacles to development today. Topics: Islamic economic institutions, economic roles of Islamic law, innovation and change, political economy of modernization, interactions with other regions, economic consequences of Islamism. Pre-requisite: Economics 101 or 21 and 22 or instructor consent. One course.

Course originates in Economics.

The U.S. Border and its Borderlands

Examines the challenges and opportunities of the U.S. border from a geopolitical perspective. Detailed review of how the current U.S. boundaries were set, and how this shapes current attitudes and conflicts. Assessment of various means of border control, including visa issues, border walls and port of entry screening. Cultural and historical comparison of two borderlands, Seattle-Vancouver and San Diego-Tijuana, and the EU experience. Overall course theme: Can the border effectively and ethically screen noxious elements without blocking legitimate and necessary travel and trade.

The Modern Regulatory State

Interdisciplinary inquiry into the origins/evolution of modern regulatory institutions in Western Europe and North America, along with the more recent rise of global regulatory bodies. Examines conceptual frameworks from across the social sciences, and considers the ethical dimensions of current debates over regulatory purposes, strategies, and policies in areas such as finance and the environment. One course.

Course originates in History.

The Economic and Political Performance of Civilizations

Critical survey of theories concerning the economic and and political development of major civilizations, with an emphasis on the causes of differences that took shape and persisted over long time periods. The theories covered address the roles of institutions, cultures, legal systems, beliefs, family structures, religions, institutions, technologies, geography, and natural resources. Interactions between economic and political development. One course.

Course originates in Economics.

Global Protest

Study of primary models and theories of social movements developed in fields of Sociology and Political Science. Readings provide vocabulary and conceptual framework for understanding how people organize, how social movements use media, role of leadership, meaning of success, and several other basic issues. Focus on social movements of last few decades. Students will conduct group projects on a selected contemporary social movement.