International Security

The various causes, processes and impacts of international conflict in contemporary international affairs. Factors that contribute to conflict, including the impact of scientific and technological developments on war and the ethical arguments and beliefs associated with war making. Contemporary and future threats to international security. One course.

Environmental Politics in the United States

Examine the role environmental issues play in the U.S. political system. Study the way ordinary citizens think about the environment: importance of environmental concerns and how environmental issues influence voting behavior. Assess the role played by each of the major institutions in American politics—Congress, the president, the bureaucracy, the judiciary, state and local governments, political parties, and the media. Prerequisite: any one field introduction taken at the 100 level. One course.

Contemporary Documentary Film: Filmmakers and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Integrated with the films and filmmakers of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The art form, style, and technology of contemporary documentary films. Issues of autonomy and power, politics, and public policies. Analysis of outstanding films from around the world. Presentations and discussions by filmmakers. One course.

Course originates in Arts of the Moving Image.

The Holocaust

Antisemitism and the Jewish question in Central Europe, the development of Nazi policy, the Final Solution in its different sites (ghetto, labor camps, extermination camps) and institutions (SS, Judenrat), the Holocaust's legacy. Historiographical debates and documentary research. Class might take field trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. One course.

Course originates in History.

Nuclear Weapons: US Foreign Policy and the Challenges of Global Proliferation

Implication of nuclear weapons to U.S. foreign policy and international politics. Topics include basic science of nuclear fission and fusion, history of nuclear proliferation, theory of nuclear deterrence, evolution of U.S. nuclear posture during and after Cold War, and case studies of other nuclear proliferation with detailed coverage of North Korea and Iran. Emphasis in readings and assignments will be placed on being able to understand how these weapons apply to theories of international relations and foreign policy and on being able to make causal inferences regarding their importance.

Environment, Health, and Development in China

Critical overview and investigation of the culture, politics, and political economy of environment, health, and development issues in contemporary China, with special attention to case studies exploring a range of issues from public health panics, HIV and AIDS, sex work, migrant workers, the Beijing Olympics, water politics, earthquake relief, and environmental protest. Includes readings across disciplines, and engagement with the work of government, academic, multilateral and non-governmental groups. Instructor consent required.