Activism and Christianity in Modern America

An exploration of the relation of Christian belief and practices with agitation for social change, with a focus on the United States from the colonial period to the present. Attention given to how identity, power, and suffering shape historical judgments about the intersection of religion and ethics. Close readings of primary sources drawn from autobiographies, letters, sermons, poems, and treatises. Figures may include John Wesley, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Pauli Murray, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Daniel Berrigan.

South African Life Histories

Explores the last century of South African history through the lens of biography and autobiography.  Protagonists range from little known South Africans like the sharecropper Kas Maine, an African prophetess, and the self-styled godfather of Soweto to political artists and writers, and will include some of the country's most famous citizens like Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko and Helen Suzman.  Readings are a mix of scholarly and non-scholarly writings.

Business and Human Rights

An exploration of human rights advocacy from an ethical, political science and comparative perspective. Will focus on issues related to business and human rights. A core component of the course will include a human rights "lab" in which students work in groups on policy-oriented projects in collaboration with international NGOs. Permission of instructor required. Instructor: Katzenstein

Racial Justice in the 20th Century US and South Africa

Students participating in the DukeImmerse program will write a 30-40 page research paper on some aspect of either the civil rights movement or the anti-apartheid struggles in South Africa. Meeting with the instructor on a weekly basis, the students will define their topics and research agendas and will workshop their papers with their classmates. Papers will be based on primary and secondary sources. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Shapiro

Honors Seminar

Course is open to junior political science majors who intend to write an honors thesis during their senior year.  Purpose of the course is to develop a thesis project, and to prepare students to conduct independent research under the direction of a faculty advisor.  Students will acquire the skills required to formulate a research question, develop a research design, conduct literature reviews, and gather appropriate data.

Theory and Practice of National Security

In-depth look at the theoretical and empirical literature explaining how states seek to guarantee their national security. Topics include: grand strategy, nuclear deterrence and warfighting, coercive diplomacy, military intervention, decisions for war, and civil-military relations. Special attention paid to U.S. national security during and after the Cold War. Consent of instructor required. One course / 3 units.

Leaders, Nations, and War

The interaction between state structures and the international system, with a focus on the rise and development of European nations. Topics include war and its effects on national political institutions, nationalism, and state formation; war and national revolution; imperialism and decolonization; and economic dependency and national autonomy. Research paper required. Prerequisite: POLSCI 160. One course / 3 units.

Energy and U.S. National Security

Examines link between reliable, affordable, and sustainable sources of energy and U.S. national security. Includes ethical considerations related to energy resources and wealth distribution, analysis through case study of top foreign oil suppliers to U.S., as well as newer "unconventional" sources of energy such as shale gas and renewables. Extensive use of guest experts from U.S., local and foreign governments as well as industry. Specific skills include thinking like a U.S.

American Grand Strategy

Study of policy that nations adopt to marshal their political, economic, military, technological, and diplomatic resources to achieve their national goals in the international environment they face, drawing on political science, history, public policy, law and political economy and other disciplines to achieve these ends. Course examines the history, current reality, and future prospects of American grand strategy. Consent of instructor required. One course / 3 units.