Introduces students to the often-overlooked role, of religious actors and politics in international, affairs. While commonly associated with, radicalism or terrorism, religious actors and, ideas have played significant roles in, democratization, peacebuilding, conflict, resolution, humanitarianism, the evolution of, human rights, and foreign policy. The course also, explores relevant religious histories, the recent, "resurgence" of Islam and Christianity, and, definitions of "religion" and "secular."
Introduces students to political, social, and, economic issues facing African states (primarily, sub-Saharan), covering both domestic and, international dimensions. The course explores the, historical origins and contemporary dynamics of, challenges associated with democratization, civil, conflict, and underdevelopment, as well as, emerging opportunities and prospects. Students, gain specific country expertise, and are also, equipped to make sense of the variation in the, experiences of a range of African countries.
Introduces major debates surrounding the, militarization of relief, politicization of aid,, and armed interventions. Addresses tensions, surrounding the appeal to "care for distant, strangers," management of violence, and the, response of various actors, from NGOs and, international institutions to individuals, media,, celebrities, and businesses. Students will become, familiar with the key actors, agencies, and ideas, in the development of modern humanitarianism,, explore lessons from major past and present, crises, and engage with the stories of people, affected.
Explores important themes across countries in the, Global South, including variation in conflict and, peace, democracy and authoritarianism, wealth and, poverty, and the strength or fragility of states., Examining similarities and differences across, countries, students will explore compelling, domestic, regional, and international, explanations, while touching on the roles of, identity and culture in the patterns observed, across the Global South.
Introduces students to the often-overlooked role, of religious actors and politics in international, affairs. While commonly associated with, radicalism or terrorism, religious actors and, ideas have played significant roles in, democratization, peacebuilding, conflict, resolution, humanitarianism, the evolution of, human rights, and foreign policy. The course also, explores relevant religious histories, the recent, "resurgence" of Islam and Christianity, and, definitions of "religion" and "secular."
Advanced research in international affairs., Students are expected to develop, research, write,, and present a methodologically rigorous and, analytically oriented analysis of some dimension, of international relations. Topics and, explanations are to be informed and guided by the, relevant international relations literature., Normally taken during spring semester of senior, year.