Course Descriptions

INTS 103
Hugo Chávez: Oil, Revolution and Democracy in Latin America
In the late 1990s Latin America began to experience radical political changes reminiscent of the 1959 Cuban Revolution. A leading, controversial figure in this process has been Venezuela's democratically-elected president Hugo Chávez. Under his influence, a new generation of leaders and grass-roots activists are seeking social, racial, and gender justice, and a defense of local and Latin American regional interests. The course will explore the following questions, among others: What are the historical roots of "Chavismo" and similar movements in Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, and elsewhere? What is, or is not, revolutionary and democratic in what is happening? What explains their more independent foreign policy not just towards the USA but also Western Europe, Russia, China, and even Iran? Why was the USA seemingly caught "unawares" by these new radical movements?
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 110
Introduction to Japanese Religions
This course is an introduction to the religions of Japan, which are surveyed from pre history to the present. The course will cover the major religious traditions (Shinto, Buddhism, Shugendo, Japanese Christianity, and new religions) and themes in the study of Japanese religions.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 111
Introduction to East Asian Buddhism
A thematic survey of Buddhist thought, practice and social history in East Asia. The teachings and history of the major schools of Buddhism in China, Japan and Tibet will be considered alongside such themes as Buddhism and state, female bodhisattvas, and this worldly aid.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 112
Introduction to the Study of Africa
When the ancient Romans encountered the Afri people who lived in North Africa near Carthage, they called their land "Africa." Today, the term is used to describe the 840 million diverse people who live on the continent. By the 18th century, scientific racism justified slavery and colonialism by categorizing African people as a single, inferior race. Although these theories have been discredited, the legacy of this thinking continues to shape the way the world views and relates to Africa and Africans. This course is designed to look at how we understand, study, and represent Africa. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will examine how Africa has been constructed and imagined from "dark continent" to homeland, address theories of pan-Africanism and blackness, look at how ideas of "tradition" have shaped the study of Africa, critically engage with media representations of Africa, and examine how international policy has been shaped by these images.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 120
Introduction to South Asia
South Asia, home to 1.5 billion people, is diversity incarnate. In thousands of languages, its residents worship in most of the world's religious traditions. From Nepal's mountains to Sri Lanka's beaches, the eco-system is vast and varied. This course will take us on a journey through South Asia, to engage with its long history and its dynamic present. Caste, religion, socioeconomic relations, the Indo-Islamic world, colonialism, nationalism will be the main themes.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 120
South Asia to 1600
A survey of South Asian history before colonial rule. Central topics include the diversity and cosmopolitanism of pre-colonial South Asia, the development of Brahmanism and Buddhism, the dynamanism of the Indo-Persian culture of early modern South Asia, the slow pace of growth of agriculture, and the magic of the Indian Ocean trading world. Lectures and discussion. Enrollment limited. (Also offered under History and Asian Studies.)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 121
South Asia 1600 to Present
An investigation of the social, economic, cultural, and political history of South Asia from the consolidation of British and French domination to the contemporary crises of the various South Asian states (notably India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). The main topics to be explored include: the deindustrialization of South Asia, the emergence of religion as the primary focus of Indian society, the development of South Asian feminism, and the attempt by the various nations to negotiate a dignified place in the 20th century. Lecture and discussion. Enrollment limited. (Satisfies requirements in the history major.)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 121
Modern South Asia
A close examination of the contemporary history of South Asia will allow us to study the dynamic and complex worlds of the South Asian subcontinent. Booming economies combined with violent political events, vast malls next to vast slums — the contradictions are apparent and cliched. In this course we will go beneath the stereotypes and study the social processes at work in modern South Asia through a reading of historical and journalistic texts, government reports and novels.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 130
Daily Life in Middle Eastern History
In recent years, historians have adopted daily life as an analytical framework for historical inquiry. This course will approach the history of the Middle East from the 7th century to the 20th century through this framework. Topics such as housing, food, clothing, travel, cities, education, entertainment, trade, and ritual will shape our encounter with Middle Easterners of the past. Reading assignments will come from textbooks, monographs, and travel accounts for the pre-1900 period. Memoirs and fiction will provide our window into the daily life of Middle Eastern men and women in the 20th century. This course defines Middle Eastern history in broad geographical and chronological terms, but its focus on daily life is intended to bring the minutiae of the lived experience of that history to life for students.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 131
Modern Iran
This course provides an introduction to 20th-century Iranian society, culture, and politics, examining secular and religious debates over gender roles, modernity, Islamism, democracy, and the West.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 200
Hippies: Asia in America
Asia in the American Imagination-Walt Whitman, in 1868, hoped that the wisdom and art of India might act as a foil against the functionalized personality of industrial America ("Passage to India"). From Whitman to New Age, Asia appears in the U.S. as an exotic antidote to industrial modernity, despite the fact that Asian labor participated actively in that very modernity. This class will study the ways in which North Americans have represented Asia as well as Asian Americans. We will explore immigration policy, the travels of Asian spiritual healers to the U.S., the many journeys of US hippies to Asia and the status of Asian goods in the U.S. marketplace. Readings include writings of (Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder) and about (Gita Mehta) hippies, legal documents, documents of exotica (Kung Fu, Sushi), and histories of New Age and alternative healing (Deepak Chopra, Chinese Medicine); we will also listen to music and watch movies (such as the work of Bruce Lee) that fashioned an "Asia" in the mind of Americans.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 201
Gender and Globalization
We will examine the intersection between the social processes of globalization and gender. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will trace the role of the global political economy in relation to women's work (sweatshops, agricultural, industrial, domestic) and women's migration. We will also attend to the role of international agencies (the United Nations and non-governmental organizations), the development of transnational women's and feminist networks and of internationalist organizations.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 202
Pacific Asia’s Fall and Resurgence: An Economic Response to Western Challenge
Although the prospect for many developing economics has been very dim, economics in East Asia have thrived since 1945. The next century is likely to be the Pacific century. The most recent evidence of this possibility comes from China, the awakening giant with enormous potential. In an era of accelerating integration and globalization, it is important to understand how and why the Pacific Asian economies have been able to respond to the modernization challenges from the West. Topics to be discussed include: East Asia’s geographical characteristics, the early experience of interaction between this region and the West, the various modernization efforts in the region from an historical perspective, the similarities and differences in the responses of the main economies in the region to Western challenges, the competition and integration among these economies, especially between China, the emerging economic power, and its neighbors including Japan, and their interaction with the rest of the world, particularly with the U.S. today. This course is designed for non-economics majors and has no economics.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 204
Global Labor
We will examine the impact of the globalization of production on work, and on workers. We will pay close attention to the breakdown of national economies, and to the role of various international institutions (the World Trade Organization, the International Labor Organization, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund) in the creation of the new globalized regime. In addition, this course will trace the growth of international labor movements, from cross-border organizing to the new forms of self-organization in "export-processing zones."
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 205
War on Terror
9/11 inaugurated a new epoch not only for the United States, but decidedly for the world. Tentacular wars of and on terror stretched from Afghanistan into Yemen, from Madrid into Bali. This course will offer a social history of the war on terror. We will explore the roots of the war on terror in the histories of Afghanistan and Yemen, and plot the switch from the prehistory of the War on Terror (1993-2001) to the War on Terror Part 1 (2001-2007) to the War on Terror Part 2 (2007 to the present).
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 207
Global South
In 1985, the South Commission reported that two-thirds of the world's people lived in distress. To rectify this, the Commission proposed a laundry list of reforms. At the same time, political and social movements in what had been the Third World grew apace. These movements and this report inaugurate the creation of the "Global South", which is both a place and a project. This course will investigate the contours of the Global South, the conferences held to alleviate its many problems (Beijing/Women, Johannesburg/Environment, Durban/Race), and the people who live in the "South".
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 208
Geography of Mexico
This course is a comprehensive introduction to the geography of Mexico, a country marked by great extremes: metropolitan areas and thick rainforests; stunning resorts and steaming sweatshops; a handful of billionaires and millions in extreme poverty. We will examine these contrasts by focusing on topics such as uneven development, migration, climate change, violence and security, biodiversity protection, and indigenous movements. We will pay particular attention to why geography matters in the study of political, social, and environmental change in Mexico.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 209
Gender and Natural Resources
This course will introduce students to the factors that shape women and men’s experience of sustainable development in international contexts. The objective is to better understand how natural resources influence gender roles, opportunities, and expectations – both positively and negatively – in a variety of case studies from around the world. Primary topics will include: water resource issues; gender and land rights; participation in biodiversity protection; forestry and fishing; food security in urban and agricultural contexts; and health issues related to waste pickers and sanitation.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 210
Theories of Globalization
Globalization is a clumsy word to describe massive social changes afoot around the planet. This course will explore various theories of globalization to give us the basis to come to grips with the processes at work. We will look at changes in the way states run their polity and their economy as well as shifts in the global political economy; in the cultures of societies and in the formation of global culture; and in the various forms of social resistance to globalization.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 212
Global Politics
This discussion course, taking the entire globe and all its peoples as a unit of study, will examine the unifying elements of the contemporary world system. Emphasis on struggles for justice, democracy, and basic human needs and rights in our global age. Particular attention to global crises originating in the Middle East.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 213
Worldly Islam, The Sacred and the Secular
This course explores the diverse domestic, regional, and international politics of the Islamic world. A rich historical perspective illuminates contemporary political struggles for justice, democracy, and basic human rights and needs. (Also offered under Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies.)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 214
Areas and Comparison
Area Studies seeks to explore zones of the world as discrete cultural and political units. These zones include "South Asia," "North Africa" and "South America." This course will explore the construction of the zones as well as the importance of comparative research that is occasioned by the production of these political and cultural areas.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 215
Central Asia in Transition
This course investigates contemporary Central Asia as a specific context of postsocialist and postcolonial transition to independent statehood in the aftermath of global Cold War politics. Until 1990, Central Asia was considered a remote part of the Soviet Union and was little known to the outside world. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan emerged as modern, independent nation-states and were promptly integrated into global processes through Western initiatives for democratization and market reforms, oil and gas exploitation, and the American-led war on terrorism. Our major goal is to understand Central Asian societies and postsocialist changes from the perspective of communities themselves and see how these refract through the lenses of age, gender, ethnicity, and religion.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 216
Understanding the History, Culture and Politics of Latin America & the Caribbean
This interdisciplinary course explores major historical themes and contemporary cultural and political topics related to Latin American and Caribbean societies and cultures. The goal is for the students to acquire a panoramic view of the Latin America and the Caribbean worlds while acquiring a deeper understanding of various issues that are explored more deeply in other upper-division courses at Trinity. We will engage issues of demography, geography, basis historical periods processes, particular anthropological and cultural debates, fundamental political and gender, sociological approaches to daily life, aesthetic and literary movements, and the regions’ positions within the historic and contemporary world economy. Open to all students, this course is required of INTS majors with a Caribbean and Latin American Studies focus.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 217
Global Postsocialisms
This course explores the subject of postsocialism as a global phenomenon. Although the term has been traditionally associated with Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, our inquiry will include a much broader range of countries from the regions of Latin America (Cuba, Venezuela), the Middle East, and East and Southeast Asia (China, Vietnam, Laos, Mongolia). In light of the socialist project overlapping with the postcolonial movements around the world, it is expedient to understand postsocialism as a series of interconnections and solidarities. This course will be of particular interest to students interested in globalization, transnationalism, international relations, and postsocialism.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 218
Women, Gender, and Family in the Middle East
As an introduction to the lives of women in the ‘men’s world’ of the Middle East, this course examines the impact of global sociopolitical and economic transformations on gender relations, sexuality, adolescence, family structure, local culture, and feminist movements across the Middle East and North Africa. Case studies survey male and female perspectives in a variety of ethnic/religious communities (Muslim, Jewish, Christian) and types of societies (Bedouin, agricultural, urban).
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 220
Writing the Body in Contemporary Arabic Literature
This course offers detailed analyses of gendered perceptions of sexuality in contemporary Arabic literature. It examines literary and cinematic trends of portraying sexuality in the Arab Middle East. Through close readings of several prominent Arab authors, students will investigate topics related to writing the body, sexuality and love, the ethics and aesthetics of morality, homosocial relations, sexual performances, and homoerotic practices. These themes will be explored against the background of major historical, political, and social events in the modern Middle East and supported by a number of theoretical readings, films, and documentaries. No knowledge of Arabic language is required.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 222
Sociology of Iran: Society, Culture and Politics
This course will provide students with a sociological understanding of modern Iranian Society and culture with particular attention to post-revolutionary Iran. The class starts with a brief section on the social and cultural history of modern Iran and we will study important scholarly works on the Iranian Revolution of 1979. We will then focus on political and cultural issues in post-revolutionary Iran under the Islamic Republic. We will examine the social and cultural changes taking place in Iran over the past three decades. Some areas we will examine are: consumption and lifestyle; youth and underground culture; love and sexual experiences; public and private sphere; new and old religiosity; leisure time and secularization of time; and Iranian Cinema.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 224
Anthropology of Poverty
Is "poverty" self-evident? Can we create universal statistical indices of "poverty"? Are the poor in Calcutta different from the poor in Hartford? This course offers a wide-ranging investigation of the representation of poverty, of the different notions of poverty across cultures, of the quest for universal justice through such documents as the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights, and of the various struggles against poverty. Readings include the work of George Orwell (on poverty in Europe), Jacob Riis (on poverty in New York), Gunter Grass (on poverty in Calcutta), Agnes Smedley and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (on growing up poor), David Arnold (on famine), Malthus and Paul Harrison (on population) and finally, texts on the multiple causes of poverty. Enrollment limited. (Satisfies requirements in the Religion major).
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 225
Hip Hop and Urban Arts in Southeast Asia
From Myanmar to Malaysia, this course takes a regional look at the emerging visual, counter-, and youth cultures within Southeast Asia. Countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia have experienced an unprecedented rate of urbanization and globalization that affects the growing youth population. How are communities in these countries localizing their urban arts scene and preserving a legacy of resistance emblematic of Hip Hop? How are musical and pop culture trends from nearby Korea, Japan, and China influencing Southeast Asian Hip Hop artists to remix sound and identities?
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 226
Gandhi, King & Nonviolence
Drawing on the romantic critique of industrialism (Ruskin, Thoreau, Tolstoy), M. K. Gandhi (1869-1948) developed a social theory of protest (Satyagraha) as well as a notion of an alternative civilization, a non-violent world. His views have had a global impact, not the least of which in the United States where they became the foundation for Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) and the Civil Rights Movement. We will explore the translation of Gandhi’s concepts into the King movement, and study carefully the grammar of non-violent resistance as developed by Gandhi and King, and by the tradition they have engendered.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 227
Ukraine and Belarus in Historical Perspective
This course is designed to equip students with a detailed understanding of the critical historical events that have influenced modern Ukraine and Belarus. In the late medieval and early modern periods (fifteenth-seventeenth centuries), this region (Western Rus’) underwent a series of important political, social, and cultural transformations that led to the formation of new ethnic entities and later nation-states (Ukraine and Belarus). Late medieval and early modern Ukraine and Belarus will be placed in a wider international context that linked them to Orthodox Europe and the Occident, as well as to the world of Islam. Understanding the history of these dynamic societies will help make some sense of the contemporary relations between Ukraine and Russia.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 233
Political Geography
Despite our common-sense notions about geography and nature, the spatial arrangement of our world is not the result of natural processes but the outcome of human struggles about the position of borders, the extent of territory, and authority over territories. In this course, we will investigate these struggles and their impact on today's global relations. Special attention will be given to the spatial nature of the state, the role geography has played in the power politics of major states, and future scenarios in a world in which the territorial aspirations of political communities clash with the globalizing flows of economic and cultural activities.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 234
Gender and Education
What is gender equity in schooling and what impact does this have on gender equity more broadly? Different disciplinary perspectives on the impact of gender in learning, school experience, performance and achievement will be explored in elementary, secondary, post-secondary, and informal educational settings. The legal and public policy implications of these findings (such as gender-segregated schooling, men’s and women’s studies programs, curriculum reform, Title IX, affirmative action and other proposed remedies) will be explored. Findings on socialization and schooling in the U.S. will be contrasted with those from other cultures.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 235
Youth Culture in the Muslim World
Increasingly much of the Muslim world is young and with the expansion of media and cyberspace technologies, the circulation of globalized youth culture increasingly challenges taken-for-granted notions in local societies. This course examines the impact of youth and youth culture on personal, social, and political expression in a variety of Muslim communities around the world. We will examine intergenerational struggles over marriage, gender, and sexuality, the renegotiation of religion and morality, and the often 'revolutionary' disputes over conventional politics as conveyed through music, texts, fashion, personal memoirs, and cyberspace blogging.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 236
Japanese Crime Literature and Film
This course examines major works of Japanese crime literature and film from the works of Edogawa Rampo, known as the father of crime fiction in Japan, to those of contemporary writers to explore social and moral issues reflected in them. While Japanese writers and filmmakers of this genre readily acknowledge Western influences, the literary and cinematic explorations of crime in Japan have also developed ona trajectory of their own, producing works that are easily distinguishable from those of other cultures. The course will also consider the mixing of the crime genre with others, such as ghost and science fiction genres. Works studied in this course include those of Edogawa Rampo, Akira Kurosawa, Miyuki Miyabe, Seicho Matsumoto, and Kobo Abe, as well as yakuza movies. Readings and discussion in English.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 237
20th-Century Chinese Literature
A survey of modern Chinese literature, 1918-2000. We will study three major periods of the 20th century: 1918-1949, 1949-1976, and 1976 to the present. The course will concentrate on the work of writers such as Lu Xun, Yu Dafu, Eileen Chang (Zhang Ailing), Xu Zhimo, Mao Dun, Shen Congwen, Bei Dao, Yu Hua, Su Tong, and Wang Anyi. Students will be introduced to the basic developmental trajectory of 20th-century Chinese literature, and will explore interactions between social-historical conditions and the production of modern Chinese literary works. Readings and discussion in English.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 238
Contemporary Africa: Resource Wars and Human Rights
Human civilizations and communities have been shaped by the ability and desire to gain access to critical resources for survival. Economic globalization has created competition for resources—ranging from oil to diamonds to water—that has influenced social and political structures in the contemporary world. This course looks at the impact of modern globalization on the continent of Africa. Situating Africa historically in its relationship to “the West” through the Atlantic slave trade and European colonialism, we will explore the consequences of Africa’s unequal role in this system. We will be investigating the links between civil conflict, resource control, social justice, poverty, and international movements that attempt to address these issues.
Prerequisite: C- or better in at least one college-level course that addresses the history of Africa before or during the colonial era, including History 252, 253, or 331.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 240
Theories of Race and Modernity in Latin America
Taking as a point of departure Enrique Dusell’s assertion that European modernity depended (and depends) on the invention of an American otherness, this course will look at the intersection of race and discourses on/projects of modernity in the Americas and Europe. Specifically, we will examine how 20th - and 21st- century Latin American intellectuals have theorized race and its relationship to nation-building and modernizing efforts from 19th century to the present. Rather than tracing the historical development of the concept of race, we will read deeply major texts that theorize the relationship between race and modernity. The course, thus, will look to understand not only the theories, but how these Latin American intellectuals think through problems, develop arguments, converse with peers, and articulate ideas.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 241
Popular Politics and Revolution in Latin American and Caribbean History
This class examines popular politics, insurgency, and revolution in colonial and modern Latin America and the Caribbean. It focuses on the historical role of slaves, peasants, popular intellectuals, and workers from indigenous, African-American, and ethnically mixed backgrounds in their relations with elites and the state in different regional contexts. We will read landmark texts and primary sources on indigenous insurgencies in the central Andean region in the 1780s, the Haitian Revolution, the revolutions of independence in Spanish America, the Mexican Revolution, and other topics that illustrate the evolution of the historiography of this field.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 245
Latin American Film and Human Rights
This course has the dual purpose of examining important human rights issues in Latin America and questioning the role of film in making visible, critiquing, or even sustaining the structures that lead to human rights violations. We will study specific human rights issues tackled by filmmakers in Latin America, such as cultural rights, gender and sexuality rights, economic rights, environmental issues, and war and state terror. Furthermore, we will discuss specific film schools and movements that developed to address human rights issues in diverse Latin American contexts. Finally, we will look at how Latin American films work the international human rights film festival circuit, and the ethical and practical implications of filming local human rights issues for international audiences.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 248
Global Radicalisms
This course examines the participation of intellectuals, peasants, and workers in revolutions and anti-colonial movements from 1900. It explores ideas about revolution, colonialism, national emancipation, internationalism, capitalist modernity, and socialism in a variety of regional contexts and periods. We will pay particular attention to how seemingly disparate activists from across the globe understood systems of oppression and how they connected local, national, and international struggles for liberation. The class will be especially useful for students interested in the history of ideas, social movements, globalization, colonialism, and radical history. Readings include Eric Hobsbawm’s The Age of Revolution alongside a host of primary materials that stretch from Fanon to Guevara, from Bao Ninh to M. N. Roy.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 249
Immigrants and Refugees: Strangers in Strange Lands
The post-cold war world is one of changing national boundaries and governments, environmental devastation and internal conflicts, resulting in an apparently unprecedented flow of people from their native homelands. At a time when multiculturalism is not a popular model for national integration, immigrants, refugees, and other sojourners find themselves in new places creating new lives for themselves. The processes by which this occurs illustrate some of the basic social, cultural, and political dilemmas of contemporary societies. Using historical and contemporary case studies from Europe and the Americas, this course looks at issues of flight, resettlement, integration, cultural adaptation, and public policy involved in creating culturally diverse nations. Questions to be raised include what are the conditions under which people leave, who can become a (authentic) member of society, what rights do non-citizens versus citizens have, are borders sacrosanct, are ethnic and racial diversity achievable or desirable, is multiculturalism an appropriate model, do people want to assimilate, what are the cultural consequences of movement, and how can individuals reconstruct their identities and feel they belong? This course includes a community learning component. (Also offered under American Studies, Public Policy & Law, and Women, Gender, & Sexuality.)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 250
Global Migration
This course explores population mobility as an outcome of global processes and investigates its role in reconfiguring personal, cultural, social, political, and economic life. Specifically considers the impact of migration on gender relations and identities, cultural and educational practices, integration policies, individual and group rights and questions of citizenship and governance.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 250
Hartford Global Migration Lab
Optional Community Learning Component integrated with INTS249: Immigrants and Refugees and INTS250: Global Migration to provide field-based, participatory research experience with community partners on the consequences of global migration in the greater Hartford area.
Prerequisite: Concurrent or previous enrollment in International Studies 249 or 250.
0.50 units, Laboratory
INTS 255
Chinese Modernization
The road to modernization for China has been full of quakes, storms and struggles. The struggles are ongoing, but the most difficult times have passed. This course will explore China's road to modernization since 1949, with a close examination of Mao Zedong, DEng Xiaoping and the social movements such as the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, post-Mao reforms and the Tiananmen event.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 258
The Islamic City: Places, Pasts and Problems
This course explores the cities founded, claimed, and inhabited by Muslims over the centuries, with a particular focus on the Middle East. Scholars have long debated whether there is such a thing as a prototypical "Islamic city" shaped by religious and cultural norms. Through a combination of lectures and discussions, we will grapple with this question by situating cities in their historical contexts, examining their built environments, and considering the ways in which gender, economic and social life, political movements, and war shape urban space.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 259
The Colonial City
Born as trading centers, colonial cities grew into bifurcated social zones (the colonizer's city and the city of the colonized). Algiers, Batavia, Calcutta, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, and Singapore are a few celebrated examples. We will trace the history of these cities, the way they were built and the way they were represented, as well as the kinds of popular urban cultures that grew across the segregated spaces, and the anti-colonial movements within the cities that incubated new forms of national urbanism.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 260
The City in African Studies: Past, Present, and Potential
Africa is a rapidly urbanizing region of the world; the most rapidly urbanizing by World Bank standards. Contemporary urbanization in Africa has stimulated new scholarship on the history of African cities, African urban economies, urban politics and urban identities, among other topics. African urban studies has produced some of the most thoughtful and engaged work on Africa to date. In this course we will be exploring major themes in the field of African urban studies to gain deeper appreciation of the history of African cities, their contemporary iterations, and their future possibilities.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 261
The South Asian City
The modern Indian city is shaped by the processes of colonialism and nationalism, of neoliberal desires and the reality of inequity. We shall investigate the early development of colonial port cities (Bombay, Madras, and Calcutta), the colonial urban formations (cantonments, civil stations, and hill stations), the creation of capital cities (New Delhi, Chandigarh, Bhubaneshwar, and Gandhinagar), the planning of refugee towns (Faridabad, Nilokheri, and Gandhidham), the formation of industrial cities (Jamshedpur and Bhadrawati), and the mega-cities of the present.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 262
Peoples and Culture of the Caribbean
A review of the attempt to develop generalizations about the structure of Caribbean society. Theoretical materials will focus on the historical role of slavery, the nature of plural societies, race, class, ethnicity, and specific institutions such as the family, the schools, the church, and the political structure.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 299
Independent Study
No Course Description Available.
1.00 units min / 2.00 units max, Independent Study
INTS 301
Arab Politics
This seminar examines the outstanding features of the full range of politics in the Arab world, from regimes and resistances to the new forms of politics in civil society and private spheres. (Also offered under Political Science and Middle Eastern studies.)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 302
Global Cities
This seminar examines the contemporary map of interactions between cities in the world. There is now a considerable array of research analyzing what are variously termed global or world cities in the hierarchy of the world economy, and a counter-critique has emerged which seeks to analyze all cities as ordinary, moving beyond old binaries of 'developed' and 'developing' worlds of cities. We will interrogate this debate in both its theoretical and its empirical dimensions, with case studies from Africa and assessment of cultural, political, economic and environmental globalization.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 303
Globalization in Urban Southeast Asia
In this course we broadly examine how globalization has affected Southeast Asian cities. The course is divided into two sections. In the first section, students are introduced to some of the ways in which globalization has influenced Southeast Asia, covering such topics as global Islam, transnational flows and identity. The second section examines various ways in which cities are aspiring to be global, through high-tech zones, creative clusters, elite tourism, and cultivating cultural capital. Countries that will be examined include Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 304
The Sociology of Globalization
This course examines the historical emergence of and contemporary issues surrounding globalization. Students will be expected to become knowledgeable about global social issues, learn the sociological theories that attempt to explain the globalization process, and become familiar with the empirical data social scientists use in their analyses of global social relations. Particular emphasis will be placed on global economic, political, and social structures (e.g., Multinational Corporations and the World Trade Organization). Further, the course will explore the effects of globalization on social inequality and social problems. Students will be asked to identify a particular global issue on which they wish to do independent reading and/or field study and to share their work in oral presentations and research papers.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 305
Global Self-Governance
This course focuses on modern global movements for self-governance ranging from anti-colonial struggles, pro-democracy movements, and initiatives to promote local governance and democratic decentralization in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We will examine practices associated with self governance including economic and political devolution, collective decision-making, participatory budgeting, dispute resolution, and truth commissions. This course also focuses on the broader conceptions of self-governance in different societies by looking at what it means to govern the self and govern others.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 306
Gender and Sexuality in the Modern Middle East
This course begins with the rise of nationalism in the nineteenth-century Middle East and gendered claims to belonging in and to national communities. We will discuss the struggles against imperialism that shaped a variety of political movements from Morocco to Iran through the twentieth century and the ways in which those struggles both produced and depended on new discourses about gender and sexuality. We will also investigate the transformations in these discourses associated with Islamism, neo-imperialism, and revolution in the Middle East in recent decades. This course will demand critical engagement with a sophisticated scholarly literature, intensive writing, and active participation in class discussions.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 307
Women's Rights as Human Rights
This course is a cross-cultural investigation of the gendered nature of human rights and of the changes in different societies that have resulted from struggles for human rights for women. Topics covered will include rights to protection against sexual abuse and gender violence (such as female genital mutilation), subsistence rights, reproductive rights, human rights and sexual orientation, and the rights of female immigrants and refugees. The course will make use of formal legal documents as well as cultural materials such as novels, films, personal testimonies, religious rituals, and folk traditions in music.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 308
Global Hartford
An examination, from the perspectives of geography and space, of the complex of processes often described as globalization. The course will focus on the changing spatial patterns of political and economic power since the 1970s and evaluate future scenarios in a world in which the territorial aspirations of political communities clash with globalizing flows. Particular attention will be given to the articulation of global and local processes in Hartford and their impact on everyday life in the city. Community learning projects will be an integral part of the course. (This course includes a community learning component.)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 309
Development in Africa: From Civilizing Mission to World Bank
This course examines the history of development ideas and practices in Africa. Beginning with the early colonial era, when Europeans spoke of their “civilizing mission,” and ending with present-day critiques of World Bank policies, it traces continuity and change in state and grassroots efforts to bring about development in Africa. It explores the theories behind development policies. including the ways in which experts have conceptualized African farming systems and Africa’s place in the world economy, and it asks to what extent these theories match reality. It also examines how development policies have been put into practice, how African communities have responded to and reshaped development, whether communities have a “right to development” and who should define what that development should be. Finally, it considers why so many development efforts have failed and whether past failures have led to improved practice. (Also offered under History.)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 310
Urban and Regional Development in China
Taking advantage of both stationary and travel investigations in Shanghai and other cities in the lower Yangtze region, this course will examine various dimensions of sustainable urban development in China’s largest and most prosperous economic region. We will focus on the interactions among the rapid growth, massive migration, heavy pollution, high consumption, and stressed ecological system in and around these cities. One area of inquiry will be the disposal of municipal waste and how the potentially underdeveloped capacity of handling the huge amount of waste can threaten sustainable development in the megacity of Shanghai. We will also examine how the heavy use of material and human resources, coupled with high municipal and private debts, can undermine the sustainable development of smaller cities like Wenzhou.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 311
Global Feminism
This course examines how the struggles of diverse gender based movements (religious and secular, urban and rural, black and white), from the Americas to the Middle East and Asia, shed light on vexing social problems like the lack of sexual and reproductive rights, political and social representation, and equal opportunities. Using historical and contemporary examples of women’s organizing and theorizing, course materials interrogate the meaning of ‘feminism’, the relationship between the gendered self and society, the impact of race, class, and cultural differences on women’s solidarity, the challenge of women’s (and gender based) activism to state and social order, the impact of women's networking, and the possibilities for achieving a transnational, cross-cultural or global ‘feminism.’
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 312
Global Political Ecology
The broad field of political ecology makes connections between local ecologies and larger political and economic structures. This course will explore the global ‘things’ of political ecological research, such as: trees, trash, sugar, seeds, bugs, rivers, and sea turtles. Using examples of ‘things’ from diverse world regions, the course invites students to explore the messy multi-level connections between people, ecologies, knowledge and power dynamics in a globalized world.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 313
River Cities of Asia
Today, throughout Asia, many cities are undergoing rapid growth resulting in dramatic economic, social, cultural, and environmental transformation. Because of the strong relationship between cities and rivers, such rapid growth puts increasing pressures on water resources, river ecosystems, and the human frameworks. Using two prominent river/city systems, the Yangtze and the Irrawaddy, as case studies, this summer course will provide integrated historical, cultural, and environmental understandings of four key cities — Shanghai, Chongqing, Mandalay, and Yangon — located on the banks of these waterways. The course will examine the historical emergence of the cities we visit, explore interrelationships between urban expansion and environmental consequences of rapid economic growth, and examine people’s perceptions of environmental and cultural change in China and Myanmar.
1.50 units, Seminar
INTS 314
Black Internationalism
This course introduces students to the history of people of African descent and their struggles for universal emancipation during the 20th century. We will begin by drawing on theoretical readings about race/blackness and the African Diaspora. The second part of the class will probe the relationship between nationalism and pan-Africanism through comparative assessments of Marcus Garvey and his UNIA organization; Rastafarianism and music; and the U.S. Black Power Movement. Over the entire course, we will also seek to locate and critically evaluate Africa’s importance to these political and cultural projects. The ultimate purpose of this course is to impress upon students how struggles for self-determination were simultaneously local, national and global.
Prerequisite: C- or better in International Studies 101, International Studies112, History 238, or History 253.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 315
Global Ideologies
From the 1920s to the 1980s, the countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America forged a "Third World project." This project came undone in the 1980s, as debt, war and corruption overwhelmed the three continents. Along came neo-liberalism and globalization, which emerged as the dominant ideologies of the time. With the rise of Bolivarianism in Latin America, and with the financial crisis, neo-liberalism has lost its shine. This course will trace the "Third World project," neo-liberalism, and the emergent ideology of the Global South.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 316
Shanghai & Its Neighborhood: Historical Circumstances/Rapid Urban Growth/Regional Development
From the era of the Opium War onward, Shanghai emerged as China’s foremost international city and largest entrepôt. As China joined the global community, the city’s hybrid life fascinated the world and produced new paradigms for development in many spheres. In this process, Shanghai transformed the lower Yangtze region as its prosperity and the intensity of its socio-political life modified the identity of smaller communities around it. Using urban space as ‘text’ in combination with contemporary documents, memoirs, novels, and secondary materials, this course will build an understanding of Shanghai’s remarkable role as an engine of urban change while pursuing a parallel inquiry to understand the emerging form of nearby cities influenced by Shanghai’s propulsive pattern of growth.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 317
Planetary History
How have humans understood their relationship with each other and nature, over time and space? This course will investigate the various theories of planetary history, and will develop an understanding of the interdependency of our social ecology. In the main, we shall concentrate on the world after 1300, and trace the principle social processes of our time (such as capitalism, democracy, science, and religion).
This course is open only to International Studies majors or by instructor consent.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 318
Energy Security
The planet’s future rests between energy use and geopolitical insecurity. The hinge for this tension rests in West Asia, but extends to western Africa and central Asia. China and India’s rapid economic growth drives up demand for oil and gas and the Arab Spring has unsettled previous equations for the easy extraction of energy from the Gulf by global corporations. This course will explore the problem of “energy security”: it will look at the new hinges, particularly Central Asia, where the old Great Game of geopolitical intrigue morphed into a new stratagem for energy extraction. Energy security will be approached not only from the standpoint of the buying countries, but also from those who suffer under the “resource curse,” the selling countries.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 319
Mapping the Middle East
This course approaches the history of the Middle East through maps. It will look at the many different ways maps have told the story of the territory we now call the Middle East and the many different points of view that have defined it as a geographical entity. Readings will analyze maps as social constructions and will place mapmaking and map-use in a historical context. We will relate maps to questions of empire, colonialism, war and peace, nationalism, and environmental change. Students will be required to undertake an original research paper.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 320
Postsocialist City
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Soviet Union was a key site of experimentation where avant-garde architects and planners could realize their visions for democratic and egalitarian cities. This course explores how these ideals were implemented, compromised or modified from the perspectives of administrators and residents. We will also learn how the socialist legacy of built urban environments has shaped and conditioned the ways in which postsocialist societies are remade under the terms of a market economy. The course will be of particular interest to students interested in design, architecture, city planning, and public policy.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 325
Anthropology of Islam
This course examines Islam as lived religious practice in a context defined by both local constraints and global possibilities. Variations in local practices of Islam reflect accommodation to distinct cultural, political, and economic contexts while at the same time reflecting global connections. We will examine topics such as religious identity and community, gender as the site of religious and political struggle, new forms of Islam in diaspora communities, and contemporary political and moral debates over modernity, democracy, and reform in a variety of Islamic societies from North America to the Middle East and Asia.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 326
Baghdad in History
Founded in 762 CE by the Abbasid Caliph al-Mansur as "The City of Peace," Baghdad has acted as a center for politics, commerce, science, art, and religion - as well as human conflict - throughout its long history. This course will approach Baghdad through the lens of social and cultural history by examining the complex and ever-changing relationship between people and a city. How was Baghdad peopled? And how did people make and remake Baghdad over the centuries? Through rigorous seminar discussions of primary resources, recent scholarship, journalism, and literature, we will consider Baghdad from the eighth century to the present as a locus of human interaction, of memory and myth, and empire and nation, and of colonialism and war.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 335
Capitalism and Authoritarianism
This course interrogates the common identification of capitalism with liberal democracy. Although the emergence of capitalism overlapped with the process of formation of the public sphere and participatory democracy, post-WWII economic developments have troubled this coupling. We will explore the emergence of authoritarian capitalisms in Asia by attending to the phenomenon of “Asian Tigers” and delineating their conditions of possibility. We will also investigate the scholarship on the rise of neoliberalism in Western countries that identified this particular incarnation of capitalism as authoritarian control of the most private realms of human existence. Together, we will ponder on the consequences of this disassociation of political and economic liberalism.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 336
Women, War, and Violence
This course examines the intersections of imperialist wars, global capitalism, militarism, and patriarchal violence. Using a feminist anti-racist, anti-imperialist lens, it explores the rise of public sexual violence in the Middle East. Examining US imperialism, Israeli colonialism, and neoliberal capitalism as male and white projects, the course looks at how these systems re-entrench local patriarchal forces and exacerbate the conditions that promote sexual violence against women. Examining cases ranging from the US occupation of Iraq, to Egypt, Palestine and elsewhere in the region, the course considers the implications of the US neoconservative project of a “New Middle East,” the rise of imperial feminism, NGO’s, and ISIS for Arab women’s movements and the politics of women’s everyday lives.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 342
History of Sexuality
This course examines the ways in which notions of the body, gender, sexual desire, and sexuality have been organized over space and time. Taking as a starting point the geographical regions of the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America in the ancient and medieval periods, the course seeks to de-center discourses of Western sexual modernity. It then addresses the ways in which colonialism, racism, nationalism, and globalization have depended on and disrupted normative ideas about modern sexuality, including the hetero/homosexual binary. Throughout the course we will ask how historians use theoretical and primary sources to construct a history of sexuality. Course expectations include a final research paper.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 344
Global Hip Hop Cultures
Hip-Hop is both music and culture with a global imprint that dates back to the 1980s. This course is a reading and writing intensive course that critically examines hip-hop cultural and political formations in Africa and the African Diaspora. We begin with canonical texts that contributed to the growth of an emergent interdisciplinary field called, 'Hip-Hop Studies' in order to familiarize ourselves with a set of core concepts, discourses and frameworks that will help us assess hip-hop's global emergence. What does the globalization of African-American music and culture tell us about the power and impact of neoliberalism on post-colonial identities, culture and nation-states in the non-Western world? It is a question that will shape our discussions on race, youth, masculinity, and nationalism in contemporary urban societies.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 345
Worldly Sex
This course will examine sexual practices and their cultural and social meaning across different cultures and at different periods in the sweep of human history. We will read social history, biographies, memories, and study representations of sexual practices and behaviors in the daily life of different societies, from the ancient Aztecs, and the Egyptians to the "sexual revolution" in the 1960's in the U.S. and beyond.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 350
Traffic in Art: 20th Century Global Economy of Cultural Production
This course complements twentieth century art history by focusing on the traffic in art objects and aesthetic ideologies, initially, between the West and the colonized non-West, and more recently between “global” cities hosting international biennials of art. We will first trace the ways in which these circulations constituted the colonial powers and produced the colonized people. Subsequently, we will investigate the recent prominence of non-Western artists in key sites of the global art world.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 350
Contemporary Muslim Artists: The Body in Crisis
How have war, violence, and crisis marked much of the current Islamic world and how are performance artists reflecting this world? This course is intended to stimulate and complicate the dialogue on Islam and contemporary “Islamic” art. We will consider the role of performance among artists who, whether Muslim by faith or not, are classified under the Islamic umbrella as a result of their political, social, or aesthetic choices. We will study the ways in which these “Muslim” artists have applied multiple lenses to their performance practices and how they invoke crisis in their works. Some artists featured in this course include Wafaa Bilal, Arahmaiani, Lida Abdul, Mos Def, Lalla Essaydi and more.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 351
Politics of Memory: Memory, History, Decolonization
This course introduces students to the theories, methods, and pedagogies of memories and life writings. Using feminist epistemologies, it explores women, people of color and indigenous peoples’ memories as an alternative body of knowledge. The course examines the politics, aesthetics, and ethics of remembering and narrating histories of oppression, violence, and resistance.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 352
Bodies in Context: Gender, Sexuality and Violence
This course introduces various ways to examine and interpret the human body in socio-cultural anthropology with a special focus on the contexts of gender, sexuality and war/conflict. Students will explore and critically evaluate key concepts used in the field of anthropology of the body. Readings will include classical anthropological literature as well as a selection of contemporary ethnographic case studies to illustrate and visualize the key themes on the ground.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 375
Global Agitation: Art and Activism
This course investigates the role of the artist in agitating cultural norms and participating in global social movements. We will study art as a site of contested representations, embedded in power formations whereby the artists play a critical role in challenging societies. We will look at artists and collectives from all over the world, such as Tania Bruguera, Ai Wei Wei, Shirin Neshat, Pussy Riot, Raqs Media Collective, and The Propeller Group. We will study art removed from private studio spaces, “unexhibited” on gallery walls, and displaced from temperature controlled museum halls. To that end, we will also consider art that spills into the streets, onto social media, and occupies the public sphere.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 383
Sports, Race & Nationalism
An examination of the how sports emerged as a major sphere of society and international politics since the late 19th century and how capitalism, race, ethnicity and nationalism have played a major role in this story. We will focus our attention mainly on baseball, basketball, soccer, cricket, and “mega” sporting events, such as the Olympics and FIFA’s World Cup, with case studies from around the world. Additional attention will be given also to the interplay between sports and mega sporting events, on the one hand, and urbanization, urbanism and urban life, on the other. This course counts for both the History and INTS majors (“Global Core” in INTS). For more information, please visit the course blog at =
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 395
Senior Seminar: Issues in Contemporary China
The primary goal of this course is to become familiar with, discuss, and debate some cultural, political and economical situations of the contemporary Chinese speaking world through the modern media of newspapers, television and film. The course will also further improve advanced students' ability to use Chinese in their daily and professional lives.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 396
Senior Seminar: Race, Gender, and Global Security
Recent events have focused attention on questions of race, gender, social justice, and the militarization of police. This course will consider how notions of race and security that evolved in the late 20th and early 21st century U.S., have shaped political discourse, and how in turn, those ideas have circulated around the world. Through analyses of American Studies texts, documentaries, and popular culture, we will consider both emerging and prevailing definitions of security. By examining case studies in major global cities, including Los Angeles, we will explore how space has been organized around the logics of racialized threats and gendered notions of safety. For a cumulative paper, students will select a global city and offer history, context, and analysis of the production of insecure spaces.
This course is open only to International Studies majors or by instructor consent.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 399
Independent Study
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
1.00 units min / 2.00 units max, Independent Study
INTS 401
Senior Seminar in International Studies
This writing intensive course functions as the capstone experience for all INTS majors. The instructor will guide INTS seniors through the process of completing a substantial research paper that engages critically with dominant disciplinary approaches to and public discourses about the “global” or “international” sphere. The instruction of this course will rotate among INTS faculty, each of whom will organize the course around a particular theme.
This course is open only to seniors majoring in International Studies; other students may enroll only with permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 403
Democracy, Development, and the Media in the Global South
This course will examine the relationship between three central categories of modernity: democracy, development, and the media. We will look at case studies from several countries in the Global South to examine how the relationship between these concepts has been conceptualized, prescribed, and realized. In the context of the increasing dominance of commercial media and the Internet, we will examine the challenges facing those who believe that the media should be a powerful force for the democratization of societies in the Global South.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 405
Reading Capital
How do we understand the world that we live in today? How do we make sense of the vast economic divides and the great unemployment crisis — both of which seem to be intractable? In this advanced seminar, we will investigate the Marxist theory of capitalism and of crisis.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 466
Teaching Assistantship
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study
INTS 490
Research Assistantship
No Course Description Available.
1.00 units, Independent Study
INTS 497
Senior Thesis
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment in this single semester thesis.
1.00 units, Independent Study
INTS 498
Senior Exercise Part 1
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for each semester of this year-long project. (2 course credits are considered pending in the first semester; 2 course credits will be awarded for completion in the second semester.)
2.00 units, Independent Study
INTS 499
Senior Exercise Part 2
No Course Description Available.
2.00 units, Independent Study