Course Descriptions

INTS 115
Postcolonial Futures: The Philippines in Southeast Asia
Focusing on the Philippines, the former US colony which provides a window on the postcolonial world and shifting US policy in Asia, this course provides an introduction to the intersectionality of area studies from an anthropological point of view. It explores the contributions of Philippine ethnography to theories of gender and development, tourism, domestic work and migrant economies, political (and religious) mobilization, and indigenous cultural studies.
1.00 units, Seminar
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 201
Gender and Sexuality in a Transnational World
This broadly interdisciplinary course provides students with an introduction to the field of gender and sexuality studies. It pays particular attention to transnational approaches. Materials are drawn from a variety of disciplines and may include films, novels, ethnographies, oral histories, and legal cases.
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 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 211
Global Intimacies
What is globalization? A process of homogenization and Americanization? Where does globalization happen? In the economic realm that we usually associate with the public? In contrast to these conceptualizations, this course explores diverse and contingent processes of globalization in the domestic and private spheres. Specifically, we will look at how global mobilities trouble and complicate intimate relations such as marriage, love, sex, reproduction, family making, and self-identity across culture.
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 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 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 to give students a panoramic view of Latin America and the Caribbean and to introduce them to various issues that are explored more deeply in upper-division courses. We will address questions of demography and geography, basic historical periods and processes, particular anthropological and cultural debates, fundamental political and gender issues, sociological approaches to daily life, aesthetic and literary movements, and the regions' positions within the historical and contemporary world economy. Open to all students, this course is required of INTS majors with a Caribbean and Latin American Studies concentration.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 219
Islam in the Caribbean and Latin America
From reverts to ISIS, the Caribbean/Latin America is a microcosm of Islam in the world This course provides an introduction to Islam, Muslim social and political life, and gender/minority rights from the vantage point of the Muslim-minority societies in this region.
1.00 units, Seminar
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 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 239
Heroes and Heroines: Gender Identities in Japan through Literature, Film, and Anime
Drawing upon canonical literary sources as well as internationally celebrated films and anime, this course explores how Japanese society defines and portrays heroes and heroines, beginning in the Heian era and continuing through the modern period. Under the umbrella theme of the heroic, we will analyze how Japanese society defines and promotes cultural values and mores, and how gender roles have been constructed in different historical moments and represented in different media. We will move through themes, such as, war and samurai, love and double-suicide, onnagata and gender ambiguity, and feminism and modern heroines. Our discussion will be conducted with close reference to important theoretical issues in gender and sexuality studies. Readings and discussion in English.
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 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
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 256
Human Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean: A History
In the 1970s and 1980s, thousands of people were “disappeared,” tortured and murdered in Latin America and the Caribbean, mostly by military regimes and by para-military death-squads. The period is often characterized as perhaps the lowest point in the modern abuse of “Human Rights” in the region. This course explores how these central notions, the human and rights, have evolved in theory and in practice in the history of the Americas. The course begins with the 16th-century debates among the Spaniards over the “humanity” of Indians and enslaved Africans; it then covers distinguishing elements of the human and rights within the legal structures of the nations created after independence from Spain in the 1820s and before the more contemporary conceptions of human rights in the aftermath of the Holocaust and the crimes against humanity during WWII. Finally, the modern conception and practice of human rights defense and legal monitoring are explored in case studies in the region from the late 1940s to the 1980s.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 258
The Islamic City: Places, Pasts and Problems
This course explores the great variety of cities founded, claimed, and inhabited by Muslims from the beginnings of Islam to the present day. While there is no such thing as a prototypical "Islamic city," this course grapples with questions of change and continuity in the organization of urban life among Muslims globally. Through a combination of lectures and discussions, we will situate cities in their historical contexts, examine their built environments, and consider the ways in which exchange, mobility, empire, revolution, and globalization have shaped urban space.
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 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 265
Understanding Conflict in Africa
Many Americans claim to know certain truths about Africa when, in reality, such understandings rely heavily upon ahistorical representations of the continent. In recent decades, the portrayal of Africa as conflict-prone and violent has become the predominant way of "knowing" Africa . This course disarms such limited understandings by engaging, historicizing, and contextualizing political violence in Africa. The course starts with recent conflicts, including wars in Somalia, Rwanda, Congo, Sudan, and Libya. We then situate these conflicts within the legacy of colonialism, the Cold War, and the contemporary reorganization of the world economy. The class concludes by debating possible solutions, including foreign intervention (peacekeeping, AFRICOM, the International Criminal Court) as well as responses crafted by African-led organizations and movements (ECOWAS, African Union, and Arab Spring).
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 271
New Age of Revolution
The “Age of Revolution” usually refers to the period from mid-18th century to mid-19th century, which witnessed some of the most influential revolutions in world history. This course will use the “Age of Revolution” as the starting point for exploring a new global era of protest, rebellion, and revolt. From the “Occupy Movement” to the “Arab Spring”, the course will examine the common causes, tools, ideals, and outcomes that may exist between these various social movements. Questions addressed in the course will include: is it possible that, despite their vast diversity, modern social movements are all inspired by one another? Which movements failed and which movements succeeded, and why? The course will emphasize in-class discussion and paper writing.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 282
Modern Islamic Movements – Religion, Ideology, and the Rise of Fundamentalism
This course examines the rise and ideological foundation of modern Islamic movements, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizbollah, Hamas, al-Qa’ida, and ISIS. We will study the emergence of Islamic fundamentalism in its historical and political context as well as major intellectual figures of these movements, and take a close look at the notion of jihad in classical and modern legal contexts.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 301
Religion in Chinese Society
This course is designed to introduce students to the sociological study of religion in traditional Chinese society and in the late modern world. The course offers the student differing perspectives in understanding the significant role of Chinese religion in both the traditional and the contemporary worlds. One goal of the course is to develop scholarly resources in support of intellectual dialogue and mutual understanding between China and the West.
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 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 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
Queer China
This course explores non-mainstream gendered and sexual practices in China and other Sinophone cultures over the past hundred years. It will draw from a variety of materials-textual, visual, and video-and highlight interdisciplinary methodological and analytic approaches. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which non-normative gender expressions and sexual practices have been represented, embodied, and regulated over space and time.
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 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 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 321
Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern History
This course takes constructions of femininity and masculinity and related representations of male and female sexuality in both the pre-modern and modern Middle East, with an emphasis on the Arab world, as its focus. Through theoretical readings and primary sources, both written and visual, we will explore the ways in which gender and sexuality have shaped political, economic, and cultural life in the Middle East.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 323
Classics and Colonialism
This course explores the reception of classical literature and history in colonial contexts. Through texts like Sophocles' Antigone; Nehru's "India and Greece"; and Fugard's The Island, we will examine how colonized peoples used the classical tradition to develop strategies of collaboration and resistance to oust European colonizers from environments like India, South Africa, and the Caribbean. By studying the reception of classics through the perspectives of colonized communities, the course considers the relationship between classics and colonialism and performs the crucial function of decentering classical reception studies.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 327
Seminar: Arts of the Song-Ming Dynasties
In this seminar, we will trace the development of visual and conceptual underpinnings of Chinese art and aestheticism from the Song to Ming dynasties (11th-16th centuries) by juxtaposing important works of painting and calligraphy with critical theories in Chinese literati art. Important issues for this seminar include the iconology of formlessness, the notions of self-cultivation, exile and eremitism, the allegorization of nature and antiquity, and the historicity of art history.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 330
US-China Relations
With China's ascent as a major political and economic power, the relationship between the U.S. and China became one of the most vital and yet extremely complex bilateral relationships in the world. The Trump administration tends to see China as a major challenger for American power and interests, while some of the biggest global challenges require good US-China cooperation. The course will take both a historical and a contemporary perspective on US-China relations. Key topics include: US-China economic relations, nuclear proliferation, the Taiwan question, counter-terrorism, regional security, cyberspace security, climate change, the Belt and Road Initiative, and human rights. The course invites students to think about the US-China relations from multiple perspectives and to form educated and informed views about this relationship.
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 346
Special Topic: The Global City The Global City: Making Buenos Aires
What sentiments, desires, and ideas arise from the modern space of Buenos Aires? How do intellectuals experience processes of social and urban transformation? What can we draw from their aesthetic practices to interrogate our own identities, communities, and city landscapes? This seminar sets out to explore urban culture and intellectual history in Latin America. By scrutinizing a variety of literary texts, films, and artistic materials, we will engage with notions of modernism and avant-garde, discourses of globalization and neoliberalism. Among others, we will analyze works by Jorge Luis Borges, César Aira, Victoria Ocampo, María Negroni, Carlos Correas, Witold Gombrowicz, Fernando Solana, Wong Kar-Wai, and Matías Piñeiro. Recommended for students who want to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Course taught in Spanish.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 348
Islamic Feminism in Global Perspective
This course surveys Muslim women’s activism and theoretical contributions to feminist debates on gender and sexuality, across cultures from Asia, to the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, using ethnography, documentary, auto/biography, and other feminist methodologies and forms of self-expression. Particular attention will be given to gender activism organized within what participants consider to be an Islamic framework.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 350
Empire, Race, & Immigration
This course examines the historical and contemporary relationships between race, empire, and U.S. immigration law by studying how immigration law has shaped national and imperial projects. Which immigrant groups are deemed ‘too foreign’ to become American? Which are deemed ‘assimilable’? How do such inclusions and exclusions define citizenship, and what do they have to do with the maintenance of borders and empire? These immigration laws have always been challenged, contested, and negotiated by activists. We will also examine the impact of global social movements that generate new definitions of belonging.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 355
Human Rights and Empire
In the nineteenth century, the expansion of empires marched in lockstep with the spread of international law in general and human rights in particular. In the twentieth-century, even as formal empires disappeared, the idea of rights continues to be intimately intertwined with international power, and has been mobilized to justify an array of interventions across the Global South. In this course we examine the past and present of human rights as they intersected with international power, from the fight over Belgian atrocities in the Congo Free State to the post 9/11 proliferation of human rights language in the War on Terror. Along the way, we will study the array of projects that have sought to reclaim the idea of universal rights for popular, democratic, anti-racist and anti-colonial ends.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 379
Feminist and Queer Theory for a Postcolonial World
Feminist and queer theory has influenced contemporary understandings of gender and sexuality globally. This course explores this body of theory specifically in relation to the processes and problematics of colonialism, postcolonialism, nationalism, and transnationalism. Readings will reflect a variety of critical perspectives and consider the intersection of gender and sexuality with race and class.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 385
Global Capitalism
In this course, we will explore the competing theories and ideologies at the heart of debates over the international economy since the mid-nineteenth century. We will study how markets, development and the economic role of the state are understood by intellectuals and experts across the globe, and we will investigate the models through which policymakers, intellectuals and economists have envisioned the economic ties between Global "North" and Global "South." Finally, we will focus on the ways in which capitalism has been re-imagined to suit differing cultural, political and development projects in the non-Western world.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 395
Issues in Contemporary China
Using materials from literature, public discourses, film, and the Internet, this course helps students become familiar with and reflect upon important cultural, political, and economic issues of the Chinese speaking world(China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Chinese communities in the West). NO prior knowledge of Chinese language is required. This course is required for students who elect Chinese as the primary language in their LACS-administered Chinese major(Plan B). It also counts toward the International Studies major(as an Asian Studies area course), the LACS-administered Chinese minor, as well as the interdisciplinary Asian Studies minor.
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 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. This course will be graded as Pass/Fail.
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