Required International Affairs Courses Offered spring 2022:

IA 200: Globalization and It’s Critics

*Special Note: IA 200 is a requirement for the class of 2020 and beyond. 

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the scholarly literature on the origins, development, and current realities of globalization. It covers the arguments of main proponents and critics of globalization from a political, social, economic, and environmental perspective. It also enhances students’ understanding of the basic trends and power dynamics of globalization. The course utilizes quantitative, qualitative, and spatial data analysis to illuminate and critique global economic, political, and social trends.

de Toledo Piza TR 1:15 – 2:30; Stewart-Gambino MW 11:00 – 12:30

IA 280: Research Methods in International Affairs

The course introduces students to the research methods utilized in the study of international relations. Emphasis is on the interdisciplinary nature of the discipline. Quantitative and qualitative methods are examined. The goal is to provide students with the ability to critically read the sophisticated literature of the discipline and understand its methodology.

de Toledo Piza 
MW 2:45 – 4:00


Elective International Affairs Courses Offered Spring 2022:

IA 250: Atrocity, Genocide, and Reparations

This interdisciplinary course studies the emergence of reparations as reaction to atrocities and genocide on a national and international level across time and place. It introduces conceptual nuance by focusing on the theoretical and practical implications of the emergence and development of nationalism for state violence. The course situates past atrocities historically and discusses cultural, societal and social reactions that have led to symbolic and/or material reparations. [GM1, GM2, SS, W]

von Wahl TR 11:00 – 12:15

IA 330: Global Extraction, Resistance, and Human Rights

This course examines global extraction of non-renewable resources such as metals, rare-earth minerals and fossil fuels: coal, oil, and natural gas. We will investigate the relationship between extraction and global economic development, but also how our dependency upon non-renewable resources undermines the environmental well-being and human rights of the communities where resources are extracted. We will also examine how social movements are organizing to transform the extractive industry and the global economy. [GM2, V]

Fischer-Hoffman TR 9:30 – 10:45

IA 350: Global Migration

This interdisciplinary course examines how international migration has become a complex phenomenon affecting people and communities. It analyzes the unevenness of human mobility and the forces at play that halt or enable the circulation of people and interrogates why many are forcibly displaced while migrating is not available to everyone. Students will understand the social and political factors that impact who, how, and why people migrate as well as their migration experiences, struggles, and livelihoods. [GM2, SS]

de Toledo Piza MW 1:15 – 2:30

IA 380: Contemporary Europe: Between Crisis and Cooperation

This interdisciplinary seminar focuses on the analysis of several large-scale crises that have shaken European economies, politics, and societies in recent years. With the help of several case studies, such as the Euro crisis, the refugee crisis, and Brexit, we are asking what situations constitute a “crisis” and for whom or what? How did these crises turn from local or national problems into large-scale European-level crises? How are these national, transnational, and supranational crises linked to the rise of right-and left-wing populism? The course will assess these timely questions and ask why the existing mechanisms of cooperation have become insufficient and how to address these shortcoming. [GM2, W]

von Wahl TR 2:45 – 4:00


IA Core Courses Fall 2022

International Affairs Regional Concentrations

IA Regional Concentrations Courses Fall 2022

International Affairs Thematic Concentrations

IA Thematic Concentrations Courses Fall 2022