Required International Affairs Courses Offered spring 2023:

IA 200: Globalization and Its 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.

Professor: de Toledo Piza

Classtime: MW 2:45 – 4:00

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.


Classtime: TR 2:45 – 4:00

IA 400: Senior Capstone

Designed as a capstone seminar for International Affairs majors to provide a culminating experience bringing together, through research and the completion of several papers, students’ knowledge developed in their thematic and regional courses. The seminar explores theoretical concepts and guides students in empirical research on globalization through an interdisciplinary approach, culminating in a capstone project tracing a commodity, idea, or practice. This course is required of all International Affairs majors; others with permission of instructor. [W]

von Wahl, Gallemore

Classtimes: R 7:00 – 9:30, R 7:00 – 9:30

Elective International Affairs Courses Offered Spring 2022:

IA 240: Pursuing Global Sustainability

This course investigates the challenge of achieving global sustainability by looking at a selection of international sustainable development goals. Students will investigate progress toward sustainability across the world, with an emphasis on transnational connections and the holistic nature of the sustainability challenge. Students will explore the importance of measurement and monitoring for global sustainability through direct engagement with and analysis of key sustainability data sets.

Professor: Gallemore

Classtime: MWF 8:00 – 8:50

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]

Professor: von Wahl

Classtime: MW 11:00 – 12:15

IA 260: Latin America in Exile

This interdisciplinary course examines exile and the circulation of ideas and dissidence across Latin America and the Caribbean. Drawing from cultural studies, literature, and art, it interrogates how exile is simultaneously the product of repression and a source of solidarity, resistance, and new visions for a just society free of oppression. Students will understand the transnational exchanges that shaped anti-colonial struggle, spread of revolutionary ideologies, and fight for democracy across, to, and from the region [GM2, H]

Professor: de Toledo Piza

Classtime: MW 11:00 – 12:15

IA 320: Gender and Development in the Global south

This course examines the construction of the western notion of “development” in historical perspective, especially the gendered assumptions in both the economic and political frameworks. Students examine the gendered allocation of the benefits of growth in various models for development – both theoretically and in specific cases. Students explore the policy ramifications for aid (both private and international). [GM1, GM2]

Professor: Stewart-Gambino

Classtime: TR 11:00 – 12:15

IA 325: Politics of Global Philanthropy

Global giving has risen as a result of the amassing of great fortunes in the global economy and driven by digital technologies that encourage small-donor individuals to “make a difference”. This course examines the philosophical, legal, political, and sociological roots of (primarily) Western philanthropy from the Global North and analyzes the claims and the records of different kinds of philanthropic entities operating in the Global South. Students will deepen their own ethical and political frameworks as donors, citizens, well-meaning individuals. Open to Juniors and Seniors. [V]

Professor: Stewart-Gambino

Classtime: TR 1:15 – 2:30

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]

Professor: Williams

Classtime: T 1:15 – 4:00



IA Core Courses Spring 2023

International Affairs Regional Concentrations

IA Regional Concentrations Courses Spring 2023

International Affairs Thematic Concentrations

IA Thematic Concentrations Courses Spring 2023