International Studies

 
COURSE OFFERINGS
 
111f    Human Rights in Global Perspective    Offered by Colby's Oak Human Rights Fellow. Through an analysis of the implementation of the right to health based on social justice and human rights, explores the structure of citizenship in Israel and Israel's attitudes toward human rights of minorities and non-citizens. An emphasis will be put on Israel's policy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Nongraded. Optional practicum for an additional credit. One credit hour.    ZIV

111 Lf    Human Rights Practicum    Students will apply their developing knowledge of human rights issues in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by designing and implementing a civic engagement project. Possible projects include (1) a public forum to raise awareness of the current state of affairs in the Palestinian Territories, the toll on human life, especially related to health impacts, and how the international community can better envision a non-violent resolution; (2) creation of a blog site to raise awareness, build support, and allow people to share opinions; and (3) lobbying efforts at the state and national level to educate legislators on the complexity of the situation in Israel and Palestine, and to take steps to create constructive dialogue on meaningful political and social responses. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in International Studies 111. One credit hour.    CARLSON

211j    Human Rights and Social Struggles in Global Perspective     Human rights have become one of the primary frameworks for understanding justice and injustice in the world. Explores the rise of human rights and its relationship to struggles for social justice. Considers the experience of victims of abuse and the politics of meaning and representation. Interrogates the validity of claims for the universality of human rights in the face of cultural difference and inequalities of power. Looks at the emergence of a global human rights machinery and the ethics of humanitarian intervention. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112 and sophomore or higher standing. Three credit hours.    RAZSA

214s    Economic Policy and Performance in Contemporary Latin America    Listed as Economics 214. Prerequisite: Economics 133 and 134. Four credit hours.  I.    FRANKO

235f    International Environmental Human Rights    Listed as Environmental Studies 235. Four credit hours.  S, I.    BULKAN

[243]    Politics of Subnational Culture and Identity in Europe    Listed as Government 243. Three credit hours.  I.    

273f    Economics of Globalization    Listed as Economics 273. Prerequisite: Economics 133 and 134. Four credit hours.    FRANKO

397f    Internationalism: From Socialism to the World Social Forum    Since the founding of the International Workingmen’s Association in 1864, radical political struggles have adopted a staggering array of organizational forms. Many of these forms were developed in the hope that they would foster international rather than national loyalties. International solidarity has, nonetheless, often dissolved in the face of national antagonisms, most famously in the trenches of World War I. We will first consider the historical genealogy of today’s international social movements. Case studies may include indigenous rights, People’s Global Action, the World Social Forum, transnational advocacy networks and anarchist-inspired movements. Four credit hours.    RAZSA

[435]    Seminar: Memory and Politics    Listed as Government 435. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Four credit hours.    

437s    Media, Culture, and the Political Imagination     Due largely to a surge of work by political filmmakers--from Michael Moore to Al Gore--documentary film has reentered theaters and the popular consciousness after decades of neglect. The prominence of the political within this resurgence should come as no surprise to those familiar with the history of nonfiction film. Drawing on literature from cinema studies, visual anthropology, political theory, and social history, traces the development of the documentary from the early 20th century. Interrogates evolving notions of political community and their relationship to formal, aesthetic, and collaborative innovation within the documentary tradition from colonialism to grassroots globalization. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112 and senior standing. Four credit hours.    RAZSA

451f    Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the State in Europe    Though the modern nation-state was unknown prior to the 18th century, life outside the framework of nation-states is now hard to imagine. Critically reviews social scientific theories of ethnicity, nationalism, and the state. Examines dynamics of state formation, ethnic conflict, and nationalist revival. Also considers the transformation of European politics through globalization, migration, and integration. Formerly offered as International Studies 397. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112, one other course on Europe, and senior standing. Four credit hours.    RAZSA

483f, 484s    Honors in International Studies    A year-long research project for senior majors, resulting in a written thesis to be publicly presented and defended. Prerequisite: A 3.40 grade point average and permission of the advisory committee. Four credit hours.    FACULTY

491f, 492s    Independent Study    An independent study project devoted to a topic chosen by the student with the approval of an advisor. One to four credit hours.    FACULTY