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2021 - 2022 Tentative  Course Offerings

Fall 2021

Winter 2022

Spring 2022

Summer 2022

INTL 101

INTL 102

INTL 190

INTL 101

INTL 102

INTL 190

INTL 101

INTL 102

INTL 190

INTL 101 & 102 are not offered in Summer.

INTL 190

Note: The tentative schedule of course offerings is subject to change. Please check the Schedule of Classes.Should you have additional questions, please send a message through the Virtual Advising Center.

 

Spring, Summer, & Fall 2022 INTL Course Format

INTL 101 & INTL 102: Lectures and sections are being offered in-person. Section attendance and participation will be required and graded.  See INTL Enrollment Information for information about prerequisites.

INTL 190. Senior Capstone Seminar: Most sections will be taught in-person. One section will be taught remotely as indicated on the Schedule of Classes. Enrollment is managed by the ISP Advisors. See INTL Enrollment Information for more details about enrollment process.

Important Information about INTL Courses

  • All INTL courses must be taken at UCSD. 
  • All INTL courses must be taken for a letter grade C- or better. 
  • INTL 101 & 102 Prerequisties: Sophomore standing or above and completion of at least one quarter of a university-level writing course.
  • INTL 190 Prerequities: Senior standing; International Studies major; successful completion of INTL 101 and INTL 102 with a C- or better.
    • Due to COVID-19, a "Pass" grade from Spring 2020 in INTL 101 and INTL 102 will be accepted.
  • Students should not enroll in an INTL course that conflicts with another course. Special accommodations will not be made if there are course conflicts. 

To view previous INTL offerings, course descriptions, and syllabi, please visit INTL Course Offerings Archive.

Enrollment for INTL 190: Enrollment will be managed by the International Studies Program to ensure seats are allocated to graduating students.  Students seeking enrollment should email isp@ucsd.edu


Fall 2022

Course Name Faculty

INTL 101

Culture and Society in International Perspective

Day, Joel - School of Global Policy & Strategy

Analysis of the cultural and social developments of the modern era from the perspective of interaction among societies. Particular attention is paid to the definition, representation, and the negotiation of social and cultural boundaries over time.

INTL 102

Economics, Politics, and International Change

 

Walter, Barbara - School of Global Policy & Strategy

Examination of the domestic and international sources of economic and political change. Topics include the rise of the nation-state, comparative economic development, authoritarian and democratic regimes, international and civil conflict, globalization and its domestic and international implications.

INTL 190 - Section A00

Anatomy of a Deal: Technology Meets New Media

Auerbach, Brad - Visiting

This course will examine the issues that permeate the current technology and media landscape. As a means to reveal the ongoing challenges in this landscape, we will examine three industries that have undergone tectonic changes over the last few decades: video, music and computer. It is at the intersection of these industries that some of the most intriguing developments and hence the most innovative deals are being made. After establishing an understanding of these evolving issues, we will review the provisions generally encountered in negotiating a deal involving emerging technology and traditional entertainment media. The basic fundamentals of copyright and contract law will be introduced to ensure a foundation for the exploration of new technology business development and contract formation. We will analyze several of these issues through an international lens, to examine nuances particular to certain territories.

INTL 190 - Section B00

Technology, Music, & Festivals: How the Business is Shaped

Auerbach, Brad - Visiting

This class will examine the massive changes that technology has had on the entertainment world, with a focus on the music business. We will examine how technology often shapes the art. By tracing the development of recorded music technology from the Gramophone to the LP to MP3, we will consider how musicians have worked with technology and how technology has shaped their music. We will look closely at the evolution of business models and how musicians are compensated. As such, we will examine the increasing role of the live concert experience for the musician, the fan, and the promoter. That will require analysis of relatively recent phenomena such as EDM, merchandise and the music festival. Each was unheard of in the age of Woodstock, but are completely expected at Coachella. The class will also examine the international influence of music, from several perspectives. We will examine the role of rock and roll and its ‘soft power’ in playing a seminal role in the collapse of the Iron Curtain. We will likewise look at the effect of ‘world music’ as it has come to permeate the listening preferences of people across borders, and how that has been accelerated by technology. Indeed, many music festivals are increasing including world music artists in the lineup. Finally, we will also examine the claims of many observers that internet startups like Facebook, Google and Amazon have shifted to themselves billions of dollars of value from musicians and other creators of content.

INTL 190 - Section C00

Seeking Sustainability

Fortier, Jana - Anthropology

This course is designed to deepen your knowledge of key issues in sustainable environmental policies and practices from a comparative perspective using different social scales ranging from small-scale and often endangered societies to large-scale post-industrial state societies. Founded on major themes in sustainable development, we’ll focus on some core areas - climate change, biodiversity, food/water security, environmental conservation, and pollution control. We’ll discuss initiatives of people in various world areas, but with a focus on societies in Asia and the Americas. We will also explore how governmental policies differentially impact citizens and indigenous societies as they both address ecological problems. Some of the questions we’ll ask include, ‘Should environmental policies be founded on the needs of primarily humans or the needs of all living beings?’; ‘How can large-scale political states operate within their ecological footprint?’; ‘What lessons can political state leaders learn about sustainable use of natural resources from small-scale societies?’ Students should plan on writing a research paper which addresses one community's environmental problem involving the use of natural resources and elaborate on potential sustainable solutions.

INTL 190 - Section D00

US Asylum Law and Policy

Kshatriya, Krista - Visiting

International refugee policy determines the fate of more than 25 million displaced people and how the global community treats some of our most vulnerable members. In this course, we research the historical context, legal issues, and current policies impacting refugees around the world. In so doing, students will gain in-depth and interdisciplinary knowledge of: (1) refugee and asylum law, (2) the interaction of domestic and international institutions, and (3) the interplay between federal law, policy, and administration. This course also provides a foundation of legal studies through court case analysis and argument.

INTL 190 - Section E00

International Political Boundaries

 Nadkarni, Vidya - Visiting

What do inter-state boundaries signify in twenty-first-century international politics? Do they represent lines of political and legal division separating citizens from foreigners or have boundaries been rendered invisible by the movement of people and trade across borders? Transnational challenges dealing with the environment, drugs, human migration, and terrorism do not stop at borders. How may we conceptualize borders that serve both as lines of division and points of exchange? Drawing on historical examples from around the world, this will examine cross-border flows of people, goods, ideas, and all manner of natural and human-induced challenges.

INTL 190 - Section F00

The Rise (and fall?) of Populism in Western Democracies

Scott, Jeff - Visiting

Much has been written on the rise of populism in Western democracies and around the world.  But how have policy makers and governments responded to this rise of populism.  The seminar will review the drivers in the rise of modern populism, e.g., economic instability, immigration, globalization, and shifts in political influence. The focus will then shift to how these factors have affected policy initiatives and outcomes in economics, trade, employment, education, social welfare, agriculture, energy, election reform, and foreign policy.   Using a comparative approach, the seminary will seek to inventory the public policy and institutional responses, impacts, and outcomes of modern-day populism, identifying whether and how the public interest has been served or hindered.  The course will provide the tools and other resources to engage in comparative research on several policy areas or countries of your choosing.  

 

INTL 190 - Section G00

Pursuit of Morality Amid Democratization: Politics of the Philippines

 Segui, Alan - Visiting

The purpose of this course is to explore the Philippine Political System as it has gone through a transformation since the mid-1980s, after the People Power Revolution and the subsequent downfall of the Ferdinand Marcos regime. This course will investigate the moral struggles of achieving democracy, maintaining political stability, mitigating social inequality, and presidential leadership and management. This course will analyze the impact of social class, language, education, and the factors that have facilitated or impeded democratization, good governance, and economic modernization.

INTL 190 - Section H00

Escape from the Killing Fields: Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge and Cambodian Immigration to the US

Segui, Alan - Visiting

This course will examine the factors that led to the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, explain the circumstances leading to the initial wave of Cambodian refugees to the U.S. after the fall of Phnom Penh, describe the extent of the Cambodian genocide during the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979), point out the refoulement of Cambodian refugees by the Thai government (and the significance of the Khao I Dang Camp), compare Cambodian immigration to the U.S. before and after the normalization of U.S. and Cambodian diplomatic relations in 1992, and analyze the resettlement experience of Cambodian Americans (including issues confronting the community today).

Summer 2022

Course Name Faculty

INTL 190 - Section A00 - SS1 

Climate Justice

Gagnon, Jeffrey - Warren Writing, Program Director

Climate change is real, and the impacts of climate disruption are already being felt across the globe. As the 2017 Paris Climate Agreement made clear, some nations around the world are preparing to meet the challenges of a carbon-neutral future. However, the poorest and most politically vulnerable populations around the world will disproportionately bear the greatest consequences. Is this just? Is it fair? Do the developed nations and people that are most responsible for climate change have an ethical obligation to address climate disruption on behalf of those less fortunate? If so, what should those responsibilities be and how should they be implemented? In this course, students will explore these questions and others as they investigate the causes of the climate crisis and the unequal distribution of its effects. In this advance research seminar, students will learn different aspects of the writing and research process and will produce an independent research project on a related topic of their choosing.

INTL 190 - Section B00 - SS1 

Escape from the Killing Fields: Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian Immigration to the U.S.

Segui, Alan - Visiting

This course will examine the factors that led to the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, explain the circumstances leading to the initial wave of Cambodian refugees to the U.S. after the fall of Phnom Penh, describe the extent of the Cambodian genocide during the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979), point out the refoulement of Cambodian refugees by the Thai government (and the significance of the Khao I Dang Camp), compare Cambodian immigration to the U.S. before and after the normalization of U.S. and Cambodian diplomatic relations in 1992, and analyze the resettlement experience of Cambodian Americans (including issues confronting the community today).

INTL 190 - Section A00 - SS2

Climate Justice

Gagnon, Jeffrey - Warren Writing, Program Director

Climate change is real, and the impacts of climate disruption are already being felt across the globe. As the 2017 Paris Climate Agreement made clear, some nations around the world are preparing to meet the challenges of a carbon-neutral future. However, the poorest and most politically vulnerable populations around the world will disproportionately bear the greatest consequences. Is this just? Is it fair? Do the developed nations and people that are most responsible for climate change have an ethical obligation to address climate disruption on behalf of those less fortunate? If so, what should those responsibilities be and how should they be implemented? In this course, students will explore these questions and others as they investigate the causes of the climate crisis and the unequal distribution of its effects. In this advance research seminar, students will learn different aspects of the writing and research process and will produce an independent research project on a related topic of their choosing.

INTL 190 - Section B00 - SS2 

Seeking Refuge from Utopia: Communism, Nationalism, and Early Vietnamese Immigration to the United States

Segui, Alan - Visiting

What makes for an ideal political world and society? How does radical socialism intend to punish or scare straight the self-interested actor who has been corrupted by capitalism and Western imperialism? Why is nationalism a compelling force in facilitating political change? How did these narratives lead to mass persecutions? This course will uncover answers to these questions by explaining the political ascendance, division, and reunification of Vietnam. The course will also analyze the waves of Vietnamese immigration to the United States, from the Fall of Saigon evacuees to the “boat people” to the Amerasians to the Comprehensive Plan of Action for “bona fide” refugees, while providing insights into international, national, and local responses to and coordination of mass migrations caused by political upheaval. This course will also investigate the struggles of Vietnamese immigrant acculturation in the United States, among those who arrived here between the 1970s to 1990s, given the circumstances that facilitated their arrival.

Spring 2022

Course Name Faculty

INTL 101

Culture and Society in International Perspective

Day, Joel - School of Global Policy & Strategy

Analysis of the cultural and social developments of the modern era from the perspective of interaction among societies. Particular attention is paid to the definition, representation, and the negotiation of social and cultural boundaries over time.

INTL 102

Economics, Politics, and International Change

 

Fisk, David - Political Science

Examination of the domestic and international sources of economic and political change. Topics include the rise of the nation-state, comparative economic development, authoritarian and democratic regimes, international and civil conflict, globalization and its domestic and international implications.

INTL 190 - Section A00

Social Science Approaches to International Law

Appel, Ben - School of Global Policy & Strategy

This course provides an overview of the legal principles related to international law from a social scientific perspective. The purpose of this class is to introduce the important theoretical and empirical concerns in the international law literature. No prior knowledge of international law is assumed or necessary to be successful in this class. The course is organized into two sections. In the first part, we will cover the basics of international law using introductory texts from the legal literature. We will also review the international law compliance literatures from both international law scholars and social scientists. We will then examine substantive topics, including, but not limited to international trade, human rights, laws of war, and so forth. By the end of the course, you will have a basic understanding of the international legal system, and be familiar with the theoretical and empirical debates on international law.

INTL 190 - Section B00

Global Governance in the Security Realm

Appel, Ben - School of Global Policy & Strategy

This course will examine how global governance actors including international organizations, international courts, and nongovernmental organizations shape outcomes at the domestic and international level. As a class, we will learn about the different types of actors, what type of work they engage in, and their effectiveness in promoting peace and security. We will examine the impact of these actors across several issue areas including but not limited to international crises, peacekeeping missions, human rights, arms trade, and so forth.  We will also focus on challenges to the current international order such as democratic erosion and the backlash to globalization.

INTL 190 - Section C00

Anatomy of the Deal

Auerbach, Brad - Visiting

This course will examine the issues that permeate the current technology and media landscape. As a means to reveal the ongoing challenges in this landscape, we will examine three industries that have undergone tectonic changes over the last few decades: video, music and computer. It is at the intersection of these industries that some of the most intriguing developments and hence the most innovative deals are being made. After establishing an understanding of these evolving issues, we will review the provisions generally encountered in negotiating a deal involving emerging technology and traditional entertainment media. The basic fundamentals of copyright and contract law will be introduced to ensure a foundation for the exploration of new technology business development and contract formation. We will analyze several of these issues through an international lens, to examine nuances particular to certain territories.

INTL 190 - Section D00

Implications of Digital Technology on Core Business Principles of Media, News, Politics and Music

Auerbach, Brad - Visiting

This course will explore several intertwined issues that have resulted from the mammoth growth of digital technology. As Google, Amazon and Facebook command more and more of our time, their influence quietly pervades nearly every aspect of society. We will look first at the origin and original purpose of computers and the internet. That perspective will help us examine the way digital technology has disrupted the reporting of news, and the consequent effect on the way we make political decisions small and large. Facebook may be helpful on an individual level, but has it been a net positive result on a global scale? Similarly, Amazon and Google provide products and answers almost immediately, but at what cost? Does ‘creative destruction’ by digital technology always benefit society? Will the New York Times and bookstores go the way of buggy whips? Should we care? 

After examining the broad economic, political and social implications, we will narrow our focus on one industry – how does the music business help us better understand society at large? Fewer musicians are commanding a larger piece of the dollars in the music business, and this is also seen in society at large. 

The growing disparity among musicians tracks what has happened to US income distribution as a whole, all of which was a result of the rise of digital technology. Five of the six wealthiest Americans (Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, Michael Bloomberg and Jeff Bezos, whose combined wealth equals nearly half of the world’s population) made their fortunes because of digital technology. 

INTL 190 - Section E00

Shared Responsibility: Guns, Drugs, Mexico and the US

Lettieri, Michael - Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

Since 2006, there have been more than 375,000 murders in Mexico, and more than 75,000 people have gone missing. This human rights crisis is, in part, the product of the decades-long war on drugs: a set of US foreign and domestic policies that have left a trail of death and destruction. How has this history shaped Mexico’s current violence? How do we understand our shared responsibility? How can we think about policies to move toward a more peaceful region?

INTL 190 - Section F00

International Political Boundaries

Nadkarni, Vidya - Visiting

What do inter-state boundaries signify in twenty-first-century international politics? Do they represent lines of political and legal division separating citizens from foreigners or have boundaries been rendered invisible by the movement of people and trade across borders? Transnational challenges dealing with the environment, drugs, human migration, and terrorism do not stop at borders. How may we conceptualize borders that serve both as lines of division and points of exchange? Drawing on historical examples from around the world, this will examine cross-border flows of people, goods, ideas, and all manner of natural and human-induced challenges.

INTL 190 - Seciton H00

Global Trends and the Economy: Technology, Climate, Demography, and Geopolitics

Samphantharak, Krislert - School of Global Policy & Strategy

This course discusses the global mega trends and their impacts on the economy. What are the consequences of digitalization on the future of money and finance, jobs, and other economic activities? What are the impacts of climate change on consumers and businesses, and how do we mitigate and adapt to the change? Why should aging society and generation gaps be of important concern? How can geopolitics and tensions between the world's superpowers impact the economy of countries around the world? We will combine analytical frameworks with imagination and look into the future, taking into consideration that we are in a world with increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity and that we currently have limited knowledge and information to analyze these issues with precision.

INTL 190 - Section I00

Politics of the Philippines

Segui, Alan - Visiting

The purpose of this course is to explore the Philippine Political System as it has gone through a transformation since the mid-1980s, after the People Power Revolution and the subsequent downfall of the Ferdinand Marcos regime. This course will investigate the moral struggles of achieving democracy, maintaining political stability, mitigating social inequality, and presidential leadership and management. This course will analyze the impact of social class, language, education, and the factors that have facilitated or impeded democratization, good governance, and economic modernization.

INTL 190 - Section J00

Seeking Refuge from Utopia: Communism, Nationalism, and Early Vietnamese Immigration to the United States

Segui, Alan - Visiting

What makes for an ideal political world and society? How does radical socialism intend to punish or scare straight the self-interested actor who has been corrupted by capitalism and Western imperialism? Why is nationalism a compelling force in facilitating political change? How did these narratives lead to mass persecutions? This course will uncover answers to these questions by explaining the political ascendance, division, and reunification of Vietnam. The course will also analyze the waves of Vietnamese immigration to the United States, from the Fall of Saigon evacuees to the “boat people” to the Amerasians to the Comprehensive Plan of Action for “bona fide” refugees, while providing insights into international, national, and local responses to and coordination of mass migrations caused by political upheaval. This course will also investigate the struggles of Vietnamese immigrant acculturation in the United States, among those who arrived here between the 1970s to 1990s, given the circumstances that facilitated their arrival.

INTL 190 - Section K00

Histories of Print: Books, Literacy, and Inequality

Vos, Stacie - Literature

What is a “reading public,” and who is the “common reader”? The production of the book is simultaneously intimate and political, reshaping the bodies of the book itself, the printer, and the reader. Members of this seminar will explore the cultural and political effects of the advent of print, with attention to the relationship between class, gender, race, and literacy. Was this invention “revolutionary”? If so, for whom? Contributions to the making of the printed book extend well beyond the press itself, including oral and scribal modes of textual reproduction. Together, we will explore those figures less often associated with the printed book, such as the earliest female subjects and audiences of the text, the artists responsible for the decoration and binding of books, and the men and women whose status within the transatlantic slave trade rendered them unlikely owners of the book. Primarily focused on the history of the book trade in England and the United States, the course will facilitate independent projects on print culture across time periods and national boundaries.

INTL 190 - Section L00

Art and Politics: The Cultural Policy of Dictatorships of the Twentieth Century

Gray, Taylor - History

This seminar examines the various cultural policies enacted by several dictatorial regimes around the globe during the twentieth century with respect to the creation and cultivation of propaganda, censorship of media and the arts, and cultural diplomacy. Class sessions will cover the cultural policies of Italian Fascism, Nazism, and Franco’s Spain, and communist societies around the world from the Soviet Union, Cuba, and China. We will be exploring these case studies in a comparative context through themes such as the contradictions between domestic and foreign policy, popular culture versus high art, and the differences between right-wing and left-wing cultural policy.

Past Course Offerings

Winter 2022

Course Name Faculty

INTL 101

Culture and Society in International Perspective

McIntosh, Justin - Linguistics 

Analysis of the cultural and social developments of the modern era from the perspective of interaction among societies. Particular attention is paid to the definition, representation, and the negotiation of social and cultural boundaries over time.

INTL 102

Economics, Politics, and International Change

 

Broz, Lawrence - Political Science

Examination of the domestic and international sources of economic and political change. Topics include the rise of the nation-state, comparative economic development, authoritarian and democratic regimes, international and civil conflict, globalization and its domestic and international implications.

INTL 190 - Section A00

The Economy of Korea

Lee, Munseob - School of Global Policy & Strategy

This course is designed to provide students with analytical review of South Korea’s economic performance. The class consists of three parts: (i) basic facts on economic growth, (ii) six decades of Korean economic growth, and (iii) contemporary economic issues in Korea.

INTL 190 - Section B00

Urban Politics

Carreri, Maria - School of Global Policy & Strategy

This course will introduce you to the study of local politics in the U.S. and abroad. The first part of the course will focus on U.S. Municipal government and study their impact on the day-to-day of citizens. We will explore city policies and their limits, the impulse toward reform of city governments in the U.S., and the effects of reform efforts on the distribution of power in and across communities. The second part of the course will explore local governments in a comparative perspective in both developed and developing countries. Throughout, one goal of the course will be to help you familiarize and become informed consumers of state-of-the-art quantitative research in local politics. Topics covered will include issues related to voting, political selection at the local level, race and poverty, housing policy, criminal justice, the relationship between local and national governments, local politics in developing countries, corruption, and service delivery.

INTL 190 - Section D00

Food Security: Challenges and Risks for Twenty-First Century Asia

Fortier, Jana - Anthropology

This course is designed to deepen your knowledge of key issues in food studies as an emerging field of significance in international studies. Students will delve into weekly topics concerning some challenges of food culture in Asia with attention to topics such as food security, food markets, restaurant and commercial foods, foods among diaspora communities, the origins of key crops, the future of genetically modified foods, trends in health foods, and problems of malnutrition. While we’ll discuss concerns of people in various world areas, the focus will be on food traditions of Asia. Some of the questions we’ll ask include, 'How has food insecurity influenced geopolitical conflict?'; ‘How do fair-trade policies affect food producers and commodities markets?'; ‘How are cultural tastes for authentic home-cooked food satisfied in Asian diaspora communities?'; 'Why is rice fundamentally significant across Asian cuisines?'; ‘What are the costs and benefits of producing genetically modified crops?’. Students should plan on writing a research paper on a central issue involving a significant Asian cuisine’s history, politics, and future trends.

INTL 190 - Section E00

Political Economy of Global Energy and the Environment

Herberg, Mikkal - Visiting

This course will analyze the geopolitics and economics of the global energy industry and markets. The themes will revolve around the search for energy security through cooperation or competition, the complex interaction between the economics and politics of energy markets, and the challenges of sustainable energy development. The course will provide an introduction to the basic elements of the global energy industry followed by a survey of the functioning of the global energy markets and investments. Particular emphasis will be placed on the oil industry due to its pivotal role in global energy use, pricing, and geopolitics. The course will analyze the concept of energy security and the politics of energy policy in today’s highly politicized, volatile energy markets. The focus will then turn to a survey of the nexus between energy and the environment, the concept of a sustainable energy development, and the political economy of carbon emissions and climate change.

INTL 190 - Section F00

Violence, Gender, and Culture in Mexico's Drug War

Lettieri, Michael - Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

Songs glorifying death and killing. Pink AK-47s and women drug lords. An epidemic of femicide and domestic violence. Mothers searching for missing children. Fifteen years after the start of Mexico’s drug war, it is increasingly clear that the violence cannot be understood solely as a story of cops and cartels. This course will examine the cultural dimensions and gendered dynamics of the violence, in order to better explain what is happening in Mexico and how the country might find peace.

INTL 190 - Section G00

Public Policy Challenges in Global Cities

Day, Joel - School of Global Policy & Strategy

Cities are an increasingly important non-state actor in international studies, with many cities larger and more capable than nation states. This course will introduce students to “Global Cities” international political sociology literature and the public policy challenges that arise in 21st Century cities. Policy puzzles will include housing, homelessness, transit, public safety, culture and tourism, among others. While global in orientation, each public policy challenge will contextualize the topic locally by exploring challenges within San Diego governing institutions, including City and County structures, MTS, SANDAG, Port, Airport, Housing Commission, and public safety institutions. The course will review puzzles and challenges in each policy domain and in comparative juxtaposition with policies and peer institutions in global cities such as Barcelona, Rio, Manchester, Vancouver, Tel Aviv, and other jurisdictions. Students will conduct original research on a public policy question of their choice focused on a San Diego governance institution offering policy, structural, or programmatic changes based on course material and comparative research, as well as a verbal brief, slide deck, and policy memo on the topic for local decisionmakers.

INTL 190 - Seciton H00

Haiti in a Transnational Context

Steelman, Katherine - Ethnic Studies

This course examines Haiti and its relationship to the world, starting with the Haitian Revolution. We will analyze historical texts, as well as the cultural production of Haiti and the Haitian diaspora to contextualize current events in Haiti and the increasing migration of Haitians to Latin America. We will also engage in a comparative analysis of international borders, where these migrants face increasingly racialized militarization.

INTL 190 - Section I00

Comparative Public Policy:  Origins, Processes, Impacts

Feeley, Maureen - Political Science

This seminar is designed to deepen your knowledge of key public policy areas in advanced industrialized democracies in the 21st century as well as explore how, and why, these policies differentially impact the social, economic, and political standing of their citizens.  Specifically, we’ll focus on four main areas of national policy making:  family policies, health care policies, labor market policies, and corporate governance policies.  For each policy area, we’ll compare different policy trajectories and outcomes on human development indicators in three advanced industrialized democracies:  Sweden, Germany, and the United States.  Questions we’ll ask include:  What explains central differences in national policy trajectories and outcomes?  What role can public policy play in promoting or inhibiting equitable processes and conditions of social, political and/or economic development?  Why are some public policies more effective in addressing key indicators of human development than others?  What are dominant obstacles that might prevent development and implementation of more effective and equitable policies?  Can these obstacles be overcome in specific case studies?  If so, how?  If not, why not?

Fall 2021

Course Name Faculty

INTL 101

Culture and Society in International Perspective

Day, Joel - School of Global Policy & Strategy

Analysis of the cultural and social developments of the modern era from the perspective of interaction among societies. Particular attention is paid to the definition, representation, and the negotiation of social and cultural boundaries over time.

INTL 102

Economics, Politics, and International Change

 

Walter, Barbara - School of Global Policy & Strategy

Examination of the domestic and international sources of economic and political change. Topics include the rise of the nation-state, comparative economic development, authoritarian and democratic regimes, international and civil conflict, globalization and its domestic and international implications.

INTL 190 - Section 001

International Political Boundaries

Nadkarni, Vidya - Visiting

What do inter-state boundaries signify in twenty-first-century international politics? Do they represent lines of political and legal division separating citizens from foreigners or have boundaries been rendered invisible by the movement of people and trade across borders?Transnational challenges dealing with the environment, drugs, human migration, and terrorism do not stop at borders. How may we conceptualize borders that serve both as lines of division and points of exchange? Drawing on historical examples from around the world, this will examine cross-border flows of people, goods, ideas, and all manner of natural and human-induced challenges.

INTL 190 - Section 002

The Political Economy of Southeast Asia

Ravanilla, Nico - School of Global Policy & Strategy

This seminar course examines the interaction between politics and economic development of the countries in Southeast Asia. The purpose is to understand the impediments to economic development and why some states in SEA have been able to overcome these impediments while others have not. Students will come away with tools of comparative analysis and political economy they need to understand more broadly why some nations fail and others succeed, using Southeast Asia and its nations as case studies.

INTL 190 - Section 003

Escape from the Killing Fields: Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian Immigration to the U.S.

Segui, Alan - Visiting

This course will examine the factors that led to the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, explain the circumstances leading to the initial wave of Cambodian refugees to the U.S. after the fall of Phnom Penh, describe the extent of the Cambodian genocide during the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979), point out the refoulement of Cambodian refugees by the Thai government (and the significance of the Khao I Dang Camp), compare Cambodian immigration to the U.S. before and after the normalization of U.S. and Cambodian diplomatic relations in 1992, and analyze the resettlement experience of Cambodian Americans (including issues confronting the community today).

INTL 190 - Section 004

Technology, Music, & Festivals: How the Business is Shaped

Auerbach, Bradford - Visiting

This class will examine the massive changes that technology has had on the entertainment world, with a focus on the music business. We will examine how technology often shapes the art. By tracing the development of recorded music technology from the Gramophone to the LP to MP3, we will consider how musicians have worked with technology and how technology has shaped their music. We will look closely at the evolution of business models and how musicians are compensated. As such, we will examine the increasing role of the live concert experience for the musician, the fan, and the promoter. That will require analysis of relatively recent phenomena such as EDM, merchandise and the music festival. Each was unheard of in the age of Woodstock, but are completely expected at Coachella. The class will also examine the international influence of music, from several perspectives. We will examine the role of rock and roll and its ‘soft power’ in playing a seminal role in the collapse of the Iron Curtain. We will likewise look at the effect of ‘world music’ as it has come to permeate the listening preferences of people across borders, and how that has been accelerated by technology. Indeed, many music festivals are increasing including world music artists in the lineup. Finally, we will also examine the claims of many observers that internet startups like Facebook, Google and Amazon have shifted to themselves billions of dollars of value from musicians and other creators of content.

INTL 190 - Section 005

U.S. Asylum Law & Policy

Kshatriya, Krista - Visiting

International refugee policy determines the fate of more than 25 million displaced people and how the global community treats some of our most vulnerable members. In this course, we research the historical context, legal issues, and current policies impacting refugees around the world. In so doing, students will gain in-depth and interdisciplinary knowledge of: (1) refugee and asylum law, (2) the interaction of domestic and international institutions, and (3) the interplay between federal law, policy, and administration. This course also provides a foundation of legal studies through court case analysis and argument.

INTL 190 - Section 006

The Rise (and fall?) of Populism in Western Democracies

Scott, Jeffrey - School of Global Policy & Strategy

Much has been written on the rise of populism in Western democracies and around the world.  But how have policy makers and governments responded to this rise of populism.  The seminar will review the drivers in the rise of modern populism, e.g., economic instability, immigration, globalization, and shifts in political influence. The focus will then shift to how these factors have affected policy initiatives and outcomes in economics, trade, employment, education, social welfare, agriculture, energy, election reform, and foreign policy.   Using a comparative approach, the seminary will seek to inventory the public policy and institutional responses, impacts, and outcomes of modern-day populism, identifying whether and how the public interest has been served or hindered.  The course will provide the tools and other resources to engage in comparative research on several policy areas or countries of your choosing.   

INTL 190 - Seciton 007

Language and Language Policy, a Global Perspective

McIntosh, Justin - Linguistics

This course presents an overview of language policy from aglobal perspective and explores the social and political issues that surround these policies for language users. As we are all users of at least one language, our personal linguistic and cultural background(s), and language ideologies are fundamental to this course. The themes we will discuss revolve around us, our co-existence as language users, and how our beliefs shape language practices and policies. The content and the perspectives of this course require an ongoing dialogue that should allow us to reflect critically and analytically about our existence as language users, social beings, and how these themes shape our linguistic practices.
We will address what makes language policy distinct in terms of its effects on language use and maintenance and the benefits or detriments that a policy may have on a given community of speakers/signers. The course is organized around several interrelated themes: (i) linguistic diversity and language death, (ii) colonialism and imperialism, (iii) national language planning & communicative spaces, (iv) language policies in work, education, & home, (v) language policy & migration, and (vi) language reclamation and global national movements.

*Students who took INTL 101 in WI21 will not be permitted to enroll in this course

INTL 190 - Section 008

LGBTQ Movements and Transnational Politics

Fisk, David - Political Science

In recent years, the passage and implementation of pro LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer and/or Questioning) legislation (e.g., legalization, anti-discrimination, hate crimes legislation, marriage equality, adoption rights, military service, gender equality protections, etc.) has evolved from a being a relatively rare event restricted to a handful of advanced industrial democracies to a much more common and visible occurrence across widely different societies. This seminar is designed to enhance understanding of this process by exposing students to the study of LGBTQ politics, focusing specifically on the formation of LGBTQ social movements and their ability to mobilize resources, take advantage of political opportunities, and frame their appeals in ways that impact their political success (or the lack thereof) at the national and transnational level. Towards this end, this seminar will adopt a comparative approach which will draw on not only from the US LGBTQ movement, but also on the formation and success of LGBTQ movements in other political systems.

INTL 190 - Section 009 

World Heritage: Development and Change

Fortier, Jana - Visiting

This course is designed to deepen your knowledge of key issues in heritage studies as an emerging field of significance in international studies. Students will delve into topics concerning some challenges of heritage site management, cultural patrimony, heritage tourism, heritage site related nationalism, the politics of site nominations, preserving heritage in emigrant communities, invented traditions, etc. We’ll discuss heritage concerns of people in various world areas, but with a focus on societies in Asia and the Americas. Some of the questions we’ll ask include, 'How have armed conflict and war impacted major heritage sites?'; 'Can damaged heritage sites rebuild after climate change related disasters?'; 'Why is heritage often a contested past?'; 'How can we properly honor the ancestral past of others in complex, multicultural nation-states?'. Students should plan on writing a research paper which addresses one country's world heritage site and current issues of preservation, tourism, disaster mitigation, or another central issue involving potential sustainable solutions.

Spring 2021

 

Course Name Faculty

INTL 101

Culture and Society in International Perspective

Graham, Jessica - History

Analysis of the cultural and social developments of the modern era from the perspective of interaction among societies. Particular attention is paid to the definition, representation, and the negotiation of social and cultural boundaries over time.

This course touches upon prominent themes in global black history, or the history of the African diaspora, through the study of impactful black figures. These people and their experiences shine light on some of the most momentous, compelling, and fascinating events to have shaped world history from the seventeenth century to the present day. Students are sure to be familiar with some of the revolutionaries, politicians, musicians, activists, artists, athletes, and writers we will assess, while others will be new to most. All of them, however, had some degree of international influence. Our geographic scope will be vast, covering Ghana, South Africa, Congo, Nigeria, Haiti, Brazil, England, Jamaica, and many cases from the United States. The topics of analysis will include the struggle against European colonialism and apartheid in Africa, activism carried out by athletes and musicians, and international campaigns against racial violence in the United States, among others.

INTL 102

Economics, Politics, and International Change

 

Lee, James - Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation

Examination of the domestic and international sources of economic and political change. Topics include the rise of the nation-state, comparative economic development, authoritarian and democratic regimes, international and civil conflict, globalization and its domestic and international implications.

The Taiwan Question is a long-standing dispute in Chinese politics and China’s foreign relations. The People’s Republic of China considers Taiwan to be a “renegade province” of China and has threatened to use military force to prevent Taiwan from becoming formally independent. The people of Taiwan, however, see themselves as living under their own democracy. Under the One-China policy, the United States takes no position on the question of Taiwan’s sovereignty, but it has a policy of supporting Taiwan as it sees fit. The Taiwan Question has been a source of growing tension between the United States and China in recent years, raising the possibility of a military conflict between the great powers. This course will teach the history and the politics of the Taiwan Question, focusing on how the governments of the United States, the PRC, and Taiwan have defined their positions in this dispute.

INTL 190

LGBTQ Movements and Transnational Politics

Fisk, David - Political Science

In recent years, the passage and implementation of pro LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer and/or Questioning) legislation (e.g., legalization, anti-discrimination, hate crimes legislation, marriage equality, adoption rights, military service, gender equality protections, etc.) has evolved from a being a relatively rare event restricted to a handful of advanced industrial democracies to a much more common and visible occurrence across widely different societies. This seminar is designed to enhance understanding of this process by exposing students to the study of LGBTQ politics, focusing specifically on the formation of LGBTQ social movements and their ability to mobilize resources, take advantage of political opportunities, and frame their appeals in ways that impact their political success (or the lack thereof) at the national and transnational level. Towards this end, this seminar will adopt a comparative approach which will draw on not only from the US LGBTQ movement, but also on the formation and success of LGBTQ movements in other political systems.

INTL 190

Gender and Electoral Politics

Shelby, Karen - Ethnic Studies

In this course we will examine the ways in which women’s representation has been achieved in a variety of political systems. What arguments have been made for women’s inclusion in political representation? What mechanisms have been used to build in their inclusion? What difference does it make to bring women into political systems, on the systems and their operations, and in terms of the policy agendas that governments pursue? What regional and national differences do we see in women’s representation? While investigating these questions, you will also construct your own research paper, on a related topic of your choosing. 

INTL 190

Public Policy Challenges in Global Cities

Day, Joel - School of Global Policy & Strategy

Cities are an increasingly important non-state actor in international studies, with many cities larger and more capable than nation states. This course will introduce students to “Global Cities” international political sociology literature and the public policy challenges that arise in 21st Century cities. Policy puzzles will include housing, homelessness, transit, public safety, culture and tourism, among others. While global in orientation, each public policy challenge will contextualize the topic locally by exploring challenges within San Diego governing institutions, including City and County structures, MTS, SANDAG, Port, Airport, Housing Commission, and public safety institutions. The course will review puzzles and challenges in each policy domain and in comparative juxtaposition with policies and peer institutions in global cities such as Barcelona, Rio, Manchester, Vancouver, Tel Aviv, and other jurisdictions. Students will conduct original research on a public policy question of their choice focused on a San Diego governance institution offering policy, structural, or programmatic changes based on course material and comparative research, as well as a verbal brief, slide deck, and policy memo on the topic for local decisionmakers.

INTL 190

Inequality: Impact, Mechanisms, and Strategies

Yin, Dani - Rady School of Management

Economic and social inequality continues to grow and has become even more pronounced during the COVID-19 crisis. This course will review the impact of inequality in educational and organizational contexts, discuss its psychological mechanisms, and develop strategies to reduce inequality using insights from psychology and other behavioral science research.

INTL 190

Language and Language Policy, a Global Perspective

McIntosh, Justin - Linguistics

This course presents an overview of language policy from a global perspective and explores the social and political issues that surround these policies for language users. As we are all users of at least one language, our personal linguistic and cultural background(s), and language ideologies are fundamental to this course. The themes we will discuss revolve around us, our co-existence as language users, and how our beliefs shape language practices and policies. The content and the perspectives of this course require an ongoing dialogue that should allow us to reflect critically and analytically about our existence as language users, social beings, and how these themes shape our linguistic practices.
We will address what makes language policy distinct in terms of its effects on language use and maintenance and the benefits or detriments that a policy may have on a given community of speakers/signers. The course is organized around several interrelated themes: (i) linguistic diversity and language death, (ii) colonialism and imperialism, (iii) national language planning & communicative spaces, (iv) language policies in work, education, & home, (v) language policy & migration, and (vi) language reclamation and global national movements.

*Students who took INTL 101 in WI21 will not be permitted to enroll in this course

INTL 190

South Asian Identity: Origins, Politics, and Diaspora

Fortier, Jana - Visiting

This course is designed to deepen your knowledge of key South Asian social issues, developments, and geopolitics within India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Tibet Autonomous Region, and Bhutan. You will become familiar with some of the core topics covered in this world area, such as caste and class systems, Ayurvedic and Unani medicine, and local religious traditions plus discuss emerging issues in economics, agriculture, and healthcare. You will explore how governmental policies affect citizens as they experience climate change and food security. Some of the questions we’ll ask include, ‘How are race and racism different from caste and casteism?’, and ‘What does it take to have basic health and food security for all?’, and ‘Why does Bhutan measure its domestic economy using Gross National Happiness (GNH) rather than Gross Domestic Product (GDP)?’ Many subjects are available for students to pursue in their term papers and you will have a chance to share some of your interests with others during the quarter. Students should plan on writing a research paper which addresses one community's problem and elaborate on potential solutions.

INTL 190

The Anatomy of the Deal

Auerbach, Brad - Visiting

This course will examine the issues that permeate the current technology and media landscape. As a means to reveal the ongoing challenges in this landscape, we will examine three industries that have undergone tectonic changes over the last few decades: music, video and computer. It is at the intersection of these industries that some of the most intriguing developments and hence the most innovative deals are being made. We will analyze several of these issues through an international lens, to examine nuances particular to certain territories.

INTL 190

Technology, Music, and Festivals: How the Business is Shaped

Auerbach, Brad - Visiting

This class will examine the massive changes that technology has had on the entertainment world, with a focus on the music business. We will examine how technology often shapes the art. By tracing the development of recorded music technology from the Gramophone to the LP to MP3, we will consider how musicians have worked with technology and how technology has shaped their music. We will look closely at the evolution of business models and how musicians are compensated. As such, we will examine the increasing role of the live concert experience for the musician, the fan, and the promoter. That will require analysis of relatively recent phenomena such as EDM, merchandise and the music festival. Each was unheard of in the age of Woodstock, but are completely expected at Coachella. The class will also examine the international influence of music, from several perspectives. We will examine the role of rock and roll and its ‘soft power’ in playing a seminal role in the collapse of the Iron Curtain. We will likewise look at the effect of ‘world music’ as it has come to permeate the listening preferences of people across borders, and how that has been accelerated by technology. Indeed, many music festivals are increasing including world music artists in the lineup. Finally, we will also examine the claims of many observers that internet startups like Facebook, Google and Amazon have shifted to themselves billions of dollars of value from musicians and other creators of content.

INTL 190

Politics of the Philippines

Segui, Alan - Visiting

The purpose of this course is to explore the Philippine Political System as it has gone through a transformation since the mid-1980s, after the People Power Revolution and the subsequent downfall of the Ferdinand Marcos regime. This course will investigate the moral struggles of achieving democracy, maintaining political stability, mitigating social inequality, and presidential leadership and management. This course will analyze the impact of social class, language, education, and the factors that have facilitated or impeded democratization, good governance, and economic modernization.

INTL 190

International Refugee Law and Policy

Kshatriya, Krista - Visiting

International refugee policy determines the fate of more than 25 million displaced people and how the global community treats some of our most vulnerable members. In this course, we research the historical context, legal issues, and current policies impacting refugees around the world. In so doing, students will gain in-depth and interdisciplinary knowledge of: (1) refugee and asylum law, (2) the interaction of domestic and international institutions, and (3) the interplay between federal law, policy, and administration. This course also provides a foundation of legal studies through court case analysis and argument.

INTL 190

International Political Boundaries

Nadkarni, Vidya - Visiting

What do inter-state boundaries signify in twenty-first-century international politics? Do they represent lines of political and legal division separating citizens from foreigners or have boundaries been rendered invisible by the movement of people and trade across borders?Transnational challenges dealing with the environment, drugs, human migration, and terrorism do not stop at borders. How may we conceptualize borders that serve both as lines of division and points of exchange? Drawing on historical examples from around the world, this will examine cross-border flows of people, goods, ideas, and all manner of natural and human-induced challenges.

INTL 190

Workers and Labor in Latin America

Campos, Amie - History

This course will be driven by questions that will illuminate the evolving nature of both free and unfree forms of labor in the Americas. What were the social, economic and political factors that enabled the development of Labor movements in Latin America? How did different social groups (racial minorities, women, indigenous communities) advocate for fair labor practices? Through an examination of the historical trajectory of 4 countries throughout the hemisphere, students will have a greater understanding of the role of laborers in Latin American politics, society and culture. While engaging these thematic questions, students will also have a discussion of major turns in labor studies, as well as a discussion of the research methods used by the authors they will read.