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David M Bachman
SIS 498
Seattle Campus

Readings in International Studies

Reading and discussion of selected works of major importance in interdisciplinary international studies. Restricted to majors in International Studies.

Class description

The Cold War and Its Legacy

Senior seminar on the Cold War and its implications. Readings will draw on new approaches made available by the opening of archives from former communist regimes and recently declassified materials.

Student learning goals

Factual knowledge about the cold war from American, Soviet/Russian, Chinese, and global perspectives.

Critical reading skills.

Enhancing analytical thinking.

General method of instruction

Seminar: close reading and discussion of assigned works.

Recommended preparation

None besides being an IS major

Class assignments and grading

Doing assigned readings, class participation and discussion, sharing in leading class discussion. Students will write 3 short (2-4 page double spaced) critical reaction papers on class readings and a review essay that engages with all assigned readings.

Grading: 25% on participation, 30% on short essays, 45% on review essay.

Clarity and rigor of comments in class and in written work.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 01/30/2009