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Joel S Migdal
JSIS 201
Seattle Campus

The Making of the 21st Century

Provides a historical understanding of the twentieth century and major global issues today. Focuses on interdisciplinary social science theories, methods, and information relating to global processes and on developing analytical and writing skills to engage complex questions of causation and effects of global events and forces. Recommended: JSIS 200. Offered: WSp.

Class description

IS 201 is about the institutions that have shaped the world in which we live–a world that is at once interdependent, fragmented, and fractious. Students will learn about the two most important institutions, the world economy and the world system of states, and how they developed in the 20th century. Special attention will be given to the reshaping of these institutions in the 21st century, with a focus on the aftermath of the “Battle for Seattle” (WTO) and the attack of 9/11.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

uently by student questions for the lecturer and the opposite. Twice a week, students will meet in small sections for discussion of readings, lectures, and current events related to the course material.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites, but it is highly recommended that students start reading the New York Times newspaper daily even before beginning the course.

Class assignments and grading

The course emphasizes writing and reading (average of 150+ pp/week), with attention given on how to read critically. Writing will include two drafts of a small research paper, plus short weekly papers that analyze the readings.

Grades are determined by the two drafts of the research paper, the short weekly papers, in-class quizzes, a final exam, and participation in the weekly section.


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: 10/15/2012