Joel S Migdal
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.
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.
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.