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Jose A Lucero
JSIS 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

This course will examine the political, economic, and cultural dynamics around extractive industries (mining, oil, and other activities) in the Global South. We will pay special attention to the conflicts between local communities and global capital and the ways in which race, class, and environmental concerns shape those conflicts. Students will engage scholarly debates over regime type (does mineral wealth make countries less democratic?), social movements (how do local communities stand up to powerful transnational corporations?) and Indigenous politics (how do Native communities provide alternative understandings of development and resource wealth?). Geographically, the course will focus primarily on Latin America and Africa.

Student learning goals

understand and explain contrasting political-economic arguments both for and against extractive industry

identify the ways in which extractive industry involves cultural, political, and economic processes

explain the dynamic and complex ways that local communities can be divided by and unified by the presences of outside actors like mining and oil companies

General method of instruction

Seminar discussion in which students will take an active leadership role.

Recommended preparation

Some familiarity with Latin American or Africa is helpful, but not required. As this is an interdisciplinary course, some familiarity with political science, anthropology and/ or economics would also be beneficial.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly short writing assignments and one significant research project.

Grade will be based on participation and 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: 04/22/2013