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Sara R Curran
JSIS 501
Seattle Campus

Seminar: Comparative International Studies

Focuses on comparison across geographical areas including comparative political economy, comparative cultures, and comparative institutions. Provides familiarity with the comparative method of inquiry, an understanding of the interplay between area studies and cross-regional theories, and skills in conducting comparative research and writing. Prerequisite: ECON 200; ECON 201. Offered: W.

Class description

The aim of this course is to expose students to the major recent works in International Studies. It will define the four fields of scholarly expertise at the JSIS (Religions, Cultures & Civilizations; Law, Rights & Governance; States, Markets & Societies; Peace, Violence & Security) and the contemporary research questions occupying scholars in those field. In addition, it will introduce the central disciplinary strengths of the school, including Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Politics and Sociology and the central research questions in those disciplines as they intersect with the four fields.

Student learning goals

Define the scope of research within each of four fields of study in International Studies

Understand the central concepts and key ideas relevant to those four fields as they are articulated within disciplines

Scope a research field of interest and research question, identifying key concepts, theories, and types of evidence

Compile an annotated bibliography within a field of research interest

Develop precis writing skills that summarize readings and locate readings within a broader field of study

Facilitate a scholarly discussion

General method of instruction

Lecture, workshop, seminar discussion.

Recommended preparation

JSIS 500

Class assignments and grading

Written Assignments. Prepared Questions and Discussion Points for Guest Lecturers & Readings. Facilitation of two graduate seminars.

30% written assignments 30% precis and discussion guidelines 30% facilitation of two graduate seminars 10% participation


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: 10/17/2012