Sara R Curran
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.
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.
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