International Relations (IR)

IR-200 Research Methods

Spring. Credits: 4

Develops students' skills in writing expository essays and introduces basic quantitative and qualitative research methods used in the social sciences and history. The course provides a foundation for writing research papers in advanced courses, as well as an honors thesis.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
S. Hashmi
Notes: This course should be taken by International Relations majors in their sophomore year.

IR-295 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 4

The department
Instructor permission required.

IR-348 The Art of Seeing Things

Fall. Credits: 4

Photography is the critical instrument of the curious," writes legendary Magnum photographer Larry Fink. When thoughtfully and responsibly employed, the photographic craft affords practitioners a passport to the world; an excuse to closely explore issues and spaces of interest. Photographer Pete Muller, who is based in Nairobi, Kenya and is a National Geographic Fellow, uses photography to examine relationships between conflict, masculine gender and broader social order. In this course, Muller will draw upon his extensive body of work, in conjunction with both fiction and non-fiction readings, to illustrate the connection between academic concepts and modern storytelling. Class discussions will focus largely on issues of masculinity, violence and contemporary armed conflict.

Applies to requirement(s): Social Sciences
P. Muller
Restrictions: This course is open to juniors and seniors

IR-350CR Advanced Topics in International Relations: 'Russia's Conflicts with Its Neighbors'

Spring. Credits: 4

The course will begin with an examination of why the USSR broke up, what contributed to the peaceful resolution of most issues among the successor states and why conflict developed in the South Caucasus, Moldova and later Ukraine. Readings on conflict resolution are included for their insights. Specific case studies will include the Nagorno-Karabakh war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the separatist wars of Georgia with South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the 2008 Georgian-Russian war, Transnistria and Moldova and the current Ukraine conflict. The course will conclude with a diplomatic simulation exercise in which the class will be given a hypothetical but realistic conflict resolution scenario.

Applies to requirement(s): Social Sciences
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
K. Yalowitz
Restrictions: This course is open to juniors and seniors
Prereq: 8 credits in politics or international relations.

IR-395 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 8

The department
Instructor permission required.

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