Following is a sample list of courses offered for the International Affairs degree at The City College.
IR B 6500: Climate Change, Biodiversity and the Political Process - An Interdisciplinary Approach
The purpose of this new course is to bring faculty, students and experts from the field of environmental studies and biodiversity science together with those in the field of international political policy making. Policy making on environmental sustainability must be grounded in a greater understanding of the sciences and the analysis of data on climate change, biodiversity, habitat loss and other contributing factors to the challenges of extinction, food security and extreme weather changes. In reverse, the sciences would benefit from a greater understanding of policy making, international law, the role of the United Nations, NGOs and the private sector as policies are put into place that impact biodiversity and environmental sustainability. Co/Prerequisites: None; Hours/credits: 3 credits
Dr. Ana Carnaval, City College of CUNY, Department of Biology
Office hours: Fridays 2:00-3:00 PM (please email Ana before coming or by appointment)
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Dr. Jean Krasno, Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership, City College of New York
Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11:00am – 1:00pm (by appointment)
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B2502: Latin America and the Caribbean in World Affairs
Examines inter-American relations and the foreign policies of selected countries in the region. It also explores various themes such as democratization, populism, military authoritarianism, economic development and the relationship of Latin America. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.
B6100: Theories of International Relations
Offers an introduction to contemporary theories and concepts in the discipline of international relations. In particular, the course examines the competing paradigms offered by realism, liberalism, globalism, the English School, and constructivism. The course is designed to advance students’ knowledge of international relations
by focusing on the ways in which theory can help them grasp the complexities of relationships among states and other international actors. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.
B6200: International Organizations
Analyses the major global and regional organizations and institutions that provide for cooperation among states, with an emphasis on the United Nations system. In particular, the course examines how these organizations attempt to address problems of peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, and humanitarian assistance.
2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.
B6300: International Law
Examines the role and function of public international law in regulating the relations among sovereign states. Among other areas, the course focuses on the rights and duties of states, multilateral treaties, sovereignty, human rights, the laws of warfare, the use of force, refugees, and international criminal tribunals. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.
Students may earn three credits for an internship with an international organization, non-governmental organization, government agency or policy think tank involved in the practice of international relations. Those doing so must get permission from the Program Director and work seven hours at the agency. The student must provide to the MPIR office a letter from the agency/organization confirming his or her appointment and outlining his or her duties. Permission of the program director. 3 CR.
B6917: Africa in World Affairs
Analyses the political relations among black African states and between such states and the Western powers. Topics include: imperialism, slavery, and colonialism; wars of independence; inter-state relations and economic cooperation; and the role of international organizations in promoting human rights and the resolution of conflicts.
2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.
B6918: The Practice of Diplomacy
Examines how international relations are conducted at the dawn of the 21st century, from both a theoretical and empirical perspective. In doing so, the course provides students with an understanding of the principles that underlie the practice of diplomacy in bilateral and multilateral settings and the concrete tools and processes utilized by diplomats in the course of their work. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.
B6925: Peacemaking and Negotiation
Examines efforts by regional and international organizations to facilitate negotiation and peacekeeping in the pursuit of international peace and security. It covers the period from the U.N.’s first inception up to current operations in the field, focusing on the Middle East, Africa, Central America, the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, East Timor, and elsewhere. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.
B6927: International Political Economy
Explores the theories that attempt to explain the dynamics of the international economy, and examines the institutions that provide for cooperation in facilitating international trade, monetary exchange, and investment. It pays particular attention to the role of the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and U.N. development agencies. Finally, it examines the debates around globalization. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.
B6928: Human Rights in World Politics
Explores the development and implementation of human rights norms within the international system. It also discusses the debates surrounding the concept of human rights in world politics and investigates efforts by states, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations to implement such norms at the national, regional and international levels. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.
B6930: Europe in World Affairs
Examines the role of the European community and its major states in world politics. in particular, the course explores the development of European politics from the Napoleonic period in the early nineteenth century through the creation of the European Union in the late twentieth century. Topics will include interstate war, security, economic integration and political relations among the states. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.
B6931: Alternative Conceptions of International Security
Explores the various conceptions of international security offered by scholars, policy analysts, journalists, and activists from different parts of the world. The class includes traditional concepts such as deterrence, arms races and arms control, alliances, warfare and balance of power, as well as more contemporary notions such as human security, environmental security, community violence, civil war and weapons of mass destruction. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.
B6933: Decision-Making and Foreign Policy
Examines the theory and practice of decision making and how it affects the formation of foreign policy. Grounded in the literature on political psychology, it explores personality, group dynamics, and perception and misperception, and investigates how belief systems establish a framework for how policymakers make decisions. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.
B6934: State-Building and Democratization
Examines questions of state power, democratic institutions, and their relationship in contemporary comparative international relations. The courses is divided into three sections: (1) origins, definitions and theories of state and democracy; (2) dynamic changes in state and democratic politics, particularly those that have occurred over the past several decades; (3) world of policy, investigating prescriptions that have emerged in an effort to produce broader and more complete democracies. 2 HR./WK. PLUS CONF.; 3 CR.B9900: Thesis Research: Approval of the program director.