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Fall 2019 International Studies Classes

International Studies Program

Fall 2019 International Studies Classes


INTL 20100—Global Perspectives on International Studies
Professor Muir
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00am-12:15pm

This course is about opening up questions that stretch across the boundaries of nation-states and academic disciplines. The aim is not to provide cut-and-dry answers, but to give you tools to interrogate and engage with the world we live in. The topics we will explore over the course of the semester do not exhaust the field of international studies, but they do provide a tentative mapping of the terrain.


INTL 30500—Social Foundations of International Studies
Professor Muir
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:45am

This course is designed to introduce International Studies majors to key questions and concepts in the social sciences. Over the semester, students will engage with the wide variety of texts by—authors from around the world—that together comprise global social theory. The focus is on learning how to read these texts carefully with an eye toward using them to analyze the contemporary world. In particular, the class asks students to explore the following questions: What does it mean to understand humans as thoroughly social, cultural, and historical creatures? How do humans create, maintain, and transform their social worlds? How are forms of social difference (such as race, class, ethnicity, language, citizenship, gender, sexuality, etc.) produced and how do they shape our experiences? In what sense is the contemporary world shaped by particular pasts? What historical transformations lie on the horizon?


INTL 31107—Research Methods in International Studies

Professor Muir

Wednesdays, 9:30-10:45am (HYBRID)

This course offers International Studies students an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods. Over the course of the semester, students will develop a richer understanding of how social scientists carry out research as well as meaningful ways to engage with research in the arenas of politics, public policy, development, and other modes of public service. The course covers four main areas: 1) the construction of research questions; 2) familiarization with a host of qualitative and quantitative research techniques appropriate to the investigation of various research questions; 3) interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data; and 4) practical applications.


INTL 31408—Research for Model United Nations
Professor Szczurowski
Mondays, 5:00-7:30pm

This class offers students an overview of the structure and workings of the United Nations. While many students who take Research for Model United Nations go on to participate in the Model United Nations class in the spring, it is not required to take the two classess successively.


INTL 31703—Global Histories of Capitalism
Professor Ralph
Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00-3:15pm

In this course, we will explore how people decide what they owe to each other, whether in the context of property, physical injuries, or fatal accidents. We will also examine how people determine who is authorized to engage in diplomatic agreements and to conduct economic exchanges. In studying how technologies for regimenting and inscribing difference shape social mobility and access to capital, we will consider how the individual profile functions as a credit profile as well as a forensic profile. We will ask if the same is true of nation-states, as we explore the role of patient profiles and health indices in measuring social standing.


INTL 31705—Entering Europe/Exiting Europe
Professor Castro
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:15pm

This course will take a look at contemporary issues in Europe, especially those that have to do with nationalism, secession, exiting Europe, among others. Even though we will give a historical background on 20thcentury Europe, the course focus will be contemporary. Some of the main issues discussed will be: BREXIT, secession movements in Catalonia and Scotland, accession process in Turkey, rise of xenophobic parties and movements, new nationalisms, among other. This course will appeal to student of nationalism, Europe, history, international relations.


INTL 311115/SOC 26700—Social Change in the Developing World

Professor Biles

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00-4:45p

Major processes of social, political, economic and cultural change in Latin America, Asia and Africa; Mainstream and alternative theories of development as applied to agriculture, natural resources, industrialization and changes in livelihoods and class structures; Urbanization, population growth and migration; National integration, global governance and globalization; Challenges to global hegemony, including revolution, resistance and reform.


LALS 10200—Latin America and Caribbean Civilizations
Professor Biles
Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00am-12:15pm

Taking a geographic and historical perspective, the primary objective of this class is to promote a more complete understanding of the implications and consequences of social, political, cultural and economic changes that have taken place throughout the region in recent decades. The course is designed to spark your interest and intellectual curiosity in Latin America and the Caribbean by focusing on themes such as pre-Columbian cultures and the Columbian exchange; the legacies of colonialism; biodiversity, natural resources and sustainability; migration, transnationalism and identity; NGOs and social movements; agriculture and rural livelihoods; urbanization, social change and informality; and evolving geopolitical challenges and political change.





If you have questions about the International Studies Program, please email:

Dr. Muir, Director, International Studies Program

North Academic Center 7/114
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031