Course Requirements

Foundation Courses

Students with no previous coursework in International Political Economy enroll in INT 402. Students who enter the program with some background in International Political Economy take a placement exam which will either place them in INT 402 or INT 403.

Core Courses (16 hours)

Choose four from the following:

Thesis Colloquia (12 hours)

Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

Students are free to select three elective courses in support of their thesis. The electives should be selected in consultation with the thesis advisor. Permission of the advisor must be obtained before taking courses outside of the International Studies Program.

INT 401

CRITICAL SOCIAL THEORY

All systems of knowledge are constituted through and in turn help constitute relations of power. This course introduces students to social theory as a reflexive practice that is aware of the power-infused conditions of its own production. Students who take this course should be able to examine the society around them with critical awareness, interrogate the naturalization of social knowledge, and become aware of the conditions through which knowledge, expertise, and transformative social practices are reflexively produced.
Prerequisites:
Graduate International Studies student is a prerequisite for this course.

INT 402

INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

This course examines the historical development of the contemporary international political economy. The principle channels of interaction between states, economies, and international organizations are examined: trade and investment, diffusion of technology, institutional borrowing and adaptation, the workings of the international financial system, articulations of notions of equality and mobility. In the process, students also become familiar with a range of theoretical perspectives of IPE.
Prerequisites:
INT 401 is a prerequisite for this course.

INT 403

ADVANCED TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

This advanced course builds on INT 402 by applying contemporary theories of political economy to topics that reflect current concerns.
Prerequisites:
INT 401 is a prerequisite for this course.

INT 404

MIGRATION AND FORCED MIGRATION

This course examines the integral role that different processes of mobility play in shaping today's world: emigration, immigration, displacement, refugee and internally displaced persons flows. Students study the causes and effects of population movements including push-pull factors, demographic, economic, and political variables. Students also look at the role of state and non-state actors and organizations.

INT 405

CULTURE AND INEQUALITY

This course interrogates the concept of culture by showing the dynamic ways in which inequalities define and shape it. Students examine theories of culture and different approaches to studying culture to understand the relationship between the construction of cultural difference and social inequalities.
Prerequisites:
INT 401 is a prerequisite for this course.

INT 406

GLOBAL EMPIRES

In this course, students gain an acquaintance with theories of imperialism and post-colonial theory through historically situated studies. 'Power' serves as the generative concept for this course, to be understood as emergent at multi-scalar levels.
Prerequisites:
INT 401 is a prerequisite for this course.

INT 590

RESEARCH METHODS: EXTENDED CASE STUDY

This course gives students a foundation in the techniques and theories involved in the extended case study research method.
Prerequisites:
INT 401 is a prerequisite for this course.

INT 592

THESIS RESEARCH II: THESIS WRITING

The workshop extends the opportunity for students to discuss their thesis writing activities with faculty and to learn various techniques and strategies of effective scholarly writing. The culmination of this course is the defense of the thesis. Ordinarily, students register for this course in Winter term.
Prerequisites:
INT 401 is a prerequisite for this course.

INT 407

RACE, SEX AND DIFFERENCE

Power circulates through systems of social hierarchies. Such hierarchies are the material basis through which difference is defined. This course examines theories of class, race, and sex to show how difference operates.

INT 408

NATURE, SOCIETY, AND POWER

This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of environmental issues pertinent to international studies. The reproduction of human societies occurs in a symbiotic relationship with the natural world, yet in the modern era nature has come to be increasingly conceptualized as a resource. This course explores the repercussions of this instrumental separation of nature from culture and society. Our conceptions of nature range from the physical environment to the human body; and the course explores a range of related political, economic, ecological, and socio-cultural issues from theoretical, comparative, and practical perspectives. Issues explored include those of environmental justice and social and political equity, and questions such as who defines what constitutes environmental issues, who is included or excluded from environmental concerns, and who benefits or is harmed by environmental changes occurring as a result of social interventions.

INT 409

CRITICAL DEVELOPMENT THEORY

The uneven integration of the world economy has been shaped by a succession of policies and theories of development, modernization, and globalization. This course investigates how these theories and policies have contributed to centrally organizing concepts such as poverty, inequality, growth, and progress, which have been instrumental in ordering contemporary societies.

INT 410

INTERNATIONAL LAW

This course offers students the opportunity to engage in an examination of recent developments in international treaties, legal process and international organization. Topics may include refugees, trade law, criminal law and the establishment of the international criminal court, international labor law, environmental law, theories of international law, human rights and the relationship between international law and local economic development.

INT 591

THESIS RESEARCH I

Students will take this course as an independent study with a thesis advisor, during which they will write and defend their thesis proposal.