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I R 104 : Introduction to World Affairs

Prerequisites: None
Description: Description and analysis of forces and events on-going in the world. Contemporary problems; development, nationalism, revolution, war and peace, and imperialism as they relate to overall patterns in international affairs.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 204 : Introduction to International Relations

Prerequisites: Restricted to IR majors.
Description: Introduction to the contemporary international system: the historical context of its formation, the major actors of the current state system and how they mutually interact and face major issues. Plus-minus letter grade only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 305 : Hi-Tech and Foreign Policy

Prerequisites: IR 104.
Description: Impact of new telecommunications technologies on the transmission of images, international politics and foreign policy.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 306 : U.S.-Central American Relations

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Examination of the background and current crisis in Central America with a special focus on the political, social, and economic relations of the countries of Central America to the United States.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 308 : Fundamentals of International Relations Theories, Issues, and Perspectives

Prerequisites: I R 104, ENG 214, and upper division standing.
Description: Field of international relations: international political, economic, and cultural systems and regimes in world affairs. Theories, processes, problems, and prospects in the international arena. (ABC/NC grading only; CR grade not allowed.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 309 GW : International Relations Analysis and Application-GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or its equivalent with grade of C or better and IR 308; upper division standing. Restricted to IR majors.
Description: Analysis of international relations issues from a theoretically sophisticated perspective. Important contemporary, emerging, and enduring issues are debated. Designed for majors and minors. Extra fee required. ABC/NC grading only.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 310 : U.S. Foreign Policy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: The foreign policy process in American government. Analysis of the institutions in American society which determine our foreign policy.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 312 : Introduction to International Political Economy

Prerequisites: I R 104 and I R 308; ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Familiarizes various theories of international political economy (IPE) and examines how they explain past and present international relations. In the process, students become familiar with the actors, institutions, and issues important to IPE.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 315 : Introduction to Global Peace Studies

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with GPS/PHIL 315. For course description, see GPS 315. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 321 : Development and Foreign Policy--Africa

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: A comparison of the foreign policies of various African nation-states; in particular, a consideration of those policies as expressions of national frameworks, ideological perspectives, etc. This course is offered as I R 321 and PLSI 321. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 322 : Latin American Policy Analysis

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Examination of the international relations and foreign policy-making systems of Latin American nations and an analysis of selected foreign policy problems facing Latin American decision-makers with oral and written reports. This course is offered as I R 322 and PLSI 322. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - Latin America: Society and Culture
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 323 : The Persian Gulf in International Relations

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Recent history of the Persian Gulf/Arabian Peninsula region: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia; security issues, economic development, modernization and politcal reforms, Islamic revolution, trade and globalization. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - Mediterranean and Middle East: Cultural Crossroads
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 324 : Middle East and North Africa in International Relations

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Exploration of contemporary political and socioeconomic development in the Middle East region. Historical review of the demise of the Ottoman Empire, the anti-colonial revolt, the emergence of Israel, secular nationalism, and the rise of Islamism. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - Mediterranean and Middle East: Cultural Crossroads
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 325 : Chinese Foreign Policy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Examination of China's international relations and the actors involved in constructing it. Analysis of the factors influencing China's participation in international affairs. Assessment of the international realm's effect on Chinese foreign policy. This course is offered as I R 325 and PLSI 325. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 326 : South and Southeast Asia Foreign Relations

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ENG 214.
Description: The foreign policy interaction of states in the South and Southeast Asian regions. Historical origins and development of states in these regions, as well as the evolution of their foreign policies, are examined in the context of SAARC and ASEAN. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 327 : Europe: Forming a More Perfect Union

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Comparative foreign policies of the European Union and its key member states. Effort to forge a common foreign policy; the Union's external relations with the U.S. and Russia.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 328 : Domestic and Foreign Policy: Post-Communist Regions

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Development and subsequent dynamics of what used to be called the Soviet Bloc. Analysis of current relations in light of events in the post-World War II period, as in discussing the Soviet role in Poland's policies toward Solidarity. This course is offered as I R 328 and PLSI 328. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Segment III Cluster - Nineteenth & Twentieth Century European Contributions to World Culture
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

I R 329 : U.S.-Japan Politics

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: In the postwar period, U.S.-Japan relations have moved from the periphery of international politics to the center, yet our understanding of this development has lagged behind. The origins of the trade deficit, competition, and related economic and security questions. This course is offered as I R 329 and PLSI 329. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

I R 330 : World Law

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: The natural and positive schools of law; the role of law in the world community; the substantive areas of international laws on recognition, nationality, territory, jurisdiction, and conflict resolution; forces influencing the future role and development of world law.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 331 : Global Environmental Crisis

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Describes the impact of a growing world economy and population on biological and physical earth systems, and the potential consequences of environmental destruction for human well-being. Explores the historical and economic reasons for the political divide between developed and less-developed countries with respect to environmental issues and negotiations. This course is offered as I R 331 and ENVS 331. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 332 : International Criminal Law

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, CJ 300, satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with CJ 505. For course description, see CJ 505. Classwork, 3 units; fieldwork, 1 unit. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4

I R 334 : International Organizations: New World Order

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Analysis of the nature, role, history, and future of international organizations in the social, economic, and political development of world community. Examination of present patterns and problems of international political behavior as seen through and influenced by international organizations.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 335 : Muslim Societies in Transnational Perspective

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to the complexity and diversity of the Muslim world with identification of transnational trends and linkages that characterize contemporary Muslim societies. Organized around seminal issues and themes, does not require prior knowledge of Islam.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 336 : Politics of Globalization

Prerequisites: IR 104 and upper division standing.
Description: Analysis of nature of globalization and its impact. Examination of causes of globalization and its effect on the state, policy autonomy, national security, the developing world, and culture.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 341 : Comparative Criminal Justice

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with C J 340. For course description, see C J 340. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 4

I R 342 : Strategy and War

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: War as an instrument of national policy. Causes of war and classical and modern strategies for winning it from Clausewitz to Herman Kahn. Strategic theory, games, deterrence, guerrilla warfare, counter-insurgency, weapons technology, and the political consequences of preparedness. This course is offered as I R 342 and PLSI 342. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 346 : Recent European History

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with HIST 346. For course description, see HIST 346. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Nineteenth & Twentieth Century European Contributions to World Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 360 : Intelligence and Intelligence Agencies

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: The role of modern intelligence agencies such as the CIA and the KGB as information sources for foreign policy making. Analysis of intelligence successes and failures and proposals for improving the intelligence process.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 361 : Terrorism and Covert Political Warfare

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, ENG 214 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Description: Terrorism and covert political warfare as international instruments especially since World War II. The use of terror and covert political warfare and the responses to their use. This course is offered as C J 461. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 362 : Domestic & Transnational Sources of US Foreign Policy

Prerequisites: Junior standing; ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: The role of domestic interest groups, social movements, and ethnic groups in making US foreign policy, and the impact of international political economy and transnational social movements. Examination of how foreign events and polices affect Americans. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 4

I R 404 : Politics of China

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with PLSI 404. For course description, see PLSI 404. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 407 : Politics of Russia

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with PLSI 407. For course description, see PLSI 407. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 411 : East Asian Politics

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with PLSI 411. For course description, see PLSI 411. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 412 : South Asian Politics

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with PLSI 412. For course description, see PLSI 412. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.) (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 413 : Media Chinese

Prerequisites: CHIN 401 or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with CHIN 411/JOUR 411. For course description, see CHIN 411. May not be repeated under alternate prefixes.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 416 : Ethnicity and Nationalism

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with PLSI 416. For course description, see PLSI 416. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 417 : Gender, Equality, and Politics: A Comparative Perspective

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with PLSI 417. For course description, see PLSI 417. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 4

I R 428 : International Political Economy of Food and Hunger

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of why hunger persists in a world of abundance; food aid, farm policy, and global food trade; whether production can match population growth without environmental harm; crop genetic engineering, international policies and movements for sustainability, and food sovereignty/security. This course is offered as I R 428 and GEOG 428. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

I R 430 : Israeli Democracy: Politics, Institutions, and Society

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with JS/PLSI 430. For course description, see JS 430. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Jewish Experience
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 432 : Model United Nations

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Major social, economic, and political issues before the United Nations; their meaning for a selected member state. Participation in annual Model United Nations Conference under faculty supervision. May be repeated for a total of 8 units.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 446 : The Multinational Corporation in World Affairs

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Examination of nature of multinational corporations (MNCs) and sources of their internationalization. Review of major schools of thought about MNCs power (obsolescing bargain, dependencia, and bargaining model) vis-a-vis host and home governments, and international regimes.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
Units: 4

I R 450 : International Labor

Prerequisites: LABR 250 or consent of instructor; upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with LABR 550. For course description, see LABR 550. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

I R 452 : International Media Politics

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Examination of how communication among states and non-state entities shapes international relations, from the perspective of various theoretical and epistemological approaches. This course is offered as I R 452 and JOUR 452. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

I R 460 : Rising Powers

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; I R 104 or I R 204.
Description: Exploration of the rise of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and others; capacities for domestic power accumulation, national identities, military capabilities, Western and non-Western responses, and emerging global order.
Units: 4

I R 515 : The Two Koreas

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with ANTH 515. For course description, see ANTH 515. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 520 : Globalization and Development

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Explores origins of poverty in Africa, Latin America, Asia; successes and failures of development policies and aid, technology, industrialization, trade trends and controversies, inequality, impacts of globalization, international agencies, NGOs, social movements for justice and sustainability. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 530 : The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with JS 560. For course description, see JS 560. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 540 : The Rich and the Poor Nations

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Institutional framework and processes of international development, finance, trade, and foreign aid. Exercise of influence and cultural dominance by developed over less developed nations through diffusion, transferal, and exchange.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 544 : Women in the World

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Analysis of women's roles in political, social, and economic development of selected nations and in international relations; effect of global movement for women's rights. Case studies of female leaders and their impact on world affairs. This course is offered as I R 544 and PLSI 544. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Integrating the Social Sciences
  • Segment III Cluster - Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4

I R 550 : Proseminar in Foreign Policy Analysis

Prerequisites: All 300-level IR core courses, including IR 309GW, or consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of political, economic, and socio-cultural influences on the decision-making behavior of individuals, groups, and nation-states in world affairs; data collection, interpretation, and prescription. Extra fee required.
Units: 6
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 632 : Regional Economic Communities

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and IR 104, upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Political economy of economic integration in the South (African Economic Community, MERCOSUR, Andean Community, Caribbean ASEAN) in light of the European Union, and the fundamental tension between economics and politics.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

I R 635 : Economics of Globalization

Prerequisites: ECON 101, ECON 102 [formerly 100], or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with ECON 635. For course description, see ECON 635. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Globalization and Citizenship in the Americas
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 640 : Field Study in International Relations

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Practical and academic experience in a non-classroom setting, requiring the utilization of research and communication skills in a topic relevant to the study of international relations. May be repeated for a total of 10 units.
Units: 1-5

I R 640 : Field Study in International Relations

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Practical and academic experience in a non-classroom setting, requiring the utilization of research and communication skills in a topic relevant to the study of international relations. May be repeated for a total of 10 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 640 : Field Study in International Relations

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Practical and academic experience in a non-classroom setting, requiring the utilization of research and communication skills in a topic relevant to the study of international relations. May be repeated for a total of 10 units.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 640 : Field Study in International Relations

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Practical and academic experience in a non-classroom setting, requiring the utilization of research and communication skills in a topic relevant to the study of international relations. May be repeated for a total of 10 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 640 : Field Study in International Relations

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Practical and academic experience in a non-classroom setting, requiring the utilization of research and communication skills in a topic relevant to the study of international relations. May be repeated for a total of 10 units.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 640 : Field Study in International Relations

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Practical and academic experience in a non-classroom setting, requiring the utilization of research and communication skills in a topic relevant to the study of international relations. May be repeated for a total of 10 units.
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 685 : Projects in the Teaching of I R

Prerequisites: I R major with successful completion of I R 104 and 308 (minimum 3.0 in instructionally related course); consent of instructor.
Description: Reading and discussion in the teaching of international relations. Responsibilities include working with supervising faculty member in preparing course materials, tutoring students, and conducting small discussion sections. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 1-4

I R 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of major adviser, supervising faculty member, and department chair.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the departmental faculty. Open only to students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition.
Units: 1-4

I R 708 : College Teaching of IR

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in IR; completion of instructionally related course with B or better; consent of instructor.
Description: Reading and discussion in teaching of international relations. Responsibilities include working with supervising faculty member in preparing course materials, tutoring students, and conducting small discussion sections. May be repeated for a total of 4 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 720 : Theory and Approaches in International Relations

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Seminar in the theories and approaches to the study of international relations. Required of all graduate students in first semester of graduate study. (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 725 : The Analysis of Foreign Policy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Foreign policy analysis, research, and oral and written briefing techniques. Required of all International Relations master's degree candidates. (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 726 : Intelligence and Foreign Policy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Intelligence is a key component in the formulation of foreign policy. Review of what constitutes national intelligence; examine the tension between policymakers and intelligence analysts through the use of case studies and readings. (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 3

I R 728 : International Political Economy

Prerequisites: Graduate status and I R 302, I R 720, or consent of instructor.
Description: International political economy: in-depth consideration of alternative theories--globalization vs. nation-states, World Trade Organization and regional trading blocs, transnationals, International Monetary Fund and global finance, investment and inequality, environment, trade and development, future scenarios. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 731 : Politics of Multinational Corporations

Prerequisites: IR 720 and IR 728, or consent of instructor; graduate standing.
Description: Interdisciplinary examination of one of the most salient actors in the international political economy, the multinational corporations (MNC). The power of MNCs, the effect of MNCs on host countries, and the governance of MNCs. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

I R 734 : International Migration

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Description: Analysis of global migration trends and their impact, including international migration theory, law and migration policies of sending and receiving states; gendered, generational and transnational dimensions of migration. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 735 : Seminar in Global Environmental Policy

Prerequisites: Graduate status and I R 720.
Description: International/global policy making process and responses to critical environmental problems confronting the world as well as underlying causes such as population explosion and energy consumption. Policy choices, negotiating strategies, and outcomes. This course is offered as I R 735 and GEOG 735. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3

I R 736 : International Development and Globalization

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and I R 720 or equivalent.
Description: Colonial legacies, economic strategies, contemporary challenges in the former Third World; contrasting theories of development and globalization; feminist and ecological critiques; roles of the World Bank, IMF, and WTO, transnational corporations, new global forums and social movements "from below". (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

I R 737 : Seminar in Regional Economic Communities

Prerequisites: IR 720.
Description: Political economy of economic integration of the African Economic Community, MERCOSUR, Andean Community, Caribbean ASEAN in light of the European Union, and the fundamental tension between economics and politics.
Units: 3

I R 738 : Contemporary International Legal Issues

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in IR or upper division standing in IR with consent of instructor.
Description: Introduces fundamentals of international public law: sources, subjects, sovereignty, jurisdiction, immunity, and responsibility of states. Provides thorough analysis of recent substantial and institutional development in the fields of the environment, trade, use of force, and universal crimes. (Intended for majors only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 739 : International Security

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: The major theories, problems, and case studies of international security in the past cold war; concentrating on the security interests of the leading states; such as, the U.S., Russia, China, Japan, and Europe as they face today's challenges.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

I R 741 : Africa

Prerequisites: Graduate status and I R 720.
Description: Examines African development as a context and concern for contemporary foreign policy of selected African nation-states. Students are required to do individual research and contribute to the general discussion.
Units: 3

I R 742 : Seminar on American Foreign Policy

Prerequisites: Graduate status and I R 720.
Description: Reading and research seminar dealing with varying approaches to U.S. diplomacy and culminating in a research paper on American policy toward some major problem, nation, or area.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 743 : Seminar in Chinese Foreign Policy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor; IR 720 and IR 725.
Description: Configuration, causes, and consequences of Chinese foreign policy (FP). Key actors and events, and the diverse instruments that China has used or is using to achieve its FP objectives. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

I R 744 : Current European Politics

Prerequisites: Graduate status and I R 720.
Description: Investigation of European nation states and the development of supranational institutions, processes and politics in the European Union. Individual research and seminar discussion.
Units: 3

I R 745 : Latin America

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor; I R 720.
Description: The leitmotif of contemporary Latin American relations--the struggle for development. Within the context of specific case studies, examines how domestic and international forces affect national development efforts. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

I R 746 : The Middle East

Prerequisites: I R 323, 324, or consent of instructor; graduate status and I R 720.
Description: Contemporary international relations among Arab countries, including Maghreb states, and between region and outside countries and blocs. Case studies of continuing penetration of area by imperialism, competing changing faces, and different characters of such forces.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 747 : Russia and the West

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor; I R 720.
Description: Russia's relations with the West in historical, economic, political and military settings. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

I R 749 : Asia and the World System

Prerequisites: I R 720.
Description: Principal Asia-Pacific states: economic, political, and military issues in the region. Readings on China, Japan, Taiwan, the Koreas, S.E. Asia, India, with Europe, the U.S., and Russia as factors.
Units: 3

I R 750 : Methods and Thesis Selection in International Relations

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor; I R 720.
Description: Seminar designed to introduce international relations graduate students to the range of methods of analysis in the field and to require students to select their thesis topics. Required of all students in their second semester of study. (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 751 : Alternative Research Methods in International Relations

Prerequisites: IR 720.
Description: Examines a variety of research methods that will enable students to test hypotheses. Students will learn how to acquire and organize data in various formats to contribute to scholarship. The course will include quantitative methods.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

I R 892 : Sponsored Graduate Internship in International Relations

Prerequisites: I R 720 and graduate status; consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: On- or off-campus internship. Requires approved proposal, daily log, and major paper connecting experience to international relations theory. CR/NC grading only. (Formerly IR 850.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: Student conducts, under committee supervision, research and writing of thesis from topic within field of international relations. Defense of thesis by committee examination is required. Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

I R 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser, supervising faculty member, and department chair.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the departmental faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition.
Units: 1-3
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