INTS 115
Postcolonial Futures: The Philippines in Southeast Asia
Focusing on the Philippines, the former US colony which provides a window on the postcolonial world and shifting US policy in Asia, this course provides an introduction to the intersectionality of area studies from an anthropological point of view. It explores the contributions of Philippine ethnography to theories of gender and development, tourism, domestic work and migrant economies, political (and religious) mobilization, and indigenous cultural studies. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 131
Modern Iran
This course provides an introduction to 20th-century Iranian society, culture, and politics, examining secular and religious debates over gender roles, modernity, Islamism, democracy, and the West. (GLB)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 201
Gender and Sexuality in a Transnational World
This broadly interdisciplinary course provides students with an introduction to the field of gender and sexuality studies. It pays particular attention to transnational approaches. Materials are drawn from a variety of disciplines and may include films, novels, ethnographies, oral histories, and legal cases. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 207
Global South
In 1985, the South Commission reported that two-thirds of the world's people lived in distress. To rectify this, the Commission proposed a laundry list of reforms. At the same time, political and social movements in what had been the Third World grew apace. These movements and this report inaugurate the creation of the "Global South", which is both a place and a project. This course will investigate the contours of the Global South, the conferences held to alleviate its many problems (Beijing/Women, Johannesburg/Environment, Durban/Race), and the people who live in the "South". (GLB)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 208
Performing Afro/Asia Diaspora
What can texts and performances by Afro/Asian subjects reveal about intertwined histories of enslavement and colonialism? And how do these historical forces intersect with nationality, race, gender and sexuality? This course attempts to answer these questions by examining works by Afro/Asian subjects from East Africa, the U.S South and the Caribbean, including Shailja Patel, Mira Nair, Gauitra Bahadur, M.I.A, Nitasha Sharma and others. Through close reading texts and performances, we will analyze the departures and convergences in Afro and Asian diasporic experiences as felt and lived by queer/feminine folks, as well as consider the impacts of nationalism, anti Blackness, xenophobia and gendered violence on Afro/Asian lives. (GLB1)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 211
Global Intimacies
What is globalization? A process of homogenization and Americanization? Where does globalization happen? In the economic realm that we usually associate with the public? In contrast to these conceptualizations, this course explores diverse and contingent processes of globalization in the domestic and private spheres. Specifically, we will look at how global mobilities trouble and complicate intimate relations such as marriage, love, sex, reproduction, family making, and self-identity across culture. (GLB)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 212
Global Politics
This discussion course, taking the entire globe and all its peoples as a unit of study, will examine the unifying elements of the contemporary world system. Emphasis on struggles for justice, democracy, and basic human needs and rights in our global age. Particular attention to global crises originating in the Middle East. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 215
Latin America and Global Commodities
This course examines the role of global commodities — specifically sugar, precious metals, coffee, petroleum and lumber — in Latin America’s past and present. We will explore how the production of these commodities has impacted Latin America’s natural environment, structured the region’s relationship to the world, and created exploitative yet dynamic societies of slaves, peasants and working classes. We will examine how the worldwide spread of Latin American commodities has transformed global consumer demands, altering the way that people consume these commodities and changing the social and cultural meaning that they attach to doing so. Drawing on the interdisciplinary field of commodity studies, students will use methods from across the social sciences and the humanities to understand Latin America’s key role in the process of globalization. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 216
Understanding the History, Culture and Politics of Latin America & the Caribbean
This interdisciplinary course explores major historical themes and contemporary cultural and political topics related to Latin American and Caribbean societies and cultures. The goal is to give students a panoramic view of Latin America and the Caribbean and to introduce them to various issues that are explored more deeply in upper-division courses. We will address questions of demography and geography, basic historical periods and processes, particular anthropological and cultural debates, fundamental political and gender issues, sociological approaches to daily life, aesthetic and literary movements, and the regions' positions within the historical and contemporary world economy. Open to all students, this course is required of INTS majors with a Caribbean and Latin American Studies concentration. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 218
Chinese Global Cities
This course exposes students to a broad treatment of China's large number and diverse type of cities with established or emerging global city status and influence. China not only has the most, fastest growing, and regionally most varied cities in the world but also steers them to be global in connectivity and capacity through top-down and decentralized policy and planning. In sequential sections, the course examines a set of general and China-specific conditions that favor or hamper global city building: scale and location, path dependency, state power vs. market dynamics, in-migration and incorporation, culture, and regional linkages and integration. The course guides students to investigate the global attributes, connections, and functions of such diverse cities as Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Xian, Yiwu, Ruili, and Horgos. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 219
Islam in the Caribbean and Latin America
From reverts to ISIS, the Caribbean/Latin America is a microcosm of Islam in the world This course provides an introduction to Islam, Muslim social and political life, and gender/minority rights from the vantage point of the Muslim-minority societies in this region. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 220
Writing the Body in Contemporary Arabic Literature
This course offers detailed analyses of gendered perceptions of sexuality in contemporary Arabic literature. It examines literary and cinematic trends of portraying sexuality in the Arab Middle East. Through close readings of several prominent Arab authors, students will investigate topics related to writing the body, sexuality and love, the ethics and aesthetics of morality, homosocial relations, sexual performances, and homoerotic practices. These themes will be explored against the background of major historical, political, and social events in the modern Middle East and supported by a number of theoretical readings, films, and documentaries. No knowledge of Arabic language is required. (HUM)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 233
Political Geography
Despite our common-sense notions about geography and nature, the spatial arrangement of our world is not the result of natural processes but the outcome of human struggles about the position of borders, the extent of territory, and authority over territories. In this course, we will investigate these struggles and their impact on today's global relations. Special attention will be given to the spatial nature of the state, the role geography has played in the power politics of major states, and future scenarios in a world in which the territorial aspirations of political communities clash with the globalizing flows of economic and cultural activities. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 235
Youth Culture in the Muslim World
Youth Culture in the Muslim World examines the dynamic world of Muslim youth and the personal, social, and political impact of "coming of age" in a variety of Muslim communities from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa to the Americas. Topics include theories of youth culture, intergenerational conflicts around marriage, gender and sexuality, the re-negotiation of religion and morality, the challenge of accessing education and employment, the globalization of youth cultures, and the often 'revolutionary' struggles over political participation, as conveyed through music, ethnographic texts, fashion, personal memoirs, documentaries, and social media platforms. (GLB)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 236
Japanese Crime Literature and Film
This course examines major works of Japanese crime literature and film from the works of Edogawa Rampo, known as the father of crime fiction in Japan, to those of contemporary writers to explore social and moral issues reflected in them. While Japanese writers and filmmakers of this genre readily acknowledge Western influences, the literary and cinematic explorations of crime in Japan have also developed ona trajectory of their own, producing works that are easily distinguishable from those of other cultures. The course will also consider the mixing of the crime genre with others, such as ghost and science fiction genres. Works studied in this course include those of Edogawa Rampo, Akira Kurosawa, Miyuki Miyabe, Seicho Matsumoto, and Kobo Abe, as well as yakuza movies. Readings and discussion in English. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 237
20th-Century Chinese Literature
This course is a survey of twentieth-century Chinese literature and films. It focuses on the literature, cinema, and essays of three periods in the Chinese 20th century: 1918 ~ 1949; 1949 ~ 1976; since 1976. We read works of Chinese writers such as Lu Xun, Yu Dafu, Zhang Ailing, Mao Dun, ShenCongwen, Yu Hua, Su Tong, etc., and watch selected films of significant cultural and historical meanings. Students are introduced to various essential issues of twentieth-century Chinese cultural modernity and are encouraged to explore in the Chinese context the key tensions between tradition and modernity, native and foreign, and nationalism and cosmopolitanism. (GLB)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 238
Contemporary Africa: Resource Wars and Human Rights
Human civilizations and communities have been shaped by the ability and desire to gain access to critical resources for survival. Economic globalization has created competition for resources—ranging from oil to diamonds to water—that has influenced social and political structures in the contemporary world. This course looks at the impact of modern globalization on the continent of Africa. Situating Africa historically in its relationship to “the West” through the Atlantic slave trade and European colonialism, we will explore the consequences of Africa’s unequal role in this system. We will be investigating the links between civil conflict, resource control, social justice, poverty, and international movements that attempt to address these issues. (GLB)
Prerequisite: C- or better in at least one college-level course that addresses the history of Africa before or during the colonial era, including History 252, 253, or 331.
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 239
Heroes and Heroines: Gender Identities in Japan through Literature, Film, and Anime
Drawing upon canonical literary sources as well as internationally celebrated films and anime, this course explores how Japanese society defines and portrays heroes and heroines, beginning in the Heian era and continuing through the modern period. Under the umbrella theme of the heroic, we will analyze how Japanese society defines and promotes cultural values and mores, and how gender roles have been constructed in different historical moments and represented in different media. We will move through themes, such as, war and samurai, love and double-suicide, onnagata and gender ambiguity, and feminism and modern heroines. Our discussion will be conducted with close reference to important theoretical issues in gender and sexuality studies. Readings and discussion in English. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 240
Theories of Race and Modernity in Latin America
Taking as a point of departure Enrique Dusell’s assertion that European modernity depended (and depends) on the invention of an American otherness, this course will look at the intersection of race and discourses on/projects of modernity in the Americas and Europe. Specifically, we will examine how 20th - and 21st- century Latin American intellectuals have theorized race and its relationship to nation-building and modernizing efforts from 19th century to the present. Rather than tracing the historical development of the concept of race, we will read deeply major texts that theorize the relationship between race and modernity. The course, thus, will look to understand not only the theories, but how these Latin American intellectuals think through problems, develop arguments, converse with peers, and articulate ideas. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 241
Popular Politics and Revolution in Latin American and Caribbean History
This class examines popular politics, insurgency, and revolution in colonial and modern Latin America and the Caribbean. It focuses on the historical role of slaves, peasants, popular intellectuals, and workers from indigenous, African-American, and ethnically mixed backgrounds in their relations with elites and the state in different regional contexts. We will read landmark texts and primary sources on indigenous insurgencies in the central Andean region in the 1780s, the Haitian Revolution, the revolutions of independence in Spanish America, the Mexican Revolution, and other topics that illustrate the evolution of the historiography of this field. (GLB)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 243
Global African Diasporas
This course attempts to guide students to think about how the existence of people of African descent is determined by the particularities involved in the process of enslavement, immigration, and in the construction of racial thought globally, which directly affects the formation of black identity and the black population’s tools of resistance. It additionally promotes a series of debates that will approach themes such as the participation of people of African descent in the construction of societies, demythologizing racist theories, and understanding aspects of these dynamics that make contemporary discussions around race peculiar. Also, the course intends to prepare students to denude the concepts they have about the diasporic process in the United States and understand processes that differ from it in several ways. (GLB1)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 245
Latin American Film and Human Rights
This course has the dual purpose of examining important human rights issues in Latin America and questioning the role of film in making visible, critiquing, or even sustaining the structures that lead to human rights violations. We will study specific human rights issues tackled by filmmakers in Latin America, such as cultural rights, gender and sexuality rights, economic rights, environmental issues, and war and state terror. Furthermore, we will discuss specific film schools and movements that developed to address human rights issues in diverse Latin American contexts. Finally, we will look at how Latin American films work the international human rights film festival circuit, and the ethical and practical implications of filming local human rights issues for international audiences. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 247
Global Inequalities
This course studies inequality in the contemporary world, its different types (wealth, income, gender, racial), its causes and consequences. We will look at inequality both in developing and developed countries as well as inequality in the world system. We will systematically analyze the economic, social and political transformations that have led to an increase in income inequality in the developed world in the last two decades, as well as the processes that have made possible a reduction of inequality in some regions of the developing world. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 249
Immigrants and Refugees: Strangers in Strange Lands
This course examines the legal, social, political, and religious dimensions of citizenship and belonging with a focus on immigrants and refugees resettling in the United States (and Hartford, in particular). Using ethnographic case studies as well as autobiographical, historical, policy, social media, filmic and literary materials, students will explore topics like American immigration history and law, theories of transnational migration and social inclusion, debates about immigration reform and integration policies, and concepts like superdiversity, cosmopolitanism, and mobility justice in understanding contemporary migration, as it is shaped by forces of nativism, political upheaval, environmental devastation and the global economy. Course typically includes a community learning component. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 250
Global Migration
This course explores population mobility as an outcome of global processes and investigates its role in reconfiguring personal, cultural, social, political, and economic life. Specifically considers the impact of migration on gender relations and identities, cultural and educational practices, integration policies, individual and group rights and questions of citizenship and governance. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 251
Violence and Politics in Latin America through film and literature
This course explores the pervasive role of violence in Latin American politics since the mid20th century, blending academic studies with indigenous cultural expressions such as novels and films. We will tackle topics such as authoritarian regimes, civil wars, and criminal violence. For instance, we will look at the Colombian civil war (La Violencia) through the novels of Gabriel García Márquez, at Central American military dictatorships through the works of Mario Vargas Llosa, and at drug-related violence through the work of Brazilian filmmakers such as Fernando Meirelles (City of God) and José Padilha (Elite Squad I and II). (SOC)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 256
Human Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean: A History
In the 1970s and 1980s, thousands of people were “disappeared,” tortured and murdered in Latin America and the Caribbean, mostly by military regimes and by para-military death-squads. The period is often characterized as perhaps the lowest point in the modern abuse of “Human Rights” in the region. This course explores how these central notions, the human and rights, have evolved in theory and in practice in the history of the Americas. The course begins with the 16th-century debates among the Spaniards over the “humanity” of Indians and enslaved Africans; it then covers distinguishing elements of the human and rights within the legal structures of the nations created after independence from Spain in the 1820s and before the more contemporary conceptions of human rights in the aftermath of the Holocaust and the crimes against humanity during WWII. Finally, the modern conception and practice of human rights defense and legal monitoring are explored in case studies in the region from the late 1940s to the 1980s. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 257
Global Crime Fiction
This course explores works of Francophone, Sinophone, American, and Japanese crime literature and films in relation to the spatial dissemination of global capitalism since late twentieth century. Students will develop skills of close reading and discourse analysis, and reach a deeper understanding of how people narrate reality in three different kinds of space: the urban, the postcolonial, and the bodily. Focused issues include migrant workers, sex slaves, drug trade, financial fraud, and environmental hazards. All instructional materials in English. (GLB1)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 258
The Islamic City: Places, Pasts and Problems
This course explores the great variety of cities founded, claimed, and inhabited by Muslims from the beginnings of Islam to the present day. While there is no such thing as a prototypical "Islamic city," this course grapples with questions of change and continuity in the organization of urban life among Muslims globally. Through a combination of lectures and discussions, we will situate cities in their historical contexts, examine their built environments, and consider the ways in which exchange, mobility, empire, revolution, and globalization have shaped urban space. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 260
The City in African Studies: Past, Present, and Potential
Africa is a rapidly urbanizing region of the world; the most rapidly urbanizing by World Bank standards. Contemporary urbanization in Africa has stimulated new scholarship on the history of African cities, African urban economies, urban politics and urban identities, among other topics. African urban studies has produced some of the most thoughtful and engaged work on Africa to date. In this course we will be exploring major themes in the field of African urban studies to gain deeper appreciation of the history of African cities, their contemporary iterations, and their future possibilities. (GLB)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 262
Peoples and Culture of the Caribbean
A review of the attempt to develop generalizations about the structure of Caribbean society. Theoretical materials will focus on the historical role of slavery, the nature of plural societies, race, class, ethnicity, and specific institutions such as the family, the schools, the church, and the political structure. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 263
Global Environmental Politics
This course tackles the most important challenge of our time: how societies may continue to develop without destroying the planet. We will focus on the causes and consequences of differences in environmental policy design and implementation at the subnational, national and international level. Looking primarily at developing countries, we will analyze how different economic, societal and state actors strive to influence policy outcomes and how these political struggles result in more or less successful initiatives to mitigate environmental depletion and climate change. Topics include, but are not limited to: water pollution, deforestation, energy policy, air pollution, overfishing, and ozone layer depletion. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 264
Slavery in Middle East History
This discussion-based course will examine the history of slavery in the Middle East from the rise of Islam in the seventh century to the intensification of global capitalism and European colonialism in the nineteenth century. Reading and writing assignments will consider the varieties of slavery, the geographies of slaving, and the experiences of enslaved people. Major themes will be gender, sexuality, and race. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 265
Understanding Conflict in Africa
Many Americans claim to know certain truths about Africa when, in reality, such understandings rely heavily upon ahistorical representations of the continent. In recent decades, the portrayal of Africa as conflict-prone and violent has become the predominant way of "knowing" Africa . This course disarms such limited understandings by engaging, historicizing, and contextualizing political violence in Africa. The course starts with recent conflicts, including wars in Somalia, Rwanda, Congo, Sudan, and Libya. We then situate these conflicts within the legacy of colonialism, the Cold War, and the contemporary reorganization of the world economy. The class concludes by debating possible solutions, including foreign intervention (peacekeeping, AFRICOM, the International Criminal Court) as well as responses crafted by African-led organizations and movements (ECOWAS, African Union, and Arab Spring). (GLB5)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 271
New Age of Revolution
The “Age of Revolution” usually refers to the period from mid-18th century to mid-19th century, which witnessed some of the most influential revolutions in world history. This course will use the “Age of Revolution” as the starting point for exploring a new global era of protest, rebellion, and revolt. From the “Occupy Movement” to the “Arab Spring”, the course will examine the common causes, tools, ideals, and outcomes that may exist between these various social movements. Questions addressed in the course will include: is it possible that, despite their vast diversity, modern social movements are all inspired by one another? Which movements failed and which movements succeeded, and why? The course will emphasize in-class discussion and paper writing. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 282
Modern Islamist Movements - Religion, Ideology, and the Rise of Fundamentalism
The course examines the rise and ideological foundation of modern Islamist movements. We will study the emergence of Islamic fundamentalism in its historical and political context by looking at major intellectual figures and their notions of jihad as well as national, transnational, and global groups that have emerged over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. (HUM)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 302
Global Cities
This seminar examines the contemporary map of interactions between cities in the world. There is now a considerable array of research analyzing what are variously termed global or world cities in the hierarchy of the world economy, and a counter-critique has emerged which seeks to analyze all cities as ordinary, moving beyond old binaries of 'developed' and 'developing' worlds of cities. We will interrogate this debate in both its theoretical and its empirical dimensions, with case studies from Africa and assessment of cultural, political, economic and environmental globalization. (GLB)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 305
Slaves, Travelers, and Texts in Latin America
How is slavery recounted? Since colonial times, African and Asians laborers were trafficked into Latin America to work on agriculture. In this seminar we will focus on narratives of Chinese labor in 19th century. Narratives written by traveling diplomats, merchants, or religious men involved this notorious human trade disguised as “indentured” labor. By looking at sources from Brazil, Colombia, Peru and the US we will study slavery as a global practice related to questions of diplomacy, migration and abolitionism, as well as a textual strategy of identity and language politics. The course proposes an interdisciplinary approach that considers research methodologies in comparative literature and global history. Readings will be in English, Spanish and Portuguese (optional). (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 306
War and the Asian Diaspora
How has war shaped and reshaped the Asian diasporic experience in the mid to late 20th century? This course examines texts by Sri Lankan, Korean, Vietnamese and other anglophone Asian voices to examine how militarized conflict intersects with gender and sexuality to shape the politics and experiences of Asians in diaspora. We will read novels, poetry, academic articles and essays on the experiences of Asian subjects who have witnessed/survived/ been impacted by war in their homelands in order to understand the systemic and as well as everyday effects of militarization, ethnic violence and imperialism. (SOC)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 307
Womxn's Rights as Human Rights
This course explores the gendering of human rights and struggles to achieve rights based on gender and sexual identity across cultures. In doing so we will interrogate the meaning of human security, self-determination, and the international (UN-centered) human rights regime--through topics like rights to bodily integrity and reproductive rights (including genital surgeries), rights to protection against sexual abuse and gender/gender-identity violence (transgender rights; human trafficking); economic, environmental, and property rights; the cultural and social life of rights, mobility rights (immigrants and refugees), and individual and group rights vis a vis the state. Students will make use of materials like formal legal and human rights documents and ethnographic, and cultural materials such as case studies, novels, films, personal testimonies, religious rituals, and forms of oral and musical expression.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 308
Architecture and Urban Planning on the Swahili Coast
This course uses the city and polity of Zanzibar as a model and laboratory for understanding the architectural history, geography and planning of Swahili Coast urbanism in East Africa. For more than a thousand years, cities along the East African coastal strip have been major entrepôts linking the African interior with trade networks across the Indian Ocean and beyond. Zanzibar was at the center of this urban region economically and politically especially in the 18thand 19th centuries. After gaining independence in 1963, Zanzibar experienced a socialist revolution and union with Tanganyika during a brief stretch in early 1964, after which it became a partner state in the United Republic of Tanzania. After a period of stasis and even decline, the city's population exploded after 1964. From a town of less than 50,000 people, it has grown to a metropolitan area of more than a half million in just over 55 years. Zanzibar's society and culture are heavily cosmopolitan. Over 90% of the population is Muslim and African-Swahili in ethnic terms, yet the influences (and minority cultures) of Christians, Hindus, Arabs, South Asians, and others abound. This is especially the case in the city's architecture and built environment. All of this makes Zanzibar a spectacular context in which to explore the challenges of balancing historic preservation and urban development in architecture and urban planning. This online course will enable students to investigate Zanzibar's historic importance, architectural significance, and contemporary urban planning and urban environmental challenges. Students will have readings, lectures and virtual visits and case analyses to/for specific important sites and urban planning projects. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 309
Development in Africa: From Civilizing Mission to World Bank
This course examines the history of development ideas and practices in Africa. Beginning with the early colonial era, when Europeans spoke of their “civilizing mission,” and ending with present-day critiques of World Bank policies, it traces continuity and change in state and grassroots efforts to bring about development in Africa. It explores the theories behind development policies. including the ways in which experts have conceptualized African farming systems and Africa’s place in the world economy, and it asks to what extent these theories match reality. It also examines how development policies have been put into practice, how African communities have responded to and reshaped development, whether communities have a “right to development” and who should define what that development should be. Finally, it considers why so many development efforts have failed and whether past failures have led to improved practice. (Also offered under History.) (GLB)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 310
Queer China
This course offers an interdisciplinary perspective on non-normative gendered and sexual practices in urban(izing) China and how they have been represented, embodied, and regulated across time and space. The course will introduce students to materials-textual, visual, and audio-that span more than a hundred years from late imperial China to the present against the backdrop of modernization, urbanization, and globalization. Students will explore the different methodological, thematic, and analytic approaches to genders and sexualities in literature, cultural studies, history, and ethnographies. (GLB)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 311
Global Feminism
This course examines how the struggles of diverse gender based movements (religious and secular, urban and rural, black and white), from the Americas to the Middle East and Asia, shed light on vexing social problems like the lack of sexual and reproductive rights, political and social representation, and equal opportunities. Using historical and contemporary examples of women’s organizing and theorizing, course materials interrogate the meaning of ‘feminism’, the relationship between the gendered self and society, the impact of race, class, and cultural differences on women’s solidarity, the challenge of women’s (and gender based) activism to state and social order, the impact of women's networking, and the possibilities for achieving a transnational, cross-cultural or global ‘feminism.’ (GLB)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 313
Urban China Field Studies
China has urbanized most rapidly and on the largest scale with transformative economic and social consequences in human history. This course conducts field studies of issues regarding urban China through an interdisciplinary lens. In a three-week instructional/study trip in select Chinese cities, students attend lectures by both Trinity instructors and local Chinese faculty, visit local urban development projects, factories, governmental offices, communities and neighborhoods, and complete a variety of academic assignments. The course will regularly take place in the city-regions of Shanghai and Shenzhen to take advantage of their instructional values and Trinity’s academic partnerships with top-ranked local universities, although it may rotate to other cities from year to year. This course serves as both a key engaged learning component of the Urban Studies program and an integrating exercise for the Urban China Studies minor. (GLB)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 314
Black Internationalism
This course introduces students to the history of people of African descent and their struggles for universal emancipation during the 20th century. We will begin by drawing on theoretical readings about race/blackness and the African Diaspora. The second part of the class will probe the relationship between nationalism and pan-Africanism through comparative assessments of Marcus Garvey and his UNIA organization; Rastafarianism and music; and the U.S. Black Power Movement. Over the entire course, we will also seek to locate and critically evaluate Africa’s importance to these political and cultural projects. The ultimate purpose of this course is to impress upon students how struggles for self-determination were simultaneously local, national and global. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 315
Global Ideologies
From the 1920s to the 1980s, the countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America forged a "Third World project." This project came undone in the 1980s, as debt, war and corruption overwhelmed the three continents. Along came neo-liberalism and globalization, which emerged as the dominant ideologies of the time. With the rise of Bolivarianism in Latin America, and with the financial crisis, neo-liberalism has lost its shine. This course will trace the "Third World project," neo-liberalism, and the emergent ideology of the Global South. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 318
Reshaping Global Urbanization
This course aims to provide an extensive and in-depth understanding of China's prominent and powerful role in shaping a new and significant era of global urbanization. Having urbanized at the fastest pace, on the largest scale, and in the shortest time period in human history, China has been "building out" by constructing transport infrastructure, industrial zones, and municipal facilities in many countries. The course first assesses the Chinese mode of urban development focused on its beneficial and problematic social and spatial consequences. In the following segments, the course examines China's varied approach to and experience in city-building and infrastructure construction in Southeast Asia, Africa, and parts of Europe. The course concludes on the theoretical and policy implications of "China-fueled" global urbanization, especially for developing countries. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 319
Mapping the Middle East
This course approaches the history of the Middle East through maps. It will look at the many different ways maps have told the story of the territory we now call the Middle East and the many different points of view that have defined it as a geographical entity. Readings will analyze maps as social constructions and will place mapmaking and map-use in a historical context. We will relate maps to questions of empire, colonialism, war and peace, nationalism, and environmental change. Students will be required to undertake an original research paper. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 321
Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern History
Through theoretical readings, historical monographs, ethnographies, novels, and films, this course explores changing discourses of gender and sexuality among Muslims in the Middle East from the foundational period of Islam to the present. Major topics include attitudes toward the body, beauty, and desire; social and legal norms for marriage, divorce, and reproduction; intersections between gender, sexuality, imperialism, and nationalism; and contemporary debates about homosexuality and women's rights. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 323
Classics and Colonialism
This course explores the reception of classical literature and history in colonial contexts. Through texts like Sophocles' Antigone; Nehru's "India and Greece"; and Fugard's The Island, we will examine how colonized peoples used the classical tradition to develop strategies of collaboration and resistance to oust European colonizers from environments like India, South Africa, and the Caribbean. By studying the reception of classics through the perspectives of colonized communities, the course considers the relationship between classics and colonialism and performs the crucial function of decentering classical reception studies. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 327
Seminar: Arts of the Song-Ming Dynasties
In this seminar, we will trace the development of visual and conceptual underpinnings of Chinese art and aestheticism from the Song to Ming dynasties (11th-16th centuries) by juxtaposing important works of painting and calligraphy with critical theories in Chinese literati art. Important issues for this seminar include the iconology of formlessness, the notions of self-cultivation, exile and eremitism, the allegorization of nature and antiquity, and the historicity of art history. (GLB1)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 328
Gender, Race and Global Popular Culture
This course intends to debate the reproduction of sexist and patriarchist content by the cultural industry on a global scale, as well as mediatic representation of Women of Color in the U.S. and the Global South. Approaching television productions such as reality shows, soap operas and telenovelas, students will participate in conversations around themes such as race, nationality, gender, and sexuality. It additionally opens space to explore commonalities presented by feminist resistance globally and to explore the importance of non-linear communication systems when facilitating the dialogue between minority groups in different parts of the world. (GLB)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 330
US-China Relations
With China's ascent as a major political and economic power, the relationship between the U.S. and China became one of the most vital and yet extremely complex bilateral relationships in the world. The Trump administration tends to see China as a major challenger for American power and interests, while some of the biggest global challenges require good US-China cooperation. The course will take both a historical and a contemporary perspective on US-China relations. Key topics include: US-China economic relations, nuclear proliferation, the Taiwan question, counter-terrorism, regional security, cyberspace security, climate change, the Belt and Road Initiative, and human rights. The course invites students to think about the US-China relations from multiple perspectives and to form educated and informed views about this relationship. (SOC)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 335
U.S. Colonialism Past & Present
What does it mean to study the United States in the world, and the world in the United States? This course considers the role of the United States within global relations of empire, capitalism, migration, and war. It also examines how U.S. domestic politics of race, gender, national identity, and social justice have evolved in relation to these transnational histories. We will explore how the existence of the U.S. nation-state is premised upon the global histories of European colonialism, indigenous displacement, and transatlantic slavery. We will analyze the cultures and consequences of U.S. empire, as well as the multiracial and transnational social movements that have contested U.S expansion. This interdisciplinary course combines historical, literary, visual, and theoretical texts. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 336
Women, War, and Violence
This course examines the intersections of imperialist wars, global capitalism, militarism, and patriarchal violence. Using a feminist anti-racist, anti-imperialist lens, it explores the rise of public sexual violence in the Middle East. Examining US imperialism, Israeli colonialism, and neoliberal capitalism as male and white projects, the course looks at how these systems re-entrench local patriarchal forces and exacerbate the conditions that promote sexual violence against women. Examining cases ranging from the US occupation of Iraq, to Egypt, Palestine and elsewhere in the region, the course considers the implications of the US neoconservative project of a “New Middle East,” the rise of imperial feminism, NGO’s, and ISIS for Arab women’s movements and the politics of women’s everyday lives. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 340
Climate and History
This seminar explores how natural and anthropogenic climate change has shaped human history. We will look at how climate changes, how scholars are reconstructing past climate through interdisciplinary methods, and how changes in climate play a role in effecting political, social, cultural, and technological changes. Students will have the opportunity to undertake a project in historical climate reconstruction and determine its possible implications for how we understand history. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 342
History of Sexuality
This course examines the ways in which notions of the body, gender, sexual desire, and sexuality have been organized over space and time. Taking as a starting point the geographical regions of the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America in the ancient and medieval periods, the course seeks to de-center discourses of Western sexual modernity. It then addresses the ways in which colonialism, racism, nationalism, and globalization have depended on and disrupted normative ideas about modern sexuality, including the hetero/homosexual binary. Throughout the course we will ask how historians use theoretical and primary sources to construct a history of sexuality. Course expectations include a final research paper. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 344
Global Hip Hop Cultures
Hip-Hop is both music and culture with a global imprint that dates back to the 1980s. This course is a reading and writing intensive course that critically examines hip-hop cultural and political formations in Africa and the African Diaspora. We begin with canonical texts that contributed to the growth of an emergent interdisciplinary field called, 'Hip-Hop Studies' in order to familiarize ourselves with a set of core concepts, discourses and frameworks that will help us assess hip-hop's global emergence. What does the globalization of African-American music and culture tell us about the power and impact of neoliberalism on post-colonial identities, culture and nation-states in the non-Western world? It is a question that will shape our discussions on race, youth, masculinity, and nationalism in contemporary urban societies. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 346
Special Topic: The Global City The Global City: Making Buenos Aires
What sentiments, desires, and ideas arise from the modern space of Buenos Aires? How do intellectuals experience processes of social and urban transformation? What can we draw from their aesthetic practices to interrogate our own identities, communities, and city landscapes? This seminar sets out to explore urban culture and intellectual history in Latin America. By scrutinizing a variety of literary texts, films, and artistic materials, we will engage with notions of modernism and avant-garde, discourses of globalization and neoliberalism. Among others, we will analyze works by Jorge Luis Borges, César Aira, Victoria Ocampo, María Negroni, Carlos Correas, Witold Gombrowicz, Fernando Solana, Wong Kar-Wai, and Matías Piñeiro. Recommended for students who want to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Course taught in Spanish.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 346
Enlightenment & Empire
The Enlightenment was an era of contradictions: philosophers in slaveholding empires wrote defenses of universal equality, political thinkers sung the praises of independence while European empires expanded their power, and scientific thinkers developed ways of categorizing humans that often denied their very humanity. This course explores the paradoxes of the Enlightenment by focusing on its global origins and world-wide impact. We will examine how people across the globe reworked Enlightenment ideas to shape struggles for freedom, workers' rights, and racial equality well into the twentieth century. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 347
The End of Slavery
For most of human history, slavery was a normal practice in almost every corner of the world. Yet we now think of slavery as an intolerable evil and recoil at the idea that it might exist anywhere. This course examines this shift by tracing the global destruction of slavery from the Haitian Revolution in the eighteenth-century to present-day campaigns against human trafficking. We will ask how people came to view slavery as a barrier to human progress, assess whether the institution was ever truly destroyed, and try to understand why the legacies of slavery endure. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 348
Islamic Feminism in Global Perspective
This course surveys Muslim women’s activism and theoretical contributions to feminist debates on gender and sexuality, across cultures from Asia, to the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, using ethnography, documentary, auto/biography, and other feminist methodologies and forms of self-expression. Particular attention will be given to gender activism organized within what participants consider to be an Islamic framework. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 350
Empire, Race, & Immigration
This course examines the historical and contemporary relationships between race, empire, and U.S. immigration law by studying how immigration law has shaped national and imperial projects. Which immigrant groups are deemed ‘too foreign’ to become American? Which are deemed ‘assimilable’? How do such inclusions and exclusions define citizenship, and what do they have to do with the maintenance of borders and empire? These immigration laws have always been challenged, contested, and negotiated by activists. We will also examine the impact of global social movements that generate new definitions of belonging. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 352
Comparative Political Economy
This course provides a survey of the field of comparative political economy broadly defined as the comparative study of the interrelationships between politics and economics. We will review the main classic and contemporary debates in the discipline. Topics include: the relationship between political institutions and economic development, inequality and political stability, interest groups, welfare states, varieties of capitalism, the politics of taxation and international trade, and market reforms. We will look at both developed and developing countries, with an emphasis on understanding why they choose (or end up with) the policies and institutions that they have, even when in some cases these policies and institutions might hamper development. (SOC)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 355
Human Rights and Empire
In the nineteenth century, the expansion of empires marched in lockstep with the spread of international law in general and human rights in particular. In the twentieth-century, even as formal empires disappeared, the idea of rights continues to be intimately intertwined with international power, and has been mobilized to justify an array of interventions across the Global South. In this course we examine the past and present of human rights as they intersected with international power, from the fight over Belgian atrocities in the Congo Free State to the post 9/11 proliferation of human rights language in the War on Terror. Along the way, we will study the array of projects that have sought to reclaim the idea of universal rights for popular, democratic, anti-racist and anti-colonial ends.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 358
Seminar on Malcolm X
In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will seek to understand the making of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, most popularly known as Malcolm X, one of Black America's most important political leaders of the 20th century. How did Malcolm X define 'world revolution'? To answer this overarching question, we will critically assess autobiographical and biographical texts and academic literature as well as speeches, travel diaries, music, film, and poetry. Our goal is to situate Malcolm X within a Black radical protest tradition by taking into consideration themes and ideas that are pertinent to the study of the worldwide African Diaspora. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 360
Geographies of Desire
This course examines gender, erotic desire, and sexuality via the critical lens of space, place, and mobilities. Starting from foundational texts that initiated academic conversation on sexuality and urban geography, this course will explore the ways in which gendered bodies and erotic desires shape and are shaped by spaces and places that are simultaneously infused with meanings of race, ethnicity, class, modernity, (trans)nationality, (post)coloniality, neoliberal capitalism and so on. Readings are drawn from a variety of disciplines that may include feminist and queer studies, geography, urban studies, and anthropology. (GLB)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 376
Latin American Politics
The course examines the processes of political, economic and social change that took place in Latin America in the XX and XIX Century. Topics include: the rise of populism and import-substituting industrialization, revolutions and revolutionary movements, the causes and consequences of military rule, the politics of economic reform, democratic transitions, the commodity boom, and the left turn. For each topic we will review classic political science theories and critically evaluate their applicability to Latin American countries. We will also discuss the lessons that can be drawn from Latin American cases for the study of these topics in the rest of the world. (SOC)
1.00 units, Lecture
INTS 379
Feminist and Queer Theory for a Postcolonial World
Feminist and queer theory has influenced contemporary understandings of gender and sexuality globally. This course explores this body of theory specifically in relation to the processes and problematics of colonialism, postcolonialism, nationalism, and transnationalism. Readings will reflect a variety of critical perspectives and consider the intersection of gender and sexuality with race and class. (GLB5)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 385
Global Capitalism
In this course, we will explore the competing theories and ideologies at the heart of debates over the international economy since the mid-nineteenth century. We will study how markets, development and the economic role of the state are understood by intellectuals and experts across the globe, and we will investigate the models through which policymakers, intellectuals and economists have envisioned the economic ties between Global "North" and Global "South." Finally, we will focus on the ways in which capitalism has been re-imagined to suit differing cultural, political and development projects in the non-Western world.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 395
Issues in Contemporary China
Using materials from literature, public discourses, film, and the Internet, this course helps students become familiar with and reflect upon important cultural, political, and economic issues of the Chinese speaking world(China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Chinese communities in the West). NO prior knowledge of Chinese language is required. This course is required for students who elect Chinese as the primary language in their LACS-administered Chinese major(Plan B). It also counts toward the International Studies major(as an Asian Studies area course), the LACS-administered Chinese minor, as well as the interdisciplinary Asian Studies minor. (WEB)
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 399
Independent Study
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
1.00 units min / 2.00 units max, Independent Study
INTS 401
Senior Seminar in International Studies
This writing intensive course functions as the capstone experience for all INTS majors. The instructor will guide INTS seniors through the process of completing a substantial research paper that engages critically with dominant disciplinary approaches to and public discourses about the “global” or “international” sphere. The instruction of this course will rotate among INTS faculty, each of whom will organize the course around a particular theme. (WEB)
This course is open only to seniors majoring in International Studies; other students may enroll only with permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
INTS 466
Teaching Assistantship
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study
INTS 490
Research Assistantship
No Course Description Available.
1.00 units, Independent Study
INTS 497
Senior Thesis
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment in this single semester thesis. This course will be graded as Pass/Fail.
1.00 units, Independent Study
INTS 498
Senior Exercise Part 1
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for each semester of this year-long project. (2 course credits are considered pending in the first semester; 2 course credits will be awarded for completion in the second semester.)
2.00 units, Independent Study
INTS 499
Senior Exercise Part 2
No Course Description Available.
2.00 units, Independent Study