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International Studies Courses

International Studies Courses

Below you will find examples of the courses offered in the International Studies program. 

Africa

FR 334 - Intro to Francophone Cultures

This course is an in-depth introduction to the cultures of the Francophone world. It will introduce students to the historical background, the linguistic characteristics, the literature, music and cinema of areas with a strong Francophone presence. Prerequisite FR 300.

FR 485 - Topics in Francophone Studies

Study of the literatures and/or cultures of French-speaking countries outside of France (Quebec, North Africa, West Africa, Martinique and Guadeloupe, Belgium, etc). Use of literary texts, social documents and movies, depending on topic. Course may be repeated with each different topic. Prerequisite: three years of college French or equivalent.

PO 350 - African Politics

A study of the problems and policies of African states regarding nationalism, national integration, ideologies of development, democratization and stability. Focus on sub-Saharan Africa, although a continent-wide consideration for some topics. Prerequisite: PO 151 or junior standing.

Asia

AN 322 - Sex, Gender, & Sexuality - Japan

This course explores the socio-historical constructions of sex, gender, and sexuality in modern Japan from the Meiji Restoration (1868) to the present. Students will study the roles of various agents, including the state, medical science, and the media, in the production of sexual knowledge and the shaping of gendered practices.

AN 329 - Japanese Popular Culture

This course will examine Japanese popular culture, including comics (manga), fashion magazines, feature films, anime, music, sports, and even children's games, to understand the social pervasiveness and cultural force of the mediums. While focusing on Japan, the course will introduce students to critical theoretical perspectives about popular culture that can be applied more broadly.

AN 366 - East Asia Through Ethnography

An introduction to selected topics in the society and cultures of East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea), Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines), and South Asia (the Indian sub-continent). Topics include post-colonialism, transnational processes, family and kinship, world and local religious traditions and ritual practices, economic development, and gender issues.

AN 368 - Coming of Age in the Middle East

This Peoples and Cultures course explores life in an enigmatic geopolitical region called the Middle East. Issues of religiosity, Islam, gender, sexuality, urbanization of life, revolution, war, and global politics are considered in the context of local diversity and global political economy.

FL 320 - Chinese Civilization

An overview of Chinese civilization from the early dynasties through the present. This course is taught in English and does not count toward the language requirement.

HST 305 - Topics in History: Mao's China

Selected topics of significance in contemporary historical scholarship.

HST 305 - Topics in History: Youth & Revolution Modern China

Selected topics of significance in contemporary historical scholarship. This course will examine the intersection between youth and revolution in modern China. Over the last 150 years, China has undergone tremendous transformation, moving from an imperial government, to a failing republic, to a communist system. At the center of this change has been youth, who arose as a political category in the late 19th century. This course will ask questions about how youth viewed themselves as a political category, how young people affected change in modern China, and the ways that Chinese authorities reacted to youthful challenges. This course will utilize fiction, films, historical monographs, and primary sources to explore these and more issues.

HST 371 - Modern China

Political and social history of China since the Opium War (1839) with emphasis on the revolutionary upheavals of the 20th century.

HST 373 - China and the World

This seminar course focuses on China's changing position in the world, China's changing relations with the world, and China's changing perceptions of the world from ancient times to the present. It examines China's contact with the major regions of the world in different historical periods and the impact of such contacts on both China and the world. Freshmen admitted only by permission of the department.

RL 353 - Buddhism

Introduction to the basic concepts, philosophies and practices of Buddhism in South Asia and East Asia from antiquity to the present.

RL 354 - Islam

An introduction to Islam: origins, sacred texts, world view, culture and society, history and expansion, and Islam in the modern world. Origins and sacred texts are emphasized; relative emphasis on other topics varies. Prerequisite: One religion course or sophomore standing.

RL 363 - Religion, Politics and Conflict in South Asia

Investigation of the interaction of South Asia's many religious communities, especially Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism and Buddhism, paying particular attention to how religious ideas, practices, and demographics have affected communal relations at various points in the Subcontinent's history. The course will focus on moments of conflict and movements of peace.

Europe

FR 320 - Topics in French and Francophone Cultures

Study of a selected theme, period or topic in French or Francophone culture through a variety of cultural materials. Literature, film, and other media. Prerequisite: FR 305 or FR 310.

FR 345 - France and the Francophone World: 1900 to present

A survey of France and the Francophone world in the 20th century through the study of literature and other cultural material. Prerequisite: FR 305 or FR 310.

FR 465 - 20th Century French Novel

Study of the evolution of the French novel in the 20th century. Analysis of important novels. Lectures, reading assignments, class discussions, videos and recordings. Prerequisite: three years of college French or equivalent.

FR 475 - 20th Century French Drama

Study of the evolution of the French drama in the 20th century. Analysis of important plays. Lectures, reading assignments, class discussions, videos and recordings. Prerequisite: three years of college French or equivalent.

GR 340 - Germany 1871 to the Present

Through the use of various selected reading and audiovisual materials study the history, literature, and arts of Germany from 1871 to the present. Prerequisite: Two years of college German or placement at the 300 level.

GR 342 - Major Trends in Modern German Literature

Investigation of current underlying modern art and literature from Nietzsche to the present. Prerequisite: two years of college German or placement at the 300 level.

GR 475 - Seminar in 20th Century German Literature

A study of recent and contemporary writing, including social and political background, intellectual currents and stylistic innovations. Individual study. Prerequisite: three years of college German or equivalent.

HST 322 - 20th Century Europe

An examination of European politics and society from 1900 to the present. Topics include the outbreak of the Great War, the Russian Revolution, Nazism and Fascism, World War II, the Holocaust, the reconstruction of Europe, the Cold War, European integration and Europe today. Freshmen admitted only by permission of the department.

HST 324 - Modern Germany

A survey of German culture, society and the state from the Napoleonic Era to the founding of the post-war Germanies. Freshmen admitted only by permission of the department.

IS 301 - Model European Union

This course introduces the student to the organization and functioning of the different institutions of the European Union and prepares them to participate in the Midwest Model European Union, which takes place every April for three days. The major topics we will address include: the history of the European integration, government and politics of the European Union and it's institutions. Prerequisites: Any 100 level course in the social sciences or permission of the instructor.

SO 333 - European Societies

The European Union: Acquaints the student with the process of European integration. Provides an introduction to the organization and functioning of the European Union and interprets the meaning of this process within the global context. The major topics we will address include: the history of the European Integration, government and politics of the European Union, the institutional mechanisms of integration, the socioeconomic and political consequences of an integrated Europe, and the European Union/United States relations. Prerequisite: SO 101 or any Introduction to Social Sciences course.

SP 340 - Spain: 1700 to present

Use of selected reading and audio-visual materials to study the history, literature, and arts of Spain from the eighteenth century to the present. Prerequisite: two years of college Spanish or placement on the 300 level. The department faculty strongly advise students enrolling in this course to have completed one 300-level skills course.

SP 345 - Analysis of Literary Genres

Panoramic view of major and minor literary works of various genres across different time periods and geographical areas of the Hispanic World. Prerequisite: One 300 level skills course in Spanish.

SP 440 - Contemporary Spanish Studies

Analysis of aspects of 20th- and 21st -century Spain through study of literary, historical, artistic works and/or the media, offering such topics as the transition from dictatorship to democracy or the roles of women and men in contemporary society. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses in Spanish, one must be upper-level (SP325 or above).

Latin America

AN 362 - Peoples and Cultures of Latin America

A survey of the peoples, societies, and cultures of Latin America, giving attention to demographic features, social differentiation, and stratification and the major social institutions.

PO 360 - Political Regimes in Latin America

Comparative study of the politics of development in Latin America with particular attention given to the interdependence of economic, social, cultural and external influences upon political regimes as well as the efficacy and legitimacy of the regimes themselves. Prerequisite: PO 101, PO 151 or permission of the instructor.

SO 331 - Latin American Societies

This course introduces the student to the culture and social structures of Latin American societies and aims at undermining the traditional stereotypes that have long been a part of Latin American images circulating throughout the United States. It examines in particular Latin America in the context of the globalizing of social life. Prerequisite: SW200-SO or any Introduction to Social Studies course.

SP 345 - Hispanic Masterpieces

Readings in selected works from well-known Spanish and Latin American authors. Prerequisite: two years of college Spanish or placement on the 300 level.

SP 355 - Spanish-American Culture: 1898 to the Present

The study of historical events, and the literary and cultural productions of the Southern Cone and Andean countries. Prerequisite: One 300-level skills course in Spanish.

SP 365 - Hispanic Short Story

Study of selected stories by Spanish and Latin American authors. Prerequisite: two years of college Spanish or placement at the 300 level. The department faculty strongly advise students enrolling in this course to have completed one 300-level skills course.

SP 370 - Topics in Contemporary Hispanic Societies

A study of the contemporary societies of one or more countries of Latin America, of Spain and/or the Latino society of the United States. This course may be repeated with each different area studied. Prerequisite: two years of college Spanish or equivalent or placement on the 300 level.

SP 450 - Topics in Spanish-American Studies

Literary, historical, social and/or artistic aspects of Spanish-American culture and civilization. Topics will focus on a historical period, literary genre, social theme or other cultural phenomenon. Course may be repeated with each different topic. Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses in Spanish, one must be upper-level (SP325 or above).

SP 460 - Topics in 20th Century Spanish-American Studies

Emphasis on the contemporary cultures of the nations of Spanish-America. Through the use of literary texts, historical and social documents, movies, and other audiovisual media, topics will focus on the dynamics of this rapidly developing cultural region. Course may be repeated with each different topic. Prerequisite: three years of college Spanish or equivalent.