Spring 2018 Courses Introduction to International Politics POL S 251
Fall 2018 Courses Introduction to International Studies INT ST 235 Politics of Russia and the Soviet Successor States POL S 349
Through my courses students learn to express ideas orally and in writing, and they hone skills for seeking and incorporating knowledge into a growing global, comparative perspective. Please find on this page three sample course descriptions and related readings.
Russian Politics When central state Soviet control disintegrated in 1991, fifteen independent states emerged following the lines of the former fifteen republics. This course will investigate the shared and divergent cultural and institutional history of these former republics and their post-Soviet experiences. In particular, we will focus on the major economic and political events in Russia and the country's relationship to the region and global politics, including the Soviet Union’s rise and collapse, the creation of the CIS, regional regime types, political crises, minority rights and conflict, parliamentary and presidential elections, and attempts at economic reform. The course will leverage comparative political concepts to explore these events as well as cultural materials and academic texts, including Michael McFaul, Russia's Unfinished Revolution: Political Change From Gorbachev to Putin (Cornell University Press, 2001); Stephen Kotkin, Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970 – 2000. (Oxford University Press, 2008 ). Valerie Bunce, “Comparing East and South,” Journal of Democracy 7 (July 1995), pp. 87–100. Timothy J. Colton, Yeltsin: A Life (Basic Books, 2008). Stephen Holmes, “What Russia Teaches Us Now: How Weak States Threaten Freedom,” The American Prospect 33 (July–August 1997), 30–39
Peace and Conflict This course introduces advanced students to the academic study of peace and conflict. The course readings are organized thematically to try and track the interdisciplinary integration of the field and its animation of peace and conflict today. Throughout, students are exposed to the discipline’s prominent authors, the substance of the discipline‘s major theoretical perspectives, substantive debates between and within these perspectives, the major episodes of peace and conflict around the world, and recurrent controversies over the epistemology and method of studying peace and conflict. Sample Texts: Scott Straus, The Order of Genocide: Race, Power and War in Rwanda (); Lisa Baglione, Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure and Methods (2 nd edition, 2011); Will Kymlicka, Liberalism, Community, and Culture (Oxford, 1989); Donald Horowitz, Ethnic Groups in Conflict (University of California Press, 1985); Anthony Smith, Nationalism and Modernism (Routledge, 1998); Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism (1983); Russell Hardin, One for All (Princeton, 1995); Yael Tamir, Liberal Nationalism (Princeton, 1993);
Research Design and Qualitative Methods This course explores how to construct research designs and utilize qualitative research methods. The goal is to help students develop the skills to identify strategies that scholars use to generate and organize knowledge, thoughtfully critique research approaches, and become knowledge seekers and creators in their own right. While the course focuses on doing research, and less reading about it, there are a number of required texts: Gary King, Keohane, Verba, Designing Social Inquiry, (Princeton University Press, 1994); Henry Brady and David Collier, Rethinking Social Inquiry, (Rowan and Littlefield, 2010); Victor Klemperer, The Language of the Third Reich: LTI: Lingua Tertii Imperii: A Philologists Notebook (Althone Press, London, 2000); H. Russell Bernard, Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology (AltaMira Press, 2000); Jane A. Edwards and Martin D. Lampert, Talking Data: Transcription and Coding in Discourse Research (Psychology Press, 1993); James Scott, Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts (Yale University Press, 1990)