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Course Descriptions

IRG 301 • Intro Intl Rels & Global Stds

39145-39170 • Anderson, Michael R.
Meets MW 1000am-1100am ART 1.102
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This course serves as an introduction to the College of Liberal Arts’ new interdisciplinary major, International Relations and Global Studies.  Students will engage with many broad questions relating to the contemporary world, including:  How has the modern international system come into being?  What are the major opportunities and challenges related to the world-wide movement of capital, goods and ideas we have come to define as globalization?  To what extent does the United States dominate the geopolitical, economic and cultural landscape today?  Finally, are we entering a “post-American world,” and if so, what global repercussions might this entail?  This course will attempt to transcend the disciplinary boundaries of social sciences—whether political science, economics, or anthropology—and instead ask students to take a more holistic view of global issues, rooted in historical inquiry.
Class time will be divided evenly between lecture material and discussion.  Students will be evaluated based upon their performance in weekly online discussions, periodic in-class short-answer responses and multiple-choice quizzes, a mid-term paper and a final essay.


Course Objectives:
By the end of the semester, students will have the ability to:
1)    describe a broad array of global issues confronting international actors
2)    evaluate the role of the United States in the contemporary era of “globalization”
3)    identify and analyze in some detail the scholarly debate surrounding a particular global challenge or crisis

IRG 320F • Found Intl Rels/Gloal Stds-Fra

39175 • Anderson, Michael R.
Meets
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This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge in a particular subject area related to International Relations and Global Studies, providing a link between the introductory course (IRG 301) and capstone seminar (IRG 378) for IRG majors. The scope and the theme of the course cross-cut the broad subject areas of the major’s four tracks: international security; international political economy; science, technology, and the environment; and culture, media, and the arts. 

 

There are two over-arching objectives of this course. The first is to examine in detail some key ideological concepts underpinning the perspectives of those pursuing an IRG major, especially “internationalism,” “globalism,” and “regionalism.” Using insights from history, political science, economics, geography, anthropology, and area studies, we will ask how these “-isms” shape our view of contemporary global affairs. What they can tell us about the nature of today’s international system, the possibility of political and economic global governance, as well as international civil society? A second, related objective is to help students conceive a project for their capstone seminar, normally taken soon after the completion of IRG 320F. Through the process of writing a research proposal and delivering an oral presentation to the class on their proposed subject, students in this course will lay the foundation for a successful capstone seminar experience.

 

For the UT in Paris program, this course has been specially designed to take full advantage of the location. In many ways, Paris is an ideal setting in which to base a course centered on the broad themes of international relations and global studies. Over hundreds of years, Paris has earned a reputation as one of the most important international cities of the world. It houses the headquarters of several key intergovernmental as well as nongovernmental organizations; it serves as a critical node in the world of art and fashion; indeed, for many years the city’s cultural offerings represented the apex of what many considered to be “civilized” and “cosmopolitan.” Through numerous excursions to Paris-based organizations – the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Académie Diplomatique Internationale(ADI), among others – students will see first-hand the work of diplomats, businesspeople, scholars, and activists, engaged in constructing the basis of a still-emerging and hotly contested international order. 

 

Readings:

 

PDF articles will be posted on Blackboard. No required books.

 

 

Grading breakdown:

 

Assignment                                         Value (percent)

Attendance/participation                     10

Blackboard discussion                        15

Reading Response Essay 1                 20

Reading Response Essay 2                 20

Research Project Proposal                  25

Oral Presentation                              10

IRG 320F • Foundatn Intl Rels/Global Stds

39180 • Holmsten, Stephanie
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 1.306
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Course Description:  

 

This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge in key topics related to international relations and global studies and serve as a link between the introductory source (IRG 301) and the capstone project (IRG 378). The scope and theme of the course covers the four major tracks within the major: international political economy, international security, science, technology and the environment; and culture, arts and the media.

 

There are two over-arching objectives of this course. The first is to examine in some detail ideological concepts relating to the IRG major and develop critical thinking skills in our analysis of these topics. Using insights from history, political science, economics, geography, anthropology and area studies, we will apply these critical thinking skills to become engaged in the scholarship of global studies.

 

The second is to help students conceive a project topic for their capstone seminar. Students are required to select a topic of global or regional importance and write a literature review of scholarly articles related to that subject. Through this process students will become familiar with the contemporary academic debates surrounding their topics, and identify their own voice in the scholarship.

 

Required Texts: 

  • Haas, Peter M. and John A. Hird, eds., Controversies in Globalization: Contending Approaches in International Relations. 2nd ed.Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press, 2013.

IRG 378 • Capstone Research In Irg

39185 • Holmsten, Stephanie
Meets W 300pm-600pm CLA 0.118
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Capstone Research, Wednesday

 

This upper-level research seminar fulfills part of the requirement for the International Relations and Global Studies major.  Through readings, weekly discussions and individual consultations, this seminar provides students the opportunity to produce a significant paper of original research on a topic dealing with a contemporary global issue relating to culture, media and the arts. Globalization will provide the overarching perspective into these related issues.

 

Required Text: Turabian, Kate L. Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. 8th Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2013.

IRG 378 • Capstone Research In Irg

39190 • Holmsten, Stephanie
Meets M 300pm-600pm CLA 0.118
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IRG 378 #40255

Capstone Research, Monday

 

This upper-level research seminar fulfills part of the requirement for the International Relations and Global Studies major.  Through readings, weekly discussions and individual consultations, this seminar provides students the opportunity to produce a significant paper of original research on a contemporary global issue relating to science, technology and the environment (STE). While focused on STE, this course will also serve students in all tracks of IRG, as we will consider STE through questions concerning security, political economy and culture. Globalization will provide the overarching perspective into these related issues.

 

Required Text:Turabian, Kate L. Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. 8th Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2013.

IRG 378 • Capstone Research In Irg

39195 • Mosser, Michael W
Meets T 330pm-630pm MEZ 1.118
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IRG 378: Capstone Research in International Relations and Global Studies

Topic: Twenty-first Century Conflict

Fall 2015

International Relations and Global Studies (IRG) major

The University of Texas at Austin

 

Dr. Michael Mosser

Course location: MEZ 1.118

Office: Mezes 3.222

Course time: T 3:30 – 6:30

Phone: 512.232.7280

Office hours: W 13:00 – 15:00

Email: mosserm@austin.utexas.edu

(and by appointment)

Course concept

As an academic field of inquiry, international security tends to focus on the ability of states to remain secure in the face of threats to their internal and external sovereignty. Increasingly, however, the study of security has broadened to include not merely new actors, but also new conceptions of what it means to be ‘secure.’ While conflict among and within states (and increasingly non-state actors) is a major concern, the idea that insecurity can exist but still stop short of conflict has become increasingly accepted among both scholars and practitioners.     

Moreover, conflict and security have evolved since the end of the Cold War. While possible, the idea of a superpower-on-superpower strategic conflict on the scale of World War II seems increasingly unlikely. Rather, conflicts appear to occur now based much more on localized and transient grievances, or in certain cases where a major power feels the need to act unilaterally to accomplish some set of strategic aims.

This capstone course will treat all forms of conflict as our object of study, and will ask the following question: what types of conflict are we likely to see in the twenty-first century, and what patterns might we discern from these conflicts? No longer confined to interstate war, conflict since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union has ranged from superpower engaged in major conflict among states to civil war and intrastate violence. Moreover, states no longer hold the monopoly of violence. Indeed, in the last 15 years conflict has entered into areas previously thought unimaginable, such as in cyberspace.  

 

Course objectives:

During the course of this semester, students will be exposed to a wide range of thinking on the nature of conflict after the Cold War. Beginning with a reconceptualization of conflict , the course moves to a broader interpretation of conflict since the end of the superpower confrontation that characterized the Cold War to include topics such as terrorism, resource wars, and the United Nations as the arbiter of international security, its successes and failings, and its changing role in the decades since the end of the Cold War. The course ends with a discussion of cyberwarfare and other new theaters of war.

 

Readings:

There is no required textbook for this course. Rather, each week has a series of readings assigned that are to be read before the class meets on Tuesday. Befitting a once-a-week capstone course, the readings are more extensive but still manageable. The average reading load per week is ~100 pages.

Recommended Reading:

  • Richard K. Betts, Conflict after the Cold War (4th Edition). Prentice Hall, 2012.

 

Assignments and grading

Your course grade will consist of a paper grade and a discussion/participation grade. A breakdown of the requirements and expectations for each category is below. All assignments will be converted to a 100-point scale with no curve. All grades, including final grades, will use the plus (+) and minus (-) system. Grade standards for all assignments are as follows:

93 >     A   

90-92   A-

87-89   B+  

80-86   B   

77-79   B-   

75-76   C+   

70-74   C

67-69   C-

60-66   D

< 60  F

 

 

Paper: 80%

As this class is a capstone course, the bulk of the grade for the course will consist of a capstone original research paper. Fulfillment of this writing requirement will entail completing a paper of approximately 7,500-8,000 words (approximately 20-25 pages double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font). Such a paper should be a thorough treatment of the topic chosen, including a clear thesis statement, logical consistency in the arguments used to show the validity of the thesis, and a clear and concise conclusion that effectively summarizes your argument. It should be appropriately documented with references and citations, and should stand on its own as an individual work of scholarship.

Soon after the beginning of the semester, I will meet with each of you individually to discuss your choice of paper topic and your approach chosen to address it. The paper will comprise the majority of the total grade for the course, but attendance and a presentation of your research count for grades as well.

The paper is divided into the following sections:

a)     Research proposal: Worth 10% of overall grade


b)    Outline and preliminary list of references: Worth 10% of overall grade.


c)     First draft of paper: Worth 20% of overall grade.

d)    Oral presentation to the group: Worth 20% of overall grade

e)    Final draft of paper: Worth 20% of overall grade.


 

After the end of formal classes, and after a period of individual research, the class will reconvene for formal presentations of papers. There will be five weeks of presentations, with students sorted randomly into groups by Canvas. These presentations are to take the form of a PowerPoint (or equivalent) presentation and are required of all capstone students. Attendance is mandatory for these presentations. Presentation grades will be assigned by the instructor, and will encompass both substance and style grades.

 

Discussion Facilitating / Participation / Discussion Questions: 20%

 


Class discussion in a capstone seminar is more than expected; it is a given. Everyone has his or her own style of discussion, and I do not expect to turn those who prefer not to speak often in class into debate champions. Nevertheless, I do expect that each of you will at some point in the semester facilitate a course discussion on the week of your choosing. You will have your classmates’ questions to serve as a point of departure (see below), which you may use as you wish. There will be a sign-up sheet distributed online for discussion facilitators to use. Discussion facilitators are responsible for generating five questions on the readings to distribute to class via Canvas. The discussion facilitating questions will comprise 10% of your course grade.



Because this is a capstone course, it is expected that you will have already absorbed the importance of class attendance. I strongly encourage you to attend every class and be prepared for lively and stimulating discussion. To that end, I will require that each of you on the weeks that you are not facilitating discussions to prepare one discussion question for the upcoming class to submit to the discussion leader. These should be drawn from the readings and should reflect any questions, comments, or cries of outrage you may have regarding the arguments set forth by the authors. These discussion questions will not be graded individually, but together will count for 10% of your course grade. They most definitely will help you get the most from the class. I will prepare the first set of discussion questions as a template for future assignments.

 

IRG 378 • Capstone Research In Irg

39200
Meets TH 330pm-630pm GAR 0.128
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IRG: Capstone Research, IPE

 

Di Wang

 

Course Description:

This upper-level research seminar fulfills part of the requirement for the International Relations and Global Studies major.  Through readings, weekly discussions and individual consultations, this seminar provides students the opportunity to produce a significant paper of original research on a topic dealing with a contemporary global issue relating to international political economy, including political and economic growth, US foreign policy, and international organizations. Globalization will provide the overarching perspective into these related issues.

 

Required Text:

Turabian, Kate L. Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. 8th Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2013.

IRG 678HA • Honors Tutorial Course

39205 • Anderson, Michael R.
Meets M 300pm-600pm MEZ 2.102
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Course Description:

  

IRG 678HA is the first semester of a two-semester sequence designed for students admitted to the International Relations and Global Studies honors program. The class is designed to prepare selected senior IRG majors to undertake an honors thesis and to complete it within an academic year. The class format of IRG 678HA consists of a weekly workshop in which participants discuss relevant topics concerning the researching and writing of a substantial and original piece of work (i.e. 50-60 pages) related to one of the IRG major’s four subject tracks: International Security; International Political Economy; Science, Technology and the Environment; and Culture, Media, and the Arts. The incorporation of previous coursework in multiple disciplines, study-abroad experience, and foreign-language sources is strongly encouraged.   

 

As instructor of record in the IRG honors program tutorial sequence, Dr. Anderson has agreed to act as supervisor for all IRG honors theses. Students in IRG 678HA/HB, however, are strongly encouraged to find another instructor at the University of Texas willing to serve as a second reader of the thesis.

 

Required Text: 

 

Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Chicago, 8th edition, 2013).

 

All other readings will be posted on Blackboard and announced in advance of class.

 

Grading Breakdown:

 

Student grades will be based on:

 

1)    Faithful attendance and participation at all class sessions (30 percent)

2)    Completion of weekly reading/writing assignments (30 percent)

3)    Completion of a working outline, literature review, and project schedule for Spring 2014 (40 percent)

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