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International Studies Courses

BAIS  101 - The World Since 1945 (4)

An interpretive political history of the world since 1945, focusing on major actors, events, and international affairs, both Western and non-Western. Offered intermittently.

BAIS  102 - Intro to Int'l Politics (4)

A course which situates and compares the political institutions, cultures, and processes of states in a variety of world regions. Special attention is paid to the comparison of non-Western regions, including Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Offered every semester.

BAIS  103 - The Global Economy (4)

This course offers an introduction to the world economy, international trade, and economic development, designed especially for non-economics majors. Foundations of international markets and trade, comparative advantage, foreign investment, international inequality, and the study of international institutions such as the IMF, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization will form key components of the class.

BAIS  201 - Research Methods (4)

Quantitative and qualitative research skills with applications to international topics. Applied statistical reasoning; establishing causal relationships; introductory regression analysis; experimental methods; interviewing, focus group, and case study techniques; archival and oral history methods; and data sources for international research projects. Prerequisite: MATH 101

BAIS  305 - Global Network: Consump and Ecol (4)

This course examines consumption and ecology while aiming to promote sustainability and peace but it makes global dialogue possible through technology. The class is taught on campuses around the world and students discuss issues and prepare presentations with students from other countries as well as meeting for discussions on campus.

BAIS  310 - Global Environmental Politics (4)

In Global Environmental Politics we consider the international law and institutions which make up the international environmental regime. We will examine global action on such issues as climate change, species extinction, and pollution, while also considering the relationship between policy made at the global level and environmental action at the local level. These classroom topics are enhanced by a service learning project with a local environmental organization.

BAIS  320 - Human Rights (4)

In Human Rights we consider the international law and institutions which make up the international human rights regime. We examine the development of international human rights from the end of World War II to the present day, and explore issues such as how to define international human rights, who decides when rights have been violated, and how best to address such violations. While focusing on international human rights law, in this course we also consider how international conceptions of human rights are internalized at the domestic level to encourage greater protections through law, policy, and advocacy.

BAIS  325 - Diplomacy (4)

This course will explore the history and practice of global diplomacy. We will concentrate on types of diplomacy, strategies of negotiation, and the ways in which diplomacy can help solve current problems globally. We conclude with mock climate change negotiations during which students will use diplomacy to solve the most pressing issue of our time.

BAIS  350 - Int'l Law and Organizations (4)

A study of the influence of law on the relations of nation-states; a survey and assessment of the activities of international and transnational organizations. Offered every other year.

BAIS  370 - European Cultures and Lives (4)

The goal of this course is to provide a cultural history of Europe that will inform students about the historical particularity of this region intended to guide further study of contemporary society and culture. The period roughly from 1750 to the present will be covered. The method that will be employed is to present a historical continuum brought to life through the voices of figures who lived through some of the central transformations of the epoch. The course is divided into sections and each section will include both excerpts from a textbook and various contemporary texts, including autobiographies and essays. The idea beyond this method is to make the historical changes tangible and to understand how a variety of developments in letters, the arts, and the sciences intersected. As a European Studies course, the material presented will allow for the overcoming national self-definitions and is intended to direct students towards a regional understanding of shared history. In effect, national developments were intertwined throughout the period under investigation and the course will underline these commonalities.

BAIS  375 - Colonialism and Empire (4)

The focus of this class is to develop a deep understanding of multiple issues that provide a kaleidoscopic view of the social processes of empire and colonialism. Students will come to understand the key terms and means through which colonial power has been and continues to be transmitted.

BAIS  376 - Postcolonial Migr and Euro Ident (4)

Since World War II, European society has been tremendously affected by migrations, many the result of prior colonial networks. The result has been a newly multicultural European society that has been recently challenged on many fronts. This class will investigate migration, multiculturalism and the rise of anti-immigration sentiment in Europe.

BAIS  390 - Special Topics (2 - 4)

This course focuses on a special subject in International Studies. Offered intermittently. Course may be repeated for credit as subject varies. Prerequisites may be applied in any given semester at the discretion of the professor offering the course.

BAIS  395 - Int'l Affairs Review (2)

In this course, students will learn to plan, edit, and produce a journal of academic work about International Studies and the world around us. In this two-credit course, you will have the opportunity to find scholarly work to publish, work with authors, edit, layout and finally publish a full-length academic journal. This opportunity is an ideal choice for those looking for publication and editorial experience for their resume.

BAIS  398 - Directed Study (1 - 4)

BAIS  399 - BAIS Internship (SL) (4)

The purpose of this course is to provide students in International Studies with the opportunity to expand their learning beyond the classroom and into the community. Though many of the topics BAIS students consider take place on faraway shores, there are a host of local non-profit organizations that are engaged in issues such as development economics, ecological justice, human trafficking, and refugees, among other topics. This course fulfills the USF service learning requirement because you will be working in a non-profit environment that provides a service to the community and to the world. However, this experience should also allow students to see how their knowledge gleaned as USF can be put to work in the world at large. The internship will introduce students to active organizations working on international issues and it will allow them to develop patterns of professional behavior as well as providing some connections and useful job experience. As a result of this course, students will gain knowledge of the organizational structures not only of their own community partner, but of others where fellow students are interns. Discussions and reflections during class time will provide an outlet to enrich your own experience and to learn what others are facing in their internships.

BAIS  490 - Capstone Seminar (4)

This course provides students with an opportunity to engage in a focused study of a topic in International Studies, using advanced theoretical readings as well as primary and secondary material to write an original research paper.

BAIS  495 - Honors Thesis Seminar (4)

This course is open to seniors who have a least a 3.5 grade point average and who meet other requirements for admission as established by instructor. Course may be used toward track or region elective in International Studies as agreed with instructor and adviser.