The Department of International Studies prepares you for the increasingly complex and interconnected world of the 21st century. Whether you are passionate about human rights, media, education, the environment, or public health, when you pursue an International Studies degree at IU you will learn how to analyze these global issues through a multidisciplinary context and acquire the skills required of tomorrow’s global leaders. Additionally, you will develop deep knowledge of at least one region outside the US, and fluency in another language. An integral part of the School of Global and International Studies, the department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees as well as graduate degrees. Our students go on to meaningful careers in government, NGOs, corporations, foundations, media outlets, and policy institutes; but most importantly, emerge from our department as ethical citizens of the world.
Selected Spring Courses
Stephanie Kane discussed her new class, Artic Encounters: Animals, People and Ships, as well as her work with the Ice Law Project, in a themester interview.
Lee Feinstein co-wrote an article in the Washington Post concerning the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Stephanie Kane contributed to the article Shipping Corridors Through the Inuit Homeland in the April issue of Chokepoints.
Recent Publications by International Studies Faculty
Nur Amali Ibrahim's book, Improvisational Islam: Indonesian Youth in a Time of Possibility, is now available through Cornell University Press.
Stephen Macekura’s latest book, The Development Century: A Global History (co-edited with Erez Manela of Harvard University), has just been published.”
Andrew Bell published “Syria, Chemical Weapons, and a Qualitative Threshold for Humanitarian Intervention” in Just Security and “Syria, chemical weapons and the limits of international law” in The Conversation.
On Islam: Muslims and the Media is edited by Hilary Kahn and Rosemary Pennington. Publisher’s Weekly writes, “Though slim, this book goes a long way in combating Islamophobia and exposing how media representations often exacerbate the ignorant fear of Islam and Muslims.”
David Bosco's article, "John Bolton talks tough on the U.N. What’s his record really like?" has been posted on the Monkey Cage, a blog hosted by the Washington Post.
This class will adopt a comparative and historical approach to the study of war economy. We will investigate various types of war economies, controlled by states, armed groups, and individuals. We will focus on the idea of production and on its relationship with state-building and social class formation. This will allow us to study the various facets of warfare from medieval to contemporary wars. Cases will include the Mongol Empire, European feudal states, the First and Second World Wars, as well as various contemporary conflicts, from Afghanistan, to Sierra Leone and Syria.
Global Economic Governance
Sarah Bauerle Danzman
Today, many political pundits lament the imminent collapse of the "liberal international order," and point to declining support for international economic treaties and organizations as proof. What is the liberal international order anyway, how did it come to be, who benefits from it, why is it under attack, and what might it be replaced with? In this course, you will learn about the key governance structures that have organized the flow of goods and money across borders since 1945, how they work, why they generate controversy, and how global forces are challenging these structures today.
Technology and Development
In this course, we study the relationship between technology and development from a socio-technical perspective, with a focus on the future of communities and societies across the globe and how it is being shaped by computer technology. Like any other technology, and perhaps more strongly, computers are cultural and political artifacts. One of the best ways to understand them, therefore, is through a socio-economic, cultural, and political lens. We will examine this through old and new examples of techno-utopian thinking.