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Instructor: Istrabadi, Feisal Amin
Day & Time: MW 9:30 AM- 10:45 AM
Building & Room: Ballantine Hall 245
Credit Hours: 3.0
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Start Date: 8/24/2015 End Date: 12/18/2015

AFTER ATROCITIES, RECONSTRUCTING THE PEACE: Despite long-standing international norms against the targeting of civilians, experts estimate that up to 170 million civilians were killed in the course of various conflicts in the twentieth century, many at the hands of their own governments. Countries in transition from such traumatic episodes frequently engender mechanisms for, as historian John Torpey has it, "laying to rest the unquiet past." Some societies do so through the use of formal justice mechanisms, such as the trials in the former Yugoslavia or Rwanda. Others use variations of truth and reconciliation commissions, while some use more informal, traditional means of dispute resolution and reconciliation. Still others opt for outright impunity or some form of conditional amnesty. This course will consider the alternative theories for building the peace after periods of intense violence, including, for example, methods of reconstructing a national discourse that deals with the past. Issues of legality as distinct from legitimacy of such mechanisms will be addressed, as will the often differing or shifting perceptions of who is the victim and who the perpetrator. The course is multi-disciplinary, with readings by historians, philosophers, political scientists, and jurists, among others.


Instructor: Waters, Timothy William
Day & Time: RF 1:15 PM- 2:40 PM
Building & Room: Lowell E Baier Hall 120
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirements:
Start Date: 8/18/2015 End Date: 12/18/2015

HUMAN RIGHTS: The idea of human rights has become one of the dominant organizing principles of the modern international system ¿ and in particular, the idea that human rights are a legal construct. Though its provisions are often ignored and its content contested, the claim that humans have certain rights which law protects has proved a powerful rhetorical and political device, which has been accepted and appropriated by actors around the world. In this course, students will examine the foundations and practice of international human rights law. The first part of the course introduces basic concepts: sources, assumptions, justifications, aspirations and challenges for human rights. Then, through a small number of focused themes, students will explore the practical operation of those concepts as a legal-political system, agent of change, and instrument of power. In addition, the readings provide examples of the rhetorical, legal and institutional modes in which rights are discussed and implemented. Current issues will be considered in historical and comparative perspective, with emphasis on the competing claims about the meaning and function of human rights in an international legal system, from both mainstream and outside perspectives. Two major themes will be explored throughout: challenges to the human rights orthodoxy, especially its notions of universalism and legitimacy; and the role of the inter-state system in defining and enforcing human rights.


Instructor: Kalentzidou, Olga
Day & Time: TR 9:30 AM- 10:45 AM
Building & Room: Global & International Studies 0011
Credit Hours: 3.0
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Start Date: 8/24/2015 End Date: 12/18/2015

FOOD SECURITY: This service-learning course examines issues of global food availability and accessibility through active engagement locally. Through direct service-learning in Bloomington's food agencies students will: (1) examine the role food plays in debates about individual and collective, especially national identities, (2) evaluate how global and local issues of food security and sovereignty are connected, and (3) appreciate the city of Bloomington and its diverse population and resources. Readings, discussions and reflections will focus on the following questions: How do collective food traditions emerge? How is identity performed through food practices? How do so-called "food wars" shape relations between countries? How do communities ensure their food security; and, through which practices is food sovereignty conveyed? In order to answer these questions we will focus on case studies from different parts of the world; analyze food as political action through uprisings, protests and the policies of international food aid programs; and address issues of food security and food sovereignty. By the end of this course students will be able to: (1) explain, differentiate and analyze how food security is played out in local and global contexts, and (2) understand the significance of service-learning, and how it affects one's strength as a person and informed citizen.


Instructor: Kenney, Padraic
Day & Time: 12:00 AM- 12:00 AM
Building & Room:
Credit Hours: 4.0
CASE Requirements:
Start Date: 8/24/2015 End Date: 12/18/2015

Independent research, investigation, and synthesis of scholarship that crosses disciplines. Supervised by a faculty member upon the approval of the department.