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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
CASE Requirements:
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 must respect has proved a powerful rhetorical and political device; its propositions are appropriated by actors across the political spectrum. In this course, students will examine the foundations and practice of human rights, with a focus on 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: Bovingdon, Gardner
Day & Time: T 1:00 PM- 3:30 PM
Building & Room: Martin Hall 012A
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirements:
Start Date: 8/24/2015 End Date: 12/18/2015

The overall goal of this seminar is to help graduate students generate a transnational research framework that incorporates various disciplinary perspectives and complements and strengthens their own disciplinary and regionally specific academic interests. It is designed to stimulate you to think critically about a broad range of theoretical and methodological issues involved in global research, including ethics, qualitative and quantitative approaches, the co-production of the global and local, and research designs from different disciplinary perspectives. In addition to providing a framework for global thinking and learning, the seminar also intends to create a "community of junior scholars" and as such places a strong emphasis on attending regularly, participating actively, and presenting critical analyses in a scholarly manner. You will be expected to develop an analytical global framework that enhances your academic program and research. To this end, you will be required to present a critical evaluation of a Ph.D. dissertation of your choice (on a topic relevant to your own research interests), develop a preliminary research design, and compile an annotated bibliography. You will also be asked to come up with a set of criteria that will help you evaluate global frameworks and approaches and that complement your disciplinary contexts and interests. You will be expected to present on a specific research method and participate in peer feedback sessions and conversations during class. The research design will obviously be important, and we will spend some time on considering what makes strong research designs (and competitive research proposals). Ideally, you should create a new framework of understanding that incorporates at least 3-4 established theoretical fields that complement and enhance your research question. The theoretical approach must work alongside a methodological framework and have applicability on the ground, across regions, and be supported by a literature review and case studies. The theoretical approach should be original, interdisciplinary, global, and synthesize varied scholarly and applied frameworks.


Instructor: TBD
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.