Courses

If you would like to see our current course schedule, please visit the upcoming Course Schedule page, or visit the department’s listing on the Student Information Services (SIS) website.

Please consult the online academic catalog for final and official program information.

Courses designated as more than one subject area (e.g., as both CP and IR) cannot be double-counted to fulfill both requirements. Please consult the POS tag on the course description in SIS, as well as the list below, for course designations.

Note: This course list is subject to change without notice.

Spring 2019 International Studies Courses

Gateway Courses

  • AS.190.111 Introduction to Global Studies
  • AS.230.150 Issues in International Development

Political Science Courses

Six semester courses (18 credits) in political science are required: One Gateway course, one American politics (AP) course, two comparative politics (CP) courses, one international relations (IR) course, and one political theory (PT) course.

American Politics (INST-AP)
  • AS.190.322 Future of American Democracy
  • AS.190.334 Constitutional Law
  • AS.190.380 The American Welfare State
  • AS.190.406 The Executive Branch
  • AS.191.303 Critical Race Theory, Law, and Criminal Justice
  • AS.191.354 Congress and Foreign Policy
  • AS.191.363 Populism and Politics
  • AS.191.415 Fear and Loathing: Writing About Contemporary American Politics
  • AS.194.210 Race, Gender, Citizenship: Being Muslim in America
  • AS.230.224 Freshman Seminar: Public Opinion and Democracy
  • AS.230.316 African-American Family
  • AS.230.370 Housing and Homelessness in the United States
  • AS.271.403 Environmental Policymaking and Policy Analysis
  • AS.362.113 Police and Prisons in Comparative Perspective
Comparative Politics (INST-CP)
  • AS.070.209 Urban Citizenship in Latin America
  • AS.070.214 Politics and Poetics of Mobility in Africa
  • AS.070.299 From Palestine to Pipeline: Land, Property and Indigenous Politics
  • AS.100.478 Japan and its Peripheries
  • AS.180.214 The Economic Experience of the BRIC Countries
  • AS.180.391 Economics of China
  • AS.190.102 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • AS.190.326 Democracy and Elections
  • AS.190.427 Political Economy of Japan and Korea
  • AS.190.428 The Politics of Disaster in the Middle East and Beyond
  • AS.190.434 Does Israel Have a Future?
  • AS.190.440 European Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • AS.191.347 The Political Economy of Climate Change
  • AS.191.363 Populism and Politics
  • AS.212.353 La France Contemporaine
  • AS.215.380 Modern Latin American Culture
  • AS.215.390 Modern Spanish Culture
  • AS.215.409 Catalonia and Independence
  • AS.216.342 The Holocaust in Israeli Society and Culture
  • AS.230.350 Capitalism, Dependency, and Development in Latin America
  • AS.230.352 Chinese Diaspora: Networks and Identity
  • AS.230.396 Politics and Society
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars
  • AS.271.403 Environmental Policymaking and Policy Analysis
  • AS.310.200 Economic Growth and Development in East Asia
  • AS.310.222 The Religions of Korea
  • AS.310.230 Chinese Politics and Society
  • AS.310.340 Development and Social Change in Rural China
  • AS.310.404 Korea in the World
  • AS.361.336 Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Bolivar’s Venezuela
  • AS.362.113 Police and Prisons in Comparative Perspective
International Relations (INST-IR)
  • AS.190.346 Foundations of International Relations Theory
  • AS.190.408 Sovereignty: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Issues
  • AS.190.410 Rasafari: Race and Resistance on a Global Scale
  • AS.190.428 The Politics of Disaster in the Middle East and Beyond
  • AS.190.431 Global Climate Governance
  • AS.191.347 The Political Economy of Climate Change
  • AS.230.306 Plaques, Power, and Social Control
  • AS.230.335 Medical Humanitarianism
  • AS.230.378 Refugees, Human Rights, and Sovereignty
  • AS.230.393 Global Health and Human Rights
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars
  • AS.230.440 Port Cities and Historical Capitalism in Maritime Asia
  • AS.271.360 Climate Change: Science and Policy
  • AS.271.402 Water, Energy, and Food
  • AS.271.405 Energy and Politics
Political Theory (INST-PT)
  • AS.150.205 Introduction to the History of Modern Philosophy
  • AS.150.237 Foundations of Modern Political Philosophy
  • AS.150.404 The Ideas of Power
  • AS.190.207 The Power of Rhetoric
  • AS.190.284 Classics of Political Theory: Political Freedom
  • AS.190.346 Foundations of International Relations Theory
  • AS.190.398 Politics of Good & Evil
  • AS.190.419 Race and Segregated Time
  • AS.191.303 Critical Race Theory, Law, and Criminal Justice
  • AS.230.213 Social Theory
  • AS.230.396 Politics and Society
  • AS.271.401 Environmental Ethics
  • AS.300.102 Great Minds

Economics Courses (INST-ECON)

Four semester courses (12 credits) in economics are required: two “Elements” courses (180.101 Elements of Macroeconomics & 180.102 Elements of Microeconomics), one approved international economics course chosen from the INST-ECON course selection, and one course of the student’s choosing taken in the Economics Department at JHU.

  • AS.100.442 The Intellectual History of Capitalism, 1900 to present
  • AS.180.210 Migrating to Opportunity? Evidence from East Asia, the U.S. and the EU
  • AS.180.214 The Economic Experience of the BRIC Countries
  • AS.180.338 Political Economy and Development
  • AS.180.351 Labor Economics
  • AS.180.361 Rich Countries, Poor Countries
  • AS.180.389 Social Policy Implications of Behavioral Economics
  • AS.180.390 Health Economics & Developing Countries
  • AS.180.391 Economics of China
  • AS.190.429 The Political Bases of the Market Economy
  • AS.191.347 The Political Economy of Climate Change
  • AS.230.350 Capitalism, Dependency, and Development in Latin America
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars
  • AS.310.200 Economic Growth and Development in East Asia

History Courses

Five semester courses (15 credits) in history must be taken. One introductory course at the 100-level in the JHU History Department (e.g., 100.1xx) and four others as described below.

Introductory History Courses
  • AS.100.103 Early Modern Europe & the Wider World
  • AS.100.108 Making America: Black Freedom Struggles to 1896
  • AS.100.115 Modern Latin America
  • AS.100.129 Introduction to Modern Jewish History
  • AS.100.180 Themes and Concepts in Jewish History
History Courses (INST-NWHIST)

For students entering fall 2015 and earlier only. Three out of the five courses must be non-Western history chosen from the INST-NWHIST course selection. Two out of the five courses must be taken at the 300-level or higher.

  • AS.070.209 Urban Citizenship in Latin America
  • AS.070.214 Politics and Poetics of Mobility in Africa
  • AS.070.299 From Palestine to Pipeline: Land, Property and Indigenous Politics
  • AS.070.465 Concepts: How to Read Hindu and Islamic Texts
  • AS.100.248 Japan in the World
  • AS.100.305 Peter to Putin: Survey
  • AS.100.312 The Transatlantic Slave Trade, c. 1450-1850
  • AS.100.346 Soviet-American Cold War
  • AS.100.347 Early Modern China
  • AS.100.394 Brazilian Paradoxes: Slavery, Race, and Inequality in Brazil (from a Portuguese Colony to the World’s 8th Largest Economy)
  • AS.100.395 History of Global Development
  • AS.100.421 Sex, Law and Islam
  • AS.100.424 Women & Modern Chinese History
  • AS.100.430 Gender and Sexuality in African History
  • AS.100.478 Japan from its Peripheries
  • AS.130.216 History of the Jews in Modern Times, from the Middle Ages to 1917
  • AS.140.328 Science and Technology in Slave Regimes
  • AS.211.316 Brazilian Cinema and Topics in Contemporary Brazilian Society
  • AS.215.290 Latin American Critical Perspectives on Colonialism: From the ‘World Upside Down’ to the ‘Coloniality of Power’
  • AS.215.380 Modern Latin American Culture
  • AS.230.306 Plaques, Power, and Social Control
  • AS.230.350 Capitalism, Dependency, and Development in Latin America
  • AS.230.352 Chinese Diaspora: Networks and Identity
  • AS.230.378 Refugees, Human Rights, and Sovereignty
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars
  • AS.230.440 Port Cities and Historical Capitalism in Maritime Asia
  • AS.300.331 The Authoritarian Image: Russian Cinema from Stalin
  • AS.310.222 The Religions of Korea
  • AS.310.230 Chinese Politics and Society
  • AS.310.340 Development and Social Change in Rural China
  • AS.310.404 Korea in the World
  • AS.361.336 Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Bolivar’s Venezuela
History Courses (INST-GLOBAL)

For students entering fall 2016 and later only. Four of the five courses must come from the INST-GLOBAL course selection.

  • AS.070.209 Urban Citizenship in Latin America
  • AS.070.214 Politics and Poetics of Mobility in Africa
  • AS.070.299 From Palestine to Pipeline: Land, Property and Indigenous Politics
  • AS.070.465 Concepts: How to Read Hindu and Islamic Texts
  • AS.100.205 Freshman Seminar: Health, Healing, and Medicine in Africa
  • AS.100.248 Japan in the World
  • AS.100.270 Europe since 1945
  • AS.100.283 Making and Unmaking Queer Histories: Identities, Cultures, and the Politics of Queer Pasts in North America and Western Europe, 1900-Present
  • AS.100.305 Peter to Putin: Survey
  • AS.100.310 The French Revolution
  • AS.100.312 The Transatlantic Slave Trade, c. 1450-1850
  • AS.100.346 Soviet-American Cold War
  • AS.100.347 Early Modern China
  • AS.100.360 The Modern British World: Imperial Encounters, Regimes, and Resistance, from the American Revolution to the Present
  • AS.100.365 Culture and Society in the High Middle Ages
  • AS.100.384 Intoxicated: Commodities & Globalization in the Early Modern World
  • AS.100.386 The Cold War as Sports History
  • AS.100.394 Brazilian Paradoxes: Slavery, Race, and Inequality in Brazil (from a Portuguese Colony to the World’s 8th Largest Economy)
  • AS.100.395 History of Global Development
  • AS.100.421 Sex, Law and Islam
  • AS.100.424 Women & Modern Chinese History
  • AS.100.430 Gender and Sexuality in African History
  • AS.100.442 The Intellectual History of Capitalism, 1900 to present
  • AS.100.478 Japan from its Peripheries
  • AS.130.216 History of the Jews in Modern Times, from the Middle Ages to 1917
  • AS.140.328 Science and Technology in Slave Regimes
  • AS.150.205 Introduction to the History of Modern Philosophy
  • AS.192.410 Kissinger Seminar on American Grand Strategy
  • AS.211.305 Revolution in European Theater & Film
  • AS.211.316 Brazilian Cinema and Topics in Contemporary Brazilian Society
  • AS.211.322 Sicily, the pearl of the Mediterranean: History, Culture and Society
  • AS.211.329 Museums & Identity
  • AS.212.331 Paris 1900
  • AS.214.362 Italian Journeys: Medieval and Early Modern
  • AS.215.290 Latin American Critical Perspectives on Colonialism: From the ‘World Upside Down’ to the ‘Coloniality of Power’
  • AS.215.380 Modern Latin American Culture
  • AS.215.390 Modern Spanish Culture
  • AS.215.409 Catalonia and Independence
  • AS.230.306 Plaques, Power, and Social Control
  • AS.230.350 Capitalism, Dependency, and Development in Latin America
  • AS.230.352 Chinese Diaspora: Networks and Identity
  • AS.230.378 Refugees, Human Rights, and Sovereignty
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars
  • AS.230.440 Port Cities and Historical Capitalism in Maritime Asia
  • AS.300.331 The Authoritarian Image: Russian Cinema from Stalin
  • AS.310.222 The Religions of Korea
  • AS.310.230 Chinese Politics and Society
  • AS.310.340 Development and Social Change in Rural China
  • AS.310.404 Korea in the World
  • AS.361.336 Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Bolivar’s Venezuela

Library Research Seminar for International Studies and Social Sciences (AS.192.210)

This course offers training to undergraduate students in international studies and related majors on the fundamentals of library research and research or grant proposal writing. The course will introduce students to the major research resources in global studies in the humanities and social sciences, strategies and techniques to conduct effective research, and how to use library research to enhance research and grant proposal writing. This course also aims to help students learn to develop research skills for use in their major coursework and major-related research projects, including field research projects abroad and senior thesis. View the course syllabus. For questions, please contact Mr. Yunshan Ye at yye@jhu.edu.

Suggested Methods Training Courses

  • AS.070.419 Logic of Anthropological Inquiry
  • AS.180.217 Game Theory in Social Sciences
  • AS.180.334 Econometrics
  • AS.192.403 Qualitative Research
  • AS.230.202 Research Methods for the Social Sciences
  • AS.360.331 Methods for Policy Research
  • EN.550.111 Statistical Analysis I
  • EN.550.112 Statistical Analysis II