Courses

If you would like to see our current course schedule, please visit the 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 2020 International Studies Courses

Gateway Courses

  • 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.190.334 Constitutional Law
  • AS.190.344 Seminar in Anti-Semitism
  • AS.190.380 The American Welfare State
  • AS.190.424 Policy Disasters
  • AS.191.303 Critical Race Theory, Law, and Criminal Justice
  • AS.194.210 Race, Gender, Citizenship: Being Muslim in America
  • AS.230.244 Race and Ethnicity in American Society
  • AS.230.370 Housing and Homelessness in the United States
  • AS.271.403 Environmental Policymaking and Policy Analysis
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.100.336 The United Kingdom? A Cultural History of Four Nations, 1707-Present
  • AS.180.214 The Economic Experience of the BRIC Countries
  • AS.180.391 Economics of China
  • AS.190.102 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • AS.190.308 Democracy and Dictatorship: Theory and Cases
  • AS.190.326 Democracy and Elections
  • AS.190.424 Policy Disasters
  • AS.190.440 European Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • AS.191.359 North Korea, Identity, and International Politics
  • AS.192.150 States, Regimes & Contentious Politics
  • AS.192.280 China Under Revolution and Reform
  • AS.211.361 Narratives of Dissent in Israeli Society and Culture
  • AS.212.353 La France Contemporaine
  • AS.215.380 Modern Latin American Culture
  • AS.215.390 Modern Spanish Culture
  • AS.230.238 Beyond the Wall: The Political Economy of the U.S. and Mexico
  • AS.230.324 Gender and International Development
  • AS.230.350 Capitalism, Dependency, and Development in Latin America
  • AS.230.352 Chinese Diaspora: Networks and Identity
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars
  • AS.271.403 Environmental Policymaking and Policy Analysis
  • AS.310.222 The Religions of Korea
  • AS.310.230 Chinese Politics and Society
  • AS.310.340 Development and Social Change in Rural China
International Relations (INST-IR)
  • AS.190.220 Global Security Politics
  • AS.190.327 Politics of Information
  • AS.190.335 Imagining Borders
  • AS.190.423 Planetary Geopolitics
  • AS.190.438 Violence and Politics
  • AS.191.317 No Justice, No Peace: Perspectives from Post-conflict Responses
  • AS.192.150 States, Regimes & Contentious Politics
  • AS.230.324 Gender and International Development
  • AS.230.335 Medical Humanitarianism
  • AS.230.337 Global Crises: Past and Present
  • 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 & Policy
  • AS.271.402 Water. Energy, and Food
  • AS.271.405 Energy and Politics
  • AS.300.342 Imagining Climate Change
Political Theory (INST-PT)
  • AS.150.205 Introduction to the History of Modern Philosophy
  • AS.150.404 The Idea of Power
  • AS.150.492 Plato’s Republic
  • AS.190.180 Introduction to Political Theory
  • AS.190.311 Disposable People: Race, Immigration and Biopolitics
  • AS.190.398 Politics of Good and Evil
  • AS.190.403 Arendt/Foucault
  • AS.191.303 Critical Race Theory, Law, and Criminal Justice
  • AS.230.213 Social Theory
  • 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 course of the student’s choosing taken in the Economics Department at JHU, and one approved international economics course chosen from the INST-ECON course selection.

  • AS.100.442 The Intellectual History of Capitalism, 1900 to present
  • AS.190.429 The Political Bases of the Market Economy
  • AS.192.225 Economic Growth and Development in East Asia
  • AS.192.415 The Battle of Ideas for the World Economy
  • AS.180.210 Migrating to Opportunity? Economic Evidence from East Asia, the U.S., and the EU
  • AS.180.214 The Economic Experience of the BRIC Countries
  • AS.180.233 Economics of Transition and Institutional Change
  • 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.230.238 Beyond the Wall: The Political Economy of the U.S. and Mexico
  • AS.230.337 Global Crises: Past and Present
  • AS.230.350 Capitalism, Dependency, and Development in Latin America
  • AS.230.367 Islamic Finance
  • AS.230.397 The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars

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., AS.100.1xx) and four courses from the INST-GLOBAL course selection.

Introductory History Courses
  • None for Spring 2020
History Courses (INST-GLOBAL)
  • 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.100.242 Pop History from King Arthur to Game of Thrones
  • AS.100.270 Europe Since 1945
  • AS.100.282 Race & Power in Modern South Africa
  • AS.100.283 Making and Unmaking Queer Histories, 1800-Present
  • AS.100.305 Peter to Putin: Survey
  • AS.100.313 The Rise and Fall of the Modern City: An Environmental History Perspective
  • AS.100.336 The United Kingdom? A Cultural History of Four Nations, 1707-Present
  • AS.100.346 Soviet-American Cold War
  • AS.100.347 Early Modern China
  • AS.100.365 Culture & Society in the High Middle Ages
  • AS.100.369 Themes and Concepts in Jewish History
  • AS.100.371 Modernity, Catastrophe, and Power in Jewish History: 1881 to the Present
  • AS.100.386 The Cold War as Sports History
  • AS.100.394 Brazilian Paradoxes: Slavery, Race, and Inequality in Brazil (from Portuguese Colony to the World’s 8th Largest Economy)
  • AS.100.398 Images of Postwar Japan
  • AS.100.415 The Holocaust in Jewish History and in Global Culture
  • AS.100.422 Society & Social Change in 18th Century China
  • AS.100.423 Multiethnic Japan
  • AS.100.426 Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • AS.100.442 The Intellectual History of Capitalism, 1900 to present
  • AS.130.216 History of the Jews in Modern Times, from the Middle Ages to 1917
  • AS.140.398 Godzilla and Fukushima: Japanese Environment in History and Films
  • AS.150.205 Introduction to the History of Modern Philosophy
  • AS.192.410 Kissinger Seminar on American Grand Strategy
  • AS.194.220 The Qur’an: Text and Context
  • AS.211.240 Italian Culture and Civilization I
  • AS.211.316 Brazilian Cinema and Topics in Contemporary Brazilian Society
  • AS.211.361 Narratives of Dissent in Israeli Society and Culture
  • AS.212.345 French in Switzerland
  • AS.214.362 Italian Journeys: Medieval and Early Modern
  • AS.215.380 Modern Latin American Culture
  • AS.215.390 Modern Spanish Culture
  • AS.230.238 Beyond the Wall: The Political Economy of the U.S. and Mexico
  • AS.230.337 Global Crises: Past and Present
  • 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.300.324 Cinema of the 1930s: Communist and Capitalist Fantasies
  • AS.300.410 China in Imagination
  • AS.310.222 The Religions of Korea
  • AS.310.230 Chinese Politics and Society
  • AS.310.323 The History and Culture of North Korea
  • AS.310.340 Development and Social Change in Rural China
  • AS.362.315 Black Against Empire

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.190.426 Qualitative Methods
  • 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