BGIA 301


James Ketterer

   Th     4:00 pm-6:20 pm



The Core Seminar investigates the changing roles and influence of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in world politics by examining: NGOS, IGOs, think-tanks, multi-national corporations, and transnational networks in the international system. We bridge the gap between theoretical and practical through the application of relevant theory to students’ lived experiences at their internships. The course looks at recent and classic academic literature on: issue emergence; imperialism; discourse; and on what makes an NGO effective or ineffective.  The students draw both on that literature and on their practical experience to discuss these issues. Additionally, the Core Seminar features a number of guest speakers to highlight the variety of ways one can become a practitioner of international affairs and discuss the real life implications of what we’ve discussed in class; and hosts supplemental skill-building workshops to promote professional development. Students should expect to do 20-25 pages of formal academic writing, as well as: a multimedia presentation; written analysis of the competing stakeholders related to their internship organization; and a series of response papers throughout the course. Class size: 15



BGIA 319


Kate Bourne

Scott Rosenstein

 M         4:00 pm-6:20 pm



This course provides a general overview of determinants of health in the developing world and principles within the field of global public health. It will include a review of some current and historical public health problems, such as tuberculosis, malaria, AIDS, small pox, maternal and infant mortality and reproductive health and rights, and the approaches used to understand and address them. Students will also examine the roles of a range of international organizations involved in global public health efforts, including local and international non-governmental organizations, multilateral agencies such as the WHO, UNAIDS, bilateral organizations like the CDC and USAID, governments and donor organizations. The course aims to convey an understanding of the complexity of health problems in developing countries, the impact of health on social and economic development, the contributions of various disciplines and analytical perspectives in decision-making about public health priorities, and the range of players that contribute to developing and implementing the programs to address them. The course will be structured primarily around a series of case studies of public health policies and practices around which there has been controversy or debate about the appropriate course of action. The case studies will include a major focus on HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health, and will examine such issues as quarantine, testing of new technologies on vulnerable populations, commitment of resources to treatment versus prevention, and the influence of conflicting "moralities" on public health program approaches. These debates will examine the tensions that sometimes arise between efforts to ensure public health and safety, while promoting health equity and rights. It will incorporate perspectives of stakeholders in the developing world, as well as scientists, policy makers and activists. The analysis and readings will draw from various disciplines, including epidemiology and medical anthropology. Class size: 15



BGIA 321


Giles Alston

   W      6:00 pm-8:20 pm



This course is about the relationship between information, analysis, risk and decision makers. On one level, this means that it is about something you do yourself all the time -- but we will be looking specifically at how analysis is produced for those who work in both the public and the private sectors and face critical political, investment, or even humanitarian decisions. Concentrating on three crucial components – collection, analysis and communications – the goal is understand processes behind the production of good analysis and the ways in which it can be conveyed to decision makers. At the same time as intensively studying some of the instances in which intelligence analysis has resulted in success -- and, because it tends to be more revealing, those where it has not -- we will be trying out some of the techniques involved in professional analysis, including writing, presentations, and team work, and looking at analysts working in the government, financial, and non-profit sectors. The intention is to offer an appreciation of what professional analysts do in an intelligence and political risk context, and how their work can feed into the conduct of international relations and international business.  Major topics include the Iranian Revolution, the Iraq War, and the development of the American space program in the context of the Cold War. Class size: 15



BGIA 330


Ilan Greenberg

   T       4:00 pm-6:20 pm



In this course we will examine ways in which foreign correspondents cover the world. We will learn about how journalism interrogates human rights, conflict, economic development, climate change, culture, and current events generally. We will explore the social, economic, and political fissures impacting the coverage of global affairs. And we will discuss the changing media landscape such as the rise of social media, the perspectives of journalism from different parts of the world, and how the media influence international relations.  We will acquire an understanding of the issues animating current media coverage of global affairs, and also will learn about the mechanics of journalism, such as editing, contextualizing subject matter, and fundamental reporting skills. Although we will scrutinize video, radio, and multimedia journalism, this course primarily seeks to sharpen your understanding of and ability at expository writing on global affairs and you will be expected to write intensively almost every week. Class assignments will entail research and original reporting. We will read and discuss a representative sampling of articles and books by journalists about foreign affairs, and will include discussions with experienced reporters and editors about their work. Class size: 15



BGIA / PS 354


Walter Russell Mead

Su        5:00 pm-7:20 pm



Cross-listed: Political Studies  The question of what war is and how wars can be won has exercised great minds from the dawn of recorded history. In this advanced seminar, students will explore classic texts on conflict from ancient China to modern Europe. The class will examine the nature of conflict, the role of chance in human affairs, the definition of power and the development of strategic thought. (Note!  Bard will provide transportation for Annandale based students who enroll in this class.) Class size: 15