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Courses Offered
International Studies

A list of regularly offered courses follows. The indication of when a course will be offered is based on the best projection of the home department and can be subject to change.  

Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement.  

200. Introduction to International Studies. (S) (NW) Every Spring  

Interdisciplinary course required for students with an International Studies minor or concentration. Through coordinated lectures by a team of 5 – 6 F&M faculty and guest speakers, students will consider issues of development, security and terrorism, human rights, food and resource management and public health in the light of various disciplines. Staff  

228. Middle Eastern Music and Culture. (A) (NW) Fall 2013  

This interdisciplinary course will explore the musical identities of the Middle East and North Africa in terms of the complex sociological, historical, and political processes that have shaped the region. We will proceed from the idea that music is a powerful agent in the negotiation of power and identity, and examine the ways in which it has been utilized throughout transformative periods of history. Particular attention will be given to the transnational and diasporic nature of musics under   consideration. Classical, folk, and popular musical traditions will be considered, as will the roles of art, popular culture, and mass media. Same as MUS 228. Alajaji           

305. Global Century. (S) Spring 2014

The twentieth century has often been called the “American century” but this class re-examines that Studies century as the global century by examining U.S. popular culture in a global context. The course asks how the popular culture has flowed in and out of the United States, often to create hybrid forms. It also examines the links between popular culture, imperial expansion, war and global capitalism. Same as AMS 305. Kieran  

350. International Business. (S) Every Semester  

Students in this course will learn about the history of international business, investigate the political and economic institutions that structure the global economy, and explore the impact of international environments on firm-level decisions. Same as BOS 350. McCaffrey  

425. Human Rights/Human Wrongs. (S) (NW) Fall 2013  

This course is structured as a senior seminar. It focuses on human rights and human wrongs in general, emphasizing political asylum in the United States. The major component of the course, aside from the weekly seminar readings and discussions, centers on the political asylum project. Students work on a political asylum case in the context of a community partnership. Students work in groups and compile evidence, testimony, and detainee affidavits that are used in an immigration court of law for the political asylum detainee’s case. Students have direct hands-on experience working with asylum seekers currently incarcerated in an INS detention facility. Students present and evaluate individual cases in a mock trial. Permission of the instructor required. Dicklitch  

426. Political Asylum Practicum. (S) (NW) Spring 2014  

This course is a community-based learning internship for credit (CBL-IFC). Students, with the help of our community partner, PIRC (Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center), will have the opportunity to work on a real asylum, Withholding of Removal, or Convention Against Torture (CAT) case. Students will work in teams of two. GOV 425 Human Rights-Human Wrongs must be taken in conjunction with this course. Each student-team will meet bi-weekly with the instructor and managing attorney to discuss the individual cases. Dicklitch  

489. International Studies Seminar. (S) (NW) Every Fall  

This capstone seminar for International Studies seniors is also open to other seniors with permission of the instructor. The course will be organized around a core set of readings on one broad international topic: in Fall 2013, Nations, States, Unions, Blocs. Students will define an individualized research program, building on their previous coursework in International Studies, share readings and findings   with fellow seminar students and produce a final paper and oral presentation. Prerequisite: IST 200. Gasbarrone  

Travel Courses


210. Cross-perceptions: Europe-U.S.A. (H) Fall 2013, offered only at “F&M in Paris”

This seminar examines the origins and effects of European and American perceptions of each other, with attention to heritage of the Roman Empire, medieval Christianity, the Enlightenment and 20th-century international conflict and cooperation. Whiteside

210. TRAVEL: Japanese Studies at Tohoku Gakuin University. (Summer Travel Course) (NW) Every Summer

Franklin & Marshall College offers a May – June Program that includes pre-departure sessions on the Franklin & Marshall campus; three weeks of classes at Tohoku Gakuin University, during which students live with Japanese families; field trips. Staff


U.S./Middle East Relations.
Global Justice.