The Department of International Studies prepares you for the increasingly complex and interconnected world of the 21st century. Whether you are passionate about human rights, media, education, the environment, or public health, when you pursue an International Studies degree at IU you will learn how to analyze these global issues through a multidisciplinary context and acquire the skills required of tomorrow’s global leaders. Additionally, you will develop deep knowledge of at least one region outside the US, and fluency in another language. An integral part of the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, the department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees as well as graduate degrees. Our students go on to meaningful careers in government, NGOs, corporations, foundations, media outlets, and policy institutes; but most importantly, emerge from our department as ethical citizens of the world.
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Featured Courses - Fall 2021
INTL-I 408 Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities
In this intensive writing course, students will learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 global goals designed to push the international community towards sustainability and justice by 2030. In this course, students will learn about the SDGs and explore the challenges and opportunities they present for international development. Students will consider questions, including: What is sustainable development? How are global and local institutions, agencies and individuals seeking to create sustainable development? How do we know if we’ve achieved sustainable development? Through in-depth research and community-engaged writing, students will explore a global issue of interest and build professional writing skills while taking meaningful action.Learn more
INTL-I 305 Media and the Middle East
This course will explore media representations of Middle Eastern societies, as well as the role of media in Middle Eastern countries with an emphasis on Iran, Turkey, Egypt, and the Levant. Beginning with foundational media theory, we will then consider the history of mass media in the region, including print, radio, and television. The course will go on to treat the roles of old, new and social media in political and cultural revolutions of recent decades, along with the complexities of globalized media production involving transnational collaboration and diaspora populations.Learn more
INTL-I 203 Global Development
Why are some countries rich while other countries remain poor? Why are some societies characterized by relative equality of wealth among its members (i.e. Sweden, China before 1978), while others are vastly unequal (i.e. Brazil)? How do current challenges such as globalization, democratic backsliding, and civil conflict affect global, national, and local efforts at facilitating development? Students will learn about the post-WWII global architecture surrounding international development projects, study both institutional and behavioral factors that influence development outcomes, and use theory and empirical observation to generate insight into the enduring challenges of development as well as the most promising pathways toward development at local, national, and global levels. I-203 is the core course for the International Studies thematic concentration in Global Development.Learn more
INTL-I 103 Global Business
What does it mean to be a global corporation in the 21st Century? What kinds of dilemmas do business leaders face when operating in different counties with varying political, cultural, technological, and environmental landscapes? How can communities harness the positive aspects of global business while managing the social, environmental, and security risks they generate? Should consumers and voters hold global businesses to high social and environmental standards, and if so, how? In this course, you will learn how to analyze the opportunities and challenges multinational companies generate using real cases from global companies including: Exxon Mobile, Nike, Patagonia, Toms Shoes, Starbucks, Apple, Facebook, and even Grindr (who knew a dating app would generate national security concerns?!). Individually and with teams you will use political, economic, historical, and cultural knowledge to critically analyze, debate, and solve real-world problems that business, political, and community leaders face. Through studying and debating these cases, you will develop a set of valuable risk analysis, ethical reasoning skills, and cultural competencies necessary to becoming a leader in corporate, community, and political environments as well as learn the basics of writing a policy memo.Learn more
INTL-I 303 Politics of the Developing World
What is a "developing" country? Often also referred to as "non-western" or part of the "third-world," this course will explore definitions of these terms and the politics of countries that are typically categorized as developing, including the broader power dynamics that influence these politics. Central to our discussions will be definitions of democracy and autocracy and what these look like in the developing world, globalization and colonization, human rights, and the media. Although the course is about the politics of the developing world, it is inevitable that we should discuss the politics of the developed world, as well, given the historical and contemporary relationships between the developing and developed world.Learn more
INTL-I 325 Politics of the Developing World - in Spanish
What is a "developing" country? Often also referred to as "non-western" or part of the "third-world," this course will explore definitions of these terms and the politics of countries that are typically categorized as developing, including the broader power dynamics that influence these politics. Central to our discussions will be definitions of democracy and autocracy and what these look like in the developing world, globalization and colonization, human rights, and the media. Although the course is about the politics of the developing world, it is inevitable that we should discuss the politics of the developed world, as well, given the historical and contemporary relationships between the developing and developed world.
Students will discuss -- in Spanish -- politics of the developing world. (See optional companion class INTL-I 303, which is taught in English.)
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Recent Faculty Achievements
Keera Allendorf has published an essay, "Coronavirus, Cohorts, and International Demography," in Population and Development Review’s new collection on "Covid-19 and the Global Demographic Research Agenda."
Huss Banai recently made a number of media appearances discussing important current events. He appeared on NPR's On Point show, Public Seminar("On the meaning of Soleimani's death), Background Briefing podcast, BackStory Podcast("On the history of US-Iran relations), Deutsche Welle (airs on PBS before NewsHour), CBC("On what de-escalation means"), and on Vox("On possible implications").
Feisal Istrabadi's op-ed, "To Foster Trust, Genuine Federal Structures Must be Constructed," was published by the Iraq Energy Institute.
Sarah Bauerle Danzman published an article in The Monkey Cage titled "Why is the U.S. forcing a Chinese company to sell the gay dating app Grindr?".
Recent Publications by Faculty
Clémence Pinaud's book
War and Genocide in South Sudan, is now available through Cornell University Press.
Clémence Pinaud's book
Rebel Economies: Warlords, Insurgents, Humanitarians, co-edited by Clémence Pinaud, has been published by Rowman and Littlefield.
Bill Scheuerman's book
Bill Scheuerman edited The Cambridge Companion to Civil Disobedience, which will be published on July 15th.
Sarah Bauerle Danzman's book
Merging Interests by Sarah Bauerle Danzman is now available through Cambridge University Press.
Stephen Macekura's book
The Mismeasure of Progress, is now available through the University of Chicago Press.
Purnima Bose’s book
Intervention Narratives: Afghanistan, the United States, and the Global War on Terror, was published by Rutgers University Press. Her book is also featured on the Page 99 Test.
Bill Scheuerman’s book
The second, revised and expanded edition of Bill Scheuerman’s The End of Law: Carl Schmitt in The Twenty-First Century has been released by Rowman & Littlefield International (London).
Jess Steinberg's book
Mines, Communities, and States: The Local Politics of Natural Resource Extraction in Africa, is now available through Cambridge University Press.
Nur Amali Ibrahim's book
Improvisational Islam: Indonesian Youth in a Time of Possibility, is now available through Cornell University Press.