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Course descriptions

The following are course descriptions of the requirements and electives for a major in International Security Studies. Many of these courses are cross-listed with the departments of Political Science, History, and Modern Languages and Literatures.

REQUIRED COURSES

IR 102 - Careers in International Relations - 1 credit
This course is intended to introduce the new IR major to fundamental logistics of a career in International Relations generally and the IR program at Duquesne University specifically. It will cover professional and academic elements, review internship processes and outline study abroad options. Further it will provide a stepping stone to the IR advisement process, career options with the major and help students focus on setting and achieving career goals after graduation.

IR 210 - Introduction to International Security Studies - 3 credits
This course seeks to establish to basic foundations of the use of force by States, legal and moral restrictions on its application and the fundamental foundations of strategic policy. It will examine how states have responded to their security challenges over the centuries as technology has transformed the strategic landscape by examining a series of State security case studies.  Cross-listed with POSC 210.

IR 295 - War and Peace in the Nuclear Age - 3 credits
An examination of the interaction between politics and the use of force in the nuclear age.  Cross-listed with POSC 295.

IR 498 - Global Security Problems - 3 credits

SECURITY ELECTIVES

IR 296 - Intelligence Operations - 3 credits
Intelligence existed as a profession long before intelligence organizations became instruments of power. The development of national intelligence agencies was - in some instances - crucial to a government retaining or increasing control; in other instances intelligence organizations were partly responsible for a government's collapse. This course examines the role of intelligence in national power, the Intelligence Cycle and basic principles of intelligence operations.

IR 300 - Intelligence, Covert Action, and Counter-Insurgency - 3 credits
Covert action operations and counter-intelligence have been employed in counter-insurgency from the 1600's to the present global struggle against terrorism. The same forms of low intensity conflict are being fought in Afghanistan and the Middle East. This course will survey counter-insurgency doctrine and analyze the value and problems intelligence operations present in these types of conflicts.

IR 360 - Crisis Management in Complex Emergencies - 3 credits
This course considers crisis management in theory and practice, drawing from the periods since World War II. Theories of crisis prevention, escalation, management, de-escalation, termination, and post-crisis management will be covered. In addition, alternative decision-making theories, structures, and processes, the nature of crisis bargaining and negotiation and the role of third parties will be addressed. Special attention will be paid to the role of military force in post-Cold War crisis scenarios. The course will include case studies and a simulation designed to provide context to the study of crisis management.  Cross-listed with POSC 360.

IR 406 - Homeland Security - 3 credits
This course aims to enhance the students' ability to see through to the crux of contemporary policy issues efficiently, quickly, and logically. The course explores techniques of policy analysis in depth, as well as the practical constraints imposed by the policy-making environment in several policy areas, in order to hone those critical analytic skills.  Cross-listed with POSC 405.

IR 407 - Terrorism - 3 credits
The phenomenon of transnational violence perpetrated by non state actors against civilians has become the single most pressing security issue in the modern era. This sort of violence - terrorism - is studied here in all its facets: motivations, organization, funding, tactics and goals. Furthermore, kinetic as well as soft-power counter-terror strategies are also reviewed from the policy, legal and moral perspectives, among others.  Cross-listed with POSC 407.

IR 409W - Ethnic Conflict: Politics and Policy - 3 credits
Ethnic conflict threatens political stability in countries around the world. From Iraq to Bolivia, from Spain to Indonesia, conflicts have erupted over a wide variety of "ethnic" issues in recent years. Yet, despite its ubiquity, ethnic politics remains poorly understood: Why do people identify with ethnic groups? Why does ethnic identity sometimes lead to private ritual, sometimes to peaceful mobilization through mass movements or political parties, and sometimes to violent conflict, pogroms, and genocide? Most pressingly, are there solutions to ethnic conflict, particularly in deeply-divided, violence-ridden countries?  Cross-listed with POSC 419W.

IR 422W - American Defense Policy - 3 credits
This course studies the institutions, policies, and decision making of the American defense establishment. Lecture. University Core Writing Intens.  Cross-listed with POSC 422W.

IR 423W - Comparative Intelligence Agencies - 3 credits
An examination of the development, structure and usage of intelligence agencies with particular emphasis on how such functions impact upon national policy makers and the policy making process. The primary focus of the course centers on a study of the CIA, British M16 and Russian KGB/FSB.  Cross-listed with POSC 429W.

IR 437- Intelligence Research - 3 credits
This seminar topic will focus on the tenure of Stansfield Turner as Director of Central Intelligence, 1977-1981. Turner's directorship was his first position in the U.S. Intelligence Community; he had previously served as an Admiral in the Navy. The course will use Turner's book Secrecy and Democracy as a guide and will explore the dilemmas of reforming an intelligence institution as well as contrast Turner's effort with the (considerably later) 2004 Intelligence Reform Act.

AREA STUDIES ELECTIVES

IR 202 - Politics of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and South Asia - 3 credits
Examines the politics, society, and culture of key countries in South Asia. Highlights problems of democracy, terrorism, poverty, human rights, and development. Particular attention to the role of religion, caste, ethnicity, and gender.  Cross-listed with POSC 205.

IR 222 - Intelligence and Foreign Policy - 3 credits
The Central Intelligence Agency has at times been in step with American policy and at other times (in Cuba in the 1960's and in Afghanistan, 2001) seemed to drive it. The course will look at the CIA through the eyes of the individuals chosen to lead it, from Allen Dulles to Stansfield Turner and, in an age of transnational threats, from George Tenant to the tenure of John Brennan. The course will also explore the relationship between the various CIA Directors and the presidents they served. Cross-listed with POSC 222.

IR 253 - The History of the Modern Middle East - 3 credits
A study of the modern Near East with concentration upon the conflict between imperialism and nationalism, traditionalism and western influences in the area.  Cross-listed with HIST 254.

IR 293 - History of Modern China - 3 credits
This is a survey of Chinese history examines the post-1840 period. Issues examined include the fate of traditional China in modern times, China's relationship with the West, war and revolution, Mao and the communist movement, reform and economic expansion in the post-Mao era and their efforts on China and the world.  Cross-listed with HIST 293.

IR 294 - China Today - 3 credits
This course introduces students to China in the contemporary era. After the death of the Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong in 1976, China went through historic changes that led to the rise of China as the world's second largest economy and the significant liberalization of the country. At the same time, China has been confronted with lingering problems and new challenges, including continued political authoritarianism, increasing economic disparity, social tension and cultural uncertainty, as well as issues of environmental sustainability. China's national experience in the past few decades offers important lessons for the larger world as it struggles with modernization. Course suitable for students wishing to acquire a basic knowledge of China in recent times.  Cross-listed with HIST 294.

IR 319 - Politics of RUSSIA and Eastern Europe - 3 credits
This course provides an overview of major political developments in selected Eastern European countries since 1945, with an emphasis on the difficulties of making the transition to post-communist governments as well as the state of democracy in these countries today. This course will focus on the countries of Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. Cross-listed with POSC 321.

IR 326 - German Foreign Policy - 3 credits
This course surveys the transformation of German political aspirations from the ascendancy of Kaiser Wilhelm II to the disintegration of Imperial Germany following defeat in the First World War in 1918. The rise of Adolf Hitler in the Weimar Republic resulted in the ascendancy of the Nazi movement in 1933 and its complete collapse in 1945. The course will trace the growth of Germany as the economic powerhouse of Europe in the post-war age, and the pivotal roles of chancellors Konrad Adenauer, Willi Brandt, Helmut Kohl and Angela Merkel in the development - and the problems - of the European Union.  Cross-listed with POSC 315.

IR 328W - Revolt and Change: Protest in Spanish American Literature - 3 credits
Nature and types of protest expressed in modern Spanish American literature.  Cross-listed with MLSP 329W.

IR 376: Revolution: Modern Latin America - 3 credits
The course begins with an analysis of different revolutionary theories, followed by an in-depth examination of the Mexican, Cuban, Chilean, and Nicaraguan revolutions of the 20th century. Unsuccessful guerilla movements in Guatemala and Colombia as well as successful, peaceful social movements pertaining to women's rights also will be examined.  Cross-listed with HIST 376.

IR 378 - Modern Africa: Independence and Issues - 3 credits
The history of independent Africa is a turbulent one, filled with wars, political upheavals, social disasters and unrest, economic calamities and a smattering of great successes. This course covers a variety of topics in the history of Africa from the independence movements of the post Second World War era to the present. Topics include, but are not limited to the following: the gaining of African independence, Africa during the Cold War, various military, political and social conflicts that plague modern Africa, the role of the United Nations and the African Union in creating political and economic stability in present-day Africa, the successes of various African nations at creating stable and economically viable states, and finally what the future holds for Africa. These topics will be examined through a variety of perspectives such as ethnicity, political, religious, economic and social factors.  Cross-listed with HIST 378.

IR 379 - East Asia and the U.S. - 3 credits
This course introduces students to the history of East Asia' s interactions with the United States . Among subjects examined are the political, economic and cultural contexts in which China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam encountered America; nationalist and imperialist struggles in the Far East and US involvement; the experience of American Christian missions in the region; Communist revolutions in East Asia and US policies; East Asia's economic "miracle" and its effects on the U.S.; and current challenges to peoples of the trans-Pacific community.  Cross-listed with HIST 379.

IR 483W - Mexico and the U.S. - 3 credits
This course focuses on U.S.-Mexican relations since the 19th century and covers the Texas rebellion and annexation, the U.S.-Mexican War, American economic penetration during the Porfiriato, U.S. military intervention in the Mexican Revolution, the expropriation of American-owned lands and oil companies in the 1930s, Mexican migration to and repatriation from the U.S., the Mexican foreign debt crisis, the narcotics trade, NAFTA, and the Mexican immigrant community in the United States.  Cross-listed with HIST 483W.

IR 485W - China in Revolution - 3 credits
This course investigates changes in China during the 20th century, with a focus on the Chinese communist movement. Topics examined include the meaning of revolution in the Chinese context; ideology, causes, events, and personalities of the Chinese revolution; consequences and impact of the revolutionary movement.  Cross-listed with HIST 485W.

IR 488W - China and the West - 3 credits
This course explores China's encounters with the West from early times through the modern age, with an emphasis on cultural exchanges. It opens with a survey of Chinese history and Sino-Western interactions over time and then focuses on topics such as the Silk Road, the Chinese Empire and the Philosophes, Christianity in China, American influence and Chinese liberalism, Marxism and Chinese communist revolution, Chinese culture in the West and Western presence in China today.  Cross-listed with HIST 488W.

DIPLOMACY ELECTIVES

IR 101 - Catholic Thought, the State and Security in the Modern World - 3 credits
The increasing tensions of the present security environment can have a strangling effect on the spirit and ethos of moral reason, and faith founded social institutions. The State needs to be secure and have its people secure. Doing so, however, may involve hard choices to do things it would not do ordinarily. How can a principled and faith founded people respond to these exigencies? This course introduces the student to the rich tradition of Roman Catholic thinking on the subject of war, peace, the State and the dignity of the individual. It will then open a conversation with some of the other approaches to contemporary problems, as well as assess responses to pressing security issues confronting the world. Cross-listed with POSC 101.

IR 110 - Current Problems in International Politics - 3 credits
A survey of issues that states currently face in world politics. Cross-listed with POSC 110.

IR 120 - International Political Economy - 3 credits
An introduction to how government decisions about trade, investment, debt and market developments impact people domestically and worldwide. Special attention is given to the problems experienced by poorer countries and responsibilities of developed nations. No background in the subject matter is required. Cross-listed with POSC 120.

IR 201 - Human Security in Sub-Saharan Africa - 3 credits
Focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, the course examines human security issues including religious and ethnic conflict within states; genocide and mass slaughter; terrorism; food security; migration and human trafficking; development and aid; and democratization. Among countries considered in the course are some of Africa's largest and most important, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia. Cross-listed with POSC 201.

IR 301 - Intelligence Ethics - 3 credits
This course seeks to review traditional ethics governing the use of military power in society, including Catholic Just War theory as well as Hindu, Islamic, Confucian and later Christian rubrics on the use of force. It will analyze contemporary security dilemmas as case studies, including the morality of strategic weapons, the use of drones, terrorism and the rising use of clandestine and hybrid operations as surrogates for war.

IR 303 - Politics of Immigration - 3 credits
This course explores the challenges of immigrant incorporation in an increasingly transnational world. Through comparative case studies drawn from the European and American contexts, as well as community engaged learning activities with Pittsburgh partner institutions, students gain both a theoretical and practical exposure to the difficulties that both immigrant groups and policymakers face regarding immigrant incorporation. Cross-listed with POSC 303.

IR 342 - Global Economic Perspectives - 3 credits
This course uses the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics to evaluate and analyze current global economic events. The course presents the plusses and minuses of globalization, an introduction to international trade and finance, a comparison of different economic systems and philosophies, and alternative theories of global poverty and economic development.

IR 345 - Security Ethics - 3 credits
The course's principal purposes are to explore the possibilities, limits, and obligations of ethical action in international relations. The course applies the insights of different theories of ethics to a number of issues, including various wars, terrorism, and humanitarian intervention. Cross-listed with POSC 345.

IR 391 - Advanced International Political Economy - 3 credits
This course surveys the basic positions in IPE as well as hegemonic stability theories, more complex trade case studies, foreign economic policies and international economic organizational behaviors - such as Basel III, Sovereign Wealth Funds or GATT/WTO rounds - which influence global trade behavior. The interplay between governmental interests and global finance and trade will be emphasized.

IR 405 - Transnational Organized Crime - 3 credits
A course which looks at the dramatic rise of international organized crime, and discusses states' responses to it.

IR 413W - Human Rights and Human Security: Politics, Policy and Law - 3 credits
Explores the international human rights regime including philosophical sources, legal instruments, governmental and non-state actors, and impacts on the international system. Cross-listed with POSC 413W.

CYBERSECURITY ELECTIVES

IR 404 - Introduction to Information Security - 3 credits
This course will cover fundamentals of the Internet, a survey of foundational cyber-security concepts, and managerial and policy topics. The course is geared to help students have sufficient technical awareness and managerial competence that will enable them to pursue advanced study in cyber security. There is no prerequisite for this course but successful students will have fundamental knowledge of information and computer systems as well as a general awareness of security issues in these systems.

IR 432 - Network Situational Awareness - 3 credits
The 21st century created an unprecedented dependence on the Internet that is ever changing and affects all aspects of business and communications. This change brings up challenging problems which business decisions analysts face both at the micro and macro-level. Students will use a variety of software to identify and analyze network communications to solve challenge problems. There will be a heavy focus on the threats facing organizations along with general network profiling techniques. Although there is no prerequisite, students should have a firm grasp on RFC-compliant communications since this class will only lightly cover certain topics.

IR 462 - Applied Threat Systems - 3 credits

IR 464W - Cybersecurity Studies Capstone Project - 3 credits