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Course Descriptions

Foundational Courses

Required

Inquiry in Politics and Policy - GOVT 4998 / ALS 4998 / AMST 4998 / CAPS 4998 / PAM 4060

Immersion and Engagement in DC - ALS 4200

 

GPHS Majors ONLY:

Experiential Learning in Global and Public Health in Washington, DC -NS4997

Global and Public Health Policy and Politics -NS 4998

Immersion and Engagement in DC - ALS 4200

 

Elective Courses

Spring 2019

Community-Based Research in DC - ALS 4100 (extension of ALS 4200)

Nineteenth Century Art and Culture  - ARTHST 4171

International Trade Theory and Policy  - ECON 4510

How the Civil War Haunts America - ENGL / AMST 4920

Enduring Global and American Issues - GOVT 3071

History of the US Senate - HIST 4030

Implementation and Impact in Global and Public Health - NS 4800

Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies from Sub-Saharan Africa to Israel and the Palestinian Territories - STS  / JWST / NES / ASRC 4721, GOVT 4723

Making Science Policy: The Real World - STS / GOVT 4451

 

 

Fall 2018

American Shakespeare  - PMA 4190 / ENGL 4291 / AMST 4194

Growth and Development: Theory and Practice - CRP 3854 / GOVT 3494

International Trade Theory and Policy  - ECON 4510

Leadership in Public Affairs - PADM 4190

Nineteenth Century Art and Culture  - ARTHST 4171

Seminar on American Relations with China - HIST 3391 / CAPS 3000 / ASIAN STUDIES 3305

Global Health Security and Diplomacy - STS 3231 / BSOC 3231

 

 


 

ALS 4200
Immersion and Engagement in DC
1 credit
K. Beem
In this dynamic, community engaged course, Cornell in Washington program participants will explore and deepen their understanding of their experiences living and working in D.C. The course grounds students’ knowledge in critical social theory, place -based learning theory, and reflective practice, providing them a foundation from which to engage with D.C. and their peers. Further, with a classroom focus on integrative, experiential, and peer learning, students will build on their individual disciplinary knowledge with each other’s areas of expertise and experiences to develop an understanding and appreciation of the cross-linkages between them. Students will also use the course to engage in critical reflection of what it means to engage with D.C. and to contextualize their experiences. The course consists of weekly class meetings, discussions, guest speakers, and field engagement activities that further connect students to D.C. This course can be expanded to 4 credits with enrollment in ALS4100 Community Based Research.

 

ALS 4100
Community-Based Research in DC

3 credits
K. Beem
In this dynamic, community-based research course, Cornell in Washington program participants will design, implement, evaluate, and reflect on a semester-long community engaged research and service-learning project with an established community partner. Students will receive training and grounding in community-based research theory and practice as well as reflective learning skills. Early in the semester, students will chose from a few optional projects that they will then further co-develop with the community partner, creating clearly defined project deliverables that they will carry out through the semester. The course will meet weekly for seminar instruction to ground students’ work, and then students will develop their research products and timelines.

 

ARTHIST 4171
Nineteenth Century Art and Culture
4 credits
E. Denker
This course is an examination and analysis of the major trends in art from Neoclassicism and Romanticism through Post Impressionism and the dawn of the twentieth century.  Lectures and readings will concentrate on the historical context of great masterpieces by seminal artists.  The class will investigate the imagery and theoretical foundation of nineteenth-century European and American art using a selection of appropriate methodological approaches. Major figures to be discussed include David, Copley, Goya, Delacroix, Courbet, Cole, Manet, Morisot, Monet, Degas, Cassatt, Sargent, Eakins, Homer, Rodin, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, and Toulouse-Lautrec.  Part of each class will be devoted to discussions of the readings.  Two classes will be held in the National Gallery of Art at times and dates to be determined.  Exams, two short papers, and class participation will be used for evaluative purposes.

 

CAPS3000 / HIST3391 / ASIAN STUDIES3305
Seminar on American Relations with China

4 credits
C. Watson
A historical review of the fragile and volatile US - China relationship  from the opening by Richard Nixon in the early 1970’s until the present.  Several individual sessions will be led by current or former executive branch or congressional officials, business people, journalists, representatives of non-governmental organizations and others who have worked in China or have participated in the making of US policy toward China.

 

CRP 3854 / GOVT 3494
Growth and Development: Theory and Practice

4 credits
D. Fridl
This course approaches the major theories of growth and development and tracks their effect on countries and regions from around the world. We will look at three distinct stages of development that countries/regions went through, or find themselves in: 1) undeveloped (often accompanied by erratic and small growth); 2) developing (often accompanied by sustained but somewhat erratic growth); 3) developed (usually accompanied by small but steady, and more predictable growth). Policy makers in undeveloped and developing countries/regions will look to make the transition to development, while policy makers in developed countries/regions will look for ways to sustain long-term growth. Over time, most countries have managed some measure of growth, but only relatively few have managed the transition to the developed stage. Furthermore, the distance between the richest and poorest countries has increased continuously. We will look at some of the reasons why these discrepancies persist. As we examine these and other broad trends, we will pay particular attention to the social consequences of these trends.  In addition, throughout the course, we will be considering the policies and actions of both national and international development institutions as they reflect, or not, the major theories in the field.

 

ECON 4510
International Trade Theory and Policy
4 credits
J. Ahn
Surveys the sources of comparative advantage.  Studies commercial policy and analyzes the welfare economics of trade between countries.  Some attention is paid the to the institutional aspects of the world trading system.  Prerequisites:  Economics 1110-1120 and 3130 or permission of the instructor.

 

ECON 4520
International Monetary Theory and Policy

4 credits
S. Suranovic
Surveys the determination of exchange rates and theories of balance of payments adjustments. Also explores open economy macroeconomics and analyzes some of the institutional details of foreign exchange markets, balance of payments accounting, and the international monetary system.  Prerequisites:  Economics 1110-1120 and 3140 or permission of the instructor.

 

ENGL / AMST 4920
How the Civil War Haunts America

4 credits
S. Samuels
The conflict still called the Civil War haunts this country and continues to drive protests over confederate monuments. Nineteenth-century writers and artists confronted war in their own backyards: on both sides of the Mason Dixon line activists urged national survival. Taking advantage of our location in Washington, we will consider how present day memorials and re-enactments keep the war alive, as well as reading 19th century poetry and novels. Looking at photographs and political cartoons gives a visual resonance to the iconography of national violence.  We will visit archives at the Library of Congress, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Museum of African American History. And we will read newspaper coverage from the 2018-2019 debates over monuments. This class satisfies the pre-1900 requirement in American Studies as well as the capstone seminar requirement.
 

GOVT 3071
Enduring Global and American Issues
4 credits
D. Silbey
The US and the global community face a number of complex, interconnected and enduring issues that pose challenges for our political and policy governance institutions and society at large.  These include sustainability, social justice, technology, public health, security and conflict, and globalization, among others. Students will investigate these issues, and the challenges they pose, through weekly case studies, class discussions, lectures and guest speakers, guided by a number of robust and generalizable analytical frameworks.
 

GOVT 4998 / ALS 4998 / AMST 4998 / CAPS 4998 / PAM 4060
Inquiry in Policy and Politics
4 credits
D. Silbey
This required course forms the core of the Cornell in Washington academic program. The foundational skill of both politics and policy is taking knowledge, analyzing it, figuring out how to convert it into action. This course aims to give students the experience and understanding of how this process of knowledge into action works. Students will undertake a substantial research project in a topic related to or affected by politics and/or policy (broadly defined), and examine it through a variety of approaches and disciplines. The main goal is to understand the issue, analyze what is going on, and evaluate what options are available to respond.  The idea is to not only define and examine the issue, but also think how to create and implement a solution. To do this, students will examine their issue using multiple  forms of inquiry (normative, empirical, and policy analysis) to see what each of these reveal and to see how their chosen form of inquiry shapes their results. CAPS students must do a topic that is related to Asia.

 

HIST 4030
History of the US Senate
4 credits
K. Scott
This course explores the history of the U.S. Senate from its Constitutional origins to recent times. We will explore the evolution of the institution's powers and responsibilities, including its advice and consent role in nominations, its oversight responsibilities, and its sole power to try impeachments. Class readings and weekly discussions will explore themes of continuity and change, the role of individual senators, the nature of leadership, and the institutional evolution of the Senate.  In addition to general class reading and exams, each student will write a short paper and participate in an oral presentation.

 

NS4800
Implementation and Impact in Global and Public Health
4 credits
D. Pelletier
Improvements in global and public health do not appear commensurate with the billions of dollars invested each year.  This course examines the factors that compromise the impact of finances, policies, programs and interventions in health, nutrition and other sectors, the strategies to address these and the ways in which implementation research can assist.  The course employs a diversity of case studies,  analytical frameworks and classroom discussions to provide a deep understanding of “the implementation problem” and develop analytical skills applicable to a wide range of problems and settings.

 

NS4997
Experiential Learning in Global and Public Health in Washington, DC

4 credits
D. Silbey
This course centers on the student's global and public health internship in Washington DC to engage in an applied and holistic way with the global and public health policy world.  Students will contribute to some work of their host organization and identify a particular global and public health policy issue they have encountered in their internship.  They will analyze this issue in NS 4997 using guidance provided in their ePortfolios and they will do further analysis on it using complementary frameworks and perspectives gained from the policy and politics course (NS 4998).

 

NS4998
Global and Public Health Policy and Politics

4 credits
D. Silbey
This course analyzes the major theoretical ways in which domestic and foreign policy in the United States is understood and evaluated and the politics that influence such policymaking.  Students undertake a major empirical research project on a global and public health issue of their own choosing (which will be the same issue that identify in the internship course, NS 4997), using an appropriate social science methodology supplemented by statistical or qualitative analysis.  The course is designed to 1) give students the larger theoretical context surrounding policy formulation and evaluation, and 2) give them a chance to engage empirically with a specific global and public health issue.

 

PMA 4190 / ENG 4291 / AMST 4194
American Shakespeare
4 credits
J. O'Connor
Based upon the beliefs that Shakespeare's plays are for performing, rather than merely reading, and that they have lasted because they are capable of yielding up new and unpredictable meanings to changing ages and divergent cultures, this course considers questions such as: What do we learn about a Shakespeare play when we see it acted? How can two productions of the same play have completely different meanings? In what exciting and revolutionary ways is Shakespeare currently being performed in America and the wider world? Why are Shakespeare 'spin-offs' so popular? This seminar-based course, in which we watch and share opinions on numerous clips from Shakespeare movies old and new, while also learning something about the history of Shakespeare in America, is for students who have no background in Shakespeare as well as those who are more familiar with his plays. DC is a vibrant center for Shakespeare, and students will have the opportunity to see live performances at several theaters, including the Shakespeare Theatre's two downtown venues, and the unique Folger Shakespeare Theatre.

 

STS 3231 / BSOC 3231
Global Health Security and Diplomacy
4 credits
J. Rao
This course analyzes the development of foreign policy at the nexus of global health and national security in an attempt to better define and understand the evolving concept of “Global Health Security and Diplomacy”. Interdisciplinary in nature, the course covers a broad set of themes and their intersection, including science and technology policy, biodefense and counter terrorism, gender disparity and development, nonproliferation, food security, global health, and U.S. diplomacy. Emphasis is placed on the current U.S. administration's efforts to advance a national security and foreign policy agenda inclusive of global grand challenges. We will also pay particular attention to developing balanced and effective policies on the future of global health security. Course projects will focus on understanding a diversity of world views and perspectives, and develop practical skills in policy, advocacy and effective communication.

 

STS 4451
Making Science Policy: The Real World

4 credits
C. Leuenberger
This course focuses on what happens when science meet policy-making. We will specifically focus on: the rise of science diplomacy, the use of science in order to further development goals, and efforts to produce evidence-based foreign policy. We will further focus on currently hotly debated political issues in government affairs, including the politization and militarization of space, the rise of big data, the politics of climate change, and the construction of border walls. As part of this course we will hear from experts in the federal government on how they attempt to integrate science into the everyday workings of governance.

 

STS  / JWST / NES / ASRC 4721, GOVT 4723
Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies from Sub-Saharan Africa to Israel and the Palestinian Territories

4 credits
C. Leuensberger
This course brings together information produced by academics and policy-makers that pertains to issues of conflict, peace and reconciliation with a particular focus on Israel and the Palestinian Territories as well as Sub-Saharan Africa. Both of these regions exemplify how various issues ranging from resource management to socio-psychological dynamics can exacerbate conflicts, and they also exemplify how transborder collaboration,  civilian peace building efforts, and science diplomacy (amongst others) can become crucial tools for peace building and development. In this course we will engage and work with with policy-makers and local stakeholders involved in initiatives for peace, reconciliation and development in the Washington D.C area as well as internationally. Fieldtrips will be an integral part of the course.