Politics and Policy: Theory, Research and Practice - GOVT 4998 / AMST 4998 / PAM 4060
Research Seminar in American Studies - AMST 4997 / HIST 4998
American Shakespeare - PMA 4190 / ENGL 4291 / AMST 4194
Global Health Security and Diplomacy - STS 3231 / BSOC 3231
International Trade Theory and Policy - ECON 4510
Nineteenth Century Art and Culture - ARTHST 4171
Strategic Thinking - AEM 4190
American Shakespeare - PMA 4190 / ENGL 4291 / AMST 4194
Economic Analysis of the University - ILRLE 6480 / ECON 3420
Growth and Development: Theory and Practice - CRP 3854 / GOVT 3494
International Monetary Theory and Policy - ECON 4520
Nineteenth Century Art and Culture - ARTHST 4171
Seminar on American Relations with China - HIST 3391 / CAPS 3000 / ASIAN STUDIES 3305
The art of thinking strategically puts outdoing one's adversary at the core of the decision-making process, while anticipating that the adversary is doing exactly the same thing. Businesses make investment decisions and innovate products in anticipation of the reaction of their rivals; managers make pay contingent on peer performance, taking into account the reaction of their subordinates and superiors; national trade policies are formulated based on whether trading partners are committed to make credible concessions. This course introduces and explores the use of game theory to understand these interactions; students are expected to work with a balanced dose of both theory and relevant case studies. The objective of the course is to facilitate students' ability to think strategically on firm level issues (e.g., pricing, advertising wars, product differentiation, and entry deterrence) and strategic policy interaction in international economic relations (e.g., trade wars and the arms race).
AMST 4997 / HIST 4998
Research Seminar in American Studies
Required of all Cornell in Washington students pursuing the American experience option. The course attempts to understand the American experience by looking at the history and culture of the United States, using a wide range of historical works, memoirs, and literature. Each semester focuses on a particular aspect of the American experience. There are weekly discussions that investigate the American experience, and explore the methodologies of the disciplines associated, such as American studies and history. Students pursue an individual research project based on the resources available in Washington.
Nineteenth Century Art and Culture
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
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
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.
International Trade Theory and Policy
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.
International Monetary Theory and Policy
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.
GOVT 4998 / CAPS 4998
Politics and Policy: Theory, Research and Practice
This required course forms the core of the Cornell in Washington program for students in the public policy option. The central course objective is to provide students with the instruction and guidance necessary to analyze and evaluate their own chosen issue in public policy. Toward that end, the course has three components: (1) weekly lectures providing background on the structures and processes of national politics and policy (with a particular focus each semester) as well as training in research methodology; (2) student internships; and (3) individual research papers or projects. All three components interrelate so as to provide students with a strategy and framework for integrating classroom based learning, field experience and individual research.
The Road to the White House, 2016: Campaigning, Communicating, Winning and Losing
The United States is currently in the middle of a heated Presidential election. This course will follow this election through its final months, looking at the candidates, the debates, the House and Senate races, the voters, and all the vast paraphernalia of a modern political campaign. Students will investigate the election from a wide range of perspectives--political, economic, business, and historical—in order to understand not only the election, but its context. The role of the media — both traditional and social — will be analyzed. After election night, course will evaluate the outcome to understand what may happen to America going forward.
ILRLE 6480 / ECON 6400
Economic Analysis of the University
Seeks to illustrate the complexity of decision making in a nonprofit organization and to show how microeconomic analysis in general, and labor market analysis in particular, can be usefully applied to analyze resource allocation decisions at universities. Among the topics covered are financial aid, tuition, admissions policies, endowment policies, faculty salary determination, the tenure system, mandatory retirement policies, merit pay, affirmative action, comparable worth, collective bargaining, resource allocation across and within departments, undergraduate versus graduate education, research costs, libraries, athletics, and "socially responsible" policies. Lectures and discussions of the extensive readings are supplemented by presentations by Cornell administrators and outside speakers who have been engaged in university resource allocation decisions or have done research on the subject. This course will be taught via video conferencing.
Implementation and Impact in Global and Public Health
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.
PMA 4190 / ENG 4291 / AMST 4194
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
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.
Make your decisions with an eye on the decision-making of others, simply put, is the key takeaway of this course. The art of thinking strategically puts outdoing your adversary at the core of your decision-making process, while anticipating that your adversary is doing exactly the same thing – Businesses make investment decisions and innovate new products in anticipation of the reaction of their rivals; managers make pay contingent on peer performance taking into account the reaction of their subordinates and superiors; national trade policies are formulated based on whether trading partners are committed to make credible concessions; and how often is your decision to pay attention in class based on whether or not someone else is paying attention? This course introduces and explores the use of game theory to understand these interactions, students will be expected to work with a balanced dose both theory and relevant case studies. The objective of the course is to facilitate students’ ability to think strategically on firm level issues (e.g. pricing, advertising wars, product differentiation, entry deterrence), and strategic policy interaction in international economic relations (e.g. trade wars, arms race).