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Cultural Competence and Security Studies Undergraduate Course Descriptions

  • Cultural Competence and Security Studies (CCSS) Courses

    3315 Contemporary Security Issues in World Politics (3-0). This course focuses on current, major issues with an international dimension and/or global impact and with salience for the emerging patters of world politics. While engaging in critical analysis of current issues, it examines the broader conceptual context and analytic framework that explain interactions among nation states and other actors on the international stage.

    3317 American Government Politics and National Security (3-0). This course introduces students to the study of politics and government and examines the basic ideological, structural, and procedural choices faced by any political system. Students will understand the foundations and traditions of American democracy and the structure, decision processes and policy outcomes, especially defense policy outputs, of the American political system. Students will also examine current policy issues affecting the military.

    3321 The Politics and Culture of Europe (3-0). This course examines the historic, cultural, economic, social, and geographic traits that distinguish this region and shape its domestic political processes and interstate relations. Students will critically compare the politics, governments and orientations of European states and important regional powers. The course will also cover contemporary regional issues such as democratization, arms control, and regional integration, with a particular emphasis on security concerns.

    3323 The Politics and Culture of Asia (3-0). This course examines the historic, cultural, economic, processes, and interstate relations shaping this part of the world. The course will also cover contemporary regional issues such as the influence of Japan and China on regional and global affairs with a particular focus on regional security concerns.

    3325 The Politics and Culture of Latin America (3-0). This course examines the historic, cultural, economic, social, and geographic traits that distinguish this region and shape its domestic political processes and interstate relations. Students will explore selected Latin American political systems in detail, analyzing issues such as political stability, civil-military relations, and democratization along with politico-economic concerns such as developmental strategies, debt relief, and trade relations. The course will also cover contemporary regional issues such as democratization, arms control, and regional integration, with a particular emphasis on security concerns.

    3327 The Politics and Culture of the Middle East (3-0). This course will examine the historic, cultural, economic, social, religious, and geographic traits that distinguish this region and shape its domestic political processes and interstate relations. The course will examine the governments of selected countries while considering factors such as legitimacy and political development. The course will also cover contemporary regional issues such as democratization, arms control, and regional integration, with a particular emphasis on security concerns.

    3329 The Politics and Culture of Africa (3-0). This course will examine the historic, cultural, economic, social, religious, and geographic traits that distinguish the states of Africa and their domestic political processes and interstate relations. The course will compare critically the politics, governments, and orientations of selected African states. It will also cover contemporary regional issues such as democratization, arms control, and regional integration, with a particular emphasis on security concerns.

    4071 Internship. This course is designed to familiarize students with the application of knowledge gained in course work and with operations and problems in the field of cultural competence and security studies. Students must be pursuing a degree in Cultural Competence and Security Studies. Approval of instructor is required.

    4150 Comparative Security Policy and Political Culture (1-0). Students will study the security policies and policy-making processes of various world regions as well as the national and regional implications of both traditional and nontraditional security issues. The course will examine the relationship between civilian authorities and the military establishment and the implications for governance. Grading will be either pass or fail. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Cultural Competence and Security Studies 4350.)

    4191, 4291, 4391 Research. Individual research problems for superior students majoring in cultural competence and security studies. May be repeated for a total of six semester hours credit.
    Prerequisites: Junior standing. Approval from the Chair of the Department is required prior to enrollment.

    4310 The Political Economy of Europe (3-0). This course is an introduction to the political economy of Europe. Students will explore the theory and practice of how economic motives affect political decisions and how most political decisions have economic repercussions, both domestically and in Europe. This course reviews and explores the key themes of Europe’s contemporary political economy. In doing so, it concentrates on Europe’s relationship with the global political economy and raises questions about the nature of state action in European countries.

    4311 Terrorism and International Security (3-0). The course introduces the student to terrorism in the contemporary world and the strategic challenges it poses for global and U.S. security. Among some of the key issues explored are terrorism’s causes, terrorist ideology, types of terror groups and their strategic goals and practices. The course looks at the rise of the Al Qaeda terror organization, explores the emergence of home grown or domestic terrorists, analyzes regional terrorist groups and examines the development of U.S. and international counter terror policy. It will conclude by examining how different states have responded to terror organizations and how successful these strategies have been.

    4315 The Political Economy of Asia (3-0). This course is an introduction to the political economy of Asia. Students will explore the theory and practice of how economic motives affect political decisions and how most political decisions have economic repercussions, both domestically and in Asia. This course reviews and explores the key themes of Asia’s contemporary political economy. In doing so, it concentrates on Asia’s relationship with the global political economy and raises questions about the nature of state action in Asian countries.

    4316 Energy and Resource Security (3-0). The class introduces the student to global resource security challenges in the 21st Century. Broadly interdisciplinary, the course uses business and international relations theories and analysis to examine resource security issues. Among the topics explored are the impact of resources on international trade, financial flows, the environment, nation-state competition, business practices and global security. The course examines the development of a national energy strategy and analyzes regional resource security issues. It concludes with an analysis of new technologies and resources that could dramatically alter the balance of power in the international system and the business world.

    4317 The Political Economy of Latin America (3-0). This course is an introduction to the political economy of Latin America. Students will explore the theory and practice of how economic motives affect political decisions and how most political decisions have economic repercussions, both domestically and in Latin America. This course reviews and explores the key themes of Latin America’s contemporary political economy. In doing so, it concentrates on Latin America’s relationship with the global political economy and raises questions about the nature of state action in Latin American countries.

    4318 Rogue Nations and International Security (3-0). The end of the Cold War brought in a new era of world politics and security issues for the United States. But, with the new era came new paradigms and Washington is now faced with the issue of rogue nation-states. Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Cuba are examples (among others) of governments that conduct policies hostile to the United States and its allies. This course will examine paradigms of rogue state behavior; explore the issues that make rogue states dangerous to the United States and its allies, and analyze ways that policy makers can counter these hostile polices. The course will make use of case studies by examining the nation-states that have created challenges for America’s foreign policy.

    4319 The Political Economy of the Middle East (3-0). This course is an introduction to the political economy of the Middle East. Students will explore the theory and practice of how economic motives affect political decisions and how most political decisions have economic repercussions, both domestically and in the Middle East. This course reviews and explores the key themes of the Middle East’s contemporary political economy. In doing so, it concentrates on the Middle East’s relationship with the global political economy and raises questions about the nature of state action in Middle Eastern countries.

    4320 Human Rights and International Security (3-0). This is an introductory course in the field of Human Rights. The students will study the evolution of the notion of human rights from ancient time till the present day. The students will closely examine the nexus between the human rights and the national security by studying human security as a relatively new concept. The course includes the study of such major players in the field of human rights and human security as governments, inter-governmental organizations, NGO’s and other non-state actors. Of particular importance to this course is conducting an analysis of the role of civil society (human rights NGO’s, church groups, and grassroots groups). The course will feature important writings by practitioners and experts in the field.

    4321 The Political Economy of Africa (3-0). This course is an introduction to the political economy of Africa. Students will explore the theory and practice of how economic motives affect political decisions and how most political decisions have economic repercussions, both domestically and in Africa. This course reviews and explores the key themes of Africa’s contemporary political economy. In doing so, it concentrates on Africa’s relationship with the global political economy and raises questions about the nature of state action in African countries.

    4322 WMD, Proliferation, and International Security (3-0). This course examines control of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the proliferation of these weapons, and the implications of both for international security. Students will analyze both the capabilities and the intentions of various nations as well as U.S. nuclear policy regarding both allies and adversaries. In addition, the course will explore the role of international organizations such as the UN and the IAEA in countering WMD and proliferation as well as important treaties such as the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). Students will examine the role of both state and non-state actors in pursuing WMD capabilities and will assess possible policy responses to ensure international security.

    4323 Cultural Competency and Contemporary Security Issues in Europe (3-0). This course focuses on current, major issues within the European region. While engaging in critical analysis of current issues, the course examines the broader conceptual context and analytic framework that explain interactions within the region and the international arena.

    4325 Cultural Competency and Contemporary Security Issues in Asia (3-0). This course focuses on current, major issues within the Asian region. While engaging in critical analysis of current issues, the course examines the broader conceptual context and analytic framework that explain interactions within the region and the international arena.

    4327 Cultural Competency and Contemporary Security Issues in Latin America (3-0). This course focuses on current, major issues within the Latin American region. While engaging in critical analysis of current issues, the course examines the broader conceptual context and analytic framework that explain interactions within the region and the international arena.

    4329 Cultural Competency and Contemporary Security Issues in the Middle East (3-0). This course focuses on current, major issues within the Middle Eastern region. While engaging in critical analysis of current issues, the course examines the broader conceptual context and analytic framework that explain interactions within the region and the international arena.

    4331 Cultural Competency and Contemporary Security Issues in Africa (3-0). This course focuses on current, major issues within the African region. While engaging in critical analysis of current issues, the course examines the broader conceptual context and analytic framework that explain interactions within the region and the international arena.

    4350 Globalization and International Security (3-0). Since the end of World War II, globalization has had a profound impact on the policies, economics, societies and militaries of both state and non-state actors on the regional and world stages. Globalization has brought improved conditions to some nation-states, but for others, it has created an environment of “haves and have nots.” Globalization has also led to ethnic, economic, and religious conflict in regions affecting the national security of the developed world. This course will analyze the way our interconnected world creates differing realities for different nation-states and regions, and what the likely scenarios are for the future of the 21st century. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Cultural Competence and Security Studies 4150.)

    4381 Special Topics (3-0). A seminar in selected cultural competence and security studies topics. May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.

    Chinese (CHIN)

    1301 Chinese Mandarin (3-0). In this course, students will be introduced to basic structures and usage of Chinese Mandarin. This emphasis is on familiarization of the Chinese Mandarin vocabulary and grammar, accuracy of pronunciation, acquisition of speaking and listening skills, and introduction of cultural elements.

    2323 Chinese Cultures (3-0). In this course, students will be introduced to the Chinese culture by exploring the vast geography and ancient history of China. Additionally, students will study the government, politics, economy, and culture of China.

    Cultural Competence (CUL) Courses

    2323 World Cultures (3-0). In this course, students will analyze the importance of culture around the world. Students will be introduced to cultures while exploring the historical, contextual, and cultural differences of various regions. Basic concepts related to culture will be introduced and their relevance illustrated through case studies on how culture has impacted the world.

    3310 Introduction to Cultural Competence: Making Sense of the World I (3-0). This course serves as an introduction to various analytical approaches for understanding the dynamics of cross-cultural interaction. Students will explore the variety of “worlds” made visible through the lens of theory. The course aims to foster critical thinking about how cultural constructs shape our understanding of the world and attempted solutions to global problems.

    3312 Cultural Competence: Making Sense of the World II (3-0). This course is a continuation of Cultural Competence 3310 that extends its analysis of cultural constructs to include specific issues related to international relations, solutions to global problems, and national security.