Global Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The International and Area Studies Academic Program (IAS) provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of international and global issues. Comprised of six undergraduate majors and three graduate degree programs, IAS is a unique intellectual domain. At a historical moment of unprecedented interconnectedness, IAS trains students in the knowledge and skills that are fundamental components of global citizenship and practice. IAS has strategically adopted an interdisciplinary approach to such training with the belief that no single discipline can prepare students in the depth and breadth necessary for a complex and reflexive understanding of world history and contemporary globalization. Accordingly, IAS offers interdisciplinary core courses in fields such as political economy, development studies, and peace and conflict studies. Then, IAS incorporates courses offered through many other departments, offering students a rigorous but flexible curriculum which recognizes that learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom.

Undergraduate Programs

Note: All the programs below, with the exception of Political Economy major and minor and the Global Poverty and Practice minor, are being retired and replaced by Global Studies.  The deadline to declare all existing majors and minors (other than POLECON and GPP) is Friday, December 8, 2017.  Please visit the Global Studies website or the Global Studies page on the Berkeley Academic Guide for more information.  

Asian Studies (China): BA 
Asian Studies (Japan): BA
Asian Studies (Multi-Area): BA
Development Studies: BA
Latin American Studies: BA
Middle Eastern Studies: BA, Minor
Peace and Conflict Studies: BA, Minor
Political Economy: BA, Minor
Chinese Studies: Minor
Global Poverty and Practice: Minor
Japanese Studies: Minor
Korean Studies: Minor

Graduate Programs

Asian Studies: MA, PhD
Latin American Studies: MA

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Courses

Global Studies

IAS 45 Survey of World History 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
This course focuses on benchmarks of the history of various nations and civilizations. It begins with the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Chinese, but emphasizes world developments since the 15th century. The purpose of the course is to gain a better understanding of the rise and decline of states, empires, and international trading systems. Therefore, political and economic structures and developments as well as military factors will be presented
along with the more traditional historical perspectives.
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IAS N45 Survey of World History 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
This course focuses on benchmarks of the history of various nations and civilizations. It begins with the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Chinese, but emphasizes world developments since the 15th century. The purpose of the course is to gain a better understanding of the rise and decline of states, empires, and international trading systems. Therefore, political and economic structures and developments as well as military factors will be presented
along with the more traditional historical perspectives.
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IAS 98 Issues in Political Economy and Development 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014
This course is geared towards intended Political Economy and Development Studies majors. It consists of a series of guest lectures presenting different issues and perspectives of political economy and development. Topics will be divided into three general sections: 1) theories on political economy and development; 2) historical background on the causes and effects of politics and markets; and 3) case studies on both the international and domestic
levels. Peer discussion groups are led by honors students.
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IAS 102 Scope and Methods of Research in International and Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
This course is an introduction to interdisciplinary research strategies for the collection, interpretation and analysis of data; teaching skills in research, analysis, and writing to social scientific standards. This course integrates the study of the fundamental theories of social science with the practical techniques of social science research methods. It satisfies the Methodology requirement for IAS undergraduate majors and aims to prepare
IAS majors for thesis writing, senior capstone projects, and varying research projects.
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IAS H102 Scope and Methods of Research in International and Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Required prerequisite for all students intending to enroll in Development Studies H195, Latin American Studies H195, Political Economy of Industrial Societies H195, and Peace and Conflict Studies H195. Course provides an introduction to interdisciplinary research strategies for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data. Course integrates the study of the fundamental theories of social science with the practical techniques of social science
research methods.
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IAS 106 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
This course is designed as a comprehensive overview of intermediate microeconomic theory. It covers a number of topics including consumer and demand theory, firm, production and cost theory, competitive market theory, imperfect competition, welfare economics, choice under uncertainty and information. All analysis conducted in the course relies on graphical and algebraic techniques. Outside readings and discussion sections
will demonstrate the applicability of the models covered in class to topics with an international dimension, such as the setting of tariffs, cartel behavior, and international trade.
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IAS 107 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session
This course is designed as a comprehensive overview of intermediate macroeconomic theory focusing on economic growth and international economics. It covers a number of topics including history of economic growth, industrial revolution, post-industrial revolution divergence, flexible-price and sticky-price macroeconomics, and macroeconomic policy. Course is structured for majors in International and Area Studies and other
non-economic social science majors.
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IAS C118 Introductory Applied Econometrics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session
Formulation of a research hypothesis and definition of an empirical strategy. Regression analysis with cross-sectional and time-series data; econometric methods for the analysis of qualitative information; hypothesis testing. The techniques of statistical and econometric analysis are developed through applications to a set of case studies and real data in the fields of environmental, resource, and international development economics.
Students learn the use of a statistical software for economic data analysis.
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IAS 120 Selected Topics - International and Area Studies 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 3 Week Session, Summer 2016 3 Week Session, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session
Interdisciplinary study of selected topics in international and area studies focusing on issues in greater than a general topic lecture course. Through the use of lectures, discussions, and multimedia presentations, students will explore a variety of perspectives relating to the subject matter of the course. Students will be expected to successfully complete various writing assignments or
short projects, and written exams. Instructor and topic will vary from term to term.
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IAS 150 Advanced Studies in International and Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
Advanced multidisciplinary research in current issues and topics in international and area studies. Course will focus on specific issues or geographical areas with appropriate comparative material included. A major research project is required as well as class presentations. Topics change each semester.

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IAS N150 Advanced Studies in International and Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
Advanced multidisciplinary research in current issues and topics in international and area studies. Course will focus on specific issues or geographical areas with appropriate comparative material included. A major research project is required as well as class presentations. Topics change each semester.

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IAS 157AC Engineering, The Environment, and Society 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This course engages students at the intersection of environmental justice, social justice, and engineering to explore how problems that are commonly defined in technical terms are at their roots deeply socially embedded. Through partnerships with community-based organizations, students are trained to recognize the socio-political nature of technical problems so that they may approach solutions in ways that prioritize social justice. Topics
covered include environmental engineering as it relates to air, water, and soil contamination; race, class, and privilege; expertise; ethics; and engaged citizenship. This course cannot be used to complete any engineering technical or unit requirements.
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IAS 160 Berkeley Summer Institute for the Global Generation 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2010 10 Week Session, Summer 2010 3 Week Session, Summer 2009 3 Week Session
This course is designed to expose both precollege and college level students to the issues, challenges, and skills needed to negotiate the global economic, social, political, and physical environment. It is an innovative and integrated approach to global studies pedagogy and leadership development. Students will be exposed to and trained in the fundamental concepts of globalization, global inequality
, and global change. In addition to the general education provided by the core module of the course, each year the course will tackle a different theme that amplifies key issues in global studies. The course will link theory and analysis to the transformative forms of practice. Students will work in teams on a real-world project related to the course theme, thus developing valuable leadership skills. The faculty coordinator will be joined by experts both from within and outside the institution to bring to students lectures, presentations, experiential opportunities, workshops, and group projects to explore the concept of leadership, issues of human poverty, human rights, social justice, urban planning for sustainable growth, and development.
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IAS C175 The Economics of Climate Change 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
The course will start with a brief introduction and evaluation of the scientific aspects behind climate change. Economic models will be developed to analyze the impacts of climate change and provide and critique existing and proposed policy tools. Specific topics studied are impacts on water resources and agriculture, economic evaluation of impacts, optimal control of greenhouse gases, benefit cost analysis, international treaty formation
, discounting, uncertainty, irreversibility, and extreme events.
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IAS C176 Climate Change Economics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016
This course is a self-contained introduction to the economics of climate change. Climate change is caused by a large variety of economic activities, and many of its impacts will have economic consequences. Economists have studied climate change for more than two decades, and economic arguments are often powerful in policy decisions. The course will familiarize students with these arguments and equip them with the tools to participate in discussions of climate
change policy through an economic lens.
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IAS 180 Current Issues in International and Area Studies 2 or 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2012
This course provides an opportunity to study and discuss issues and events having recent international impact and/or interest. The course will present a multidisciplinary perspective on specific subjects with the intent of linking students with the scholars and scholarship involved in understanding and explaining current international issues, events, and crisis. The subjects will vary from semester to semester. Students may enroll in the
lecture only for 2 units or may enroll in the lecture and discussion section for 3 units.
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IAS 194 Senior Seminar in International and Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Interdisciplinary research seminar for students in IAS majors. Intensive writing on research questions in social science and public policy best approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. Course assumes intermediate to advanced knowledge of central focus or topic of course. Weekly discussions and critiques of readings and assignments. Final paper or project required. Topic must be approved by instructor. Topics vary from term to term
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IAS 196 Special Field Research 2 - 6 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session
Students to work in internship programs selected and approved in advance by the faculty advisory committee and for which volunteer agreements have been established between the sponsoring organization and the student. Students will be expected to produce two brief progress reports for their faculty advisor during the course of the interniship, as well as produce a final capstone piece for
the course consisting of no fewer than 25 pages. The capstone paper will be graded A-F and judged on the same scholastic merits as a seminar or honors course. If taken on a P/NP basis, the established C+ standard will apply. The course is only available to students in the Global Poverty and Practice minor. Other International Area Studies majors may enroll if approved by their respective faculty chair.
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IAS 197 Field Studies 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009
Supervised experience relevant to specific aspects of international and area studies in off-campus organizations. Regular individual meetings with faculty sponsor and written reports required.

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IAS 198 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Fall 2015
Student initiated course, the content of which is approved by faculty in charge.

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IAS 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research for Undergraduates 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 10 Week Session
Written proposal must be approved by a faculty adviser. Enrollment restrictions apply; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog.

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IAS 202 Seminar in Portuguese Studies 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Portuguese immigrants have exerted a strong imprint on the landscape and culture of California and other regions of North America, and the study of this diaspora continues to be a lively topic of scholarly research. Likewise, the rapid transformations of Portugal and Portuguese society as it has emerged from the stultifying effects of decades of dictatorship and integrates into the EU make for compelling research topics. The strong parallels
between the Mediterranean-climate landscapes of Portugal and California provide excellent opportunities for comparative studies in environment and human adaptations in environment. This seminar provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of ongoing research on topics in Portuguese studies by Berkeley faculty and graduate students, as well as visiting scholars and fellows.
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IAS 206 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
This course is designed as a comprehensive overview of intermediate microeconomic theory. It covers a number of topics including consumer and demand theory, firm, production, and cost theory, competitive market theory, imperfect competition, welfare economics, choice under uncertainity, and information. All analysis conducted in the course relies on graphical and algebraic techniques. Outside reading and discussion sections will demonstrate
the applicability of the models covered in class to topics with an international dimension, such as the setting of tariffs, cartel behavior, and international trade.
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IAS 207 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course is designed as a comprehensive overview of intermediate macroeconomic theory focusing on economic growth and international economics. It covers a number of topics including history of economic growth, industrial revolution, post-industrial revolution divergence, flexible-price and sticky-price macroeconomics, and macroeconomic policy. Course is structured for majors in AIS and other non-economic social science majors.

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IAS 255 Rotary Peace Fellows Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010
Graduate seminar specifically focused on issues of peace, conflict resolution, human rights, and other topics relevant to the scope of study represented by the Rotary Peace Fellows. Seminars will include weekly meetings, readings, presentations, and discussions. Assignments will include both individual projects and group projects of appropriate scope and depth reflective of unit value of each offering.

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IAS 292 Directed Advanced Research 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Fall 2007, Spring 2006
This course is intended to provide supervision in preparation of a major research paper on international and area studies topics. The topic should be agreed upon in advance by both the student and faculty sponsor and generally will be topics not covered in other existing course work.

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IAS 299 Directed Reading 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Spring 2010, Spring 2009
Individual conferences intended to provide directed reading in subject matter not covered by available seminar offerings.

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IAS 375 Professional Training: Teaching in IAS 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course is intended to prepare students from the various social science disciplines to be instructors in interdisciplinary/multi-departmental courses. It will serve as a forum to discuss problems and create innovative solutions to these problems. Focusing on course construction and operation, specialists from various disciplines will discuss strategies for moving outside of their areas of specialization and into broader areas of international
and area studies. Graduate students will be provided training in building their own interdisciplinary courses from the ground up. Organizing syllabi, preparing lectures, devising written assignments, leading discussion sections, constructing evaluative mechanisms and grading them, will all be covered over the course of the semester.
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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Miguel A. Altieri, Professor. Agriculture, environmental science, pest management.
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+ Maximilian Auffhammer, Professor. Climate change, econometrics, air pollution, environmental economics, energy economics.
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Margaret Chowning, Professor. Mexico, history, gender, women, Latin America.
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Alain De Janvry, Professor. Agriculture and resource management, economics, labor management and policy.
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J. Bradford Delong, Professor. Economics, globalization, economic growth, convergence, economics of post WWII Europe.
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+ Munis D. Faruqui, Associate Professor. Economics, price theory models of anticompetitive exclusive dealing, switching costs, network effects, formal standardization.
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Emily Gottreich, Associate Adjunct Professor. Middle Eastern Studies, Islamic Urban Studies, Jewish history, Morocco, North Africa, Sephardic Studies.
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Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor. South Asia, Mughal, early modern, cities, history, Persian.
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Alan Karras, Associate Director, Senior Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Political Economy.

Erin Murphy-Graham, Associate Adjunct Professor. Educational equity, cultural studies, gender equity, diversity, international education, alternative schooling, democratic education, ethnic issues.
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Alison Post, Assistant Professor. Regulation, infrastructure, water and sanitation.
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Elisabeth Sadoulet, Professor. Economics, agriculture, labor management & policy.
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Nathan F. Sayre, Associate Professor. Climate change, endangered species, rangelands, political ecology, pastoralism, ranching, environmental history, suburbanization, human-environment interactions, environmental geography, range science and management, Southwestern US, scale, community-based conservation.
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Khatharya Um, Associate Professor. Education, memory, Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American histories and communities, Southeast Asian diaspora, refugees, international migration, transnational and diaspora studies, genocide studies.
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Steven Vogel, Professor. Political science, political economy or comparative political economy, the Japanese model of capitalism, Japanese politics.
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Lecturer

Stephanie Ballenger, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, political economy, Latin American studies.

Peter Bartu, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Middle Eastern Studies.

David Beecher, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Political Economy.

Karenjot Bhangoo Randhawa, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies.

Crystal Chang, Lecturer. International and area studies, Asian Studies, Political science.

Jack Davey, Lecturer. International and area studies, Asian Studies.

Fatmir Haskaj, Lecturer. Political economy, development, critical theory and urban studies.

+ Khalid Kadir, Lecturer. Global Poverty & Practice Minor, International & Area Studies, Political Economy.

Cecilia Cissell Lucas, Lecturer. International and area studies.

Mario Muzzi, Lecturer. International and Area Studies.

Laura Nathan, Lecturer. International and Area Studies.

Bruce Newsome, Lecturer. International and Area Studies.

Clara I. Nicholls, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Latin American Studies.

Tiffany L. Page, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Latin American Studies.

Lanchih Po, Associate Adjunct Professor. International and Area Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Clare Talwalker, Lecturer. Qualitative methods, global poverty action, human rights, South Asia and economic anthropology.

Manuela Travaglianti, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies.

Keiko Yamanaka, Lecturer. Ethnic studies, Asian studies.

Darren C. Zook, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Political Science.

Daniel Zoughbie, Lecturer. International and Area Studies.

Emeritus Faculty

Beverly Kay Crawford, Professor Emeritus. International and Area Studies, Political Economy Group Major.

Gillian Hart, Professor Emeritus. Geography. Political economy, social theory, critical development, studies, gender, agrarian and regional studies, labor, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia.

+ Michael J. Watts, Professor Emeritus. Islam, development, Africa, social movements, political economy, political ecology, geography, South Asia, peasant societies, social and and cultural theory, US agriculture, Marxian political economy.
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Contact Information

Global Studies

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-642-4466

Fax: 510-642-9850

iastp@berkeley.edu

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Associate Dean and Director, Global Studies

Maximilian Auffhammer

101 Stephens Hall

auffhammer@berkeley.edu

Associate Director

Alan Karras

101 Stephens Hall

karras@berkeley.edu

Lead Academic Adviser

Ethan Savage

101 Stephens Hall

ethansavage@berkeley.edu

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