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Registration: Interim

Interim 2009

Political Science

POLS W40 Spies, Lies and National Security.Is lying on behalf of one’s country sometimes necessary, and perhaps even good? Should professional liars (also called spies) be applauded for what they do? Are there any “downsides” to developing a class of professional liars in the name of national security? If so, what sort of institutional mechanisms should exist to insure that such a class of people remains accountable to the public good? This course will explore these questions by asking whether the classical realist statement of Nicolò Machiavelli-that a political ruler must “learn to be able NOT to be good”-can be accepted, accepted with reservations, or even applauded by Christian public servants. Students will read and discuss both recently published personal accounts by professional spies as well as accounts of the perils of professional spydom. Students will also view relevant film or television portrayals of the primary moral dilemmas involved in spycraft. Evaluation is based on regular attendance and participation in class discussion, occasional reading quizzes, three short review essays, and a final exam. This course may fulfill an elective in the International Relations or Political Science majors. W. Stevenson. 8:30 to noon.

POLS W80 United Nations in New York. This course provides students with a first-hand study of major global issues before the UN; the UN’s programs and activities to address them; and the perspectives and diplomacy of different countries on them. The heart of this course features two weeks of intensive briefing sessions with UN officials and diplomats of member states plus three days of introductory sessions on campus. The topics of the briefings range from political issues (e.g., nation-building in Afghanistan and Kosovo, nuclear programs in Iran, combating terrorism, peacekeeping in Sudan, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) to economic and social issues (e.g., sustainable development, trade, HIV-AIDS, huger, human rights, and global warming). On-site class discussions are integrated with the briefings. A list of required readings will be available in December. Evaluation will be based on participation in briefing and class sessions, a journal of all briefing sessions, and a reflective essay or an issue paper. This course may fulfill and elecitve in the Political Science and International Relations majors. Prerequisites: permission of the instructor; POLS 207 or 309 is recommended.   Course dates: January 7-24. Fee: $ 1,695. R. De Vries.  Off campus.

IDIS W23 Knitting: History, Culture, Science. S. Goi, D. Vander Pol.

IDIS W40 Inclusion and Development in Himalayan Communities. S. Goi.