ISTL - International Studies


Course Descriptions

ISTL 1000 Introduction to International Studies (1-4)

This course serves to expose students to global issues and to national cultures different from their own. It also introduces students to cross-disciplinary perspectives to key theoretical and methodological issues in international studies. An integral component of the course is the International Studies Symposium Series sponsored by the Center for International Education. This course also serves as an introduction to the international studies certificate course, but is not limited to students pursuing the certificate. This course will be offered at the St. Louis campus only.

ISTL 1050 Continuing Symposium Series (1)

Attendance at the International Studies Symposium Series is mandatory. Two short response papers (or equivalent work assigned by the instructor) required. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisite: ISTL 1000.

ISTL 1100 Introduction to Latin American Studies (3)

An interdisciplinary survey of the cultures and people of Latin America. Introduces students to the accomplishments and problems of Latin Americans and to the concepts and methodologies employed in area studies.

ISTL 1492 Topics in Latin American Studies (3)

A topical course integrating distance learning and/or attendance at lectures, films, plays, and artistic performances with class discussions and other more traditional academic requirements. May be repeated when content differs.

ISTL 2450 Twentieth-Century Latin America (3)

(Formerly ISTL 3250) This course analyzes the history of Latin America since independence with a focus on the twentieth century. As well as looking at political events, students will uncover the cultural and social history of the region with an emphasis on issues of class, race, and gender. Cross-listed with HIST 2450 when appropriate.

ISTL 2500 International Field Experience in International Studies (1-6)

For students undertaking travel and research into a specific topic through direct contact with the material or people studied, outside academic confines in a country other than that of the student's home campus. Requires prior and follow-up consultation with an appropriate faculty member approved by the director of the Center for Inter-national Education or a site academic director. The student must prepare a portfolio, to include an advance description of the intended field experience and projected itinerary; documentation of the travel and experiences; and a summary of and formal reflection on those experiences. Prerequisite: ISTL 1000 or registration in the international studies certificate program or approval of the director of the Center for International Education or the site academic director.

ISTL 2550 Topics in International Studies (3)

Examines various international issues and topics from one or more disciplinary perspectives. This course may be repeated for credit if content differs.

ISTL 2600 Natural Systems and Sustainable Ecologies (3)

Examines ecosystems, how they function, and how they shape and are shaped by human societies. Includes both a comparative and global perspective on environmental issues and ecology.

ISTL 3500 Advanced Topics in International Studies (3)

Allows students to pursue advanced studies in international studies or one of its subfields. Subject matter varies from semester to semester. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisites: ISTL 1000 and ISTL 1100.

ISTL 4500 Seminar in International Studies (3)

Thematic topics chosen to encourage interdisciplinary engagement, such that students from different emphasis areas in international studies make special contributions. A senior project related to the student's emphasis area and the seminar theme is required to fulfill the overview requirement of students majoring in international studies.

ISTL 4510 European Studies Overview (0-1)

This course is required for and only open to European Studies Majors with senior standing. Students will write an 8-10 page essay that synthesizes their reading and course work on European politics, culture, and history. Each year there will be one question, general in nature, that provides an organizing theme for the capstone. The students themselves – in consultation with the instructor – will choose the question. The course will meet only intermittently, at most 3 times in a semester.

ISTL 4610 Reading Course (1-4)

Involves preparing a bibliography on a topic chosen by the student, submitting it to the instructor for approval, reading the listed books, meeting with the instructor, and writing papers. Prerequisites: ISTL 1000 and ISTL 2600. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

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