COURSES

17.447/17.448 | Cybersecurity

Focuses on the complexity of cybersecurity in a changing world. Examines national and international aspects of overall cyber ecology. Explores sources and consequences of cyber threats and different types of damages. Considers impacts for and of various aspects of cybersecurity in diverse geostrategic, political, business and economic contexts. Addresses national and international policy responses as well as formal and informal strategies and mechanisms for responding to cyber insecurity and enhancing conditions of cybersecurity. Students taking graduate version expected to pursue subject in greater depth through reading and individual research.

17.445/17.446 | International Relations Theory in the Cyber Age

Examines cyber dynamics and processes in international relations from different theoretical perspectives. Considers alternative theoretical and empirical frameworks consistent with characteristic features of cyberspace and emergent transformations at all levels of international interaction. Theories examined include realism and neorealism, institutionalism and liberalism, constructivism, and systems theory and lateral pressure. Highlights relevant features and proposes customized international relations theory for the cyber age. Students taking the graduate version are expected to pursue the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research.

17.422 | Field Seminar in International Political Economy

This seminar is a review of the IPE field, covering previous and core research focusing on dual national objectives in a global context, namely, the pursuit of power and pursuit of wealth. It surveys major paradigms of the international political economy, including neoclassical economics, Marxist economics, development and ecological economics, lateral pressure, and perspectives and structural views of power relations. It examines the interaction of politics and economics in international trade, capital flows, foreign investment, intellectual property rights, international migration, and select issues in foreign economic policy in a global context. The course studies the evolution of international economic institutions and attendant political implications.

17.420 | Advances in International Relations Theory

This course focuses on the critical examination of contending theories of international relations. Focusing on alternative theoretical assumptions, different analytical structures, and a common core of concepts and content allows for a comparative analysis of realism(s), liberalism(s), institutionalism(s), and new emergent theories. There is discussion of connections between theories of international relations and major changes in international relations.

17.410/17.411 | Globalization, Migration, and International Relations

Tracing the evolution of international interactions, this class examines the dimensions of globalization in terms of scale and scope. Topics include international environmental issues, impacts and expansion of human activities, and the potential implications for global and national policy. The class analyzes linkages among individuals, nation-states, transnational organizations and firms, international systems, and the global environment. There is a special focus on models of globalization, challenges of sustainable development, evolving types, and institutional responses to globalization and global change.

17.405/17.406 | Seminar on Politics and Conflicts in the Middle East

This seminar focuses on the evolution of contemporary politics and economics. Subjects are divided into five parts: historical context of conflicts; domestic and regional politics; civil and cross-border conflicts; geostrategic challenges; conflict resolution; and peace processes. Interactions and spillover effects are explored, and alternative models of conflict(s) are designed.

17.181/17.182 | Sustainability: Political Economy, Science, and Policy

This course examines alternative conceptions and theoretical underpinnings of sustainable development. It focuses on the sustainability problems of industrial countries, developing states, and economies in transition. Sustainability: Political Economy, Science, and Policy explores the sociology of knowledge regarding sustainability, the economic and technological dimensions, and institutional imperatives, and considers implications for political constitution of economic performance.

17.558 | Political Economy and Technological Change in the Middle East

This course provides a focus on, and context for, technology change, with specific reference to contemporary conflicts and competing ideologies, Islam and politics, post-colonial experiences, and patterns of social pressures. It examines the role of technological and scientific institutions and potentials for technology leapfrogging. The changing environment of international business is explored, as are patterns of investments in the region. This class provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to development in the Middle East.

17.560 | Comparative Security and Sustainability

Comparative Security and Sustainability focuses on comparative approaches to security and sustainability in national and international contexts. There is a special emphasis on constraints, options, strategies, and policy choice. Comparisons are undertaken in terms of levels and locations (countries and regions, localities); systems (social, economic, political, and technological); methods and models (analytical, empirical, historical); and time frame (past, present, and future). Levels and locations include developing and industrial contexts encompassed in a global perspective. There is an emphasis on specific countries and coverage shaped by students' interest and participation.

17.447/17.448 | Cyberpolitics in International Relations (archived)

Cyberpolitics in International Relations focuses on cyberspace and its implications for private, public, sub-national, national, and international actors and entities. It focuses on legacies of the 20th-century creation of cyberspace, changes to the international system structure, and new modes of conflict and cooperation. This course examines whether international relations theory accommodates cyberspace as a new venue of politics and how cyberpolitics alters traditional international politics.