Mail Code: 94305-6055
Phone: (650) 725-9075
Web Site: http://ips.stanford.edu
Courses offered by the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies are listed under the subject code IPS on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.
The Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies (IPS), established in 1982, is an interdisciplinary program devoted to rigorous analysis of international policy issues in diplomacy, governance, security, global health, and international economic policy. Its goal is to provide students with exposure to issues they will face in the international arena, and to develop the skills and knowledge to address those issues. The program allows students to specialize in democracy, development, and the rule of law; energy, environment, and natural resources; global health; international political economy; or international security and cooperation.
The IPS program combines a rigorous scholarly focus with practical training designed to prepare students for careers in public service and other settings where they can have an impact on international issues. The program is designed to integrate perspectives from political science, law, economics, history, and other disciplines, while also incorporating research opportunities and a focus on implementation and administration of solutions addressing global problems.
University requirements for the M.A. degree are described in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.
Learning Outcomes (Graduate)
The purpose of the master's program is to help students develop knowledge and skills in preparation for professional careers in international policy and related fields. This is achieved through completion of required courses in the global, quantitative, and skills core, as well as courses in an area of concentration and the capstone practicum course. Students are also encouraged to gain experience through a summer internship and research skills through assistantships with Stanford faculty.
To apply or for information on graduate admission, see the Office of Graduate Admissions website. Applications for admission in Autumn Quarter must be filed with supporting credentials by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
In order to earn the M.A. degree in International Policy Studies, students must be proficient in a foreign language. Foreign language proficiency can be demonstrated by:
- Completion of three years of university-level coursework in a foreign language (verified by a transcript)
- Passing an oral and written proficiency exam at Stanford prior to graduation
- Status as a non-native English speaker
Prerequisite Course Work
The IPS program requires the completion of five prerequisites courses prior to matriculation. These are microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, international trade and international finance. International trade and international finance are often covered in a single international economics course. While not a required prerequisite course, an understanding of calculus is important for the statistics sequence in the Quantitative Core.
Prerequisite courses may be taken at four-year institutions, community colleges, or through online courses, and must be taken for a letter grade. Proof of completion, which is usually verified by a transcript, is required. Stanford courses satisfying these requirements are:
|Microeconomics and Macoroeconomics|
|Economic Analysis II|
|Economic Analysis III|
|International Finance and International Trade|
|Statistics (prerequisite coursework should cover, at minimum, most of the content in STATS 200)|
|Introduction to Statistical Methods: Precalculus|
|Introduction to Statistical Inference|
In addition to the web-based application, applicants must submit the following materials:
- Statement of purpose on relevant personal, academic, and career plans and goals
- Official transcripts (two hard copies, which are mailed to the IPS program office, and one scanned copy electronically uploaded to the online application)
- Stanford students, and alumni with an active SUNet ID and password, may request an official eTranscript to be sent from Stanford University and automatically deposited into the application; in this case, hard copies are not required.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
- Academic writing sample (written in English, 7-15 pages in length, and double-spaced)
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- TOEFL scores (only required of applicants who are non-native English speakers and who did not attend undergraduate institutions where English is the language of instruction; please see Graduate Admissions for additional information)
Applicants are expected to have a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited school.
Master of Arts in International Policy Studies (IPS)
University requirements for the master's degree are described in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.
To earn the M.A. degree in International Policy Studies, students matriculating in Autumn Quarter 2017 must complete the courses listed in the curriculum below. These requirements include:
- Two courses in the global core (4 unit)
- Four courses in the quantitative core (19-20 units)
- Four courses in the skills core (16-20 units)
- Six or more courses in the area of concentration (26 units)
- The capstone (8 units)
The minimum number of units required to graduate is 73.
During the first year of the program, students must complete required course work in statistics, econometrics, international economics, advanced economics, international relations theory, policy writing, and an introductory (gateway) course in the area of concentration. During the second year of the program, students are required to complete either the practicum or master's thesis during Autumn and Winter quarters. Only students with two or more years of relevant policy work may petition to write a master's thesis.
Students who matriculated in Autumn Quarter of a previous year should review their degree requirements by visiting the University's Archived Bulletins.
|(*) signifies degree requirement must be completed during first year|
|Director's Seminar (*):||1|
|IPS Student-Faculty Colloquium|
|International Relations Theory (*)||3|
|Managing Global Complexity|
|Statistics Course (*):||5|
|Introduction to Statistical Methods (Postcalculus) for Social Scientists|
|Econometrics Course - Select one of the following (*):||5|
|International Economics Course - Select one of the following (*):||5|
|Topics in International Macroeconomics|
|Issues in International Economics|
|Advanced Economics Course - Select one of the following:||4-5|
|Topics in International Macroeconomics|
|Issues in International Economics|
|Microeconomics for Policy|
|Economic Policy Analysis for Policymakers|
|Policy Writing - Select one of the following (*):||5|
|The Politics of International Humanitarian Action|
|The Transition from War to Peace: Peacebuilding Strategies|
|International Mediation and Civil Wars|
|U.S. Policy toward Northeast Asia|
|Behind the Headlines: An Introduction to US Foreign Policy in South and East Asia|
|Decision Making in U.S. Foreign Policy|
|Justice - Select one of the following:||4-5|
|Introduction to Global Justice|
|Decision Making - Select one of the following:||4-5|
|Decision Modeling and Information|
|Behavioral Decision Making|
|Public Policy and Social Psychology: Implications and Applications|
|Problem Solving and Decision Making for Public Policy and Social Change|
|Introduction to Decision Analysis|
|Decision Analysis I: Foundations of Decision Analysis|
|Introduction to Game Theoretic Methods in Political Science|
|Skills Elective - Select one of the pre-approved electives below. Alternatively, this requirement may be fulfilled by completing: A) an additional elective course in one's area of concentration; B) an additional policy writing course; C) an additional quantitative course; or D) a pre-approved course in one of the four other areas of concentration (see "Related Courses" tab for listing)||3-5|
|Designing Solutions to Global Grand Challenges|
|Finance for Non-MBAs|
|Economic Policy Analysis for Policymakers|
|Advanced Negotiation: International|
|LaunchPad:Design and Launch your Product or Service|
|Product Design Master's Project|
|Design Thinking Studio|
|Organizational Psychology of Design Thinking|
|Area of Concentration: Gateway and elective courses:||26|
|Select one to be completed during Autumn and Winter quarters of the second year:||8|
|IPS Master's Thesis|
|(*) indicates degree requirement that must be completed during first year|
Area of Concentration Curriculum
Students are required to choose one area of concentration from the list below and complete at least six courses within the concentration for a minimum of 26 total units. Each area of concentration has a gateway course, which must be taken during the first year and prior to enrolling in subsequent courses. Additionally, each area of concentration has a list of approved elective courses, which can be found under the Related Courses tab of this page. Courses not listed under the Related Courses tab have not been approved and need to be petitioned. Petitions are reviewed by the IPS Faculty Director. The petition form can be found on the IPS web site.
Area of Concentration Requirements:
- Students must select an area of concentration during the first year of the program.
- Students must complete a minimum of six courses within the area of concentration, including the gateway course, for a minimum total of 26 units.
- The gateway course counts towards the six total courses within the area of concentration.
- Each of the six courses must be taken for a minimum of three units.
- Additional one or two-unit courses may be applied to the concentration in order to reach the minimum of 26 units
- 1 unit courses must be petitioned since they are generally only offered as S/NC. If a 2 unit course is only offered for Satisfactory/No Credit (S/NC) it must also be petitioned.
- All course work must be taken for a letter grade.
- Students concentrating in International Political Economy are required to take IPS 202 Topics in International Macroeconomics for the international economics requirement and IPS 203 Issues in International Economics for the area of concentration gateway. In addition, they must complete IPS 204A Microeconomics for Policy or IPS 204B Economic Policy Analysis for Policymakers to fulfill the advanced economics requirement.
- Students from any other area of concentration may fulfill the advanced economics requirement by taking IPS 204A Microeconomics for Policy, IPS 204B Economic Policy Analysis for Policymakers, or the second course in the international economics category listed within the Quantitative Core.
Area of Concentration Gateway Courses
|Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law Gateway Course:||5|
|Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law|
|Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Gateway Course:||3-4|
|Global Health Gateway Course:||4|
|Global Public Health|
|International Political Economy Gateway Course:||5|
|Topics in International Macroeconomics|
|Issues in International Economics|
|International Security and Cooperation Gateway Course:||5|
Students with an advanced background may petition to be exempted from the gateway course and instead take six elective courses in the concentration. Consultation with the student services officer and approval from the faculty director are required for this option.
|International Security in a Changing World|
IPS-Specific Academic Policies
The University's general requirements, applicable to all graduate degrees at Stanford, are listed in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin. In addition, the IPS-specific degree requirement academic policies are listed below.
Students may petition for units from a course that is not currently listed in the Related Courses tab to fulfill area of concentration requirements. A course petition may also be used to apply for an exemption from a core course that covers course work previously completed at the graduate level. The course petition must be submitted electronically to IPS no later than Friday of the first week of the academic quarter in which the course is offered. The IPS faculty director reviews the petition and renders a decision within one week of the petition submission. Notification is sent via email by the IPS staff.
Students may arrange directed reading courses if the current course offerings do not meet particular research or study needs. Directed reading courses are independent study projects students may undertake with Stanford faculty members. Once the student has identified a faculty member to support his or her studies, the student must submit the directed reading proposal to the IPS office for review by the IPS faculty director. Directed reading petitions must be submitted no later than the end of the second week of the quarter. The IPS faculty director reviews the directed reading proposal and renders a decision no later than two days prior to the Final Study List Deadline. If approved, the IPS staff creates a section number for the specific instructor so the student can enroll in the course. The course is listed as IPS 299 Directed Reading and the section number corresponds to the instructor. There are two restrictions for directed readings:
- Students can receive credit for a maximum of 5 units per directed reading course.
- Students must receive a letter grade for the directed reading course.
Academic Standing and Grade Requirement
IPS graduate students must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to remain in good academic standing. In addition, a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for conferral of the M.A. degree.
All courses taken to fulfill requirements for the M.A. degree in International Policy Studies must be taken for a letter grade. The only exceptions are: IPS 300 IPS Student-Faculty Colloquium, which is only offered as S/NC; courses taken in the Law School, the School of Medicine, or the Graduate School of Business where a letter grade may not be offered; or 1 or 2 unit elective courses, which are only offered as S/NC that have been approved via petition in the area of concentration. Pre-approval is required from the IPS student services officer in order to apply a non-letter grade course in Law, Medicine, or the Graduate School of Business toward the IPS degree.
Proficiency in a foreign language is required and may be demonstrated by completion of three years of university-level course work in a foreign language or by passing an oral and written proficiency examination prior to graduation. International students who speak English as a second language already meet this requirement.
Additional Academic Requirements
- Students are not required to repeat a course that covers material they have already mastered. In such cases, students may petition to substitute a different course for a required course in one of the core areas (global, quantitative, skills). This flexibility does not reduce the unit requirements for the M.A. degree.
- All graduate degree candidates must submit a Master's Degree Program Proposal (i.e., IPS Program Proposal) to the International Policy Studies office no later than the seventh week of Spring Quarter. Submission of the IPS Program Proposal requires scheduling a 30-minute advising session with the IPS student services adviser to review degree progress and outline course work that needs to be completed during the second year of the program in order to graduate. The University requires each student to have a program proposal on file with the academic program in order for the student to apply to graduate. Failure to complete this process results in a hold being placed on the student’s account.
- During the first year of the program, first-year graduate students in IPS are required to electronically submit their course enrollment to the IPS student services officer no later than the second Friday of each academic quarter.
- A maximum of 10 undergraduate units can be applied towards the IPS degree (ECON 102A Introduction to Statistical Methods (Postcalculus) for Social Scientists, ECON 102B Applied Econometrics, and MS&E 152 Introduction to Decision Analysis do not count towards the 10-unit maximum allowance). Courses listed at the 100-level or below are considered to be at the undergraduate level. The exceptions are History and Political Science, which list undergraduate courses at the 200-level and below.
- Units from language courses do not count towards the IPS degree requirements except in cases in which they are used to substitute for units that were made available through an exemption from a core course. English proficiency courses for international students do not count towards the IPS degree requirements.
- Only students with two or more years of relevant policy work may petition to write a master's thesis (IPS 209A IPS Master's Thesis)
Coterminal Master's Program
Undergraduates at Stanford may apply for admission to the coterminal master's program in IPS when they have earned a minimum of 120 units toward graduation, including Advanced Placement and transfer credit, and no later than the quarter prior to the expected completion of their undergraduate degree. The coterminal application requires the following supporting materials:
- Two letters of recommendation from University faculty
- Academic writing sample of at least eight double-spaced pages
- Statement of purpose focusing on relevant personal, academic, and career plans and goals
Students must submit the Coterminal Online Application. Applications must be filed together with supporting materials by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
University requirements for the coterminal M.A. are described in the "Coterminal Bachelor's and Master's Degrees" section of this bulletin. For University coterminal master’s forms, see the Registrar’s Publications page.
University Coterminal Requirements
Coterminal master’s degree candidates are expected to complete all master’s degree requirements as described in this bulletin. University requirements for the coterminal master’s degree are described in the “Coterminal Master’s Program” section. University requirements for the master’s degree are described in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.
After accepting admission to this coterminal master’s degree program, students may request transfer of courses from the undergraduate to the graduate career to satisfy requirements for the master’s degree. Transfer of courses to the graduate career requires review and approval of both the undergraduate and graduate programs on a case by case basis.
In this master’s program, courses taken three quarters prior to the first graduate quarter, or later, are eligible for consideration for transfer to the graduate career. No courses taken prior to the first quarter of the sophomore year may be used to meet master’s degree requirements.
Course transfers are not possible after the bachelor’s degree has been conferred.
The University requires that the graduate adviser be assigned in the student’s first graduate quarter even though the undergraduate career may still be open. The University also requires that the Master’s Degree Program Proposal be completed by the student and approved by the department by the end of the student’s first graduate quarter.
Stanford–Vienna Academic Exchange
The Stanford–Vienna Academic Exchange is an Autumn Quarter exchange program between the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Two second-year students from each institution are selected by application to receive fellowships to spend Autumn Quarter in an academic exchange at the other institution where they take courses as full-time students, pursue extracurricular activities, and participate in the academic life of the host institution.
IPS students participating in the Stanford-Vienna Academic Exchange must complete all requirements listed in the M.A. curriculum. However, the minimum number of Stanford units required to graduate will be 58. In addition to the minimum requirement of 58 units, students must complete at minimum the equivalent of three full-time courses at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (DA), of which one course must be IPS 209 Practicum.
The IPS Practicum is offered as an independent study course in Vienna, and students receive a Satisfactory/No Credit (S/NC) grade for their participation in the course during Autumn Quarter. Upon return to Stanford for Winter Quarter, students must register for a total of 4 units of IPS 209 Practicum .
While on exchange at the DA, an IPS student's status is listed as active, but they are not considered enrolled at Stanford. In addition, IPS students receive an academic transcript from the DA for Autumn Quarter. Hence, there is no reference to the exchange on an IPS student's Stanford transcript.
For further information, please see the Stanford-Vienna Academic Exchange section of the IPS web site.
Joint Degree Programs
Up to a maximum of 45 units, or one year, of the University residency requirement can be credited toward both graduate degree programs (i.e., the joint degree may require up to 45 fewer units than the sum of the individual degree unit requirements). For example, an M.A./M.P.P. has a three-year residency requirement, one year less than what is required for the separate degrees. The reduced requirement recognizes the subject matter overlap between the fields comprising the joint degree.
Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in International Policy Studies (J.D./M.A.)
Students may choose to pursue a joint J.D./M.A. in IPS degree. The joint degree program combines the strengths of the Law School and IPS. Prospective students interested in the joint J.D./M.A. in IPS program may apply concurrently to both the Stanford Law School (SLS) and the IPS program. Two separate application forms are required and applicants must submit LSAT scores to the Law School and GRE scores to the IPS program.
Students already enrolled at SLS may apply to the joint J.D./M.A. in IPS program no later than the end of the second year of Law School. The IPS program makes rolling admissions decisions based on the student's original application materials (GRE scores are not required in addition to LSAT scores in this case). Submission of the following is required for consideration:
- IPS Joint Degree Application Form (available from the IPS website)
- Law School Joint Degree Petition (details available on the SLS Joint Degree Application Process webpage)
- Graduate Program Authorization Petition (submitted via Axess)
- Enrollment Agreement for Students with Multiple Programs (available for download on the University Registrar's forms page)
- Current resume or curriculum vitae
Master of Arts in International Policy Studies and Master of Public Policy (M.A./M.P.P.)
Admission to the joint degree program requires admission to and matriculation in Stanford’s Ford Dorsey program in International Policy Studies and consent of that program.
Applications for graduate study in Public Policy are only accepted from:
- students currently enrolled in any Stanford graduate or undergraduate degree program
- from external applicants seeking a joint degree, or
- from Stanford alumni who have graduated within the past five years.
To be considered for matriculation beginning in the Autumn Quarter 2018-19, all application materials must be submitted no later than April 10, 2018. The early deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 23, 2018 with a final deadline on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Early submission of MPP applications is encouraged. Admission notifications are sent on a rolling basis no later than May 1, 2018. Admitted students are encouraged to respond to offers of admission by April 15, 2018 and are required to respond to offers of admission by May 15, 2018 at the latest.
External applicants for joint degrees must apply to the department or school offering the other graduate degree (i.e., PhD, MD, MA, MS, MBA, or JD), indicating an interest in the joint degree program; applicants admitted to the other degree program are then evaluated for admission to the MPP or MA program. Applicants who are admitted to IPS may apply once they have received admission to the program but prior to matriculation in autumn quarter. They may also apply during the first or second year of the IPS program.
Details on the joint degree curriculum can be found on the Public Policy web site.
Dual Degree Programs
Students who have attended Stanford for at least one term and who are currently enrolled may submit a Graduate Program Authorization Petition to seek to add a new degree program in a different department to be pursued concurrently with the existing program.
It is important that the attempt to add degree programs be made while the student is enrolled. Otherwise, a new Application for Graduate Admission must be submitted and an application fee paid. Similarly, enrollment must be continuous if a new degree program is added after completion of an existing program. Summer quarter enrollment is optional for students who intend to begin a new degree program in the Autumn quarter, provided that they have been enrolled the prior Spring quarter.
Graduate Program Authorization Petitions are filed electronically in Axess and approved by the current and the new department. In addition, petitions from international students is routed to the Bechtel International Center for review. Upon all approvals, the student's record automatically updates with the requested changes.
Master of Business Administration and Master of of Arts in International Policy Studies
The dual degree is designed for students who want to work at the intersection of business and the state both in the U.S. and abroad. Prospective students interested in the M.B.A./M.A. in IPS dual degree program may apply concurrently to both the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the IPS program. Two separate applications are required and applicants must submit GRE scores with each application.
Students already enrolled at the Stanford Graduate School of Business may apply to the M.B.A./M.A. in IPS dual degree program no later than the end of the first year. The IPS program makes rolling admissions decisions based on the student's original application materials. Submission of the following is required for consideration:
- IPS/GSB Dual Degree Application Form (available from the IPS web site)
- Stanford Official Transcript
- Graduate Program Authorization Petition (submitted via Axess)
- Enrollment Agreement for Students with Multiple Programs (available for download on the University Registrar's forms page)
Completing this combined course of study requires approximately three academic years, depending on the student's background and quantitative preparation. Admissions processes for both programs are completely independent of each other and units from courses can only be applied to one degree or the other, not both.
Michael McFaul, Director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Kathryn Stoner, Deputy Director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Coit D. Blacker (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Lisa Blaydes (Political Science)
James Fearon (Political Science)
Francis Fukuyama (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
David Holloway (History)
Beatriz Magaloni (Political Science)
Scott Sagan (Political Science)
Andrew Walder (Sociology)
Jeremy Weinstein (Political Science)
Paul Brest (Law)
Jeremy Bulow (Economics)
Marshall Burke (Earth System Science)
David Cohen (Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice)
Martha Crenshaw (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Larry Diamond (Hoover Institution)
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Pascaline Dupas (Economics)
Karen Eggleston (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Donald Emmerson (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Rodney Ewing (Geological and Environmental Sciences)
Marcel Fafchamps (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Siegfried Hecker (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Nicholas Hope (Stanford Center for International Development)
Takeo Hoshi (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Donald Kennedy (Environmental Science and Policy, Emeritus)
Stephen Krasner (Political Science)
Yong Suk Lee (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
David Lobell (Earth System Science)
Jenny Martinez (Law)
Abbas Milani (Iranian Studies)
Grant Miller (School of Medicine)
Rosamond Naylor (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Jean Oi (Political Science)
Jim Patell (Graduate School of Business)
Rob Reich (Political Science)
Condoleezza Rice (Graduate School of Business)
Richard Roberts (History)
Lee Ross (Psychology)
Kenneth Scheve (Political Science)
Mark Thurber (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Stephen J. Stedman (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Allen Weiner (Law)
Jeremy Weinstein (Political Science)
Paul Wise (Pediatrics)
Frank Wolak (Economics)
Amy Zegart (Hoover Institution)
Michael Armacost (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Karl Eikenberry (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Thomas Fingar (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Kathleen Stephens (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Lecturers, Academic Staff, and Scholars:
Chonira Aturupane (International Policy Studies)
Byron Bland (Law)
Deland Chan (Urban Studies)
Erica Gould (International Relations)
Kevin Hsu (Urban Studies)
Christine Jojarth (International Policy Studies)
Anja Manuel (International Policy Studies)
Scott McKeon (Economics)
Eric Morris (International Policy Studies)
Caroline Nowacki (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Matthew Spence (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
Daniel Sneider (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
David Straub (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
IPS 200. The Social & Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence. 1 Unit.
Recent advances in computing may place us at the threshold of a unique turning point in human history. Soon we are likely to entrust management of our environment, economy, security, infrastructure, food production, healthcare, and to a large degree even our personal activities, to artificially intelligent computer systems. The prospect of "turning over the keys" to increasingly autonomous systems raises many complex and troubling questions. How will society respond as versatile robots and machine-learning systems displace an ever-expanding spectrum of blue- and white-collar workers? Will the benefits of this technological revolution be broadly distributed or accrue to a lucky few? How can we ensure that these systems respect our ethical principles when they make decisions at speeds and for rationales that exceed our ability to comprehend? What, if any, legal rights and responsibilities should we grant them? And should we regard them merely as sophisticated tools or as a newly emerging form of life? The goal of CS22 is to equip students with the intellectual tools, ethical foundation, and psychological framework to successfully navigate the coming age of intelligent machines.
Same as: CS 22A
IPS 201. Managing Global Complexity. 3 Units.
Is international relations theory valuable for policy makers? The first half of the course will provide students with a foundation in theory by introducing the dominant theoretical traditions and insights in international relations. The second half of the course focuses on several complex global problems that cut across policy specializations and impact multiple policy dimensions. Students will assess the value of major theories and concepts in international relations for analyzing and addressing such complex global policy issues.
IPS 202. Topics in International Macroeconomics. 5 Units.
Topics: standard theories of open economy macroeconomics, exchange rate regimes, causes and consequences of current account imbalances, the economics of monetary unification and the European Monetary Union, recent financial and currency crises, the International Monetary Fund and the reform of the international financial architecture. Prerequisites: ECON 52 and ECON 165.
IPS 203. Issues in International Economics. 5 Units.
Topics in international trade and international trade policy: trade, growth and poverty, the World Trade Organization (WTO), regionalism versus multilateralism, the political economy of trade policy, trade and labor, trade and the environment, and trade policies for developing economies. Prerequisite: ECON 51, ECON 166.
IPS 204A. Microeconomics for Policy. 4-5 Units.
Microeconomic concepts relevant to decision making. Topics include: competitive market clearing, price discrimination; general equilibrium; risk aversion and sharing, capital market theory, Nash equilibrium; welfare analysis; public choice; externalities and public goods; hidden information and market signaling; moral hazard and incentives; auction theory; game theory; oligopoly; reputation and credibility. Undergraduate Public Policy students may take PUBLPOL 51 as a substitute for the ECON 51 major requirement. Economics majors still need to take ECON 51. Prerequisites: ECON 50 and MATH 51 or equiv.
Same as: PUBLPOL 51, PUBLPOL 301A
IPS 204B. Economic Policy Analysis for Policymakers. 4-5 Units.
This class provides economic and institutional background necessary to conduct policy analysis. We will examine the economic justification for government intervention and illustrate these concepts with applications drawn from different policy contexts. The goal of the course is to provide you with the conceptual foundations and the practical skills and experience you will need to be thoughtful consumers or producers of policy analysis. Prerequisites: ECON 102B or PUBLPOL 303D.
Same as: PUBLPOL 301B
IPS 205. Introductory Statistics for Policy. 5 Units.
Introduction to key elements of probability and statistical analysis, focusing on international and public policy relevant applications. Topics will include basic probability, discrete and continuous random variables, exploratory data analysis, hypothesis testing, and elements of mathematical statistics. Lectures will include both theoretical and practical components, and students will be introduced to R statistical programming and LaTeX.
IPS 206. Applied Statistics for Policy. 5 Units.
Introduction to the use of statistical models and their application in quantitative policy analysis and data interpretation in policy contexts, with an emphasis on regression analysis, aiming to enable students to become intelligent and capable consumers and producers of regression analyses. Attention will be given to providing both applied experience with regression analyses and knowledge of the underlying statistical theory.
IPS 207. Economics of Corruption. 3-5 Units.
The role of corruption in the growth and development experience of countries with a focus on the economics of corruption. Topics covered: the concept and measurement of corruption; theory and evidence on the impact of corruption on growth determinants and development outcomes, including public and private investment, financial flows, human capital accumulation, poverty and income inequality; the link between corruption and financial crises, including the recent crises in the US and the Eurozone; the cultural, economic, and political determinants of corruption; and policy measures for addressing corruption, including recent civil society initiatives and use of liberation technology.nPrerequisite: ECON 1.
IPS 207B. Public Policy and Social Psychology: Implications and Applications. 4 Units.
Theories, insights, and concerns of social psychology relevant to how people perceive issues, events, and each other, and links between beliefs and individual and collective behavior will be discussed with reference to a range of public policy issues including education, public health, income and wealth inequalities, and climate change, Specific topics include: situationist and subjectivist traditions of applied and theoretical social psychology; social comparison, dissonance, and attribution theories; stereotyping and stereotype threat, and sources of intergroup conflict and misunderstanding; challenges to universality assumptions regarding human motivation, emotion, and perception of self and others; also the general problem of producing individual and collective changes in norms and behavior.
Same as: PSYCH 216, PUBLPOL 305B
IPS 208A. International Justice. 4-5 Units.
This course will examine the arc of an atrocity. It begins with an introduction to the interdisciplinary scholarship on the causes and enablers of mass violence genocide, war crimes, terrorism, and state repression. It then considers political and legal responses ranging from humanitarian intervention (within and without the Responsibility to Protect framework), sanctions, commissions of inquiry, and accountability mechanisms, including criminal trials before international and domestic tribunals. The course will also explore the range of transitional justice mechanisms available to policymakers as societies emerge from periods of violence and repression, including truth commissions, illustrations, and amnesties. Coming full circle, the course will evaluate current efforts aimed at atrocity prevention, rather than response, including President Obama¿s atrocities prevention initiative. Readings address the philosophical underpinnings of justice, questions of institutional design, and the way in which different societies have balanced competing policy imperatives. Cross-listed with LAW 5033.
Same as: HUMRTS 102
IPS 209. Practicum. 1-8 Unit.
Applied policy exercises in various fields. Multidisciplinary student teams apply skills to a contemporary problem in a major international policy exercise with a public sector client such as a government agency. Problem analysis, interaction with the client and experts, and presentations. Emphasis is on effective written and oral communication to lay audiences of recommendations based on policy analysis. Enrollment must be split between Autumn and Winter Quarters for a total of 8 units.
IPS 209A. IPS Master's Thesis. 1-8 Unit.
For IPS M.A. students only (by petition). Regular meetings with thesis advisers required.
IPS 210. The Politics of International Humanitarian Action. 3-5 Units.
The relationship between humanitarianism and politics in international responses to civil conflicts and forced displacement. Focus is on policy dilemmas and choices, and the consequences of action or inaction. Case studies include northern Iraq (Kurdistan), Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, and Darfur. In addition to class attendance, each student will meet with the instructor for multiple one-on-one sessions during the quarter.
IPS 211. The Transition from War to Peace: Peacebuilding Strategies. 3-5 Units.
How to find sustainable solutions to intractable internal conflicts that lead to peace settlements. How institutions such as the UN, regional organizations, and international financial agencies attempt to support a peace process. Case studies include Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Burundi, Liberia, and Afghanistan. In addition to class attendance, each student will meet with the instructor for multiple one-on-one sessions during the quarter.
IPS 213. International Mediation and Civil Wars. 3-5 Units.
This graduate seminar will examine international mediation efforts to achieve negotiated settlements for civil wars over the last two decades. Contending approaches to explain the success or failure of international mediation efforts will be examined in a number of cases from Africa (Sudan, Sierra Leone, Burundi), the Balkans (Bosnia, Macedonia), and Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia/Aceh). In addition to class attendance, each student will meet with the instructor for multiple one-on-one sessions during the quarter. Satisfies the IPS Policy Writing Requirement.
IPS 214. Refugees in the Twenty-first Century. 3-5 Units.
The focus of this graduate seminar is policy dilemmas in international responses to massive population movements. In 2015 and 2016 hundreds of thousands of persons from the Middle East (particularly Syria) and Africa fled their home countries and attempted to cross into Europe by sea. In September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the "New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants". This political declaration aims to improve the international response to large movements of refugees and migrants, including protracted refugee situations. One of the many challenges confronting this multilateral diplomatic undertaking is that the definition of the word "refugee" is contested, as is the process to determine who is a refugee. This course will provide an immersive examination of the causes and consequences of refugee movements. This course is a seminar that requires full student attendance and participation. A focus of the course is to develop the skills of students in writing policy memos. Students will meet with the instructor for multiple one-on-one sessions on their policy memos.
IPS 215. Special Topics: State-Society Relations in the Contemporary Arab World-Key Concepts and Debates. 5 Units.
This course looks at key concepts pertaining to state-society relations in the Arab world as they have evolved in regional intellectual and political debates since the 1990s. Citizenship, minority rights, freedom of expression, freedom of association, the rule of law, government accountability, independence of the judiciary, civil-military relations, and democratic transition will be among the concepts discussed.
Same as: POLISCI 215A
IPS 216. Making Things Happen in the Real World: Leadership and Implementation. 3 Units.
For any problem we want to solve - reducing poverty, improving education, ending civil wars, integrating refugee populations, increasing access to quality health care - someone has to take proposed solutions and make them stick. Course emphasis is on how to make change in the real world by focusing on policy implementation: what skilled leaders do when they engage stakeholders, confront opposition, prioritize goals, find and marshal resources, fail and learn, and succeed or not. In particular, the course will tackle problems that many policy courses ignore, such as why implementation is difficult and what strategies and capacities leaders need to put plans into actions. Focus will be on case analysis and discussion led by professors from a variety of different disciplinary backgrounds in economics, pediatrics, epidemiology, public health, and political science.
IPS 219. Intelligence and National Security. 3 Units.
How intelligence supports U.S. national security and foreign policies. How it has been used by U.S. presidents to become what it is today; organizational strengths and weaknesses; how it is monitored and held accountable to the goals of a democratic society; and successes and failures. Current intelligence analyses and national intelligence estimates are produced in support of simulated policy deliberations.
IPS 221. Politics of Data: Algorithmic Culture, Big Data, and Information Waste. 3-4 Units.
This course examines the role of data and algorithms in politically significant phenomena such as ¿fake news,¿ Twitter bots, prediction markets, racial profiling, autonomous robotic weapons, cryptocurrencies, and hacked elections. Readings are drawn from science & technology studies, information science, anthropology, communication, media studies, legal theory, sociology, and computer science, with additional contributions from psychology and philosophy. Non-technical, but minimal familiarity with computers and data analysis is assumed. Assignments include reading logs, a midterm exam, and a term paper.
IPS 224. Economic Development and Challenges of East Asia. 3-5 Units.
This course explores East Asia¿s rapid economic development and the current economic challenges. For the purpose of this course, we will focus on China, Japan, and Korea. The first part of the course examines economic growth in East Asia and the main mechanisms. In this context, we will examine government and industrial policy, international trade, firms and business groups, and human capital. We will discuss the validity of an East Asian model for economic growth. However, rapid economic growth and development in East Asia was followed by economic stagnation and financial crisis. The second part of the course focuses on the current economic challenges confronting these countries, in particular, inequality, demography, and entrepreneurship and innovation. Readings will come from books, journal articles, reports, news articles, and case studies. Many of the readings will have an empirical component and students will be able to develop their understanding of how empirical evidence is presented in articles. Prerequisite course: IPS 206, POLISCI 350B, ECON 102B, or equivalent.
IPS 225. Innovation-Based Economic Growth: Silicon Valley and Japan. 4 Units.
Innovation is essential for the growth of a matured economy. An important reason for Japan's economic stagnation over the past two decades was its failure to transform its economic system from one suited for catch-up growth to one that supports innovation-based economic growth. This course examines the institutional factors that support innovation-based economic growth and explores policies that may encourage innovation-based growth in Japan. The course is a part of a bigger policy implementation project that aims to examine the institutional foundations of innovation-based economic growth, to suggest government policies that encourage innovation-based growth in Japan, and to help implement such policies. The central part of the course will be several group research projects conducted by the students. Each student research project evaluates a concrete innovation policy idea. Each student research group is to report the findings to the class and prepare the final paper.
Same as: EASTASN 151, EASTASN 251
IPS 227. Finance and Society for non-MBAs. 4 Units.
The financial system is meant to help people, businesses, and governments fund, invest, and manage risks, but it is rife with conflicts of interests and may allow people with more information and control to harm those with less of both. In this interdisciplinary course we explore the forces that shape the financial system and how individuals and society can benefit most from this system without being unnecessarily harmed and endangered. Topics include the basic principles of investment, the role and ¿dark side¿ of debt, corporations and their governance, banks and other financial institutions, why effective financial regulations are essential yet often fail, and political and ethical issues in finance. The approach will be rigorous and analytical but not overly technical mathematically. Prerequisite: ECON 1.
Same as: ECON 143, MS&E 147, POLISCI 127A, PUBLPOL 143
IPS 230. Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. 5 Units.
Links among the establishment of democracy, economic growth, and the rule of law. How democratic, economically developed states arise. How the rule of law can be established where it has been historically absent. Variations in how such systems function and the consequences of institutional forms and choices. How democratic systems have arisen in different parts of the world. Available policy instruments used in international democracy, rule of law, and development promotion efforts.
Same as: INTNLREL 114D, POLISCI 114D, POLISCI 314D
IPS 231. Russia, the West and the Rest. 4 Units.
Focus on understanding the diversity of political, social, and economic outcomes in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Exploration of questions, including: Is Russia still a global power? Where does it have influence internationally, how much, and why? Developmentally, what is the relevant comparison set of countries? Is Russia's economic growth over the last decade truly similar to Brazil, China, and India or is it more comparable to Kazakhstan, Nigeria, and Kenya? How has Russia's domestic political trajectory from liberalizing country to increasingly autocratic affected its foreign policy toward Ukraine, Georgia, and other formerly Soviet states? Finally, is Russia's reemergence as an important global actor more apparent than real?.
Same as: REES 231
IPS 231A. Russia and the West. 5 Units.
Today, American-Russian relations, and Russia¿s relations with West more generally, are tense and confrontational. One has to look deep into the Cold War to find a similar era of confrontation and competition. Yet, relations between Russia and the West were not always this way. The end of the Cold War, for instance, ushered in a period of cooperation. Back then, many believed that Russia was going to develop democratic and market institutions and integrate into Western international institutions. This seminar will examine various explanations for these variations in Russia¿s relations with the West, starting in the 19th century, and briefly examining the Cold War period, but a real focus on the last thirty years. In evaluating competing explanations. the course will focus on balance of power theories, culture, historical legacies, institutional design, and individual actors in both the United States (and sometimes Europe) and Russia.nn** NOTE: The enrollment of the class is by application only. Please send a one page document to Anya Shkurko (email@example.com) by March 23rd with the following information: full name, class year, major, contact email, which version of the course you want to enroll in (PoliSci/REES/IPS). In the document please also outline previous associated coursework and/or relevant experience and write why you want to enroll in the seminar. Application results will be announced on March 30th. Any questions related to this course can be directed to Anya Shkurko.
Same as: POLISCI 213A, REES 213A
IPS 232. Hacking for Diplomacy: Tackling Foreign Policy Challenges with the Lean Launchpad. 3-4 Units.
At a time of significant global uncertainty, diplomats are grappling with transnational and cross-cutting challenges that defy easy solution including: the continued pursuit of weapons of mass destruction by states and non-state groups, the outbreak of internal conflict across the Middle East and in parts of Africa, the most significant flow of refugees since World War II, and a changing climate that is beginning to have impacts on both developed and developing countries. While the traditional tools of statecraft remain relevant, policymakers are looking to harness the power of new technologies to rethink how the U.S. government approaches and responds to these and other long-standing challenges. In this class, student teams will take actual foreign policy challenges and learn how to apply lean startup principles, ("mission model canvas," "customer development," and "agile engineering¿) to discover and validate agency and user needs and to continually build iterative prototypes to test whether they understood the problem and solution. Teams take a hands-on approach requiring close engagement with officials in the U.S. State Department and other civilian agencies. Team applications required at the end of shopping period. Limited enrollment.
Same as: MS&E 298
IPS 235. European Security Since World War Two. 4-5 Units.
This course looks at European security during the Cold War and up to the present. There are many historical controversies to be examined, e.g. the enlargement of NATO, as well as theoretical and doctrinal debates, e.g. about extended deterrence and detente.
Same as: HISTORY 232C, HISTORY 332C, POLISCI 116A
IPS 236. The Politics of Private Sector Development. 3-5 Units.
This is a case-based course on how to achieve public policy reform with the aim of promoting private sector development in developing countries. It will deal with issues like privatization, reducing informality, infrastructure development, trade promotion, and combatting corruption.
IPS 237. Religion and Politics: A Threat to Democracy?. 4-5 Units.
The meddling of religion in politics has become a major global issue. Can religion co-exist with politics in a democracy? In Israel this is an acute issue exhibiting an existential question: To what extent religion is a source of the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of Israeli Democracy? The course offered is a research workshop, part of a policy-oriented applied research in motion. The workshop will meet a few times during the Fall Quarter and the instructor will be available to consult with the workshop's participants on a bi-weekly basis. The workshop will include unique opportunities for hands-on, team-based research.
Same as: JEWISHST 237
IPS 241. International Security in a Changing World. 5 Units.
This class examines the most pressing international security problems facing the world today: nuclear crises, nuclear non-proliferation, terrorism, and climate change. Alternative perspectives--from political science, history, and STS (Science, Technology, and Society) studies--are used to analyze these problems. The class includes an award-winning two-day international negotiation simulation.
Same as: HISTORY 104D, POLISCI 114S
IPS 242. American Foreign Policy: Interests, Values, and Process. 5 Units.
This seminar will examine the tension in American foreign policy between pursuing U.S. security and economic interests and promoting American values abroad. The course will retrace the theoretical and ideological debates about values versus interests, with a particular focus on realism versus liberalism. The course will examine the evolution of these debates over time, starting with the French revolution, but with special attention given to the Cold War, American foreign policy after September 11th, and the Obama administration. The course also will examine how these contending theories and ideologies are mediated through the U.S. bureaucracy that shapes the making of foreign policy. ** NOTE: The enrollment of the class is by application only. Please provide a one page double-spaced document outlining previous associated coursework and why you want to enroll in the seminar to Anna Coll (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 22nd. Any questions related to this course can be directed to Anna Coll.
Same as: GLOBAL 220, POLISCI 217A
IPS 243. U.S. Policy Options in North Korea. 3-4 Units.
Seventy years after its founding in 1948, North Korea, or more officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), insists on being accepted as a nuclear weapons state, and continues to defy U.S. and international sanctions and pressure. Why the priority to nuclear and missile capabilities by this small, isolated state, and what kind of and how much of a threat is it? Taught by a former American diplomat with forty years of Korea-related experience, including as U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, this seminar course will review the history of U.S.-North Korea relations, examining diplomatic, economic, military, and other policy tools. The aim is to develop a broader context for understanding the North Korean challenge, identify lessons to be learned, and develop approaches going forward.
IPS 244. U.S. Policy toward Northeast Asia. 5 Units.
Case study approach to the study of contemporary U.S. policy towards Japan, Korea, and China. Historical evolution of U.S. foreign policy and the impact of issues such as democratization, human rights, trade, security relations, military modernization, and rising nationalism on U.S. policy. Case studies include U.S.-Japan trade tensions, anti-Americanism in Korea, and cross-straits relations between China and Taiwan. Satisfies the IPS Policy Writing Requirement.
IPS 245. Does Google Need a Foreign Policy? Private Corporations & International Security in the Digital Age. 4 Units.
Facebook has more users than any nation has citizens. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks more often with Chinese President Xi Jinping than President Trump does. Google's revenues exceed the GDPs of more than half the world's countries. Cybersecurity companies produce weapons that once only foreign governments wielded. These and other technology companies are increasingly caught in the maw of global politics whether it's entering challenging new foreign markets, developing platforms that enable millions of people around the world to organize for both noble and nefarious aims, or developing products that can become tools of intelligence agencies worldwide for surveillance, counterintelligence, and information warfare. In several respects, tech companies wield more power than governments. We examine the changing role of corporations in international politics, the role of the state, and critical challenges that large technology companies face today in particular. We discuss contending perspectives about key issues with guest lectures by industry and US government leaders as well as simulations of foreign policy crises from the board room to the White House Situation Room. No background in political science or computer science is required. Admission based on application. Instructor consent required. See course notes for details.
Same as: PUBLPOL 245
IPS 246. China on the World Stage. 4 Units.
China's reemergence as a global player is transforming both China and the international system. Other nations view China's rise with a mixture of admiration, anxiety, and opportunism. Some welcome China's rise as a potential counterweight to US preeminence; others fear the potential consequences of Sino-American rivalry and erosion of the US-led international system that has fostered unprecedented peace and prosperity. This course provides an overview of China's engagement with countries in all regions and on a wide range of issues since it launched the policy of opening and reform in 1978. The goal is to provide a broad overview and systematic comparisons across regions and issues, and to examine how China's global engagement has changed over time.
IPS 247. Organized Crime and Democracy in Latin America. 5 Units.
Scholars and policy analysts have long emphasized the strength of the rule of law as a key determinant of economic development and social opportunity. They also agree that the rule of law requires an effective and accountable legal system. The growth of transnational organized crime is a major impediment, however, to the creation of effective and accountable legal systems. nThis seminar examines how and why transnational criminal organizations have developed in Latin America, explores why they constitute a major challenge to the consolidation of democratic societies, economic development and individual rights. It also examines the efforts of governments to combat them, with a focus on the experiences of Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil. The course examines these cases in order to draw lessons¿by pointing to both successes and failures¿of use to policy analysts, legal scholars, and practitioners.
Same as: INTNLREL 152
IPS 248. America's War in Afghanistan: Multiple Actors and Divergent Strategies. 3-5 Units.
Establishing clear and consistent political-military objectives when waging limited wars is an essential but difficult task. Efforts to develop coherent campaign strategies are complicated by competing interests among US government actors (diplomatic, development, military and intelligence), members of the coalition intervention force, and relevant international organizations. This course will examine post-9/11 efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and stabilize Afghanistan from the perspectives of key US, international, and Afghan actors including the White House, State Department, Defense Department, Central Intelligence Agency, United Nations, NATO, Pakistan, and Afghan political elite and civil society. Classes will include presentations by individuals with firsthand diplomatic and military experience in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
IPS 250. International Conflict Resolution. 2 Units.
Same as LAW 5009; formerly Law 656) This seminar examines the challenges of managing and resolving intractable political and violent intergroup and international conflicts. Employing an interdisciplinary approach drawing on social psychology, political science, game theory, and international law, the course identifies various tactical, psychological, and structural barriers that can impede the achievement of efficient solutions to conflicts. We will explore a conceptual framework for conflict management and resolution that draws not only on theoretical insights, but also builds on historical examples and practical experience in the realm of conflict resolution. This approach examines the need for the parties to conflicts to address the following questions in order to have prospects of creating peaceful relationships: (1) how can the parties to conflict develop a vision of a mutually bearable shared future; (2) how can parties develop trust in the enemy; (3) how can each side be persuaded, as part of a negotiated settlement, to accept losses that it will find very painful; and (4) how do we overcome the perceptions of injustice that each side are likely to have towards any compromise solution? We will consider both particular conflicts, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the South African transition to majority rule, as well as cross-cutting issues, such as the role international legal rules play in facilitating or impeding conflict resolution, the intragroup dynamics that affect intergroup conflict resolution efforts, and the role of criminal accountability for atrocities following civil wars. Special Instructions: Section 01: Grades will be based on class participation, written assignments, and a final exam. Section 02: Up to five students, with consent of the instructor, will have the option to write an independent research paper for Research (R) credit in lieu of the written assignments and final exam for Section 01. After the term begins, students (max 5) accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor.
Same as: PSYCH 383
IPS 250A. International Conflict Resolution Colloquium. 1 Unit.
(Same as LAW 611.) Sponsored by the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation (SCICN). Conflict, negotiation, and dispute resolution with emphasis on conflicts and disputes with an international dimension, including conflicts involving states, peoples, and political factions such as the Middle East and Northern Ireland. Guest speakers. Issues including international law, psychology, and political science, economics, anthropology, and criminology.
Same as: PSYCH 283
IPS 251. Cybersecurity: A Legal and Technical Perspective. 2 Units.
This class will use the case method to teach basic computer, network, and information security from technology, law, policy, and business perspectives. Using real world topics, we will study the technical, legal, policy, and business aspects of an incident or issue and its potential solutions. The case studies will be organized around the following topics: vulnerability disclosure, state sponsored sabotage, corporate and government espionage, credit card theft, theft of embarrassing personal data, phishing and social engineering attacks, denial of service attacks, attacks on weak session management and URLs, security risks and benefits of cloud data storage, wiretapping on the Internet, and digital forensics. Students taking the class will learn about the techniques attackers use, applicable legal prohibitions, rights, and remedies, the policy context, and strategies in law, policy and business for managing risk. Grades will be based on class participation, two reflection papers, and a final exam. Special Instructions: This class is limited to 65 students, with an effort made to have students from Stanford Law School (30 students will be selected by lottery) and students from Computer Science (30 students) and International Policy Studies (5 students). Elements used in grading: Class Participation (20%), Written Assignments (40%), Final Exam (40%). Cross-listed with the Law School (Law 4004) and International Policy Studies (IPS course number TBD).
Same as: CS 203
IPS 252. Implications of Post-1994 Conflicts in Great Lakes Region of Africa: an American Perspective. 3 Units.
Seminar will explore the post-1994 conflicts in the Great Lakes Region from the perspective of the former US Special Envoy to the region. Particular emphasis will be placed on the intensified regional and international efforts to resolve these conflicts since the M23 rebellion of 2012. It will consider the implications these activities have for the region, legal accountability, international peacekeeping and the conduct of American foreign policy. The seminar will include the following segments: 1) the origins and nature of the post-1994 conflicts and recent efforts to resolve them with particular attention to the relationship between modern Congolese history and the Rwandan genocide and the peace-making efforts initiated by the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework agreement of February 2013; 2) accountability for conflict-related crimes committed in the region including sex and gender-based crimes and the legal and other regimes established to address conflict minerals; and 3) the broader implications of the conflict for American foreign policy in Africa (in particular and in general, and lessons learned about the way in which such policy is formulated) as well as the implications of this conflict for international peace-making and peace-keeping efforts. The course is cross-listed for IPS and law school students.
IPS 255. Policy Practicum: Rethinking INTERPOL's Governance Model. 2-3 Units.
Today, the international community faces increasingly complex security challenges arising from transnational criminal activities. Effective international cooperation among national and local police agencies is critical in supporting efforts to combat cross-boundary criminal threats like terrorism, human and drug trafficking, and cybercrime. INTERPOL---the world's largest international police organization'is constantly innovating to respond effectively to the world's evolving threat landscape. As a leader in global policing efforts, INTERPOL launched the INTERPOL 2020 Initiative to review the Organization's strategy and develop a roadmap for strengthening its policing capabilities. INTERPOL 2020 will provide the strategic framework to ensure the Organization remains a leader and respected voice in global security matters. This practicum will allow students to assist INTERPOL in modernizing its organizational structure to better fight cyber-crime and terrorism. Students in this practicum will contribute to the Strategic Framework 2017-2020, focusing on comparative governance practices for international organizations. The practicum will analyze decision-making processes within the organization and across other similar organizations (acknowledging their respective mandates) with respect to specific issues identified by INTERPOL. The work product developed during the course of this practicum will serve as part of a framework for INTERPOL to guide and support the development of its governance model. Students in practicum will work directly with INTERPOL clients (via Video-conferencing and email) and may have opportunities to travel to INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon for meetings with clients to develop our policy guidance and provide policy briefings. In addition, selected students in the practicum may have the opportunity to pursue internships and/or externships at the Office of Legal Affairs, INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France and/or at INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore. Open to graduate students from outside the Law School and, in exceptional cases, to advanced undergraduate students, the practicum seeks those who demonstrate strong interest and background in global security and international law, organizational behavior, and strategic management. This practicum takes place for two quarters (Fall and Winter). Although students may enroll for either one or both quarters, we will give preference to students who agree to enroll for both quarters. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. Elements used in grading: Attendance, Class participation, Written Assignments, Final Paper. NOTE (for LAW students): Students may not count more than a combined total of eight units of directed research projects and policy lab practica toward graduation unless the additional counted units are approved in advance by the Petitions Committee. Such approval will be granted only for good cause shown. Even in the case of a successful petition for additional units, a student cannot receive a letter grade for more than eight units of independent research (Policy Lab practicum, Directed Research, Senior Thesis, and/or Research Track). Any units taken in excess of eight will be graded on a mandatory pass basis. For detailed information, see "Directed Research/Policy Labs" in the SLS Student Handbook. CONSENT APPLICATION: To apply for this course, students must complete and submit a Consent Application Form available on the SLS website (Click Courses at the bottom of the homepage and then click Consent of Instructor Forms). See Consent Application Form for instructions and submission deadline. Cross-listed with LAW 805Z.
IPS 264. Behind the Headlines: An Introduction to US Foreign Policy in South and East Asia. 3-5 Units.
Introduction to India, Af-Pak and China. Analyzes historical forces that shaped the region, recent history and current state of key countries: the economic and political rise of India and China; rise of the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan; Pakistan's government, military, and mullahs; and China's impact on the region. nExplores U.S. policy in depth: U.S. intervention in- and upcoming withdrawal from Afghanistan, U.S. relations with Pakistan and India, the "pivot to Asia" and its implications for US-China relations and the strategic balance in Asia. nSatisfies the IPS policy writing requirement.
IPS 266. Managing Nuclear Waste: Technical, Political and Organizational Challenges. 3 Units.
The essential technical and scientific elements of the nuclear fuel cycle, focusing on the sources, types, and characteristics of the nuclear waste generated, as well as various strategies for the disposition of spent nuclear fuel - including reprocessing, transmutation, and direct geologic disposal. Policy and organizational issues, such as: options for the characteristics and structure of a new federal nuclear waste management organization, options for a consent-based process for locating nuclear facilities, and the regulatory framework for a geologic repository. A technical background in the nuclear fuel cycle, while desirable, is not required.
Same as: GS 266
IPS 268. Hack Lab. 3 Units.
This course combines lectures with hands-on labs to give students a solid understanding of the most common types of attacks used in cybercrime and cyberwarfare. Taught by a long-time cybersecurity practitioner, each session will begin with a lecture covering the basics of an area of technology and how that technology has been misused in the past. Students will then complete a lab section, with the guidance of the instructor and assistants, where they attack a known insecure system using techniques and tools seen in the field. By the end of the course, students are expected to have a working knowledge of the most popular hacking techniques seen in the wild and the basic skills necessary to power further exploration. Students are required to bring a Windows or Mac laptop and will be provided with testing virtual machines. No computer science background is required. Only open to non-CS majors (for 2017-18).
IPS 269. Cyber Law: International and Domestic Legal Frameworks for Cyber Policy. 3-4 Units.
Was Russia¿s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections an act of war? When do cyber attacks constitute a use of force? Is sovereignty in cyberspace different than in other domains, and can states meaningfully defend their sovereignty in cyberspace? Is ¿hacking back¿ against cyber thieves the legal equivalent of defending one¿s own property? This course explores the domestic and international law of cyberspace and its application to significant practical challenges. It also addresses broader legal policy questions, including the extent to which law acts as a constraint on state and non-state actors in cyberspace, whether the application of existing law to cyber activities is sufficient or new laws and norms are needed, and how they could be developed. Policy and law students are welcome; no previous legal knowledge is required.
IPS 270. The Geopolitics of Energy. 3-5 Units.
The global energy landscape is undergoing seismic shifts with game-changing economic, political and environmental ramifications. Technological breakthroughs are expanding the realms of production, reshuffling the competition among different sources of energy and altering the relative balance of power between energy exporters and importers. The US shale oil and gas bonanza is replacing worries about foreign oil dependence with an exuberance about the domestic resurgence of energy-intensive sectors. China¿s roaring appetite for energy imports propels its national oil companies to global prominence. Middle Eastern nations that used to reap power from oil wealth are bracing for a struggle for political relevance. Many African energy exporters are adopting promising strategies to break with a history dominated by the ¿resource curse¿.nThis course provides students with the knowledge, skill set and professional network to analyze how the present and past upheavals in oil and gas markets affect energy exporters and importers, their policymaking, and their relative power. Students will gain a truly global perspective thanks to a series of exciting international guest speakers and the opportunity to have an impact by working on a burning issue for a real world client. Satisfies the IPS Policy Writing Requirement.
IPS 271. Climate Change Controversies: Past, Present, Future. 3-4 Units.
Provides a unique perspective on contemporary debates about climate change through a study of their long history. After some background about climate science and a look at how people thought about climate in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, we explore the co-evolution of climate science and climate politics from World War II to the present. The approach is to examine a series of political issues and debates that established human effects on the global atmosphere as serious problems. We then focus on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 2015 Paris Agreement, and the future of international climate policy. Assignments include in-class presentations and a policy brief.
Same as: HISTORY 202J
IPS 274. International Urbanization Seminar: Cross-Cultural Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Development. 4-5 Units.
Comparative approach to sustainable cities, with focus on international practices and applicability to China. Tradeoffs regarding land use, infrastructure, energy and water, and the need to balance economic vitality, environmental quality, cultural heritage, and social equity. Student teams collaborate with Chinese faculty and students partners to support urban sustainability projects. Limited enrollment via application; see internationalurbanization.org for details. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor(s).
Same as: CEE 126, EARTHSYS 138, URBANST 145
IPS 275. UN Habitat III: Bridging Cities and Nations to Tackle Urban Development. 3-5 Units.
From climate change to refugee housing, cities have powered into an expanding role in international affairs, helping national governments navigate critical global challenges. Every twenty years, the world convenes at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT) to debate human settlement and collectively redraw our urban future. Using HABITAT III in Quito as a lens, we explore urban growth and governance; technology and finance; environmental and cultural sustainability; international negotiations and multilateral cooperation. Includes independent research on themes from HABITAT III and the New Urban Agenda.
IPS 280. Transitional Justice, Human Rights, and International Criminal Tribunals. 3-5 Units.
Historical backdrop of the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals. The creation and operation of the Yugoslav and Rwanda Tribunals (ICTY and ICTR). The development of hybrid tribunals in East Timor, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia, including evaluation of their success in addressing perceived shortcomings of the ICTY and ICTR. Examination of the role of the International Criminal Court and the extent to which it will succeed in supplanting all other ad hoc international justice mechanisms and fulfill its goals. Analysis focuses on the politics of creating such courts, their interaction with the states in which the conflicts took place, the process of establishing prosecutorial priorities, the body of law they have produced, and their effectiveness in addressing the needs of victims in post-conflict societies.
Same as: ETHICSOC 280, HUMRTS 103, INTNLREL 180A
IPS 281. Global Poverty and the Law. 3 Units.
With more than a billion people living on less than $2 a day, global poverty is one of the biggest challenges currently facing humanity. Even though those who suffer the most are located in the developing world, many of the policies, economic opportunities, and legal actions that offer the biggest potential for global poverty alleviation are made in the United States. This course will provide an introduction to the study of global poverty. What causes poverty? Why have some parts of the developing world done better at alleviating poverty than other parts? Can the world ever be free of poverty, as the World Bank's official motto suggests? And most importantly, what can aspiring lawyers do to improve the condition of the world's impoverished? These are some of the questions this course is designed to address. This course is designed especially for future lawyers and policymakers who seek a deeper understanding of the developing world. After a brief overview that will familiarize students with the major concepts and empirical debates in poverty and development studies, we will examine a variety of 'causes' of poverty, from poor governance to lack of economic opportunity to the role of society. Since this course is just as much about what can be done, we shall also consider applied approaches to poverty alleviation. These types of interventions include political/legal reforms such as anti-corruption initiatives, 'rule of law' interventions, right to information programs, privatization, and community-driven development models; economic solutions such as cash transfers and microfinance; and technological approaches such as new methods for measuring policy impact and the application of new technologies for state identification and distribution programs. In addition to more typical scholarly readings, students will review poverty alleviation policy proposals and contracts made by various stakeholders (academics, NGOs, states, international bodies, etc.). Grading is based on participation, a presentation of research or a proposal, and, in consultation with the professor, a research paper. The research paper may be a group project (Section 01) graded MP/R/F or an individual in-depth research proposal either of which could be the basis for future field research (Section 02) graded H/P/R/F. Students approved for Section 01 or Section 02 may receive R credit. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from Section 01 into Section 02 with consent of the instructor. Automatic grading penalty waived for research paper. This course is taught in conjunction with the India Field Study component ( Law 5026). Students may enroll for this course alone or for both this course and Law 5026 with consent of the instructor (12 students will come to India). See Law 5026 for application instructions. CONSENT APPLICATION: To apply for this course, students must complete and submit a Consent Application Form available on the SLS website (Click Courses at the bottom of the homepage and then click Consent of Instructor Forms). See Consent Application Form for instructions and submission deadline. Cross-listed with LAW 5025.
IPS 290. Practical Approaches to Global Health Research. 3 Units.
How do you come up with an idea for health research overseas? How do you develop a research question, concept note, and get your project funded? How do you manage personnel in the field, difficult cultural situations, or unexpected problems? How do you create a sampling strategy, select a study design, and ensure ethical conduct with human subjects? This course takes students through the process of health research in under-resourced countries from the development of the initial research question and literature review to securing support and detailed planning for field work. Students progressively develop and receive weekly feedback on a concept note to support a funding proposal addressing a research question of their choosing. Aims at graduate students; undergraduates in their junior or senior year may enroll with instructor consent. This course is restricted to undergraduates unless they have completed 85 units or more.
Same as: HRP 237, MED 226
IPS 298. Practical Training. 1-3 Unit.
Students obtain internship in a relevant research or industrial activity to enhance their professional experience consistent with their degree program and area of concentration. Prior to enrolling students must get internship approved by associate director. At the end of the quarter, a three page final report must be supplied documenting work done and relevance to degree program. Meets the requirements for Curricular Practical Training for students on F-1 visas. Student is responsible for arranging own internship. Limited to International Policy Studies students only. May be repeated for credit.
IPS 299. Directed Reading. 1-5 Unit.
IPS students only. May be repeated for credit.
IPS 300. IPS Student-Faculty Colloquium. 1 Unit.
Presentations of techniques and applications of international policy analysis by students, faculty, and guests, including policy analysis practitioners.
IPS 316S. Decision Making in U.S. Foreign Policy. 5 Units.
Formal and informal processes involved in U.S. foreign policy decision making. The formation, conduct, and implementation of policy, emphasizing the role of the President and executive branch agencies. Theoretical and analytical perspectives; case studies. Interested students should attend the first day of class. Admission will be by permission of the instructor. Priority to IPS students.
Same as: POLISCI 316S
IPS 802. TGR Dissertation. 0 Units.