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Bachelor of Arts in International Law and Institutions (INTLWINBA)Department of International Studies

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Description

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in International Law and Institutions study a variety of topics, including the efforts to regulate the conduct of war, develop human rights doctrines, respond to migration, define and protect the global commons, and regulate international investments, trade, and development. An in-depth understanding of international law and institutions will help students appreciate the dynamic nature of international relationships, which are adjusting as notions of state sovereignty evolve and as non-state actors play significant roles. Students will develop practical and intellectual skills to prepare them for careers in international fields. In particular, they will sharpen their analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills in relation to the study of international law; they will also develop the cultural and regional expertise that is the hallmark of graduates from the Department of International Studies.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 42 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory Courses.
    1. Introduction to Law. One (1) course from the .
      • An introduction to law an aspect of government and politics, and as a means of dealing with major social problems. Students will study legal reasoning, procedures, and materials, and may compare other nation's legal systems. The course usually includes a moot court or other forms of simulation. (3 credit hours.)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) Law is not merely the normative framework creating order or fairness in public and private institutions. Among other things, it defines relationships among friends, creates predictability in city bus routes, and influences children's moral character. This course considers law beyond the ordinary bounds of the courtroom and lawmaker's chamber. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    2. International Law and Institutions. One (1) course from the .
      • Introduces the central instruments and methodological tools of international law through study of international law cases, major treaties, and key institutions such as the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. (3 credit hours.)
    3. Introductory Electives. Two (2) courses from the .
      • This introductory, interdisciplinary course exposes students to the various academic approaches essential to international studies and to the various concentrations that comprise the major. (3 credit hours.)
      • Explores historical, cultural, and geopolitical contexts for contemporary world events, and introduces critical approaches to media sources. Requires analysis of current events in a variety of formats, both written and oral. Not repeatable for credit. (3 credit hours.)
      • Examination of pressing health and environmental challenges around the world, such as deforestation, climate change and the spread of infectious diseases. Focuses on the interaction of health and environmental problems that cross national borders and require a multinational or global effort to solve. (3 credit hours.)
      • Focuses on the interaction between social, political, and economic forces and human development at global, national, and subnational scales; introduces theoretical perspectives on economic development and the function of markets. (3 credit hours.)
      • Focuses on human rights discourse and the role international law, treaties and conventions play in addressing these rights globally. Course is interdisciplinary in theory and method. (3 credit hours.)
      • Examines culture and governance on an international scale, considering how governments, markets, and international organizations deploy or use culture, and how people turn to cultural resources to resist attempts to govern them and/or to assert their own political aims. (3 credit hours.)
      • Examines concepts of nationalism and state ideology that shape the world's collective identities and contribute to conflicts nationally and internationally. (3 credit hours.)
      • Examines the development of the modern state and the role of international organizations in maintaining global security and promoting global governance. Addresses issues of political and cultural diplomacy and their effect in international disputes. (3 credit hours.)
      • Examines issues in contemporary diplomacy and governance. Topics may include conflict resolution, the operation of international organizations such as the United Nations, and diplomatic relations. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 3 credit hours. (1–3 credit hours.)
  2. Core Courses. Each of the following, including at least one (1) course at the 400–499 level:
    1. Research Design. One (1) course from the .
      • P: International Studies major or minor; and at least sophomore standing. Completion before the major's overseas/international experience is strongly recommended. This course is required for all International Studies majors.. Introduction to research design and methodology used in international studies in preparation for undertaking research abroad and completing the INTL-I 400/INTL-I 406 Capstone Seminar. (3 credit hours.)
    2. Origins and Evolution of International Law. One (1) course from the .
      • Explores the history, central figures, and key arguments in the development of international law; concepts to be discussed include natural law, reason of state, positivism, embedded liberalism, crimes against humanity, and Responsibility to Protect. (3 credit hours.)
    3. International Law Electives. One (1) course from the .
      • Explores functions and behavior of legal systems in various authoritarian contexts. Examines conceptual distinction between, and defining characteristics of, rule of law and rule by law systems and general mechanisms of political control and interference in judicial decision-making. May be repeated with different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Explores the role of law and legal systems in economic and social development. Studies the causes of and ways to address critical development issues such as global poverty and inequality. (3 credit hours.)
      • Study of the economic, historical, cultural, and political forces that shape and influence international investments; and the roles that international laws and institutions play in cross-border business transactions. (3 credit hours.)
      • Study of immigration law from multiple perspectives: legal, political, international, public policy, social, moral, and ethical. Addresses issues such as citizenship, migration, marriage, and asylum. (3 credit hours.)
      • Explores the historical, political and philosophical foundations of the international human rights legal system and examines how and why the current system addresses, or fails to address, gender-based rights violations and claims. (3 credit hours.)
      • Discussion of the origins and evolution of international laws on genocide, atrocity, and crimes against humanity; exploration of the philosophical and legal bases for international laws on conflict. (3 credit hours.)
      • Examines the development, structure, and potential of international human rights laws and the institutions designed to protect them, focusing on the theoretical and practical tools needed to effectively engage with the international human rights legal system. (3 credit hours.)
    4. International Electives. Two (2) courses from the .
      • Additional course from the International Law Electives list.
      • This course focuses on the intensive study and analysis of selected international problems and issues within an interdisciplinary format. Topics will vary but will cut across fields, regions, and periods. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (1–3 credit hours.)
      • Advanced topics examining pressing health and environmental challenges around the world. Focuses on the interaction of health and environmental problems that cross national borders and require a multinational or global effort to solve. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Advanced topics examining the interaction between social, political, and economic forces and human development at global, national, and subnational scales; in-depth analysis of theoretical perspectives on economic development and the function of markets. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Advanced topics focusing on human rights discourse and the role international law, treaties and conventions play in addressing these rights globally. Topics are interdisciplinary in theory and method. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Advanced topics in the study of culture and governance. The focus is on relationships of power and authority, including how governments, markets, and international organizations deploy or use culture, and how people turn to cultural resources to resist attempts to govern them and/or to assert their own political aims. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Advanced topics examining concepts of nationalism and state ideology that shape the world's collective identities and contribute to conflicts nationally and internationally. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Advanced topics focusing on the development of the modern state and the role of international organizations in maintaining global security and promoting global governance. Addresses issues of political and cultural diplomacy and their effect in international disputes. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Addresses the role of ethics and morality in the international system as applied to states, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals. Explores dilemmas policymakers face as they weigh alternatives, try to reconcile competing demands, and search for acceptable trade-offs. Focuses on problems such as mass atrocities, forms of slavery, poverty, and the challenges of dealing with illiberal governments. (3 credit hours.)
      • Interdisciplinary study of comparative environmental issues around the world. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Study of human rights through the arts. Exploration of artistic expressions in various sociopolitical contexts and the global trends from which they emerge. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Study of nationalism to explore how history, politics and culture conflict and converge in shaping multiple identities. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Study of emergence and use of postcolonial and postcommunist theories to analyze colonial and communist discourses as well as their political and cultural legacies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Exploration of war and peace with regard to their political, moral and legal consequences. Study of structures that adjudicate disputes and the role of international organizations in regulating war and initiating peace. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Examination of gender issues from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • In-depth study and analysis of an international problem, culminating in a research project. Topics vary. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Interdisciplinary study of issues of global development and political economy. Includes both analytical and methodological approaches. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Interdisciplinary study of comparative environmental justice issues around the world. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Study of global health policies and their relationships to social movements. Focuses on the effect of global governance institutions and NGOs on global health policy and action. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • Introduction to statistics and quantitative measures in international studies. Provides practical experience with descriptive and inferential statistics as well as international indicators. No previous knowledge or coursework in statistics is required. (3 credit hours.)
      • Surveys quantitative frameworks for evaluating global and international phenomena, events, and processes to assess political and social obstacles to achieving collective goals. A basic knowledge of algebra is necessary to succeed in this course. (3 credit hours.)
      • Study and analysis of conflicts and conflict resolution around the world through selected case studies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 3 credit hours. (1–3 credit hours.)
      • Examines issues of international scope through service learning projects. Content varies with instructor. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in INTL-I 435 and INTL-X 370. (3 credit hours.)
      • P: Major or minor in International Studies; accepted application; and consent of department. Students conduct individual research projects on an international issue under the direction of a faculty member. Student and faculty member should develop a project and submit a "contract" to the department for approval. May repeat INTL-X 390 or take any combination of INTL-I 405, INTL-I 415, and INTL-X 390 for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (1–3 credit hours.)
    5. Free Elective. One (1) course from the .
      • Additional course from the International Electives list
      • Course from the Maurer School of Law (with approval of the Department of International Studies)
      • One (1) of the following:
        • Terrorism is a serious challenge today and its policing demands varied responses. In this course we study how terrorists evolve and carry out their operations. The course will analyze police responses and debate the issues of legal boundaries and systems of checks and balances using case studies. (3 credit hours.)
        • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) Selected issues and problems of importance to the understanding of East Asian society. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
        • International organizations as lateral extensions of the Western state system, exercising influence in accordance with a variety of strategies. Strategies employed by the United Nations in the political and security area. (3 credit hours.)
        • Sources and consequences of international law; relationship to international organizations and world order; issues of national sovereignty, human rights, conflict resolution, international property rights, world trade, environmental change, and other topics. (3 credit hours.)
        • (with approval of the Department of International Studies ) Social origins of social bases of legal decision-making, and social consequences of the application of law. (3 credit hours.)
  3. Internship. Internship of at least six weeks (3 credit hours) focused on international law or Practicum with enrollment in the following course:
    • P: Consent of department. Provides students with an opportunity to receive academic credit for a part-time or full-time internship experience within the U.S. or overseas. Allows students to apply the knowledge gained through course work in International Studies to the work world, thereby developing additional knowledge and skills and exposing them to professional career options. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in INTL-I 498 and INTL-X 473. (1–3 credit hours.)
  4. Capstone. One (1) course from the .
    • P: INTL-I 315; International Studies major; and at least sophomore standing. This required seminar is designed for senior majors who have completed all of the International Studies degree requirements to consolidate their studies. Students complete a project that addresses an issue appropriate to their concentration. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: INTL-I 315; International Studies major; departmental honors student; and senior standing. Required for departmental honors credit, this seminar is designed to consolidate the studies of honors-track seniors who have completed all International Studies degree requirements. Students must complete a project that addresses an issue appropriate to their concentration. (3 credit hours.)
  5. Foreign Language*. One (1) of the following options:
    • Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the third year of college-level coursework (6 semesters)
    • Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework and another foreign language through the second semester of the first year (4 + 2 semesters)
    • Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework (4 semesters) and the first semester of a second foreign language and the first semester of a third foreign language (4 + 1 + 1 semesters)
  6. International Experience**. Overseas study of at least six (6) weeks duration, approved in advance by International Studies.
  7. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Notes

  • * Non-native speakers of English may petition the Department of International Studies for exemption from third-year language study.
  • ** These courses do not count toward the Major GPA or Major Hours.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines. No more than 42 of these credit hours can come from the major.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.