Independently Taught Courses at Chapman University Master of Arts in International Studies – Issues in National Security (MAIS 507) MAIS 507 is designed to be an interdisciplinary overview of contemporary issues in national security. It will begin with an introduction to our current national security agencies, bureaucracies, advisors, and organizations in order to understand their respective origins and evolutions. Discussing how the CIA, FBI, NATO, and the NSA operate under various U.S. administrations, looking to individual case studies of consequential geopolitical events in order to see these organizations in action. This course seeks to set the background information necessary to comprehend and contextualize contemporary security issues and foreign affairs. As the focus of the course is geared toward contemporary issues in national security, we will briefly touch on the Cold War and pre-9-11 era in order to evaluate shifts in U.S. policy with the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of international terrorism. From the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to drone warfare in Yemen and Pakistan, and the Syrian civil war, students will be expected to critically engage with various perspectives on complex and emerging issues of national security. Finally, as it appears that there will be major shifts within the U.S. intelligence communities throughout the Donald Trump presidency, students are expected to keep up to date with current events in national security.
Department of Peace Studies – Viet Nam: War, Peace, and Legacy (POLS 355/PCST 355) Beyond the controversial U.S. military intervention in Vietnam, this course seeks to understand the historical formations and transitions of what today is officially called the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. When the French began their colonial rule over Vietnam in 1858 it was not a cohesive nation-state with a “traditional Vietnamese identity”; instead it is better to speak of different Vietnams in a constant process of constructing its own historical narratives. From a millennium of Chinese control, and a tripartite division under various military lordships, to a unified country under Gia Long and its own colonial expansion; the story of the U.S. replacing French colonial rule becomes much more intricate. Understanding these complex and overlapping identities/alliances of the people of Southeast Asia will give students a broad historical understanding to contextualize French colonialism, the rise of the communist resistance under Ho Chi Minh, and the eventual U.S. military intervention. This course strives to offer a variety of perspectives on the causes of war in Vietnam, the experiences of those who fought, and how the legacy of the war shapes U.S. and Vietnamese societies today. From historical accounts, diplomatic history, combat memoirs, war films, and the process of constructing memories of war, students will gain a deep comprehension of Vietnam’s fascinating history. Ultimately, the course Viet Nam: War, Peace, and Legacy will challenge students emotionally and intellectually to understand the true costs of war, its root causes, and long-lasting consequences beyond 1965-1973.
Courses John Emery has been a teaching assistant for at the University of California, Irvine Introduction to International Relations (POLS 41A/INST 14) This is an introductory course in the study of International Relations. The goal of this course is to acquaint you with the concepts, ideas, and analytical tools necessary to understand state behavior and relationships among various actors in the international system. In this class we will look at the major conflicts, events, issues, and actors that characterize world politics. We will examine various theoretical explanations for state behaviors, such as realism, liberalism, Marxism, and constructivism. Students will utilize these theories to analyze the forces that affect state behavior and address some of the most pressing questions in international relations today. In order to understand connections among states, we will explore vital topics such as war, cooperation, international law, political economy, terrorism, human rights, and the various forms of conflict that characterize the international system. The primary aim of this class is to develop critically engaged citizens with an interest in world politics to understand historical and contemporary issues in the field of International Relations.
Just War Revisited (POLS 135B/INST 131A) The purpose of this course is to understand the evolution of the doctrine of the just war across the history of Western political thought, the importance of the changes in the doctrine, and whether it is still applicable in the modern world. We begin with a discussion of traditional just war theory, tracing the evolution from the medieval Christian thinkers through the changes incurred with the advent of the law of nations. To compliment the philosophical aspects of the course, we examine through the use of case studies in international relations whether just war theory still relevant today. This course is designed for students to critically engage competing ideas about the relevance, utility, and efficacy of traditional and contemporary debates concerning the ethics of war. Do the laws/ethics of war need updating because of technological advances, or can we look back to the just war tradition and historical debates to find the answers to these pressing questions?
The Vietnam War (INST 143A/SOC 170A) This course examines social structures and social changes in Vietnamese and U.S. societies through a study of the Vietnam War. This war profoundly transformed both countries politically, economically, and culturally. The course will focus on the major developments associated with the war in Vietnam: - the transformation of traditional Vietnamese society by French colonialism. - the emergence of Vietnamese anti-colonial movements and the ascendance of the communists. - the political and military reactions of France and the United States to the anti-colonial movements. - the emergence and effects of anti-war movements -including those within the U.S. military. - the effects of the war on the United States and Viet Nam.
Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide (POLS 145) In an age of global unrest, with the threat of terrorist attacks and incidents of ethnic violence and genocide a constant backdrop for much of civilization, it is important to consider the human response to such psychological unrest. How do individual human beings deal with the trauma of such political disturbances? What moral dilemmas confront them and what ethical resources do they bring to bear on the moral choices in such situations? These are the questions that form the foundation of our discussions in this course. Students will explore first person accounts through interviews and narratives from victims, bystanders, and perpetrators of the Holocaust during WWII. Also, students will begin to comprehend the psychology of good and evil, examining how normal individuals come to commit unspeakable evil, and how others risk their own lives to save complete strangers. Students will complete the course by conducting interviews with someone who has lived through war and/or genocide, transcribing the interview and conducting an analysis of the individual's experiences.
U.S. "War on Terror" (INST 175A/SOC 170B) This course examines the U.S. "War on Terror" (WOT) from historical, economic, sociological, strategic, and ethical approaches incorporating the perspectives of those subject to and those engaged in the fight against international terrorism in the post-9/11 era. In this course we will first examine the history of the Middle East, understanding the roots of the conflict and how best to counteract it both strategically and ethically. There will be an emphasis on first-hand accounts of the impact of the WOT in Iraq with two lecture days set aside for talks to be given from UCI veterans sharing their experiences, as well as Iraqi refugees discussing their lives under Saddam and subsequently during the occupation of Iraq. Students will also come to understand how terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda operate, propagandize, recruit and fight. With this understanding in historical context, students should gain a greater understanding of the most effective and most detrimental ways to fight the WOT.
International Studies Public Forum (HUM/INST/SOCECOL 183) The International Studies Public Forum (ISPF) is a lecture series hosting speakers from UCI, from across the county, and from around the world working on international and global issues of public importance. Students, faculty, the UCI community, and the general public are welcome to attend. Students enrolled in the ISPF course are required to attend the lectures, ask questions of the speakers and write papers analyzing the lectures and associated readings. The course is designed to expose students to issues of international importance, to enhance their practical understanding of global issues, and to develop their ability to analyze and write about these topics. The course is required for the International Studies Major and the Conflict Resolution Minor.
American Government (POLS 21A) Because resources are scarce and people’s opinions differ, policy disagreement is inevitable. Politics is the means by which people resolve such debates. This course examines the history, theory, and practice of politics in the United States. We will first study early American democracy – its philosophical bases and constitutional foundations. From there we will turn to examining the contemporary practice of American democracy, doing so by breaking up the overall picture into its constituent parts. Having carefully considered American politics from a variety of perspectives, we will conclude by bringing our informed insight to bear on some of the most important questions confronting scholars, leaders, and citizens alike: How “representative” is America’s representative democracy? What can we expect of “ordinary” citizens? What role should “leaders” play?