URBN 240 Introduction to Urban and Community Health

This course focuses on the production of health inequalities and the policy interventions proposed to reduce them, with an emphasis on
US cities and Memphis. The course begins by examining the concept of health and its key social determinants. The remainder of the
course focuses on applying these conceptual foundations to evaluate community health policies, including access to health care, obesity,
gun violence, and environmental health. It uses Memphis as a case study through which to understand many of the challenges of urban

INTS 243 Government and Politics of the Middle East

Survey of historical and political trajectories of selected Middle East states, including Turkey, Iran, Israel-Palestine, and the Eastern
(Mashreq) Arab world. The region’s history, influence of Islam, and ideological trends are considered as are the roles of ethnic and
religious minorities, state building, economic and political liberalization, authoritarian rule, conflict, and gender questions.

INTS 244 Issues in Middle East Politics

Survey of topical areas of significance to Middle East politics. Possible topics include the treatment of minority peoples, social
movements, and political ideologies in the region as well as the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Kurdish dispute.

INTS 245 US Foreign Policy in the Middle East

This course aims to understand the motivations behind and consequences of US foreign policy in the Middle East both historically and today. It will cover issues, such as Cold War policies, the war on terror, nuclear Iran debates, and post-Arab Spring regional context and instability.

INTS 253 Identity Conflict in Africa

A theoretical delineation of how ethnic groups are socially constructed and maintained through a deliberate process of cultural
objectification. The historical, political, religious and socio-economic roots of identity conflict in Africa are examined. Conflicts such as
the Sudanese civil war; the Rwandan genocide; the Biafran civil war; conflict in the Great Lakes region; post-election violence In Kenya
as well as ethnic strife in other areas are covered.

INTS 263 Comparative Political Economy of East Asia

A comparative study of the interactions between politics and the economy in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Major topics covered
include developmental states, state-society interactions, state-business relations, labor politics, economic and political development, and
welfare politics.

INTS 264 China-Taiwan-U.S. Relations

An exploration of the political and economic dimensions of China-Taiwan relations as well as the role played by the U.S. in these
relations. Major topics covered include Sino-U.S. relations, Chinese nationalism, identity politics in Taiwan, Taiwan Strait Crises, the
U.S. approach to China-Taiwan relations, China’s Taiwan policy, Taiwan’s China policy, and economic ties between China and Taiwan.

INTS 273 Government and Politics of Latin America

An introduction to Latin American politics. Military rule, human rights, democratization, populism, and the politics of gender, class, and ethnicity are examined in relation to specific countries in the region. The course then explores the political dimensions of development, poverty, and inequality. Emphasis is placed on the most important conceptual and theoretical frameworks used to understand politics and governance in Latin America.