Level 500 Course Descriptions

LAIS 535: Latin American Development- MIPER & IPE Graduate Cert. Course
A graduate seminar designed to explore the political economy of current and recent past development strategies, models, efforts, and issues in Latin America, one of the most dynamic regions of the world today. Development is understood to be a nonlinear, complex set of processes involving political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental factors whose ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals. The role of both the state and the market in development processes will be examined. Topics to be covered will vary as changing realities dictate but will be drawn from such subjects as inequality of income distribution; the role of education and health care; region-markets; the impact of globalization; institution-building; corporate-community-state interfaces; neoliberalism; privatization; democracy; and public policy formulation as it relates to developmental goals. Semester hours: 3.

LAIS 537: Asian Development – MIPER and IPE Graduate Certificate Course

This is a research-oriented course that explores continuities and changes in several Asian societies. The course deals with Asia Pacific economic, political, and cultural development since World War II, contemporary security issues that both divide and unite the region; and globalization processes that encourage Asia Pacific to forge a single trading bloc. This course will examine Asian development examples with the view to teach the student to recognize and analyze similarities and differences in political-economic systems as well as the roots of different institutional practices. Semester hours: 3.

LAIS 541: African Development – MIPER and IPE Graduate Certificate Course
Provides a broad overview of the political economy of Africa. Its goal is to give students an understanding of the possibilities of African development and the impediments that currently block its economic growth. Despite substantial natural resources, mineral reserves, and human capital, most African countries remain mired in poverty. The struggles that have arisen on the continent have fostered thinking about the curse of natural resources where countries with oil or diamonds are beset with political instability and warfare. Readings give first an introduction to the continent followed by a focus on the specific issues that confront African development today. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.

 

LAIS 542: Natural Resources and War in Africa– MIPER and IPE Graduate Certificate Course
Africa possesses abundant natural resources yet suffers civil wars and international conflicts based on access to resource revenues. The course examines the distinctive history of Africa, the impact of the resource curse, mismanagement of government and corruption, and specific cases of unrest and war in Africa. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LAIS200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.

LAIS 545: International Political Economy – MIPER and IPE Graduate Certificate Course
This course will combine the historical and theoretical foundations of international political economy and empirical case studies of the world’s various regions. The student will be required to be familiar with key IPE schools of thought, history of development and underdevelopment of key regions, and a series of contemporary issues and themes that drives globalization. Semester hours: 3.

LAIS 546: Globalization MIPER and IPE Graduate Certificate Course
This seminar deals with the historical development of international political economy as a discipline. Originally studied as the harbinger of today’s political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, and history, International Political Economy is the multidisciplinary study of the relationship between states and markets. A fuller understanding will be achieved through research and data analysis as well as interpretation of case studies. Semester hours: 3.
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LAIS 550: Political Risk Assessment – MIPER and IPE Graduate Certificate Course
This course will review the existing methodologies and techniques of risk assessment in both country-specific and global environments. It will also seek to design better ways of assessing and evaluating risk factors for business and public diplomacy in the increasingly globalized context of economy and politics wherein the role of the state is being challenged and redefined. Semester hours: 3.
 

LAIS 552: Corruption and Development – MIPER and IPE Graduate Certificate Course
This course addresses the problem of corruption and its impact on development. Readings are multidisciplinary and include policy studies, economics, and political science. Students will acquire an understanding of what constitutes corruption, how it negatively affects development, and what they, as engineers in a variety of professional circumstances, might do in circumstances in which bribe paying or taking might occur. Semester hours: 3.

LAIS 553: Ethnic Conflict– MIPER and IPE Graduate Certificate Course
Studies core economic, cultural, political, and psychological variables that pertain to ethnic identity and ethnic contention, and analyzes their operation in a wide spectrum of conflict situations around the globe. Considers ethnic contention in institutionalized contexts, such as the politics of affirmative action, as well as in non-institutionalized situations, such as ethnic riots and genocide. Concludes by asking what can be done to mitigate ethnic conflict and what might be the future of ethnic group identification. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.

 

LAIS 556: Power and Politics in Eurasia– MIPER and IPE Graduate Certificate Course
This seminar covers the major international economic and security issues affecting the fifteen states that once comprised the Soviet Union. The class begins with an overview of the Soviet Union and its collapse in 1991, and then focuses on the major international economic and security dilemmas facing the former Soviet states and how the US, China, European Union and other countries, as well as international organizations affect politics in the former Soviet states. Special attention will be paid to oil, natural gas, and other energy sectors in the region. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.

LAIS 557: Intro to Conflict Management– MIPER and IPE Graduate Certificate Course
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 
3.000 Lab hours 

LAIS 558: Natural Resource and Development– MIPER and IPE Graduate Certificate Course
Examines the relationship between natural resources and development. It begins by discussing theories of development and how those theories account for specific choices among resource abundant countries. From the theoretical readings, students examine sector specific topics in particular cases. These subjects include oil and natural gas in African and Central Asian countries; hard rock mining in West Africa and East Asia; gemstone mining in Southern and West Africa; contracting in the extractive industries; and corporate social responsibility. Readings are multidisciplinary and draw from policy studies, economics, and political science to provide students an understanding of different theoretical approaches from the social sciences to explain the relationship between abundant natural resources and development. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
LAIS 560: Global Geopolitics – MIPER and IPE Graduate Certificate Course
This seminar deals with geopolitical theories and how they help us explain and understand contemporary developments in the world. Empirical evidence from case studies help students develop a deeper understanding of the interconnections between the political, economic, social, cultural and geographic dimensions of governmental policies and corporate decisions. Semester hours: 3.

LAIS 564: Quant. Method for Social Science– MIPER and IPE Graduate Certificate Course
Teaches basic methods of quantitative empirical research in the social sciences. Places social science in the broader context of scientific inquiry by addressing the role of observation and hypothesis testing in the social sciences. The focus is on linear regression and group comparisions, with attention to questions of research design, internal validity, and reliability. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.

 

LAIS 565: Science, Technology, and Society– MIPER and IPE Graduate Certificate Course
Provides an introduction to foundational concepts, themes, and questions developed within the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies (STS). Readings address anthropological understandings of laboratory practice, sociological perspectives on the settling of techno-scientific controversies, historical insights on the development of scientific institutions, philosophical stances on the interactions between technology and humans, and relationships between science and democracy. Students complete several writing assignments, present material from readings and research, and help to facilitate discussion. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours. 

LAIS 578: Engineering and Social Justice
Explores the meaning of social justice in different areas of social life and the role that engineers and engineering can play in promoting or defending social justice. Begins with students’ exploration of their own social locations, alliances, and resistances to social justice through critical engagement of interdisciplinary readings that challenge engineering mindsets. Offers understandings of why and how engineering has on occasion been aligned with or divergent from specific social justice issues and causes. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.

LAIS 586: Science and Technology PolicyScience and Technology Policy Graduate Certificate
This course introduces students to the policy environment that surrounds science and technology. We will attend to a number of key aspects of this dynamic interaction: how scientists participate in and influence the policymaking process; how scientific data and interpretations become points of leverage and contention during policy debates; how federal funding and regulatory decisions affect research trajectories; and how the governance of science and technology implicates a variety of social forces ranging from explicit government intervention, to corporate behavior, to university policies, to direct involvement by citizens. The course will include historical and contemporary case studies, and students will have the opportunity to conduct their own analyses of policy issues of interest to them. Semester hours: 3. 

LAIS 588: Water Politics and Policy Science & Technology Policy Grad. Certificate Course
This seminar course discusses local, national and international processes that produce water policies at the national and transnational levels. It invokes relevant theories and models to analyze water conflicts, water and food security, and to investigate case studies from different regions of the world. Semester hours: 3.

LAIS 590: Energy and Society– Science & Technology Policy Grad. Certificate Course
The course begins with a brief introduction to global energy production and conservation, focusing on particular case studies that highlight the relationship among energy, society, and community in different contexts. The course examines energy successes and failures wherein communities, governments, and/or energy companies come together to promote socially just and economically viable forms of energy production/conservation. The course also explores conflicts driven by energy development. These case studies are supplemented by the expertise of guest speakers from industry, government, NGOs, and elsewhere. Areas of focus include questioning the forward momentum of energy production, its social and environmental impact, including how it distributes power, resources and risks across different social groups and communities. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.  

 

LAIS 598: Science, Technology, and Societypecial Topics – IPE Graduate Certificate Course
This course, designed specifically for graduate students in the SmartGeo IGERT program but open to all Mines graduate students (and senior undergraduates, with permission), provides an introduction to foundational concepts, themes, and questions developed within the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies (STS). Readings address anthropological understandings of laboratory practice, sociological perspectives on the settling of techno-scientific controversies, historical insights on the development of scientific institutions, philosophical stances on the interactions between technology and humans, and relationships between science and democracy. Semester hours: variable 1–6.
 

LAIS 599: Independent Study – IPE Graduate Certificate Course
Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member. Semester hours: variable 1–6. 

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