Course Spotlight

There's more than one way to see the world.

Strengthen your spring schedule

HLS offers hundreds of courses that strengthen your global knowledge and regional expertise while helping you meet degree requirements.

We've highlighted a few here, but check out our Course complete list of learning opportunities in African Studies, Central Eurasian Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, European Studies, International Studies, India Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Russian and East European Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, and Global and International Studies.

This page features courses in the following academic sessions:


  • Spring Intersession (Jan. 10th-Jan. 28th)
  • Spring Semester (Jan. 10–May 6)

Spring Intersession (Jan. 10th-Jan. 28th)

INTL-I 212, "Introduction to Refugee Studies"

Class #: 33480

Meeting Time: Tues/Thurs11:30am–12:45pm

Location: Hybrid-Distance Video & Online

Instructor: Elisheva Cohen

Through this course, students will gain deeper understanding of the legal, political, and social complexities of forced migration in both global and national contexts. Students will explore the lived experiences of refugees in camps and urban settings and consider humanitarian responses to refugee situations around the world.

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INTL-I 300, "The State Department and National Security Council: Decision Making & Memo Writing"

Class #: 33481

Meeting Time: Fri12:30pm–3:30pm

Location: Hybrid-Distance Video & Online

Instructor: Sarah Bauerle Danzman

This course will introduce students to the making of U.S. foreign policy, with an emphasis on the structure of decision-making in the State Department and the National Security Council (NSC). Students will also learn how to write effective policy memos and will participate in an NSC policy coordination committee simulation.

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SGIS-S 300, "Data Visualization: Basic Tools and Techniques for Analyzing Global Challenges"

Class #: 35200

Location: 100% Online

Instructor: Mindy Hightower King

Students will acquire knowledge and skills needed to analyze data and create visual images to communicate global social, health, economic, and demographic trends from large data sets.

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SGIS-S 200, "Diversity, Culture, & Languages in East Asia"

Class #: 12568

Meeting Time: Tues/Thurs, 3:00pm–4:15pm

Location: Distance Synchronous Video

Instructor: Alessia Cherici

This course will guide you through a short trip to East Asia, namely China, Japan, and Korea, in which we'll be exploring the cultural and linguistic diversity of the region. We'll learn about dialects and language varieties spoken in these three countries, we'll discover and analyze several linguistic phenomena pertaining to sounds, words, and structures, and, most importantly, we'll understand that what we typically refer to as "a language."

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SGIS-S 200, "Getting to Know Mainland China and Taiwan from Social Media"

Class #: 35819

Meeting Time: Tues/Thurs, 4:45pm–6:00pm

Location: Distance Synchronous Video

Instructor: Yingling Bao

This course will bring you overseas experience in Mainland China and Taiwan through the eyes of second language speakers of Chinese. Using resources from social media platforms such as YouTube, Tiktok, Weibo, WeChat, we will learn more authentic Chinese as well as exploring basic issues relevant to common people’s daily life, i.e., food, transportation, language, school, entertainment, etc.

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SGIS-S 300, "Crash Course in Arabic II"

Class #: 36707

Meeting Time: Mon/Wed, 7:00pm–8:15pm

Location: Distance Synchronous Video

Instructor: Iman Alramadan

Students will learn the basics of Arab culture, including popular music, cinema, sports, cuisine, and famous landmarks in the Arab world. They will learn basics of Arabic conversation, including greetings, introducing oneself, talking about families, giving directions, ordering a meal in a restaurant, shopping, reserve a room at a hotel, rent an apartment and getting into a job interview.

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AFRI-X 390, "Military Interventions in Africa"

Class #: 36705

Meeting Time: Mon/Wed/Fri, 4:45pm–6:15pm

Location: Distance Synchronous Video

Instructor: Joey Bradshaw

This course provides a foundation for understanding how the U.S. and other global powers engage with African nations through military programs, private contractors, and defense development. The course explores African perceptions of such programs and assesses their impact on African people. The course focuses on how the U.S. military has engaged on the African continent with the goal of understanding U.S. involvement on the continent during the Cold War, the unipolar moment that followed the Cold War, the Global War on Terror, and today’s global power rivalries.

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Spring Semester (Jan. 10–May 6)

The following courses take place during the Spring 2022 semester.

African Studies

AFRI-L 100, "African Music and Cultural Development in Africa"

Class #: 31757

Meeting Time: Mon/Wed, 3:00pm-4:15pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: Nana Amoah-Ramey

In this course, we will provide a critical approach to studying musical experiences in varied African cultures. Furthermore, we will explore the theoretical underpinnings of how various scholars -- including Anthropologists -- have approached teaching African music and how these multiple theories and paradigms have affected its analysis. As part of the course, we will pursue three interrelated paths, namely 1: The use of music as an entry point for investigating the history and culture of Africa; 2: Students will become very literate in some of the influential African musical cultures to be able to write critically about African music as an aspect of culture and society; 3: The students will study as well as discuss, in a seminar format, broad theoretical issues and illustrated cultural perspectives that portray the critical roles of music as a means of expression grounded in religious, social, political, and cultural identity (e.g., modernization, globalization, and authenticity). The course is structured to cover a wide range of musical traditions from across the continent of Africa. In addition, occasional guest musicians will give lectures/demonstrations in class to help students better understand a particular musical practice. And above all, students will practice and play African musical instruments as part of the courses requirements.

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AFRI-L 100, "Political Leadership and African Women"

Class #: 5591

Meeting Time: Mon/Wed, 6:30pm-7:45pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: Amadou Sow

 

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AFRI-L 250, "African Expressive Routines"

Class #: 35106

Meeting Time: Tues/Thurs, 6:30pm-7:45pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: David Adu-Amankwah

Introduction to selected oral art forms and traditions of some Sub-Saharan African societies. Emphasis is on the esthetics and communicational mores that regulate the people's verbal behavior. Enhances understanding and appreciation of African interactional practices, especially, verbal artistry and expressive culture.

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AFRI-L 400, "Yoruba Life and Civilization"

Class #: 9654

Meeting Time: Tues, 3:00pm-5:30pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: Antonia Schleicher

Intensive study of selected topics in African studies. Studies in special topics not ordinarily covered by African Studies program courses. May not duplicate a regularly offered course. Topics vary.

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Introduction to Hungary, Estonia, and Finland

Introduction to Hungary, Estonia, and Finland, three European nations whose peoples speak unique Uralic languages. Covers their culture and history as shaped by their Uralic heritage and by Germanic, Turkish, and Slavic conquerors. Focuses on national awakenings, independence, communism, and their role in Europe today.

Instructor: Piibi-Kai Kivik

CEUS-R 294, Class #: 11762

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Central Eurasian Studies

CEUS-R 292, "Introduction to the Turkic and Iranian Civilization"

Class #: 7229

Meeting Time: Mon/Wed, 1:15pm-2:30pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: NA

Introduction to the Turkic and Iranian peoples of Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. Introduces languages, literatures, and cultures; covers history, society, and economy with a focus on Islam and socio-political movements today. Includes guest lectures, films, museum visits, and musical and dance performances.

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CEUS-R 294, "Introduction to Hungary, Estonia, and Finland"

Class #: 11762

Meeting Time: Tues/Thurs, 1:15pm-2:30pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: Piibi-Kai Kivik

Introduction to Hungary, Estonia, and Finland, three European nations whose peoples speak unique Uralic languages. Covers their culture and history as shaped by their Uralic heritage and by Germanic, Turkish, and Slavic conquerors. Focuses on national awakenings, independence, communism, and their role in Europe today.

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CEUS-R 322, "Jews of the Muslim East"

Class #: 31677

Meeting Time: Tues/Thurs, 11:30am-12:45pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: Ron Sela

Jews of the Muslim East¿ surveys the fascinating history and culture of Jews in the Muslim world east of the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire. The course surveys, primarily, the Jews of Central Asia (both ¿Bukharan Jews¿ and other Jews who ended up in the region), as well as Iran and Afghanistan, from antiquity until the present, including several units dedicated to Muslim, Russian, and Soviet rule. Major themes include exile and displacement, but also preservation; conversion to Islam, real and perceived; religious doctrines and practices; economy and trade; minority status under Muslim rule; literary compositions in unique languages in multiple genres, and communal tensions over representation and commemoration.

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CEUS-R 361, "Mongolia's Middle Ages"

Class #: 31704

Meeting Time: Mon/Wed, 4:45pm-6:00pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: Samuel Bass

Examination of Mongolia's "middle ages" between the Mongol world empire and the modern era, 1350 to 1850. Topics include the nobility, Oirats, Buddhist conversion, Manchu-Chinese rule, and Buriats and Kalmyks in Russia. Readings include modern histories and sources in translation.

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CEUS-R 362, "Contemporary Tibet"

Class #: 33584

Meeting Time: Tues/Thurs, 11:30am-12:45pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: Eveline Washul

An introduction to Contemporary Tibet highlighting the unique physical, historical, and cultural characteristics of the land and its people. Begins with His Holiness The Dalai Lama's flight into India in 1959, then explores modern Tibet and the Tibetan Diaspora, Tibet in the news, human rights, forgotten histories, and memory.

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Nature, Culture, and the Environment in Japan

One of the first things you hear when traveling in Japan is that the Japanese have a special love for nature. But are Japanese any more 'connected' to nature than people anywhere else? And are they consequently more environmentally aware today than others elsewhere?

Instructor: Scott O'Bryan

EALC-E 352, Class #: 34774

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European Studies

EURO-W 405, "Food Cultures of Greece"

Class #: 35576

Meeting Time: Mon/Wed, 4:45pm-6:00pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: Franklin Hess

 

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EURO-W 406, "Fairy Tale into Film: Variations on Beauty and the Beast"

Class #: 12518

Meeting Time: Mon/Wed, 1:15pm-2:30pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: Margaret Gray

This course will offer insights into French history, culture and society through a range of works that, whether implicitly or explicitly, rework and renew Madame LePrince de Beaumont's 18th-century fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. After beginning with Jean Cocteau's fanciful 1946 film interpretation of the tale, we will turn to Rostand's swashbuckling play Cyrano de Bergerac (set in the courtly 17th-century), studying period film adaptations by Jean-Pierre Rappeneau (1990) and Augusto Genina (1922, a silent version). The 1942 novella Silence of the Sea by Vercors (a pen name inspired by the French region sequestering Resistance fighters during WW II), along with its 1949 film adaptation by Jean-Pierre Melville, recounts the ordeal of a French family obliged to host a German officer during Germany's occupation of France. A twist on the beauty and the beast theme comes with François Truffaut's iconic New Wave film, Jules and Jim - based on Henri-Pierre Roché's 1953 novel where Beauty is the Beast. We will conclude with a contemporary interpretation of the theme in David Foenkinos's novel, Delicacy (2009), along with its film adaptation by the author and his brother (2011). Assignments will include a variety of written (including film reviews) and oral exercises. Films will be available to view through the streaming service Kanopy, accessible with an IU login.

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EURO-W 406, "Dutch footprints"

Class #: 33918

Meeting Time: Mon/Wed, 4:55pm-7:10pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: Esther Ham

 

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COVID and the World Order

COVID has interrupted all of our lives, but it is also transforming the international order. It has revealed hitherto unnoticed aspects of international governance and cooperation; it has accelerated trends already in motion; and it has disrupted norms and practices once thought to be well established.

Instructor: Nick Cullatheri

INTL-I 302, Class #: 10477

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India Studies

INST-I 100, "Introduction to India"

Class #: 11363

Meeting Time: Tues/Thurs, 11:30am-12:45pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: Aditi Tandon

Basic cultural literacy in India Studies through critical reading/lectures from India Studies faculty/film/discussion to discover what makes India the world power it is today, and why we need to know more about it, from its bloody birth in Partition to her ancient history and back to contemporary India.

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INST-B 300, "Advanced Bengali I"

Class #: 14806

Meeting Time: TBD

Location: In-person

Instructor: Masura Peuly

Development of higher-level linguistic functions in Bengali in the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Cultural literacy is enhanced through interaction with native speakers and the use of authentic media and literature. Culminates with a research paper in Bengali. Conducted entirely in Bengali.

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INST-X 490, "Individual Readings in India Studies"

Class #: 10243

Meeting Time: TBD

Location: In-person

Instructor: Rebecca Manring

Selected substantive topics investigated from ancient, medieval, and modern texts about the civilization of India.

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Modern Arab Culture

Introduces Arab culture through exploration of the diverse economies, political landscapes, cultural and social practices of the 22 states in the Arab world. Explores the ways in which people in the modern Arab world are culturally united by a common language while remaining extraordinarily diverse in other ways.

Instructor: Asaad Alsaleh

MELC-M 206, Class #: 35838

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Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

MELC-M 206, "Modern Arab Culture"

Class #: 35838

Meeting Time: Mon/Wed, 8:00am-10:30am

Location: In-person

Instructor: Asaad Alsaleh

Introduces Arab culture through exploration of the diverse economies, political landscapes, cultural and social practices of the 22 states in the Arab world. Explores the ways in which people in the modern Arab world are culturally united by a common language while remaining extraordinarily diverse in other ways.

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MELC-M 216, "Israeli Inequality in Context"

Class #: 35879

Meeting Time: Mon/Wed, 9:45am-11:00am

Location: In-person

Instructor: Aziza Khazzoom

Examines the engines of inequality - defined as the unequal distribution of scarce resources - in Israeli society and compares them to those in other stratified societies worldwide using a sociological, social stratification approach.

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MELC-M 268, "Military History of the Middle East"

Class #: 31119

Meeting Time: Mon/Wed, 2:30pm-3:45pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: John Walbridge

Survey of conflict in the Middle East including the rise of Islam, the Crusades, World War I, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the Persian Gulf Wars, and terrorism.

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MELC-M 305, "Muslims in the West"

Class #: 11888

Meeting Time: Wed, 4:00pm-6:30pm

Location: In-person

Instructor: Abdulkader Sinno

This course introduces you to the role of Muslim minorities in Western politics. Individuals who practice the religion or who belong to ethnic groups that are traditionally Muslim are now estimated to make some 2% of the North American population and 5% of the European Union's population, and their numbers are expected to continue to grow. The attacks of September 11, 2001 and the wars that followed highlighted and amplified the role and perception of Muslim minorities in the West as political actors and electoral constituencies, subjects of cultural hostility, scapegoats for poor economic performance, suspects in the face of insecurity whose rights could be exceptionally curtailed, and agents for the projection of geopolitical power. Western states and their rapidly growing Muslim populations are adjusting to each other under the constant pressure of exogenous shocks. The way they manage the process will deeply affect Western polities and their relations with the Muslim world. Substantive topics we will explore include: How/why do different states strike a balance between security and civil rights/liberties? Is there really a tradeoff between the two? How do they deal with immigration, both permitted and unregulated? What factors affect the degree of political participation by Western Muslims? Why are culture clashes more salient in some countries than in others? Why do Muslim immigrants prosper more economically in North America than in Europe? How do international conflicts affect the relationship between Western states and their Muslim citizens and the dynamics among citizens of different backgrounds? Is there a connection between Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in the West? Are we witnessing the birth of a Western Muslim macro-ethnicity or many disjointed ethnic communities? How are Muslims perceived in their Western societies and how do they perceive their fellow citizens? What will the future hold?

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MELC-M 305, "Race and Ethnicity in Arabic Literature"

Class #: 34797

Location: 100% online

Instructor: Asaad Alsaleh

 

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Global Internet Governance: Sovereignty in the Digital Age

Who oversees the “.com” and other top-level domains? Why does Russia want the United Nations to regulate the internet? Is the internet in danger of fragmenting into disconnected national segments? These questions fall under the ambit of global internet governance, the administration of the global internet’s technology and policy.

Instructor: Stanislav Budnitsky

INTL-I 310/REEI-R 300, Class #: 12461, 12462

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