Course Spotlight

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

Strengthen your schedule

The Hamilton Lugar School (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 the complete lists below:

AFRI-l 102: Akan Social Life and Cultural Heritage

Introduction to the life, basic customs, and traditions of Akan-speaking peoples, especially the Asante of Ghana, West Africa. Examines such subjects as Akan politics, esthetics, and cultural practices. Increases understanding and appreciation of the life and heritage of the Akan as represented by the Asante people.

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CEUS-R 191: Introduction to Central Eurasia

Introduction to the history of the traditional Central Eurasian ("Inner Asian") peoples through lecture and film. Topics include Proto-Indo-Europeans, Silk Road, Attila, steppe empires, Dalai Lama, Manchu and Russian relations, and the re-emergence of Central Eurasia in the late twentieth century.

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EALC-E 339: Studies in South Korean Cinema

Examines the intersection of gender, class, and nation in contemporary South Korea through the lens of cinema.

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EURO-W 206: Citizenship & Identity in the European Union

What does it mean to be a citizen of the European Union? Who gets to claim to be European? Through exploration of historical and contemporary political movements, migration, culture, and language, this course looks for answers to these questions and considers the future of Europe and the EU.

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SGIS-S 401: Cybersecurity, Policy, and Governance

The Internet has created both opportunities for global connection as well as vulnerabilities that pose new challenges for nation-states and governments, who are forced to contend with actors whose identity and rules of behavior are often not known to them. Explore these issues and the current thinking in law, policy, and governance in dealing with them.

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INST-I 100: Introduction to India

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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INTL-I 426: (Advanced Topics) International Healthcare Systems

The course will provide the student with a general overview of basic healthcare systems currently employed around the world. The first half of the course will explore the basic types of healthcare systems and structures. Consideration will be given to the history of government control of healthcare.

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INTL-L 351: Law and Authoritarianism

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.

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LTAM-L 211: Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean

Explores social issues, cultural identities, political movements, and lived experience of the diverse communities of contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean in historical perspective, including sexualities, multiculturalism, the rise of capitalism, US imperialism, tourism, heritage, religious beliefs and practices, legacies of slavery, struggles for democracy, and structures of domination.

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MELC-A 475: Minorities in the Middle East

Discussion of ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East, including the historical background of minority groups, their role in society, and their relationship with the majority. Taught exclusively in Arabic, including all assignments, readings, presentations, class projects, and papers.

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REEI-R 201: Current Issues in Eastern Europe

Interdisciplinary introduction to social, political, economic, demographic, and cultural issues currently facing the countries of Eastern Europe. Primarily addresses recent developments, while also considering historical roots of Eastern Europe, from 19th-century empires to 20th-century Marxist-Leninist regimes to post-1989 governance after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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SEAS-S 240: Introduction to Southeast Asian and Asean Studies

Introduction to the people, societies, cultures, and institutions of Southeast Asia and to their regional forms of association, with a focus on contemporary Southeast Asia.

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