The Senior Exercise in International Studies is the culmination of your major. It should demonstrate your ability to research and analyze an important issue in ways that:
● Reflect your training in one of the thematic tracks
● Utilize insights from more than one discipline
● Employ relevant evidence and examples from the primary geographic focus of your studies
● Use comparison-across time, across regions, across countries, across cultures- to situate that issue and your primary geographic area within a broader context
DETAILS ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES SENIOR EXERCISE
A successful senior exercise is an independent research paper of 20 to 30 pages in length written in consultation with one or more faculty members. Quantity does not equal quality. You are especially encouraged to use sources in the language(s) that you have studied.
The senior exercise research proposal and bibliography is produced as an assignment within the Senior Seminar (INST 401) during the Fall semester. That assignment serves as a description of the topic, and any substantial changes to your proposed topic must be approved by the program director.
The Senior Exercise will be due at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. You must submit digital copies of the following two items:
◄A copy of your exercise, including a preface of 2-3 pages that explains how comps draw on ideas and coursework from your thematic track, off-campus study, and knowledge of a foreign language. The preface should also mention any faculty with whom you consulted for the project.
◄ A completed checklist of your track within International Studies, clearly documenting that you have completed all of the required coursework for the major.
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"Equal opportunity laws for women in Japan and Germany after World War Two"
"Mexican migrant laborers in the United States; their lives and livelihood on either side of the border"
"United States policy toward Colombia on drug trafficking in light of the recent decision to decertify Colombia"
"Comparison of the land rights of the indigenous Mapuche people in Chile with those of native Alaskans in the United States"
"A comparison of Noh drama in Japan to Kathakali dance/drama in India"
"Populist movements in Venezuela and Chile"
"IT industry and economic development in Ireland: Its potential application in Cuba"
"Forest protection in Nepal and reclamation in China"