Despite the frequent invocation of normative language in global politics, scholars of international relations have only recently started to turn their attention toward studying ethics as an important political phenomenon. This marks a shift away from considering ethics as epiphenomena to interests and power. This seminar explores the role of ethics in international relations, both in theory and in practice. It draws on readings from normative international relations theory and political philosophy to take up ethical dilemmas encountered in world affairs in the context of debates about the environment, humanitarian intervention, nuclear weapons, development, and global health. The course introduces students to the seminal arguments and ideas on the origins and long-term evolution of nation-states around the world. The syllabus is organized around the most salient debates in the literature.
Contact information for a faculty sponsor, most likely your MA thesis faculty reader. No letter of recommendation is required, but students must identify a member of the faculty who is familiar with the work and can speak to the feasibility and promise of the proposed project. Provides access to global news and business information, including local newspapers, same-day newswires, company reports, and media programs. Content is available in many different languages, including Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Russian. A one-year master’s degree is the terminal degree offered through CIR.
CIR students complete two core seminars, enroll in an MA thesis workshop sequence, and submit a faculty-approved MA thesis. The Human Rights Programfocuses on interdisciplinary research and teaching in human rights, combining core questions of human dignity with critical examination of the institutions designed to promote and protect human rights in the contemporary world. The Human Rights Program sends interns around the world each summer and offers a range of salt for preworkout courses as well as a full schedule of public events. Students in other fields of study may complete a minor in Human Rights. Brings the prism of rights and obligations to bear on the study of international relations. Here students explore the position of the individual within the international system, study the different forms legal arrangements can take and discuss how the global ecosystem has been shaped by state competition over security and economic growth.
We believe those organizations should be more responsive to changing conditions and that they deserve commitment from the best and brightest when it comes to the application of innovation. All institutions within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Communities (DoD/IC) are large, complex, and as impactful on society as any that one can identify. They face intense pressure to adapt their missions to changing constituencies, evolving geopolitical demands, technology revolutions, social norms, and complex regulations. This course aims to train students in how to apply the innovation toolkit to such organizations and their challenges.
Students who fail to complete any missing work within seven weeks of the quarter in which it was due may be prevented from registering for subsequent academic quarters, until the instructor of record confirms that all course requirements have been met. Part-time or reduced course load students may forfeit the opportunity to recruit a faculty reader of their choosing. Students who do not have an MA thesis proposal approved by the end of April will automatically be assigned a CIR Instructional Professor as a faculty reader.
This seminar is a graduate-level course on international order and security, with a focus on the pragmatic intersections between scholarship and real-time policy-applicable forecasting. The central objective will be to help students develop the skills to relate the empirical world to the theoretical, developing skills that will contribute to useful and appropriate independent research. The Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago, the nation’s oldest graduate program in international affairs, combines intellectual diversity and analytical rigor to provide an especially stimulating environment for students. The sharp analytical and critical skills the program fosters provide excellent preparation for students, whether they choose to continue their graduate studies in leading doctoral programs, or decide to work in government or the private sector. Coursework in the one-year MA program offered by CIR provides a rigorous examination of the political, security, economic, social and cultural forces that shape international affairs. Formal distribution requirements are interdisciplinary and ensure that students receive a broad analytic understanding of the political and economic dynamics of international relations.
Offered jointly by Harris Public Policy and the Committee on International Relations , the program results in two master of arts degrees—one in public policy and one in international relations. Combine training in public policy analytical tools with a broad analytic understanding of the political and economic dynamics of international relations. Students are encouraged to begin thinking about their MA paper in the context of their courses, and to consider seminar papers as bases for an MA paper. The MA paper offers an early opportunity for students to undertake a substantial work of independent research, and which advances a number of worthwhile objectives, some substantive, others more procedural.
Enroll in six for-credit courses within the Division of the Social Sciences. Courses offered by other divisions or committees count as social sciences courses if the registrar cross-lists them with a committee or department in the social sciences. Please note that the Booth School of Business does not cross list courses. The Law School and the Harris School of Public Policy cross list a limited number of courses. With one exception, applicants are no longer required to submit Graduate Record Examination scores.