This course focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of state fragility in different parts of the world. Students who enroll in the course will examine a variety of policy options for helping fragile or failing states to build state capacity in areas such as security and public services. The course will afford students a unique opportunity to participate in international collaboration. The course will be prepared by faculty from University of California, Berkeley, National University of Singapore, and University of Tokyo. The three universities will collaborate in sharing a core syllabus, common course materials, and lectures across campuses. Students will also have the opportunity to work with colleagues from the other universities across the globe on group projects that lead to policy recommendations.
The Junior Seminars are intense writing seminars which focus on the research area of the faculty member teaching the course. The seminars provide an opportunity for students to have direct intellectual interactions with faculty members while also giving the students an understanding for faculty research.
This junior seminar falls within the "Comparative Politics" subfield, and can fulfill an upper-division requirement for the major.
Political Science Majors of Junior and Senior status (must be 3rd or 4th year students with at least 60 units completed) with a minimum overall UC GPA of 3.3. Students must place themselves on the waitlist through CalCentral in Phase II. Priority may be given to students who have not yet taken a junior seminar. Selection and notification will occur early August 2018.