Soc 109/209: An Analytical and Comparative Approach to Terrorism

In this class we develop a multidisciplinary perspective on the terrorism phenomenon, weaving together strands of thoughts from the social sciences including psychology, sociology, political science and economics. We will compare terror organizations/movements/networks across institutions, places and times, assessing their motives, tactics, financing, and organization. We will devote special attention to groups using the tactics of suicide bombing. Finally we will pursue an inventory of how terrorism is captured by film and literature.

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PP 168: Global Organizations. The Matrix of Change

The main focus of this course is the advantages and disadvantages of diversity in nations, organizations and teams. How does diversity affect different aspects of a nation’s economic performance such as its ability to act as a cohesive unit or to process novel information? How does work-force diversity affect a firm’s ability to innovate and change business strategies? This course examines management of diversity at many levels and multiple arenas.

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PolEcon 386: International Corporate Governance

The course compares legal, political, and economic aspects of corporate governance systems found around the world by studying how corporate systems work and how they might work better, and asking questions such as: Why are takeovers and mergers more prevalent in the US and England than in other countries? Why are large controlling shareholders less prevalent in the US and England than in Germany? Why are top Japanese executives paid less than their American counterparts?

The focus of this comparison is on how corporate governance systems influence performance, including both individual firm performance and the allocation of capital within a country, which is of vital interest to various professional groups, such as investment bankers, venture capitalists, and consultants.

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