GUISD Pew Case Study Center

Faculty Club

Promoting Active Learning in the Classroom

Welcome to the GUISD Faculty Club

Your interest in the GUISD Pew Case Study Center is appreciated. This site is dedicated to sharing all we know about teaching and writing case studies in international affairs. Your questions and comments are welcome.

Faculty Club members can download instructor versions of the case studies directly to their computer. The files are saved in pdf format. And membership is free.

Use of the instructor versions for students, however, is not permitted. Nor is placing copies on library reserves.

To download case studies, Sign In, or click the link: Subscribe to the Faculty Club. Once logged in, the link to the pdf file will appear under the case abstract.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

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If sold through a brookstore, the GUISD center will discount price of the item. This will enable the bookstore to add some mark-up to the price and, hopefully, contribute to keeping the paper price low. Bookstore purchase orders can be faxed to 202-965-5811.

Subscription information will only be used to verify that you are a faculty member.

The Faculty Club member list is not sold or distributed to any other group.

As a courtesy, Faculty Club members will receive brief e-mails when a new publication is announced.

You may request to be removed from the member list at your convenience and without penalty.

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Copyright Policy

All case studies and custom case books are under copyright restrictions. Unless otherwise noted, the material placed on this website is for your review and/or personal use in the classroom. Instructor versions are not to be shared with students or placed on library reserves. Sharing of files or placement on reserves makes it difficult to raise the funds needed to purchase new case titles. This case effort is supported solely by sales and not foundation grants.


Pharmaceuticals, Patents, and U.S. Trade Policy
Michael McDonald, University of Maryland
This case examines the role of intellectual property rights in U.S. trade policymaking. In particular, the case is structured around a key decision point early in the Obama administration: the 2009 report on Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act, due just four months after President Obama took office. The case examines the role of intellectual property rights in trade negotiations, the impact of the 2006 midterm elections on the trade process with respect to intellectual property, and the example of Thailand's drug licensing program. [more]

High Drama in Honduras: Constitutional Crisis and the
Overthrow of President Zelaya
Lynda K. Barrow, Coe College
In the pre-dawn hours of June 28, 2009, some two hundred armed and hooded members of the Honduran military pulled President Manuel Zelaya from his bed, whisked him out of the presidential palace, loaded him onto a military plane, and packed him off to Costa Rica. Thus began what quickly became a full-blown crisis for Honduras and the region. This case focuses on Zelaya's overthrow and the questions it raises about the nature of Honduras's constitutional order as well as broader questions about democratic legitimacy. [more]

A Favor for Our Future and Yours

By accident, while doing a web search, we came across several sites where our case titles were put on reserve. Over the summer, we received requests for cases studies by libraries wanting to add to their reserves. Here is the favor. If you have placed any case materials on reserve, please remove them. I know it is a small thing you do fo the students, but it is hurting the case program. How so, you ask? This program is supported entirely by sales of case studies to students, at $3.50 each. It takes sales of 300 case studies just to pay for the honorarium to the author and the editor for the editing.

This is an important issue for the GUISD Center that will be pursued this year. An email reminder will be going out soon. As will a letter to all college and university libraries explaining our copyright policy for case studies. Your support and understanding would be sincerely appreciated.

New Source of Voices Added

Talk about a source for first-person material. The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training is making their Country Reader Series available to the public. When you pick a country, the first thing you will see is a list of who [American Foreign Service officers] served in the country [from attaches to officers to ambassadors]. Scroll down and you will find interviews with the officers in the list. Let us know what you think?

New Features Added for Members

If you are a member of the Faculty Club, you are encouraged to Sign In before browsing this material.

New features have been added that should assist you with adoption of material for your class. For example:

  • Consider for Adoption: beneath each case abstract is a link that will add this title on your My Account page. So now you can browse titles and review them when you are ready, from your page, My Account.

  • Adopted Material: also beneath each case abstract is a link that will add this title on your My Account page. So when you need to know what item(s) you used last year, just return to this page — the information will be waiting for you.

As before, when you Login, the pdf file of the title will appear under the case abstract.