Course Descriptions

Global Studies Courses (listed or cross-listed with Global Studies)

Note: This is not an exhaustive list, but includes our most frequently offered core courses and electives.

GS 001 (COMM 001) Introduction to Global Studies (4) MTV International. Islam. Psy. The UN. Global warming. Terrorism. McDonald’s. Almost every aspect of human existence has been touched in some way by the dynamic of globalization. The historical and continuing integration of peoples, cultures, markets and nations, globalization may become the defining characteristic of the 21st Century. It has been a Janus-like force of two faces, with advantages and disadvantages, surfeit and suffering. In this emphatically interdisciplinary course, the foundation class for the revised Global Studies major and intended for freshmen and sophomores, students will be introduced to a variety of historical, critical and analytical perspectives, methods and vocabularies for continued study of globalization and social change. (SS/GCP)

GS 003 (POLS 003) Comparative Politics (4) The political systems of foreign countries; approaches to the study of comparative politics. (SS)

GS 10 (IR 10) Introduction to World Politics (4) Introduction to the major principles, concepts, and theories of international relations, along with historical background focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics to be covered include the nature of power, balance of power theories, national interest, decision-making in foreign policy, theories of war and expansion, patterns of cooperation, and international political economy. (SS)

GS 101 (HIST 101) The Modern World: Histories of Globalization (4) Critical historical perspectives on current debates around "globalization" and the varied paths and responses to modernity, using recent scholarship associated with the New Global History. The "Rise of the West" paradigm, Industrial Revolution and modernization theory; creation of global financial markets, nation-building and New Imperialism; Great Depression and World Wars as global historical events; postwar decolonization, Cold War and emergence of North-South relations; impact of consumerism, movements for women's rights, ethnic nationalism and religious fundamentalist movements in tradition-bound societies. (HU)

GS 106 (ANTH 106) Cultural Studies and Globalization (4) This course closely examines the complex relationship between culture and globalization. The impact of globalization on local culture is an essential topic. But the interaction of globalization and culture is not a one-way process. People around the world adapt globalization to their own uses, merging global cultural flows with local practices in transformative ways. The course will study the interaction of local culture with globalizing forces; immigration and culture; the localizing of mass culture; cultures of diasporic and migratory groups, and globalization, gender and identity. (SS)

GS 125 (AAS 125, ART 125) Art & Architecture of Africa (4) This course is structured around case studies of art and architecture from early traditions up through the present. The focus is on cultural production, religious art and architecture (local as well as Christian and Muslim traditions), craftsmanship, style, materials, trade, and international exhibition of art objects in museums. The literature draws from art historical, anthropological, and historical analyses as well as museum studies. Students should be prepared to attend museums/galleries during the semester. (HU)

IR 125 (POLS 125) International Political Economy (4) Principles governing the interaction between the economic and political components of international phenomena. Political causes and consequences of trade and investment. Foreign economic policy and its relationship to domestic economic policy and other aspects of foreign policy. Determinants of foreign economic policy. Prerequisites: Eco 1 and IR 10. (SS)

GS 128 (MLL 128) Literature and Globalization (4) An introduction to fiction as it reflects and discusses major issues related to globalization. The readings will include a selection of fiction from a diversity of world regions and will introduce the students to a theoretical reflection on the role of literary writing in a globalizing world. Students will be able to gain appreciation for the written fictional text as it takes on a diversity of issues related to globalization in a variety of world regions and cultural perspectives.

GS 140 (REL 140) Globalization and Religion (4) This course examines the complexity of globalization and its multi-layered impact on religious identity and piety. Though comparative in methodology and historical framework, the class will give special attention to Islam and Hinduism in South Asia. Topics include: European colonialism; Orientalism and its legacy; religious nationalism; Islamophobia; and the Internet and mass media. (HU)

GS 245 (IR 245) International Organization (4) Examines how cooperation is achieved and sustained in world politics. Under what circumstances does cooperation take place? What role do formal international organizations (such as the UN) play? What roles do norms, values, and ethics play? Can cooperation last? Questions pursued theoretically and in practical terms across topical issues (e.g., human rights, poverty, the environment, international law). Prerequisite: IR 10. (SS)

GS 248 (COMM 248) Global Communication (4) This class studies, from an historical and cultural perspective, how globalization shapes and is shaped by communication and media structures and processes, with special emphasis on transnational media corporations and their interaction with cultures around the globe. Topics include: globalization, media and culture; mass media and development; the flow of entertainment programs and debates on cultural imperialism; media and migration; the imbalanced flow of information in the world; the debate on the New World Information Order; and forms of resistance to transnational media from world governance institutions, such as UNESCO, state regulatory responses, and alternative media, such as citizen blogs and pirate radio. (SS)

GS 315 (ANTH 315) Seminar in Globalization and Culture (4) Advanced seminar that focuses on research and discussion of specialized topics in globalization and culture. Subjects vary by semester. May be repeated for credit. Junior or senior standing and departmental permission required. (SS)

GS 317 (SOC 317) Seminar in Globalization and Social Issues (4) Advanced seminar that focuses on research and discussion of specialized topics in globalization and social issues. Subjects vary by semester. May be repeated for credit. Junior or senior standing and departmental permission required. (SS)

GS 318 (COM 318) Seminar in Globalization and Communication (4) Advanced seminar that focuses on research and discussion of specialized topics in globalization and communication. Subjects vary by semester. May be repeated for credit. Junior or senior standing and departmental permission required. (SS)

GS 319 (SOC 319) The Political Economy of Globalization (4) This course studies the relationship among economic, political and cultural forces in an era of globalization. Focus is on how global capitalism, the world market and local economics shape and are shaped by social, cultural and historical forces. Topics include political and cultural determinants of trade and investment; culture and the global economy; global capitalism, especially studied through the lens of culture; globalization and patterns of economic growth; cross-cultural study of consumerism; poverty and inequality; the interplay of foreign and domestic economic policy; international economic organizations, such as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank, and globalization and national development. (SS)

GS 320 (ANTH 320) Global Capitalism (4) Anthropological approach to the forms and effects of global capitalism. Topics include the structure of contemporary global capitalism, including neoliberalism, the growth of multinational corporations, flexible corporate strategies, overseas manufacturing, and global branding and marketing; the impact of global capitalism on the environment and on the lives of people in "Third World" countries; consumer culture and the diversity of non-Western consumption practices. (SS)

GS 321 (MLL 321, MLL 421) Intercultural Communication (4) Language is ambiguous by nature and discourse is interpreted in cultural and linguistic contexts. This course covers different cultural and linguistic strategies individuals use to communicate with each other, essential concepts for interacting with individuals from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and different strategies of communication as defined by specific cultures. Covering the theory and practice of intercultural interaction, this course examines assumptions about language and culture, and includes practical advice to help students develop the cultural sensitivity essential for communication today. (HU/ED)

GS 322 (GCP 322, HMS 322, SOC 322) Global Health Issues (4) Sociological dimensions of health, illness, and healing as they appear in different parts of the world. Focus on patterns of disease and mortality around the world, with special emphasis on major epidemics such as HIV/AIDS, and malaria; the relative importance of ‘traditional' and ‘modern' beliefs and practices with regard to disease and treatment in different societies; the organization of national health care systems in different countries; and the role of international organizations and social movements in promoting health. (SS)

GS 324 (AAS 324/ANTH 324) Globalization and Development in Africa (4) This seminar examines the challenges Africa faces as well as the problems it presents to expectations of modernization and development. Have African societies been left behind by globalization, shut out from it, or do they reflect an unexpected side of globalization processes? What is Africa’s place in the neoliberal world order? What role does “African culture” play in generating or blocking social change? We will examine anthropological research illuminating these questions as well as prospects for change on what has long been regarded as the “dark continent.” (SS)

GS 325 (POLS 325) Nationalism in Comparative Perspective (4) Examination of major theoretical and policy debates in contemporary studies of nationalism. Focus on the emergence and endurance of nationalist movements in the modern era. Discussion of efforts to evaluate the legitimacy of nationalist claims and to resolve nationalist conflict. Prerequisite: POLS 3. 

GS 339 (POLS 339) The Rise of the Modern State in Asia (4) This course examines the different routes taken by China, Japan and Korea to the development of the modern state. It explores the questions asked by 19th century Asian nationalists - how does your nation integrate into the modern global order? When confronted by the military and economic superiority of the West, do you retreat into tradition or emulate and transform the modern state form to suit your own needs? What are the ramifications of that choice for other nations in the region? Students will examine Asia's political, economic, and social development in the 20th centuries to see how its great thinkers, politicians and activists answered these questions. (SS)

GS 342 (POLS 342, WGSS 342) Gender and Third World Development (4)
Focus on gender implications of contemporary strategies for Third World economic growth, neo-liberalism. How do economic theories affect 'real people?' How do economic theories affect men vs. women? What is the role of people who want to 'help?' Some background in economic theories and/or Third World politics desired, but not required. Prerequisite: POLS 1 or WS 1. (SS)

GS 347 (IR 347) Non-State Actors in a Globalized World (4)
Role of non-state political groups (e.g. international advocacy organizations, multinational corporations, news media, terrorists, etc.) in world affairs. Thematic focus on globalization, the relationship between non-state and state actors, and the implications of non-state actors for the future of world order. Themes explored through past and current events (e.g., the WTO demonstrations, 9-11, the CNN effect, AIDs, anti-sweatshop campaigns.) Prerequisite: IR 10. (SS)

GS 390 Readings in Global Studies (1-4)
Directed course of readings for students with interests in Global Studies not fully explored in regular course offerings. Junior or senior standing required. May be repeated for credit. Departmental permission required. (SS)

GS 391 Special Topics in Global Studies (1-4)
Research and study for students with interests in Global Studies not fully explored in regular course offerings. Junior or senior standing required. May be repeated for credit. Departmental permission required. (SS)

GS 392 Internship in Global Studies (1-4)
Supervised work relevant to global studies, including internships at the United Nations, non-government organizations (NGSs), government departments and organizations, and other public and private agencies. May be repeated for credit. Department permission required. (SS)

GS 394 Honors Thesis in Global Studies (1-4)
To graduate with honors in Global Studies, students need to attain a 3.5 grade point average in Global Studies classes; a 3.5 grade point average overall, and complete 4 credits of GS 399 Honors Thesis at the time of graduation. The four credits may be taken in one semester or split over two semesters, but the research is normally distributed over two semesters. The honors thesis is an intensive project of original research, undertaken under the direct supervision of a faculty adviser. Senior standing required. May be repeated for credit. Departmental permission required. (SS)

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