Spring 2019 Classes with a Global Focus

Dreama Johnson

Not sure what classes to take next semester? Consider taking a course with a global focus.

AAS 2740: Peoples and Cultures of Africa
We 2-4:30
Students will gain an understanding of the richness and variety of African life. This course will draw from ethnographic texts, literary works and film.

ANTH 2430: Languages of the World
MoWe 11-11:50
An introduction to the study of language relationships and linguistic structures.  Prerequisite: One year of a foreign language or permission of instructor.

ARH 3403: World Contemporary Architecture
Tu/Th 11-12:15
This course considers the ways in which architecture and architects are changed by a complex shifting field of forces including critical and ethical discourses, digital media, global finance and trade, developments in materials science, environmental awareness, and geo-political strategies.

ECON 3630: Economics of the Middle East
Mo/We 2-3:15
Surveys major economic issues in the development of countries in the Middle East/North Africa region since World War II, using concepts in development economics. Prerequisite: ECON 2010 and 2020.

EDHS 1120: So You Want to Change the World: Foundation of Community Engagement
Tu/Th 2-3:15
How can we be part of creating a more just world? In this course, we'll aim to answer that question for ourselves by examining practices of youth and community engagement through a critical and discerning lens. We'll reflect on our own practice engaging with youth and their communities, examine our roles in those relationships and interactions, explore the complexities and importance of culture, and consider our own cultural influences.

EDLF 3240: Education in Multicultural Societies
Mo 3:30-6
How have global and local forces shaped notions of multiculturalism in different societies around the world? How have these notions led to different ideas about pluralism in relation to educational practices? We explore these questions by focusing on education in the U.S., China, India, South Africa, Brazil, and more.

LPPS 3295: Global Humanitarian Crisis Response
Tu/Th 3:30-4:45
Taught by the former United Nations Chief of Policy Analysis and Innovation for Humanitarian Affairs this course open to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students will look at critical questions defining global humanitarian action and policy. Using historical and critical analysis, case studies, and insights from guest speakers; the foundations, dilemmas, and operational realities of providing humanitarian aid will be explored. 

GSGS/ENGL 3030: Global Cultural Studies
Mo/We 1-1:50
The course analyzes our global cultural condition from a dual historical perspective and follows a development stretching over the last 60 years, beginning with the period just after WW II and continuing to the present day. 

HILA 3111: Public Life in Modern Latin America
Tu/Th 8-9:15
Introduces the forces shaping the emerging nations of Latin America since independence, emphasizing the dynamic reproduction of hierarchies that correspond to the patrimonial, aristocratic, and populist legitimization of social, cultural, and political relations in city life.

MESA 3110: Sustainable Environments Middle East and South Asia
Mo/We 2-3:15
From arid cities to irrigated fields, hot deserts to high mountains, the Middle East and South Asia encompasses a range of environments for thinking through the relationships between nature and society, people and animals, human and nonhuman worlds.

PHS 3825: Global Public Health: Challenges and Innovations
Tu/Th 9:30-10:45
Undoubtedly, we've made important advances in global health, but there's still a long way to go. What factors determine health? What threats do we face today? What issues should we be working to change? We will explore these questions & more through a variety of interactive lectures & small group activities centered on 4 major themes: History & Trends, Determinants of Health, Culture, & Communication.

PLIR 3310: Ethics and Human Rights in World Politics
Mo/We 12-12:50
How do issues of human rights and ethical choice operate in the world of states? Do cosmopolitan ideals now hold greater sway among states than traditional ideas of national interests during the Cold War? Specific issues considered include defining human rights, 'humanitarian intervention,' just war theory, and the moral responsibilities of leaders and citizens.

RELG/GSVS 2210: Religion, Ethics, & Global Environment
Tu/Th 11-12:15
This course interprets humanity's changing ecological relationships through religious and philosophical traditions. It takes up ethical questions presented by environmental problems, introduces frameworks for making sense of them, and examines the symbols and narratives that shape imaginations of nature. 

RUTR 2470: Understanding Russia: Symbols, Myths and Archetypes of Identity
Mo/We 2-3:15
This course explores different sources of Russian national identity from pre-Christian `Rus' to the present. We will investigate how the occidental and oriental elements blend into a unique Euro-Asian culture, nation, and world power. Our main aim is to provide an orientation to the symbolic world of Russian self-identification. 

SOC 3480: Sociology of Globalization
Tu/Th 11-12:15
This course will explore the determinants, nature, and effects of the increase in cross-border flows of goods, services, capital and people that we have come to associate with the term "globalization". We will investigate how globalization affects domestic & world inequality, the role of institutions, and world & local cultures. The course will include readings from economics, history, world-system theory, and cultural analysis.