Other Courses of Interest
Fall 2017 Other Courses of Interest for Global Studies MA Students*
*Course listing is merely a selection of those courses previously taken by Global Studies MA students or otherwise shared with our program as they may suit the interests of our MA students. This list is not meant to be exhaustive or otherwise imply these are the only acceptable elective courses.
GLBL 487: Social Movements: Rethinking Globalization
Instructor: Dr. Michal Osterweil (contact instructor for permission to enroll)
This course explores alternatives to globalization, locally and globally. Based around key examples including the Zapatistas, La Via Campesina and other parts of the Alter-Globalization movement, as well as more recent movements including Occupy Wall Street, #Black Lives Matter and No DAPL; we will be investigating various aspects of contemporary social movements, including parts of what many consider a new kind of global movement assemblage. Overall the course will investigate what it means to be a global social movement, what pursuing an alternative global agenda looks like, as well as what social change in the 21st century means. As such, in addition to concrete cases we will look at the various theories and spatial imaginaries underlying different movement practices and visions— often reading literature produced by and for movements. The course will also include some emphasis on research methods, ethics, and practices. We will combine this with some hands on engagement with local examples of organizations, projects and groups that are also working to create alternatives within and beyond neoliberal globalization
GLBL 490: Qualitative Research Methods for Professionals
Instructor: Dr. Hannah Gill (contact Zach Ward for permission to enroll)
This course addresses theoretical, ethical, and practical aspects of conducting qualitative research, a multi-methods approach to the study of social interactions. Students will learn how to collect and analyze empirical information from multiple sources such as formal and informal observation, oral histories, documentary records, interviews, and focus groups. The course will also address how these skills can be applied to professional contexts in government, educational, non-profit, and private sectors. The course will involve workshops and a field component, providing students with practical experience designing and implementing qualitative research projects.
ANTH 578: Chinese Diaspora in the Asia Pacific
Instructor: Dr. Donald Nonini
Examination of the histories, social organization, and cultures of the Chinese diasporas in the Asia Pacific region, focusing on contemporary issues in the cultural politics and identities of “overseas Chinese.”
GEOG 464: Europe Today- Transnationalism, Globalisms, and the Geographies of Pan-Europe
Carolina Hall 220
Instructor: Dr. John Pickles
A survey by topic and country of Europe west of Russia. Those features that make Europe a distinct and important region today are emphasized.
POLI 431: African Politics & Societies
Instructor: Dr. Lucy Martin
The problems of race, class, and ideology are explored in the countries south of the Zambezi River, along with the political and economic ties that bind these countries.
POLI 438: Democracy and International Institutions in an Undivided Europe
Instructor: Dr. Milada Vachudova
Explores the collapse of communist rule in 1989 and the reaction of international institutions to the challenges of democratization, economic transition, ethnic conflict, and European integration in an undivided Europe.
POLI 442: International Political Economy
Instructor: Dr. Thomas Oatley
Theories of international political economy, major trends in international economic relations, selected contemporary policy issues.
POLI 753: International Conflict and Cooperation
Tate Turner Kuralt 113
Instructor: Dr. Navin Bapat
An examination of international conflict and cooperative processes in the context of the evolution of the international system.
POLI 788: Statistics and Data Analysis for Political Science and Policy Research
Instructor: Dr. Robert Jenkins (contact Zach Ward for permission to enroll)
This course focuses on the application of statistical analysis to quantitative data in order to study theoretically and substantively interesting questions about politics and policy.
PWAD 490.004: Post-Conflict and Peacebuilding Challenges
Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:35pm-4:50pm
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Hazen
Once civil wars end, there are numerous tasks to accomplish to rebuild the state. This includes maintaining security, but also rebuilding the economy, ensuring access to basic needs, restructuring the political state, and addressing societal divisions. During this course, we will consider theories of peacebuilding and state-building; we will investigate the various challenges post-conflict states face; and, we will assess the role that international actors can play in this process. We will use case studies to delve deeper into these issues and learn what works and what doesn’t, and why.
SOCI 416: Comparative Perspectives on Contemporary International Migration and Social Membership
Carolina Hall 220
Instructor: David Rigby
This course provides a special focus on international migration and social membership/citizenship across a number of advanced industrial immigrant-receiving states.
SOCI 433: Immigration in Contemporary America
Instructor: Dr. Jacqueline Hagan
This course introduces students to reasons why people migrate, how citizens respond to that migration, how the federal government regulates migration, and how local communities manage the settlement of newcomers. By the end of the course students should have a solid understanding of major debates in the study of immigration.