Other Courses of Interest
Spring 2018 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 401: Paradigms of Development and Social Change
Stone Center 209
Instructor: Dr. Michal Osterweil (contact instructor for permission to enroll)
This course aims to develop a critical perspective on development — understood as a cultural logic and a discreet set of practices and policies — so that we can better contribute to positive social change. Through course material and service learning, students develop an understanding of the relationship between development projects and emancipatory frameworks.
GLBL 413:Capitalism and Climate in the Anthropocene, 1500-present
Instructor: Dr. Mark Driscoll
This course will focus on the relation of capitalism and anthropogenic climate change from the 16th to 21st centuries. We will feature an interdisciplinary lens (e.g., philosophy, feminist geography, cultural anthropology) that will analyze how the anthropocentric subject of the enlightenment separated itself from its natural environment.
GLBL 890: Special Topics (Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding Interventions)- 2 credits
Instructor: Isabella Jean (contact Zach Ward for permission to enroll)
AAAD 412: Regional Seminar in African Studies
Instructor: Dr. Eunice Sahle
Seminar focuses on history, politics, and economic development challenges of a single region or major country of the African continent, with emphasis on contemporary issues. Region, country, and topics vary by semester and instructor.
ANTH 446: Poverty, Inequality, and Health
Instructor: Dr. Mark Sorensen
This course examines poverty, inequalities, and health from a global and historical perspective. We will study the role of sociopolitical context, individual behavior, and human biology, and will pay particular attention to the roles of psychosocial stress, material conditions, and policy in shaping health differences within and between populations.
ANTH 461: Colonialism and Postcolonialism: History and Anthropology
Instructor: Dr. Townsend Middleton
This course examines colonialism and postcolonialism through the lenses of history and anthropology respectively. Through history, it asks, What were the dynamics of colonialism then? Through anthropology, it questions, What are the conditions, quandaries, and possibilities of postcolonialism now? Regional focus varies by instructor and year.
GEOG 452: Mobile Geographies: The Political Economy of Migration
Tuesday- Thursday, 3:30-4:45pm
Carolina Hall 204
Instructor: Dr. Altha Cravey
This course explores the contemporary experience of migrants. Various theoretical approaches are introduced, with the emphasis on a political-economic approach.
GEOG 453: Political Geographies
Carolina Hall 220
Instructor: Dr. Sara Smith
The geography of politics is explored at the global, the nation-state, and the local scale in separate course units, but the interconnections between these geographical scales are emphasized throughout.
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.
GEOG 805: Issues in Contemporary Culture and Social Theory
Over the past fifteen years, Escobar, Grossberg, and Pickles have co-taught an occasional graduate seminar on current political problematics and theoretical developments. The classes have been unique opportunities in which the three professors orient each class with short lectures, followed by discussion with each other and the class participants. Topics may include: political thinking/thinking as political, space, place & territory, social struggles, autonomy, and the communal, configurations of difference, decolonial thought, political ontology, design ontologies, and pluriversal studies.
PLAN 574: The Political Economy of Poverty and Inequality
New East 102
Instructor: Dr. Meenu Tewari
Even as the absolute levels of poverty have fallen worldwide over the past thirty years, recent studies have shown that the richest 1% of the world own more than do the rest of the 99%. The concentration of wealth is now so extreme that just 62 people in the world own as much wealth and income as half of the worlds poorest people. Similarly, a handful of cities around the world generate more wealth, attract more talent and investment and create more high paying jobs that drives the global economy. These disparities are not only widening, but they are leading to a hollowing out of entire regions, and of the middle class that had once been celebrated for having found pathways of upward mobility and prosperity.
This course introduces students to the political economy of poverty and inequality and programs and policies designed to combat them. Grounded within case studies, and current and historical debates about economic growth, inequality, and development, the course explores what works well and what does not and why in this arena, and draws lessons about reflective practice for a more just world. Drawing on evidence from high and low income countries, the course discusses the types of projects, tasks, and organizational environments that may be more conducive to effective and equitable outcomes.
POLI 442: International Political Economy
Monday- Wednesday, 12:20-1:35pm
Graham Memorial 35
Instructor: Dr. Layna Mosley
Theories of international political economy, major trends in international economic relations, selected contemporary policy issues.
POLI 448:The Politics of Multilevel Governance
Instructor: Dr. Liesbet Hooghe
Political authority is changing around the world. Decision making has shifted down to state and local governments, such as Catalonia and Scotland, and up to international organization such as the European Union and the World Health Organization. What does this mean for the future of the national state?
POLI 630: Political Contestation in European
Instructor: Dr. Gary Marks
Examines recent developments in the European integration process by exploring the potential for political contestation concerning European Union matters in national politics. Familiarizes students with the main theoretical approaches and the extensive empirical work dealing with the effects of European integration.
POLI 736: Political Transitions and Democratization in Comparative Perspective
New East 301
Instructor: Dr. Graeme Robertson
Examination of contrasting theoretical approaches to understanding democracy. Comparative study of Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America elucidates challenges and opportunities that affect possibilities for democratization and consolidation.
POLI 750: Theories of International Relations I
Graham Memorial 212
Instructor: Dr. Navin Bapat
SOCI 419: Sociology of the Islamic World
Tuesday- Thursday, 11:00am-12:15pm
Instructor: Dr. Charles Kurzman
Investigates issues such as tradition and social change, religious authority and contestation, and state building and opposition in Muslim societies in the Middle East and around the world.
SOCI 433: Immigration in Contemporary America
Tuesday- Thurday, 11:00am-12:15pm
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.