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

Wednesday, 11:15am-2:15pm
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

Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-10:45am
GEC 1009
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

Fridays, 1:25pm-4:25pm
GEC 1005
Instructor: Isabella Jean (contact Zach Ward for permission to enroll)

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) has received increased attention from peace practitioners and funding agencies in the recent decade.  Peacebuilding and coexistence practitioners want to learn how to do their work more effectively and be able to trace the outcomes and impacts of their efforts.  Most donors now require that peace practitioners demonstrate short-term and long-term results achieved in conflict prevention and peacebuilding interventions. Despite this interest in effective evaluation approaches and a growing body of literature on this topic, there remain a number of critical challenges.  Designing and applying effective DM&E tools and systems require competence, resources and organizational commitment to learning.  Evaluation efforts are often under-funded and under-staffed and many organizations struggle with their evaluative research capacity and institutional learning processes.  
This introductory course offers a review of the core concepts, skills and practical steps in monitoring and evaluation of coexistence and peacebuilding interventions. The course will stress participatory methods in monitoring and evaluation, in which multiple stakeholders are involved in the process of planning, collecting, interpreting, synthesizing, and using information. The course will feature case studies, proposals, and organizational evaluation plans and reports. 

AAAD 412: Regional Seminar in African Studies

Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-10:45am
Caldwell 208
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

Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 11:15am-12:05pm
Smith 107
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

Tuesday-Thursday, 2:00-3:15pm

Dey 204
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

Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 10:10-11:00am
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

Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00am-12:15pm
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

Thursday, 3:30-6:20pm
Location TBA
Instructor: Dr. John Pickles (co-taught with Dr. Arturo Escobar and Dr. Lawrence Grossberg)

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

Tuesday, 2:00-4:30pm
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

Tuesday-Thursday, 5:00-6:15pm
Murphey 112
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

Dey 306
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

Thursdays, 3:30-6:20pm
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

Tuesday, 12:30-3:15pm
Graham Memorial 212
Instructor: Dr. Navin Bapat 

Introduction to the central issues and major theoretical developments in the field of international relations, focusing on system structure, political and security issues, and decision making.

SOCI 419: Sociology of the Islamic World

Tuesday- Thursday, 11:00am-12:15pm
Peabody 203
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

Gardner 210
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.