Global Studies (GLBL) Maymester 2019 Courses


GLBL 415: Dealing with Difference: Criminal Justice, Race, and Social Movements in Globalization

Instructor: Dr. Michal Osterweil

M-F, 11:30am-2:45pm, GEC 3024

Whether it is constructing a functional democracy; making sense of media and popular portrayals of events like Hurricane Katrina or the “war on drugs”; organizing social movements, or unraveling complex stories of urban renewal and economic development (domestically and abroad)— concepts and constructions of difference, or diversity, prove to be key. In fact they are at the heart of many of the most critical issues today. This course will be dedicated to understanding how (cultural) diversity, or difference, and the concomitant notions of sameness and universality, have been constructed, used and contested in different places and at different times in our modern history. We will do this by critically reading and analyzing different texts—ranging from case studies, to theoretical treatises, to films and other forms of popular culture—as well as engaging in experiential learning and collective projects.

This course will be dedicated in large part to familiarizing students with social theories of, or relevant to, making sense of such questions. However, it is premised on the belief that social theory is not an abstract and useless thing academics create for their own amusement (or employment), but that it is a vital and necessary aspect for understanding and therefore living in this world. The focus this Maymester 2019 will be on alternative and Social Movement responses to the Criminal Justice System, a core manifestation of white supremacy/racism in the present. Alternatives include prison abolition, movements for Restorative and Tranformative Justice, Black Lives Matter, among others. We will focus on local and domestic manifestations, as well as global ones including the Drug War, recent Brazilian social movements, and Israel/Palestine. The course will include guest speakers, field trips, and other experiential methodologies.

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GLBL 486: Sports and Globalization

Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Weiler

M-F, 9:00am-12:15pm, GEC 1009

This course explores some of the relationships between sports and globalization and will delve into sports as an important social and cultural practice within larger social, cultural, and political forces shaping studies of globalization.  Questions this course will consider:  Is it worth it to host the Olympics? Why has athlete activism surged in recent years, after decades of quiet? What’s the one issue almost all economists agree on?


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