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Global Studies MA Spring 2022 Core Courses 

GLBL 700: Introduction to Research and Theory in Global Studies

(required for all first year thematic & REEES MA students)

Instructor: Dr. Betsy Olson

Tuesdays, 2:00-4:30pm

Hamilton 570

Global studies examines world systems, transnational processes, and global-local interactions from a multi-disciplinary perspective. This course will introduce students to current interdisciplinary theoretical approaches to global studies and examine the primary topics of contemporary research relating to the rise of a complex but increasingly integrated world society.


Other Global Studies Elective Courses of Interest

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

Instructor: Dr. Michal Osterweil

Wednesdays, 2:30pm-5:15pm

GEC 3024

This course is dedicated to understanding how sameness and difference are used and contested globally, in particular through the criminal justice system and its intersection with race and capitalism. The course pays particular attention to popular social movement responses, and what they say to theories of difference, globalization, and social change.

GLBL 490: Globalized and Deglobalized Russia

Instructor: Dr. Elena Trubina (CSEEES Fellow from Ural Federal University)

Thursdays, 3:30-6:00pm

GEC 3024

How many waves of globalization are there? Deglobalization: how is it happening? Are there regional differences in the ways deglobalization unfolds? How do political regimes control ideologies of globalization? What is the impact  of contemporary globalization on urban and social development?  What is the role of cultural policy in promoting both globalization and deglobalization?  In this course, we apply these and similar questions to the current trends in Russian politics, economics and culture using theoretical frameworks offered by Western and Russian scholars.

GLBL 710: Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding Interventions (2 credit hr course)

Instructor: Zumrat Salmorbekova

Fridays, 12:20pm-3:20pm

GEC 3033

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.

Class will be held on the following dates:

  • January 14th and 28th
  • February 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
  • March 4th
  • April 1st

GLBL 890: Approaches to Conflict Transformation (must be taken for 3 credit hrs)

Instructor: Dominique Dery

Fridays, 1:25pm-4:25pm

GEC 3024

This course will focus on several mechanisms and strategies for resolving or transforming conflict on an interpersonal level but with an emphasis on how these can be scaled up for use at community, state, and international levels as well. The pedagogy of this course will be both theoretical and practical. We will focus in particular on restorative justice, negotiation, and facilitating dialogue. Through course readings and assignments, students will gain a solid theoretical understanding of these approaches, and students will practice these techniques with guidance from experienced practitioners.

Studying these techniques together will allow students to decide on the most ethical, sustainable, and meaningful approaches to peacebuilding and conflict transformation in their personal and professional lives. Please note that this course will develop important skills and knowledge of several conflict transformation processes but you should not expect to become sufficiently equipped to act as a professional practitioner without additional experience and training.

This is a required course for Rotary Peace Fellows, and other students are also welcome!