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Global Studies MA Fall 2021 Core Courses 


GLBL 490.001: MA Mixed Methods Research

(required for all first & second year thematic Global Studies MA students)

Instructor: Dr. Evan Johnson

Tuesdays, 2:00-4:30pm

GEC 1009

This course presents an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods. It addresses the theoretical, ethical, and practical aspects of conducting research in local and global contexts. 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. They will learn the basics of conducting surveys, program evaluations, content analysis, regression techniques, and sampling/matching. Students will design and develop their own research plan for a capstone project, honors thesis, or other research study as part of the course.

GLBL 490.002: Making Policy for Russia and Eastern Europe

(required for all first year REEES Global Studies MA students)

Instructor: Dr. Graeme Robertson

Wednesdays, 8:20am-10:20am

Murphey 222

In this course, we take a close look at how policy makers are responding and at how they are navigating the way ahead.  While the list of topics will partly depend on the availability of particular policy makes, we will focus on key issues such as:

  • Security and Diplomacy,
  • Analyzing & Mitigating Political Risk
  • Human Rights & Conflict Resolution
  • Law & Commerce Media & Journalism
  • Environment

This course will involve sustained, active collaboration with London-based policy makers and BA and MA students from King’s College University’s famous Russia Institute. In collaboration with the King’s students, we will develop research teams each focused on a specific policy area. We will have online meetings with current London-based policy-makers with real hands-on experience in each of these areas. The policy makers will include people from such institutions as The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the UK Foreign Office, and the think tank Chatham House. The final product will be a collaboratively written policy paper addressing one of the key issues on the world’s agenda today.

GLBL 702: Global Politics, Institutions, and Societies

(required for all first year thematic Global Studies MA students)

Instructor: Dr. Erica Johnson

Thursdays, 2:00-4:30pm

GEC 3033

This course examines the shifts and reordering in the world community that occurred during an intense period of globalization that began in the late twentieth century. The class will address: global governance and the interactions among states, international organizations, businesses, social movements, and NGOs in determining “global public policy.” It will address the diffusion and promotion of democracy and other political and social norms and the interactions between political institutions and social cleavages.

HIST 783: Introduction to Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European History

(required of first year REEES Global Studies MA students only)

Instructor: Dr. Eren Tasar

Tuesdays, 2:00-4:30pm

Alumni 308

This interdisciplinary seminar provides an in-depth look at some of the major topics in modern Russian, East European, and Eurasian history.