Other Courses of Interest
Spring 2021 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 481: NGO Politics
Instructor: Dr. Erica Johnson
This course will investigate how nongovernmental organizations emerge, how they structure their organizations, how they function, and how they influence public policy.
GLBL 710: Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding Interventions
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 488: Human Rights: Theories and Practices in Africa
Meeting Time TBA
Instructor: Dr. Eunice Sahle
This course explores major conceptual debates in the field of human rights. Further, it examines human rights practices and struggles in selected countries in Africa.
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 850: Engaging Ethnography
Instructor: Dr. Angela Stuesse
What is engaged ethnography? We often speak of engaged research, but what does it look like on the ground? How is it represented through textual narrative? And what difference does it make in the “real” world? In this seminar students “engage” these questions in an examination of ethnographies produced by politically- and community-engaged researchers, exploring how methodologies, epistemologies, and the products of research are transformed by various forms of engagement.
PLAN 574: Political Economy of Poverty and Inequality
Instructor: Dr. Meenu Tewari
Introduces students to the political economy of poverty alleviation programs. Uses comparative cases to explore what types of projects, tasks, and environments lead to effective and equitable outcomes, and why.
COMM 825: Seminar in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication
Hanes Art Center 215
Instructor: Dr. Renee Alexander Craft
A variable topic seminar that permits faculty and graduate students the opportunity to explore significant historical and emerging issues in the field of communication.
GEOG 428: Global Cities: Space, Power, and Identity in the Built Environment
Instructor: Dr. Nina Martin
This course addresses questions of power, politics, and identity in the urban environment, with a focus on the emergence of key selected global cities and the processes that both created them historically and which are currently transforming them locally and globally.
GEOG 464: Europe Today- Transnationalism, Globalisms, and the Geographies of Pan-Europe
Tuesday- Thursday, 11:00am-12:15pm
Remote- Mostly Asynchronous
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.
HBEH 748: Design Thinking for the Public Good
Interested in learning and applying a new creative problem solving approach to address our society’s most pressing issues? This course is open to graduate students from across UNC.
Interested students should sign up for the waitlist here before November 30th.
PLCY 565: Global Health Policy
Instructor: Dr. Benjamin Meier
Coursework will focus on public policy approaches to global health, employing interdisciplinary methodologies to understand selected public health policies, programs, and interventions. For students who have a basic understanding of public health.
POLI 438: Democracy and International Institutions in an Undivided Europe
Instructor: Dr. Milada Vachudova
Explores the collapse of communist rule in 1989 and the reaction of international institutions to the challenges of democratization, economic transition, ethnic conflict, and European integration in an undivided Europe.
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 organizations 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 Europe
Instructor: Dr. Gary Marks
The political ground in Europe is shifting. An increasing number of citizens are displeased with the speed or direction in which European integration and democracy are moving. There appears to be real potential for radical mobilization against the European project. What is going on? Are we witnessing the emergence of a new cleavage that pits proponents of European integration, mobility, and multiculturalism against its opponents, or is this a transitory phase? How are those with cosmpolitan values, and in particular young people, mobilizing in support of Europe? How does this relate to developments in the US?
This course explores political contestation on Europe and European integration and connects it with current events. It will focus on the impact of European integration on political parties, public opinion, and voting behavior, but it will also seek to understand what drives attitudes on immigration, trade, and globalization inside and outside Europe. This course aims to equip you with the analytical and methodological tools to think critically about the future of democracy and international cooperation in Europe and beyond.
The aim is to familiarize students with the chief theoretical approaches and the extensive empirical work dealing with contestation around Europe. The course will focus on the impact of the integration process on political parties and party strategies, public opinion and voting behavior.
POLI 631: European Security: The Enlarging European Union and the Trans-Atlantic Relationship
Instructor: Dr. Milada Vachudova
Permission of the instructor for undergraduates. Since the collapse of communism from 1989 to 1991, the European Union has faced a fundamentally different geopolitical neighborhood and an evolving relationship with the United States. We will explore how Europe has addressed new challenges to its security in its neighborhood and beyond.
POLI 731: Politics of Development and Change
Instructor: Dr. Graeme Robertson
The theories, concepts, and mechanisms of political change, with particular attention to processes of development and modernization in the new nations of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
POLI 789: Game Theory
Instructor: Dr. Lucy Martin
This class provides graduate students with an introduction to game theoretic modeling, focusing on noncooperative game theory. Topics covered include normal form games, extensive-form games, and games of incomplete information.