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Spring 2022 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 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!


AAAD 400: Contemporary African Politics

Tuesday-Thursday, 2:00-3:15pm

Stone Center 210
Instructor: DR. GEORGES NZONGOLA-NTALAJA

ASIA 720: Methods and Themes in Asian and Middle Eastern History

Wednesday, 3:35pm-6:05pm
New West 103
Instructor: DR. MORGAN PITELKA

PLAN 574: Political Economy of Poverty and Inequality

Tuesday-Thursday, 2:00-3:15pm
New East 201
Instructor: DR. MEENU TEWARI

GEOG 428: Global Cities- Space, Power, and Identity in the Built Environment

M-W-F, 12:20pm-1:10pm

Carolina Hall 204

Instructor: DR. JONATHAN LEPOFSKY

GEOG 437: Social Vulnerability to Climate Change

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

Caldwell 103

Instructor: DR. CLARK GRAY

GEOG 447: Gender, Space, and Place in the Middle East

Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00am-12:15pm
Dey 305
Instructor: DR. BANU GOKARIKSEL

GEOG 464: Europe Today- Transnationalism, Globalisms, and the Geographies of Pan-Europe

Tuesday- Thursday, 11:00am-12:15pm
Carolina Hall 204
Instructor: DR. JOHN PICKLES

GEOG 480: Liberation Geographies- The Place, Politics, and Practice of Resistance

Tuesday- Thursday, 2:00-3:15pm
Murphey 302
Instructor: DR. Chérie Ndaliko

POLI 438: Democracy and International Institutions in an Undivided Europe

Tuesday- Thursday, 11:00am-12:15pm
Murphey 115
Instructor: DR. MILADA VACHUDOVA

POLI 447: Immigrant Integration in Contemporary Western Europe

Tuesday- Thursday, 3:30-4:45pm
Mitchell 205
Instructor: DR. NIKLAUS STEINER

POLI 631: European Security- The Enlarging European Union and the Trans-Atlantic Relationship

Tuesday- Thursday, 11:00am-12:15pm
Murphey 112
Instructor: DR. MILADA VACHUDOVA

POLI 736: Political Transitions and Democratization in Comparative Perspective

Tuesday, 3:30-6:20pm
Alumni 308
Instructor: DR. GRAEME ROBERTSON

PUBH 711: Critical Issues in Global Health

Remote Only, All Asynchronous

POLI 890.201- Political Corruption- Theoretical, Comparative, and International Prospectives

Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00pm

Genome Sciences 1373

Instructor:Holger Moroff

Political Corruption has been a ubiquitous phenomenon at all times and in all political systems whether in democracies or autocracies, in liberal or illiberal regimes. Many corruption cases in recent decades have been linked to questions of party, campaign and political finance in general. Perspectives on the common good, responsive politics and constituency service are utilized to delimit the concept theoretically. This seminar will focus on political corruption from a comparative and international relations perspective. After a theoretical reflection on the phenomenon we will explore its history, causes, effects and efforts to combat corruption. Special attention will be given to the comparative analysis of corruption cases (mainly in western democracies). International anti-corruption policies constitute the second theme of the course with a special emphasis on the 1999 OECD convention against bribery and efforts to fight corruption in transition countries as part of global “good governance” strategies.We will also look at how the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has altered lobbying efforts in the US, and especially how the fossil fuel industry has used it to slow the growth of green energy. 

PLCY 710.001- Public Policy: Discipline and Profession

Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9:30am-10:45am

Instructor:Dr. Fenaba Addo

This course introduces students to the theoretical foundations and the analytical techniques to examine policy problems and design policy solutions. The course provides opportunities to put these foundations and techniques into practice by examining cases and by completing a set of memo writing assignments. It also conveys an appreciation for the ethical issues, values, and political context of government policy.

PLCY 715.001- Data Science and Public Policy

Monday-Wednesday, 8:45am-10:00am

Instructor:Dr. Angel Hsu

This course introduces data science coding, software, analysis, visualization and communication for public policy. It provides practical and applied skills for understanding the entire data analysis pipeline – from data mining to wrangling, visualization and statistical analysis. Implementation of statistical modeling and inference will be covered.

PLCY 760.001- Migration and Health

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

Instructor:Dr. Joaquin Rubalcaba

With a focus on Latin American migration to the U.S., this course introduces students to the inter-relationships between migration and health. Students will gain an understanding of the theories of migration and the ways in which immigration and settlement policies influence the health and well-being of immigrant populations.

MHCH 862.001- Program Impact Evaluation

Mondays, 1:25pm-4:25pm

Instructor:Dr. Gustavo Angeles

Required preparation, knowledge of Stata or SAS; proficiency in inferential statistics and multiple regression analysis. Instructor permission required for non-second year MCH doctoral students. Program impact evaluation analytic skills seminar. Topics: selectivity, research designs, instrumental variables, difference-in-differences, fixed and random effects, regression discontinuity, matching, and selection models.

HBEH 748.002- Design Thinking for the Public Good

Wednesdays, 11:15am-2:15pm

Instructor:Melissa Carrier

This course will train an interdisciplinary group of graduate students to apply the mindsets, methods, and process associated with design thinking (i.e. human-centered design) to solve real world problems. Design thinking is a creative problem solving process that prioritizes ethnographic market research, convergent and divergent thinking, as well as rapid prototyping. Students will collaborate with community members to design solutions (products, services, etc.) that are desirable, feasible, and viable.