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2015-2016 Course Catalog

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Global Studies

Professors:E. Hoft-March (Milwaukee-Downer College and College Endowment Association Professorship French and Francophone Studies) (on leave term(s) III), B. Peterson (German, chair), C. Skran (Edwin & Ruth West Professor of Economics and Social Science Government), L. Vetinde (French and Francophone Studies)
Associate professors:A. Balsekar (Government), P. Blitstein (History), J. Brozek (Stephen Edward Scarff Professor of International Affairs Government, chair), D. Chang (Margaret Banta Humleker Professor of French Cultural Studies French and Francophone Studies), S. Downing (Conservatory of Music), L. Khor (English), M. Smith (Religious Studies), R. Tapia (Spanish), P. Thomas (Russian)
Assistant professor:H. Caruthers (Economics) (on leave term(s) I)

Courses - Global Studies

GLST 100: Introduction to Global Studies

What does it mean to think globally? This discussion-based course invites students to explore how networks and flows of people, wealth, goods, ideas and information across vast distances have shaped human experience. Course materials draw on insights from a range of disciplines, enabling students to apply global perspectives to the study of issues such as identity, war, migration, commerce, artistic expression and communication.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Freshman or sophomore standing only; consent of instructor required for juniors and seniors

GLST 191: Directed Study in Global Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.

GLST 217: Humanitarianism and Violence in Religious Traditions

This course will examine the religious motivations that have led religious groups to embrace global norms like human rights or reject them and turn to violence. We will examine liberation theology in Latin America and the writings of extremist thinker Sayyid Qutb. Much of the class will be centered on case studies such as Myanmar's Rohingya crisis where religion, immigration, and questions of human rights are at play. Offered in conjunction with Ripon College, with online interactions and travel to local places of worship.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Religious Studies 217
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

GLST 220: Topics in Global Studies

An intermediate course with a rotating topic determined by faculty in the Global Studies program. Topics will be wide-ranging, but will include a global perspective and contribute to one of the four global studies thematic tracks (human security, global cities, nations and identities, or arts and exchange). May be repeated when topic is different.

Topic for Winter 2018: Global Rivers
This course examines the cultural and environmental politics of river systems. Rivers sustain human life and are sources of political power. They connect states, nations, and regions; serve as conduits for travel and exchange. Rivers act as drainage systems transporting human and industrial waste. They generate energy, provide sustenance, and sustain human recreation. Attempts to control rivers in order to minimize flooding, to promote agricultural, mining, and manufacturing industries, and to mitigate water shortages and droughts, have been among the most contentious enterprises in human history. Through an examination of case studies this course will investigate the impact of human activity on global river systems, transnational regimes of hydrological infrastructures and the availability and transformation of water resources. Open to all students.
Units: 6.

GLST 270: Theories of the Global

We live in an interconnected world of culture, goods, services and decisions exceeding national borders, but how do we understand what is happening and why? This seminar will complement economics and politics by considering postcolonialism, Marxism, feminism, critical theory and cultural studies in understanding global trends. Students will engage with critical paradigms and cultural artifacts in reading responses, written papers and a culminating project.
Units: 6.

GLST 291: Fld Experience Global Studies

This topics course will allow students to experience sites that highlight global issues (political, religous, environmental, or cultural) through a one- or two-week field experience accompanied by at least one professor. Students should register for this course in the term prior to the planned travel. Some field experiences will require registration in the term following the field experience in order to complete a research project.

Topic for 2018-19: Four Communities of Senegal
This class prepares students for a December trip to Senegal. It will give students the opportunity to experience the largest slave trading center on the Atlantic coast, and spend time in the current capital, Dakar. Students will learn about the lasting legacy of colonialism, the practice of Islam in Africa, and the challenges of urbanization in developing countries. This course will be conducted in English. Students will complete and present independent research during winter term.
Units: 3.

GLST 352: Colonialism and Global Structures

An overview of European colonialism in Africa and Asia, this course focuses on colonial ideologies in the 19th and 20th centuries. It will investigate the myths and realities of colonialism and compare the colonial practices of the Belgians, Dutch, English and French. Our analysis will be informed by essays written by leading colonial theorists, novels and films. Lecture/discussion with response essays and a final project.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Religious Studies 352
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

GLST 390: Tutorial in Global Studies

A tutorial is a primarily student-driven course of study undertaken by an individual student or small group of students in collaboration with one or more faculty members. The primary goal of a tutorial is expansion, refinement, and synthesis of knowledge and abilities through in-depth exploration of a specific topic.
Units: 1 TO 98.

GLST 391: Directed Study in Global Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.

GLST 399: Independent Study in Global Studies

Independent study is an opportunity to go beyond the established curriculum and undertake largely student-directed work that in most disciplines is expected to result in the generation of new scholarship or the creation of a new work or performance.
Units: 1 TO 98.

GLST 420: Advanced Topics in Global Studies

An advanced discussion-focused course with a rotating topic determined by faculty in the global studies program. Topics will be wide-ranging, but will include a global perspective and contribute to one of the four global studies thematic tracks (human security, global cities, nations and identities, or arts and exchange). May be repeated when topic is different.

Topic for Spring 2018: West(s) and the Rest?: Transnational Feminisms and Globalization
How do feminist discourses change and get changed by globalization? This seminar analyzes intersectionality in testimonies and fictions of globalization (from postsocialist eastern Europe, Asia, and other areas). These texts (new media, performance, documentary, prose, poetry) remain marked by political ideologies aimed toward utopias defined against a capitalist West. In discussions, presentations, and essays, students will critique power structures in transnational texts in an effort to imagine better shared worlds.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 410

GLST 590: Tutorial in Global Studies

A tutorial is a primarily student-driven course of study undertaken by an individual student or small group of students in collaboration with one or more faculty members. The primary goal of a tutorial is expansion, refinement, and synthesis of knowledge and abilities through in-depth exploration of a specific topic.
Units: 1 TO 98.

GLST 591: Directed Study in Global Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.

GLST 599: Independent Study in Global Studies

Independent study is an opportunity to go beyond the established curriculum and undertake largely student-directed work that in most disciplines is expected to result in the generation of new scholarship or the creation of a new work or performance.
Units: 1 TO 98.

GLST 690: Tutorial in Global Studies

A tutorial is a primarily student-driven course of study undertaken by an individual student or small group of students in collaboration with one or more faculty members. The primary goal of a tutorial is expansion, refinement, and synthesis of knowledge and abilities through in-depth exploration of a specific topic.
Units: 1 TO 98.

GLST 691: Directed Study in Global Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.

GLST 699: Independent Study in Global Studies

Independent study is an opportunity to go beyond the established curriculum and undertake largely student-directed work that in most disciplines is expected to result in the generation of new scholarship or the creation of a new work or performance.
Units: 1 TO 98.

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