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|Professors:||C. Skran (Edwin & Ruth West Professorship of Economics and Social Science Government), R. Tapia (Spanish)|
|Associate professors:||A. Balsekar (Government) (on leave term(s) II, III), J. Brozek (Stephen Edward Scarff Professor of International Affairs Government), D. Chang (Margaret Banta Humleker Professor of French Cultural Studies French and Francophone Studies), S. Downing (Conservatory of Music, chair), E. Kern (History), L. Khor (English) (on leave term(s) III), M. Smith (Religious Studies, chair)|
|Assistant professors:||H. Caruthers (Economics), N. Lin (Art History) (on leave term(s) I), V. Plumly (German), B. Vance (History)|
Global studies is an interdisciplinary major that investigates the broad range of cultural, political, social and economic forces at play historically and today. Global studies majors will understand the global influences on the lives of individuals and will be sensitive to different identities, practices, thought systems, institutions and structures, particularly their roots, scope and linkages. They will recognize their place in the global community, including their impact—for good or ill—on cultural, political, economic and environmental issues. Global studies majors will possess the foundation necessary to lead responsible, meaningful, engaged lives in a connected, diverse and ever-changing world.
The global studies curriculum is designed to give students a structure in which to explore a range of interests. An introductory course introduces students to the diverse perspectives on globalization and models of interdisciplinary investigation. Global studies majors will choose a set of electives from one of four thematic groupings, all of which include approaches from multiple disciplines. In order to maintain a dynamic, up-to-date listing, electives that will count toward each of the tracks in the global studies major will be listed on the departmental website. This structure balances the breadth and depth of students’ academic training and ensures that global studies majors will develop the ability to ask interconnected, interdisciplinary questions. Students may, in close consultation with their academic advisor, self-design a thematic track.
Required for the major in global studies
- GLST 100: Intro to Global Studies (6 units)
- The equivalent of a minor in one additional language (~30 to 66 units, depending on incoming students’ initial proficiency, i.e., where they begin their minor, and on the requirements of the chosen language.)
Alternatively, some students may choose to fulfill the language requirement through the completion of GER+3 courses in one language plus three terms (or the equivalent of one year) in either a second language or mathematics/statistics/modeling. The combination of languages must clearly contribute to a particular project or career ambition, be approved by an advisor in global studies and demonstrate coherence with respect to the chosen track. Languages acquired during an off-campus experience are acceptable as long as the student achieves linguistic and cultural competency equivalent to the GER language competency requirement.
- In consultation with a global studies faculty advisor, students must choose a set of eight six-unit thematically connected electives that meet the goals of one track listed below. Students and advisors should consult the departmental website carefully when selecting courses that count toward their track in the global studies major. All electives must satisfy the following requirements.
- Three six-unit courses from the arts, humanities, or musicology at the introductory or intermediate level (course numbers 100-300 or above);
- Three six-unit courses from the social sciences at the introductory or intermediate level (course numbers 100-300 or above);
- Two six-unit courses at the advanced level (course number 400+). One course must be from the social sciences; the other comes from the fields of arts, humanities, or musicology.
- No more than two 100-level courses may count toward the elective requirements, and no more than two upper-level language department courses may be double-counted for the track and the language minor (or minor equivalent).
- The core courses normally count within this portion of the requirements.
- Required global experience at an off-campus site (local, domestic or abroad)
Global studies students are required to participate in a globally engaged off-campus experience. Most students will fulfill this requirement through an approved Lawrence study abroad program. However, we recognize study abroad is not feasible for all students. Therefore, the off-campus global experience may also include local projects with global connections. Examples include working with the Fox Valley Refugee Resettlement Agency, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hmong-American Partnership of the Fox Cities, the Northeast Wisconsin Chinese Association or with the City of Appleton’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion. These projects must include 10 weeks of engagement, be connected to either the global studies primary language or track, and be pre-approved by a global studies advisor.
- Completion of the Senior Experience in global studies (see below).
Global studies tracks
Nations and Identities
Nations remain a central form of organization in the global world. Nations lie at the center of our interlocking system of political and economic institutions, and they also provide the organizing principle behind national languages and cultures, ethnic identities and even sporting events. Although nations claim to be ancient, modern nations only began to develop in the 18th century, and their future is by no means assured. This track seeks to approach global studies through an emphasis on the construction and function of nation, with attention given as well to newer, transnational forms of identity. Since the study of the nation requires a broad sense of the history of the nation, the reasons it developed and the variety of forms it has taken, there is a significant history component to this track, along with an emphasis on classes offered in government. In addition, classes in literature, culture and the arts will enrich students’ understanding of how national identities are constructed and become emotionally compelling, as well as how they are contested through migration and integration, through devolution into smaller units, and by institutions and practices that transcend national boundaries. Students who choose the Nations and Identities track should consult with their Global Studies advisor to select two courses that are cross-listed in Global Studies and have strong thematic relevance for this track.
One of the central signs for globalization and even modernity is the importance of cities. Much of what is most exciting and new in our world stems from the cultural and ethnic mixing that takes place in global cities. Many Lawrence students aim to work in American cities that cater to the “creative class”—that is, young people who seek to participate in the new opportunities opened up by education and technology. This cities track will prepare students for thinking about the history of urbanization and our interconnected world by understanding the socio-cultural, economic and political complexities of the nature and evolution of major cities. Depending on course content, examined cities may include (but are not limited to): Algiers, Athens, Beijing, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Dakar, Paris, Istanbul, Moscow, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. Students who choose the Global Cities track should consult with their Global Studies advisor to select two courses that are cross-listed in Global Studies and have strong thematic relevance for this track.
Human security is the study of global violence through the lens of the individual, with particular emphasis on vulnerable and marginalized communities. It includes multiple forms of vulnerability and structural violence, including discrimination, displacement, genocide, disease, poverty and environmental stress. This track offers students the opportunity to understand human security and vulnerable populations through an interdisciplinary lens, including narratives and other representations of human agency and social scientific analysis of the policies and institutions designed to address these challenges. Students who choose the Human Security track should consult with their Global Studies advisor to select two courses that are cross-listed in Global Studies and have strong thematic relevance for this track.
Arts and Exchange
One path to understanding our global world is in the artistic expressions (including literature, performing arts, visual arts and film) through which identities are staked out and claimed. This track offers students the opportunity to think about the arts from the perspective of global systems, exchanges and regulations. Students will be encouraged to consider how economic systems, international organizations, the movement of people and the commodification and commercialization of cultural practices affect artistic production, notions of ownership and meaning across borders. Students who choose the Arts and Exchange track should consult with their Global Studies advisor to select two courses that are cross-listed in Global Studies and have strong thematic relevance for this track.
Senior Experience in global studies
The global studies major culminates in a Senior Experience consisting of a six-unit senior seminar. The seminar brings together students from all tracks, and it includes a set of common readings that revisit important theoretical issues in the field global studies. The readings will also highlight disciplinary differences in the objects of inquiry available to scholars of global studies and show again how interdisciplinary inquiry produces deeper understanding. Students’ work in the seminar culminates with a portfolio showcasing their work in the major, and they will present that work to other members of the seminar. The portfolio will consist of the two components listed below. Together, the Senior Experience components will demonstrate that a student has developed interdisciplinary and intercultural proficiency.
- A written, critical reflection on the student’s off-campus global experience, with particular emphasis on curricular connections and personal development.
- A revised version of a substantial (10–15 pages) paper written on a global topic and in an advanced (400+ level) course counting toward the global studies major.
Courses - Global Studies
GLST 100: Introduction to Global StudiesWhat 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.
GLST 105: Cross-Cultural Interactions Along the Silk Road, 200 BCE - 1400 CEThe so-called "Silk Road" was the world's first superhighway, linking East Asia to the Mediterranean. The peoples along the way not only traded luxury goods, but also ideas, technology, and more. This course offers a thematic examination of the dynamic, cross-cultural interactions along the ancient and medieval Silk Road. (G & C)
GLST 130: Art of Islamic CulturesThis course introduces students to the rich artistic traditions generated by Islamic cultures from the 7th century onward. While considering the Umayyad, Abbasid, Ilkhanid, and Mughal dynasties, among others, we examine architecture, illuminated manuscripts, metalwork, ceramics, and more. A broad selection of readings and activities supplements class discussions on themes that include the role of art in Islam, relationships between art and power, and the importance of cross-cultural exchange.
GLST 140: Introduction to International RelationsAn introductory study of the cultural, political, and economic interactions among states and non-state actors in global politics. Special attention is paid to key issues, including international security, foreign policy decision-making, and the role of diplomacy in promoting cooperation. Required for the interdisciplinary area in international studies.
GLST 191: Directed Study in Global StudiesDirected 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.
GLST 205: Cross-Cultural Contacts in the Early Modern WorldExamines contacts among various peoples between 1350 and 1750. Focus on cultural or ethnic identity, the role of power in relations between groups, and theoretical problems involved in such study. Examples include ancient and medieval cultural contacts, European settlement in North and South America, the African slave trade, and contacts among the peoples of Southeast Asia, India, China, and Japan. (G&C)
GLST 206: Perchance to Dream: A Comparative History of Dreams from Antiquity to PresentFor centuries, dream interpretation has been integrated into philosophical discourse, used as a political tool, and touted as proof of otherworldly activities. This seminar will examine dream theories as products of socio-cultural development in different historical contexts, including ancient Greece, medieval Japan, early modern China, and the U.S. and Europe.
GLST 217: Humanitarianism and Violence in Religious TraditionsThis 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.
GLST 220: Topics in Global StudiesAn 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.
GLST 245: Apple, Google, FacebookThe rhetoric surrounding technology invokes revolution and newness, but the products and services fit with the individualism of American (and global) views of self and society. We will examine both the positive visions offered by tech thinkers like Steward Brand and Ray Kurzweil, as well as the destructive results that occur as corporations “move fast and break things.” Students will complete a video critique of a digital platform.
GLST 248: Social EntrepreneurshipSocial entrepreneurs all over the world adopt and implement innovative ideas in order to address some of the world's most pressing problems. In this course, students will study the many dimensions of social entrepreneurship, especially those ventures that address problems of human security. Students will work with a team to propose an entrepreneurial solution to one such problem.
GLST 270: Theories of the GlobalWe 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.
GLST 273: London, A City Shaped by MigrationThis class studies the lasting effects of migration on London as a global city. We will analyze historic and current influxes of people and how they have changed the structure, identity, and culture of London. Students will explore London neighborhoods and meet people who have found a new home here. Assignments and experiential learning will allow students to fully engage with London in a meaningful way. Offered at the London Centre.
GLST 280: Postcolonial WritersAn introduction to major postcolonial works in their literary, historical, and cultural contexts. Readings include novels by African, Asian, and Caribbean authors such as Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie, and Jean Rhys.
GLST 285: The Transformation of the Modern City: Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai (1860-1945)This course explores the transformation of the cityscape in Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai. Topics include the emergence of the modern artist, the search for an “avant-garde” of the East, the modernization of public and private spaces, the introduction of film and photography and the rise of the “modern girl.”
GLST 286: The Politics of Power in Modern and Contemporary Chinese ArtOver the past century, China has witnessed the arrival of Western Imperialism, mass rebellion, revolution, and radical reconstruction under the Communist regime. This class will trace how artists attempted to intervene in social life to change its course of development and how art continues to affect radical social change.
GLST 290: Berlin: Experiencing a Great City (in English)This course introduces students to one of the world’s great cities. Classwork includes the history, culture, and literature of Berlin, as well as practice in the skills required to read Berlin and other cities by looking carefully at their layout and architecture. Students prepare and present virtual walking tours of the city with the help of a guidebook and internet resources. Taught in English with the option of a German tutorial for interested students..
GLST 291: Fld Experience Global StudiesThis 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.
GLST 340: International PoliticsAn analysis of patterns of interactions of state and non-state actors in a system without supreme authority, focusing on alternative theoretical frameworks rather than substantive problems. Special emphasis on “realist” and “liberal” theories; the nature and uses of power in international politics; and issues of security, including conventional war, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, environmental decay, and migration.
GLST 352: Colonialism and Global StructuresAn 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.
GLST 355: The Holocaust in German Culture (in English)This course focuses on literary responses to the Holocaust, but it also deals with film and the issue of commemoration. After a discussion of the difficulty of representing the Holocaust, the course examines the Holocaust’s role in the construction of German-Jewish identity and its impact on post-war German culture. Taught in English. German majors and minors may participate in a two-unit tutorial in which discussions and some course readings will be in German.
GLST 365: International LawA study of the role of law in international politics. Attention to the distinctive nature of the international legal system and to the relevance of international law to the control of violence, promotion of peace, protection of human rights, and management of resources. Current problems and the outlook for the future world order are assessed.
GLST 378: Black Europe: Resistance, Performance, & Self-MakingThis course dispels racial myths of the European continent, introduces the Black Diaspora beyond the African American context, pushes the boundaries of belonging and national identity in Europe, and presents black individuals/collectives as historical agents and transnational actors on and beyond the continent. Course materials may consist of literature, poetry, music videos, film, and art. Assessments include short reflection papers, research papers, and oral presentations.
GLST 389: Berlin: Experiencing a Great CityThis course introduces students to one of the world’s great cities. Classwork includes the history, culture, and literature of Berlin, as well as practice in the skills required to read Berlin and other cities by looking carefully at their layout and architecture. Students prepare and present virtual walking tours of the city with the help of a guidebook and internet resources. Taught in English with the option of a German tutorial for interested students.
GLST 390: Tutorial in Global StudiesA 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.
GLST 391: Directed Study in Global StudiesDirected 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.
GLST 392: The African and Black American ExperienceThis comparative literature course examines the representations of the African and Black American experience in literature. It explores how their subaltern status on the continent and the US has been instrumental in shaping the spirit of resistance that subtend the works of writers from both literary traditions. We will examine the thematic intersections between these literatures and analyse how writers deal with colonialism, slavery, race, ethnicity, the question of belonging and humanism. This course will only count for French major/minor units with an accompanying 3 unit tutorial in French arranged with instructor.
GLST 399: Independent Study in Global StudiesIndependent 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.
GLST 401: Field Experience in DevelopmentStudents engaged in this course will have the opportunity to do field research in a developing country. Each student will develop and implement a project that concerns a political, economic, social, or environmental issues that is important in the country visited. Past Field Experiences have taken place in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Jamaica, and Morocco. Students will also have the opportunity to learn from both national and local leaders in the country of research, and to participate in community engaged learning through volunteer activities. Class members will actually travel during either winter or spring break. Students should register for GOVT 401 in the term prior to the planned travel. They should also register in the subsequent term, when they will present their research to the wider Lawrence community. [ Note: two terms of GOVT 401 are considered the equivalent of a six unit 400-level GOVT course].
Location for 2020-21: Students will travel to Sierra Leone during spring break (March 2021).. Admission is by application to Prof. Skran. Students should register for both winter and spring terms 2021.
Planned Location for 2021-22 To be determined
GLST 420: Advanced Topics in Global StudiesAn 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.
GLST 425: Topics in International SecurityThis course is an exploration of the politics of international security. The specific topic will vary by term, but the concepts to be covered include bargaining, diplomacy, conflict and cooperation.
GLST 446: TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICSThis course will address an advanced topic in the sub-field of Comparative Politics, such as democracy and authoritarianism, politics of the city, political participation and social movements, gender and politics, or the comparative method.
Topic for Fall 2020: Politics of the City
This seminar focuses on the political dynamics of cities using a multi-disciplinary perspective. Topics include: the interactions between a city’s spatial organization and its political dynamics; the causes of the rise and decline of cities; the dynamics of urban inequality; innovations in urban governance; and the rise of “global cities.”