Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Saturday, December 5, 2020, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

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 105: Cross-Cultural Interactions Along the Silk Road, 200 BCE - 1400 CE

The 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)
Units: 6.
Also listed as History 105, East Asian Studies 105

GLST 130: Art of Islamic Cultures

This 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Art History 130

GLST 140: Introduction to International Relations

An 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Government 140

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 205: Cross-Cultural Contacts in the Early Modern World

Examines 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)
Units: 6.
Also listed as History 205
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

GLST 206: Perchance to Dream: A Comparative History of Dreams from Antiquity to Present

For 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as History 206

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.
Units: 6.

GLST 245: Apple, Google, Facebook

The 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Religious Studies 245
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

GLST 248: Social Entrepreneurship

Social 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Innovation & Entrepreneurship 245, Government 248
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

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 273: London, A City Shaped by Migration

This 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as History 273
Prerequisite: Must be attending the Lawrence London Centre.

GLST 280: Postcolonial Writers

An 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as English 280, Ethnic Studies 280
Prerequisite: ENG 150 or its equivalent or consent of instructor

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.”
Units: 6.
Also listed as Art History 285, East Asian Studies 285
Prerequisite: ARHI 101 or 175 or sophomore standing

GLST 286: The Politics of Power in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art

Over 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Art History 286, East Asian Studies 286
Prerequisite: ARHI 101 or 175 or sophomore standing

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..
Units: 2 OR 6.
Also listed as German 290

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 340: International Politics

An 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Government 340
Prerequisite: GOVT 110 or 140 or sophomore standing

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 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as German 355, History 311
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

GLST 365: International Law

A 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Government 365
Prerequisite: GOVT 110 or GOVT 140 or sophomore standing

GLST 378: Black Europe: Resistance, Performance, & Self-Making

This 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as German 378, Ethnic Studies 378

GLST 389: Berlin: Experiencing a Great City

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.
Units: 2 OR 6.
Also listed as German 389
Prerequisite: GER 312

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 392: The African and Black American Experience

This 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as French 392, Ethnic Studies 392
Prerequisite: Non for non-majors or minors in French & Francophone Studies For majors or minors in French & Francophone Studies: one 300-level French course or instructor's consent. 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 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 401: Field Experience in Development

Students 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
Units: 3.
Also listed as Government 401, Economics 206, Environmental Studies 311
Prerequisite: ENST 300, GOVT 248, GOVT 500 and RLST 240

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.
Units: 6.

GLST 425: Topics in International Security

This 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.

Topic for
Units: 6.
Also listed as Government 425
Prerequisite: GOVT 140 or GOVT 340 or consent of instructor

GLST 446: TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS

This 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.”
Units: 6.
Also listed as Government 446
Prerequisite: GOVT 215, or GOVT 245, or consent of instructor.

GLST 471: Performing Arts of Bali

This course explores the intersections of Balinese music, dance, drama, and ritural. Discussions will include how globalization, tourism, and economic and religious tensions affect the arts and performer’s lives. Students will have hands-on experience learning to play Balinese gamelan instruments.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Musicology 471, Ethnic Studies 471
Prerequisite: MUCO 212 or MUCO 202 or consent of instructor.

GLST 492: Music and Globalization

How do forces of globalization affect musicians and music-making? How do people use music to make sense of their transnational and cross-border lives and identities? What happens to the meanings in music when it travels across borders and boundaries, is performed by new musicians in different contexts, and is heard by new listeners? What happens to local or ritual meanings when it becomes commodified and commercialized? Do international copyright laws adequately protect composers and musicians when their music travels, and what about when such laws are at odds with local notions of creation and ownership? This course explores answers to these questions through case studies on a variety of musical genres and places around the world.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Musicology 492
Prerequisite: MUCO 212 or GLST 100

GLST 516: Literature & Human Rights

An interdisciplinary investigation of the aesthetics and ethics of representing human rights and their violations in literature and film. Texts include novels, plays, essays, and films on topics such as genocide, torture, and development.
Units: 6.
Also listed as English 516, Ethnic Studies 516
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 280, or consent of instructor

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.