Global Studies Courses

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Program courses include required core courses, as well as topics-based seminars and seminars abroad offered by our Global Studies faculty and faculty from other departments on campus. These courses may be restricted to majors for the initial registration period.

GLBL 100 - Introduction to Global Studies
This is the foundation course for Global Studies majors, introducing students to globalization, the interconnections among people and places as a result of this phenomenon and various challenges within each thematic area.  This course is required for all Global Studies majors and must be taken in the student's first semester in the major.

GLBL 199 - Undergraduate Open Seminar
This is a special topics designation, which includes new course offerings and independent study credits.  It also currently includes the following course offerings:

GLBL 200 - Foundations of Global Studies Research
This course introduces students to the foundations of interdisciplinary, social science research. Topics include understanding the purpose for research; identifying researchable issues; finding, evaluating, and using sources effectively; recognizing methods associated with different types of data and disciplines; and writing a literature review. Prepares students for course-based research papers and advanced research methods courses. Guest faculty present their Global Studies-relevant research as students (b)log their own research interests. This course is a pre-requisite to GLBL 494 and GLBL 492 and required for both the Dinstinction Capstone and the Faculty Research Assistance Capstone.

GLBL 220 - Governance
This is the gateway course into the Governance thematic area for Global Studies majors. It focuses on the historical development of the international system, as well as contemporary controversies regarding international governance structures and institutional frameworks. Case studies are used to explore the strengths and weaknesses of current governance approaches, and students conduct independent research into existing structures.

GLBL 225- Global Studies Career Development: Internships

Teaches students with global studies academic interests how to identify internships and service-learning learning opportunities relevant to their major. Students prepare application materials, conduct informational interviews, participate in mock job interviews, explore networking strategies, and create a career narrative that represents their academic interests and skills. Prepares students on what to expect from their internships and how to develop and apply leadership skills. This course is required for the Internship Capstone.

GLBL 240 - Global Health

Introduction to issues and problems in global health. As the world becomes more and more interconnected it is important for students to be aware of health issues from a global perspective. We will consider a variety of issues that influence the health of different population and countries. The topics to be discussed include: the environment, nutrition, education, the medical system, culture, and agency involvement in health. Case studies will be used to demonstrate some successes at addressing these issues and problems that were encountered.

GLBL 250 - Development
This is the gateway course into the Wealth and Poverty thematic area for Global Studies majors as well as a required course for the Certificate in International Development Studies. It focuses on the meanings and histories of development, examines the patterns of global inequality, and analyzes the economic, political and social facets of development. Case studies from different regions of the world are used to explore the historical and structural roots of inequality and to assess the ground-level impacts of development policy.

GLBL 270 - Global Business Institutions and Society
Introduction to global business institutions and economic systems and their evolving relationship with societies in the global North and South. Presents interdisciplinary perspectives on business structures and conduct with emphasis on (1) the philosophical foundations of economic systems ; (2) international business networks and technological innovation; (3) business environments in non-Western settings; (4) global workforce composition and divisions of labor; (5) the relationships between business, development and the environment; and (6) international organizations that support the spread of global business.

GLBL 296 - Global Studies Foundation Seminar
These are one-credit courses designed to provide an introductory examination of a current controversy and related ethical issues in today's global society. Topics change each semester. Past topics include: immigration, water resources, nuclear proliferation, humanitarian intervention, microfinance, environmental ethics and protection of cultural assets. Global Studies majors are required to take three of these seminars or one of these and one GLBL 298 seminar abroad.

GLBL 298 - Global Studies Seminar Abroad
These seminars introduce students to aspects of globalization through a case study of a particular location abroad. Course activities include classroom instruction, as well as a field site visit abroad, short essays, student presentation, and final research-based projects. Topics vary according to site location and instructor expertise, and will change each semester. For current offerings, see Courses Abroad.

GLBL 328 - First Person Global
A writing workshop for students who have studied abroad and want to deepen their understanding of globalization and improve their nonfiction prose by writing about their own experiences. Writing in the first person raises fundamental questions about identity, power, cultural understanding, and representation. Students will read and discuss first person literary nonfiction by contemporary writers and chronicle their own global encounters in ethical, insightful, and creative ways. Prerequisite: A study abroad experience.

GLBL 340 - Global Health: Policy & Governance
Identifies central and emerging global health issues and analyzes them through the lenses of governance, policy and gender. Focuses on structural, policy, and institutional perspectives on global health, with emphasis on how decisions are influenced and made.

GLBL 350 - Poverty in a Global Context
Over Examines global poverty in the context of international development debates and practice. Despite global commitments (for example, the Millennium Development Goals), decades of research, and new and innovative policies, the "solution" to widespread and lasting poverty alleviation remains elusive. Class will define poverty and how it is measured, considered who is poor and why some people are more vulnerable to the negative effects of poverty than others, and examine what causes some countries to remain poor.

GLBL 392 - International Diplomacy and Negotiation
This course introduces students to negotiation skills in diplomatic settings through simulation activities. The course touches on various global issues including public health, economic development, human rights, and the environment. Many students use this course in their thematic area.

GLBL 440 - Global Heath: Interventions and Evaluations
Focuses on the process of crafting a solution and evaluation plan related to a specific global health problem identified by students. Requires students to work in teams to integrate content learning on global health with applied project design skills developed in this course.

GLBL 450 - Poverty Interventions and Eval
Over the last few decades a wide range of strategies and initiatives have been applied to alleviate poverty in developing countries. The record of these initiatives is mixed. While millions of people may have moved out of poverty, over a billion remain persistently impoverished. We will examine a range of anti-poverty approaches that have been implemented and evaluates their effectiveness. Students will gain a familiarity with the interventions and an understanding of the techniques used to evaluate them.

GLBL 492 - Undergrad Research Assistance
Assist Global Studies and program-affiliated faculty in ongoing research. Topics and nature of assistance vary. Capstone paper required. 0 to 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated in separate terms up to 6 hours. No more than 6 hours may be counted toward completion of the Global Studies major from any combination ofGLBL 492 and other independent study, internship, or research assistance coursework. This includes coursework from other departments on campus or during study abroad. Prerequisite: GLBL 200; evidence of adequate preparation for such study; consent of faculty member supervising the work; and approval of Global Studies program. Global Studies majors only. Not available to freshman. Instructor approval required. This course is optional to complete the major, but required for the Faculty Research Assistance Capstone.

GLBL 494 - Research Methods I
This is a senior capstone experience for Global Studies students. Students develop research skills, communication and presentation skills and write a proposal for a capstone project including a formal research design and timeline. The proposal includes a literature review and methods section for their final project. Course topics include: social science-based research approaches, design and implementation, as well as methods, analysis and ethics of data collection. This course is optional to complete the major, but is a requirement to graduate with Distinction.

GLBL 495 - Research Methods II
Research writing seminar that provides techniques and support for the completion of a final written version of student research projects. Students finalize their research project from GLBL 494 (Research Methods I) for submission to conferences, publications, and/or as a distinction project for Global Studies. This course is optional, but highly recommended for those completing a Distinction Project.

GLBL 499 - Special Topics
This is an advanced special topics designation, which includes experimental course offerings and independent study credits.

Courses Cross-listed with Other Departments

These are courses cross-listed with other departments on campus and taught by faculty from these departments.  You should refer to the home department listing for the current course description, prerequisites, and course access.