Global Studies Courses

AG502 Comparative Politics This course introduces students to the study of Japanese politics. Nakano
AG504 Democracy in Globalization This course explores a variety of issues that advanced industrial democracies face today in the context of globalization. In particular, we shall focus on what may be called “the politics of reform” and seek through concrete case studies to analyze the political dynamics that account for the prominence of the symbol of “reform” in contemporary politics. Nakano
AG508 Empire and Aftermath - A Global History This seminar explores major thematic and topical issues that make up "global history". This year we will focus on empires/colonies and their aftermath as a conceptual and narrative lens through which to create and/or critique global history. Can we meaningfully compare empires across time and space? How do we understand decolonization and the end of empire in historical terms? The course will be loosely chronological and we will explore the major empires of the modern world, including French, British, American, Russian, and Japanese cases.. In addition, we will pursue a number of thematic issues related to imperialism and colonialism that can be interdisciplinary and comparative in nature. Hess
AG509 China-The Global History of A Rising Power China’s rise as a global economic and military power continues to be one of the most important stories of the modern world. This course contextualizes China’s global aspirations through an examination of its history. China had long been one of the largest agrarian empires on earth, with regional and even global reach in various historical periods. Today, China has deployed this history in support of both a nationalistic domestic agenda, but also globally, as an effort to brand modern China as a kind of benevolent rising superpower. Topics we will cover will include China’s historical economic development, ‘The Great Divergence”, the history of regional interactions and building of a multi-ethnic empire, ethnic tension, exchanges (material, cultural, intellectual), interactions with Japan, pan-Asianism, imperialism and anti-imperialist nationalism, the Chinese diaspora, China’s role in the socialist world, China in Africa, Chinese cities as sites of globalization (or not), and the ongoing environmental, social and cultural consequences of state-capitalist expansion. Hess
AG510 Globalization and Popular Religion The overall objective of this course is to reexamine our perception of “religion” by placing it in a theoretical framework called “globalization.” The first half of the course addresses different roles religion plays in the globalized world as it promotes, enhances or resists the globalization process. In the second half, we will focus on the recent global spread of Pentecostalism in particular and examine how this popular religious movement is gaining its momentum because of/in spite of globalization. Murakami
AG512 Topics in Sociological Theory In the post World War II era market-based production of wealth has become global project encompassing all nation-states and their populations. The first iteration of this concept was “development” first expressed in the late 1940s and early 1950s through modernization theory. This was followed by dependency/world system theories in the 1960s and 1970s that were critical of the modernization theory approach to development. In the 1990s the concept of development came to be superseded by the concept of “globalization” that reflected a profoundly changed view of the market and wealth production in the world. In this course we examine the underlying assumptions of each concept/theories to understand how they define situations and modes of intervention by political and economic elites, and also give rise to counter-arguments, opposition and resistances. The course starts with foundational statements by Karl Marx, Max Weber, and others then moves to more recent and contemporary writings by sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, and political economists. Additionally, through the evaluation assignments you will learn how to critically evaluate social science writing. Wank
AG514 Approaches to Development This course examines the development and transformation of religion. What is the past, present, and future of religion? How does religion help constitute to global politics and society? Drawing on original essays and classic readings this course explores social scientific views on religion and its contribution to major global issues. The purpose of the course is to introduced broad debates regarding religion and global issues that will enable students to analyze, discuss, and make their own judgments about religion in the contemporary world. Wank
AG516 Global Migration International migration is of increasing significance to almost all countries in the world. Issues such as undocumented migration, immigrant integration, and multiculturalism, raise several concerns regarding immigration controls and policies of receiving states. On the other hand, sending states continue to export labour migrants as part of economic policy, where remittances make-up a big part of the country’s GDP, notwithstanding implications on migrant security and labour conditions and rights. Nevertheless, migration is gradually changing the face of the globe and at the same time, changes the migrants themselves. This course is a survey of current theories and contemporary debates on migration, focusing on selected cases from around the globe. While this course focuses on sociological and anthropological analyses of international migration, it also provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of this phenomenon. The course starts by looking at current trends in migration and introduces several theories and perspectives that are used to analyze and understand human mobility in the contemporary world. Next, various issues that have implications on both receiving and sending states will be taken up, along with several challenges that migrants and people on the move face regarding their identities, culture, families, and life-changing decisions. Moreover, this course entails in-depth discussions on human mobility and the power relations involved, looking at the dynamics of structure and agency and the interconnectedness of migratory processes to notions place and identity. As such, it serves as a useful tool for a critical examination of migration trends and issues in the contemporary world. Zulueta
AG518 Global Health This course is intended to provide an in-depth introduction to the major conceptual frameworks and empirical research examining social factors influencing population health status in the world. Of major importance will be the assessment of key social pathways linking social conditions with health outcomes, measured by mortality, physical and mental health status, and health-related quality of life. Sugawara
AG522 Quantitative Research Methods This course provides students with a basic background in quantitative research methods in social sciences. The basics of descriptive and inferential statistics will be covered. Sugawara