Global Studies Courses

AG524 Human Rights This course begins with an introduction to basic practice and theory of human rights. Following this, we focus deeper into key topics related to health, violence and structural violence as they relate to human rights. All reading materials are provided on Moodle. It is your responsibility to read through these, locate the proper reading for the proper day, and come prepared to class. Attendance at EACH CLASS is required and missing a class could result in failing the course (you must have a solid reason for missing class). Attendance at ALL classes (including the first week) is thus a REQUIREMENT TO PASS THIS COURSE. Fahy
AG528 Qualitative Research Methods This course is a practical introduction to qualitative research methods used by sociologists and other professionals. The focus will be on interviewing and analysis of interview data. Farrer
AG530 Global Cities This course will be an introduction to urban sociology focusing on the ethnography of global cities. The first part of the course will be a general introduction to the idea of the global city. The subsequent sections will focus on specific topics in the study of global cities: migration, urban foodways, and urban sexual scenes. Farrer
AG531 Global Politics This course explores through a multi-disciplinary perspective the modernization process of the countryside first begun in Europe in the 1500s and subsequently in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. By the late twentieth century, the modern world order based on the contentious nation-state system and the capitalist mode of production was firmly established, incorporating peripheries and the countryside and reordering the relationship between nature and human beings. The multi-disciplinary exploration of this process provides us an alternative view of the modern world that the process through which the modern world order was established is by no means inevitable or complete. Therefore, our task in this course becomes evident—to critically examine how and why the modern world order has come to take the current shape. In other words, only through the critical analysis of agrarian change can we fully understand the complex nature of global challenges including climate change, hunger and poverty, inequality, and peace and conflict. Ito
AG532 Media and Politics **************** Not offered in 2018 ************** The news media are enormously powerful and have a strong role in all aspects of governance. Should journalists, who are not elected by the people, have this much power, and can they exercise it effectively? Or are news organisations inevitably compromised by their drive for profit? What is the impact of the tumultuous change sweeping the news media? Will traditional news survive? Should it? What is the nature of the media’s power: how fully and in what ways do the media shape public opinion, elections, debate, and policy? Are the media politically biased? How adept are political leaders at manipulating the media, and do their efforts undermine democracy? Do new communication technologies threaten the role of the traditional media? What can be learned from news coverage of the War on Terror, the war in Iraq, and the 2012 US presidential election? How does the media environment vary in different cultural contexts? Questions such as these will be addressed in this Burrett
AG534 Nature, Technoscience and Society This graduate seminar examines the cultural and political dimensions of human technology’s impact on the natural world, from the perspective of the humanities and the social sciences. Through readings in anthropology, environmental studies, and science-technology studies, we will examine the politics of scientific knowledge in the construction of nature, the role of nature ideology in the history of industrial capitalism, management of environmental and biological resources, and the ethical challenges of our technoscientific society. Seminar participation and completion of research projects are required. This class is two credits and repeatable. Watanabe
AG535 Diplomatic History History is an essential tool to understand the world. However, it is much more than a tool, since its study gives the temporal deepness that every leader of citizen should include in ones reflection on the world. We will try, in this course, not to limit our study on diplomatic matters, but include every topic that will help us to understand the international relations during the 20th century, the century where occurred of the biggest cataclysms of human history. The two world wars, Russian Revolution, the Great Depression, Fascism, Cold War, Decolonization will be the main events that will punctuate this course. Michelin
AG536 The Anthropological Imagination *************** Not offered in 2018 *************** This seminar will explore contemporary culture through the lens of anthropology, focusing on questions of language, exchange, and power. We will focus on classic social theory necessary for understanding contemporary anthropology, while bearing in mind social issues we face today in our globalizing world. We will complement our theoretical forays with fieldwork research assignments and readings of major ethnographies, both classic and current. Background in anthropology is preferred but not a prerequisite. Seminar participation and completion of research projects are required. This course is two credits and repeatable. Watanabe
AG538 International Relations Theory This course introduces students to international relations theory, taking the security of the Asia-Pacific region as our case study. The focus is on conventional issues of national security. The purpose of this course is twofold. One is to provide students with an advanced level introduction to theories of international relations, as they pertain to conventional security issues. The other is to introduce students to the study of security in the Asia-Pacific region. Anno
AG541 Sovereignty, Nationhood, Liberalism Sovereignty and nationhood have together defined the political framework of the modern world. But this framework is in tension with (at least certain strands of) liberalism, which is the dominant political, economic, and social theory of the modern era. Is liberalism compatible with sovereignty and nationhood? How should we think about the apparent disjuncture between the political framework and the theory of modern politics? What is sovereignty? What is nationhood? How should we think about the relationship between the individual and the (nation-)state? This is a seminar course which examines these issues from a theoretical viewpoint. We will read and discuss literature from political theory, international relations, sociology, and social psychology pertinent to the subject. Anno