Global Studies Courses

AG524 Human Rights This course begins with an introduction to anthropology – students are required to analyze and present two texts related to this. Then we move into 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. 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. Prerequisites: This course is designed for students who have taken or are currently taking Introduction to Global Studies. Other students must have a solid background in the social sciences and should consult with the professor before enrolling for this course. 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 is concerned with the theory and practice of international development. We will study the evolution of the project of development from its launched as a post-World War II initiative to its characteristics under the current era of economic globalization and liberalization, including backlashes against the forms this project has taken. Each phase of development has been marked by intense theoretical and practical debate, from the certainties of modernization theory, the explanatory perspectives of dependency theory to more current critiques of anti-development and anti-globalization theorists. In this course, we will examine the intellectual and practical foundations of these debates. To do so, we will link development theories to the material practice of development. Ito
AG532 Media and Politics 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 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