GLIS 101N: Globalization
Days Taught:TuTh (3:05pm-4:20pm)
This course provides a broad introduction to the topic of global studies. This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements. This interdisciplinary course explores how people and nations confront the phenomenon of globalization, presenting different perspectives for studying and making sense of the world. Students are exposed to a variety of analytical approaches from the arts, humanities and social sciences to allow them to see how different perspectives portray the world, interpret events, and often shape human actions. The course begins from a humanities perspective, exploring the concept of social identity, in particular understanding how people in different cultures develop a sense of their identity and how this is perpetuated over time through a society's products, practices, and perspectives (e.g. artifacts, value systems, traditions). The focus then shifts to organizations in society, comparing how they operate with either national or global identities. This leads to an exploration of how information and communication technologies are tools to create both global connectivity, yet can also be a source of division. Globalization is then considered in terms of its impact on the natural environment, populations, and health. Challenges arising in each of these areas are the concern of all global citizens, and are explored in terms of how interdependencies are increasing their impact. The focus of the course progresses to gender, poverty, and human rights, exploring these in tandem with their literary representations, presented in both global and comparative contexts. Economic development models are also used to uncover trends in gender and poverty. The final focus is on global peace and conflict, highlighting how globalization, in bringing people and nations closer together, can also give rise to conflict and division. This course is one of two 100-level courses that are required for the GLIS major. While this course focuses on a general introduction to global studies as a field of study, GLIS 102N complements the topics raised here, exploring many from a range of different perspectives to prepare students for choosing their options through the major.