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Course descriptions

Global Studies 101(3-0-3)(F/S). (DLS) Introduction to Global Studies
This course introduces students to key cultural, economic, social and political processes that shape today’s world. Students will use the comparative method to identify key similarities and differences across continents, countries, and local communities.

Global Studies 200: (3-0-3)(F/S). Global Culture and Politics Through Film 
In this course, students explore cultures and political conflicts through the use of cinema. This course focuses on ideas and arguments that directors are making through their films. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

Global Studies 300: (3-0-3)(F/S).  World Literatures
Survey of literary works from various regions of the world with an emphasis on texts that will provide students a greater understanding of contemporary global issues. Students will analyze and compare the ways in which factors such
as race, religion, gender, history and politics influence diverse cultures. PREREQ: GLOBAL 200 or PERM/ INST.

Global Studies 301: (3-0-3)(F/S). History of Globalization
In this course, students will examine the origins of the globalized world. Early exploration, imperialism, the post-Second World War international order, and current manifestations of globalization will be discussed. Topics including trade, banking, international organizations, climate change, and population movement will be analyzed throughout. PREREQ: GLOBAL 200 or PERM/ INST.

Global Studies 302: (3-0-3)(F/S). Social and Political Change in the Global South
In this course students analyze the wide variation in governments, political regimes, and social development. Particular attention is paid to the constraints on and opportunities for political and social change. The course includes is a comparative analysis of countries within the Global South as well as comparison between the Global South and North. PREREQ: GLOBAL 200 or PERM/ INST.

GLOBAL 303 Global Economic Development (ECON 315)(3-0-3) (S)
Economic development within the context of the global economy. Analysis of the sharp differences in economic development across the world. Different theories and applied methods to better understand the world’s development problems such as growing inequality between nations and within nations, stagnation in developing countries, as well as the possible socioeconomic consequences of those problems. How political and economic institutions interact in creating poverty or prosperity, and why different parts of the world end up with different institutions. PREREQ: ECON 201.

Global Studies 304: Sustainable Futures: (3-0-3)(F/S)
In this course, students will explore the challenge of sustainable development in the context of global environmental change. Students will explore current efforts to combat the negative effects of global environmental change and consider alternative development options that could slow human-induced aspects of global environmental change. 
Students will consider ways in which global environmental change is experienced by diverse groups of people.  PREREQ: GLOBAL 200 or PERM/ INST.