Global Issues

Buddhism and Taoism through Literature and Film

Instructor: 
Zhenjun Zhang
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course also counts as ASIA/LTRN/FILM 248 and fulfills the HU general education requirement

This course examines the essence of Buddhism and Taoism through exploring the rich, colorful, and fascinating religious world in Asian literature and film. Topics include Taoist fairytales, dream adventure, traveling in the netherworld, longevity practice, salvation, retribution, chan/zen, magical arts, as well as religious ideas in film and their relationship with modern society.

The Global Pacific: Power and Politics in Oceanic Worlds

Instructor: 
Adam Harr
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course also counts as ANTH 148 and fulfills the SS general education requirement.

From the islands of Hawai'i to the highlands of New Guinea, this course will survey the diverse ways in which people in Pacific societies have interpreted and responded to forces of modernization and globalization.

Globalize Your Mind!

Instructor: 
John Collins
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course also counts as GS 101 and fulfills the SS general education requirement

This seminar offers a crash course in understanding globalization: what it is, where it comes from, and how it is driving many of the social changes, political conflicts, and activist movements we see around us today. The course’s basic goal is to help students globalize their perspective and learn to ask critical questions about processes that connect the local and the global.

La France Contemporaine

Instructor: 
Roy Caldwell
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course counts as FR 202, fulfills the LANG general education requirement, and also qualifies a student to become a candidate for the fall program in France

Mes chers amis, faisons ensemble un FYS en français! This FYS, conducted entirely in French, studies the institutions of contemporary France, and the values upon which these institutions are based.  Units covered in the course include: Paris and urban life; regions and provinces; languages; the European Union; the organization of the French state; political parties and elections; family and sexuality; work and free time; public assistance; religions; immigration; the system of education; and media.  We will read newspapers throughout the course, as well

Hispanic Cultural Studies

Instructor: 
Marina Llorente
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course counts as SPAN 202, fulfills the LANG general education requirement, and qualifies a student to become a candidate for the fall program in Spain

¡Bienvenidos! Si quieres aprender sobre cine, música, literatura y cultura popular en los países hispanos éste es tu seminario! This is a course taught in Spanish with the aim of acquainting students with contemporary Hispanic cultures through the analysis of literary texts, films, advertisements and other materials drawn from Spain, Hispanic America and the Latino community in the United States. This course includes oral presentations and a research project on a cultural topic.

Global Perspectives on Contemporary Moral Problems (CBL)

Instructor: 
Jennifer Hansen
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. (CBL: Community Service Required)
Also Counts: 
This course also fulfills the HU general education requirement

This course is intended to introduce you to the study of philosophy by learning how to critically reflect and evaluate global moral problems, such as: human rights, cloning, abortion, environmental sustainability, racism and ethnic discrimination, biotechnologies, hunger, and war. Each of these issues will be examined from a variety of global perspectives and moral theories.  Among the many questions we will examine this semester are: How do we resolve ethical dilemmas in a global context?

Issues in Immigration Policy

Instructor: 
Cynthia Bansak
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course also fulfills the SS general education requirement

This seminar helps students develop the economic tools needed to examine the impact of immigration and immigration policies over the past century.

Canadian Environmentalism

Instructor: 
Neil Forkey
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course also counts as CNS 147A and fulfills the SS general education requirement

Wealth vs. resource exploitation, development vs. sustainability, wilderness and Aboriginal land claims vs.

Confronting Islamist Terror

Instructor: 
J.J. Jockel
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 10:10-11:40 a.m. and Wednesday 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course also fulfills the SS general education requirement

This seminar will examine how the United States, its allies, and its friends are confronting Islamist terror. The instructor will himself pick the first two books to be read and then will select a number of other books and readings in consultation with the students.

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