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GS111f    Human Rights in Global Perspective      Offered by Colby's Oak Human Rights Fellow, an examination of the economic impoverishment and sociopolitical marginalization of entire groups of people, with a specific focus on the Dalit (untouchables) in India. Why and how does this happen? What are poor, marginalized groups such as the Dalit doing to reclaim their human rights? Nongraded. Optional practicum for an additional credit. Prerequisite:  Sophomore or higher standing.     One credit hour.    NATESAN
GS211j    Human Rights and Social Struggles in Global Perspective      Human rights have become one of the primary frameworks for understanding justice and injustice in the world today. Anthropology, however, with its longstanding commitments to exploring diversity and highlighting social inequalities, has often been uneasy with the universalism of human rights advocacy. A critical examination of such issues as relativism, women's and indigenous rights, and genocide. Involves a significant service learning component centered on the Oak Human Rights Fellowship. Students research candidates, develop reports, compare candidates, and nominate finalists to the selection committee. Assignments include written and oral modes of analysis. Strong emphasis on discussion and collaborative debate. Prerequisite:  Anthropology 112 and sophomore or higher standing.     Three credit hours.    FRIEDERIC
GS214s    Economic Policy and Performance in Contemporary Latin America      Listed as Economics 214. Prerequisite:  Economics 133 and 134.     Four credit hours.  I.    FRANKO
[GS235]    International Environmental Human Rights      Listed as Environmental Studies 235.     Four credit hours.  S, I.  
GS243j    Politics of Subnational Culture and Identity in Europe      Listed as Government 243.     Three credit hours.  I.    YODER
GS273f    Economics of Globalization      Listed as Economics 273. Prerequisite:  Economics 133 and 134.     Four credit hours.    FRANKO
GS297Jj    Environmental Issues in Latin America      Departing from the premise that ecological problems are always also social problems, examines some of Latin America's most pressing environmental issues and the vast range of proposed solutions from a social science (and, especially, anthropological) perspective. Each week we will focus on one particular environmental issue. Over the course of the term, we will critically analyze grassroots, market-based, governmental, and transnational responses to environmental problems, considering their underlying premises, the scales at which they operate, their sensitivity to key social and environmental factors, and their likely impacts. Prerequisite:  Anthropology 112, Environmental Studies 118, or a course on Latin America.     Three credit hours.    BURKE
GS298s    Health as a Human Right: Women's Global Health      Examines health issues and risks that women face around the world, such as maternal mortality, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, menopause, and abortion. Starting from the premise that women's health is shaped by global inequalities, including gender inequality and poverty, we study how power affects women's health and health care delivery. By comparing a diversity of health experiences across the globe, we interrogate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to improving global women's health, focusing primarily on the health-as-a-human-right framework.     Four credit hours.    FRIEDERIC
[GS352]    Internationalism: From Socialism to the World Social Forum      Since the founding of the International Workingmen's Association in 1864, social movements have established numerous transnational organizations. International solidarity has, nonetheless, often proven susceptible to national antagonisms, most famously in the trenches of World War I. Considers the historical genealogy of today's international movements and their complex relationships to the modern nation-state. Case studies may include labor, anarchist, anticolonial, and indigenous struggles, the World Social Forum, as well as transnational advocacy networks. Assignments include written and oral modes of analysis. Strong emphasis on discussion and collaborative debate. Previously listed as International Studies 397. Prerequisite:  Anthropology 112.     Four credit hours.  S.  
[GS435]    Seminar: Memory and Politics      Listed as Government 435. Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor.     Four credit hours.  
[GS437]    Media, Culture, and the Political Imagination      Due largely to a surge of work by political filmmakers—from Moore to Gore—documentary film has recently reentered theaters and the popular consciousness after decades of relative neglect. Drawing on literature from cinema studies, visual anthropology, political theory, and social history, we trace the political documentary tradition from its origins in the 1920s. We interrogate evolving notions of political community at different historical junctures and their relationship to formal, aesthetic, as well as collaborative innovation within the documentary tradition from colonialism to grassroots globalization. Assignments include written, oral, and visual modes of analysis; strong emphasis on discussion and collaborative debate. Prerequisite:  Anthropology 112 and senior standing.     Four credit hours.  
[GS451]    Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the State in Europe      Though the modern nation-state was unknown prior to the 18th century, it is now difficult to imagine life outside its framework of social and political organization. Critically reviews social scientific theories of ethnicity, nationalism, and the state. Examines dynamics of state formation, ethnic conflict, and nationalist revival in Europe. While drawing extensively on ethnographies, emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of the recent transformation of European politics through globalization, migration, and integration. Assignments include written and oral modes of analysis; strong emphasis on discussion and collaborative debate. Prerequisite:  Anthropology 112, one other course on Europe, senior standing, and permission of the instructor.     Four credit hours.  
GS483f, 484s    Honors in Global Studies      A year-long research project for senior majors, resulting in a written thesis to be publicly presented and defended. Prerequisite:  A 3.40 grade point average and permission of the advisory committee.     Four credit hours.    FACULTY
GS483Jj    Honors in Global Studies          Noncredit.    FRANKO
GS491f, 492s    Independent Study      An independent study project devoted to a topic chosen by the student with the approval of an advisor.     One to four credit hours.    FACULTY
GS498s    Violence, Development, and Social Justice      Examines development at its best and at its worst: as a path towards social justice and as a conduit for increased violence. Covers different anthropological approaches to development (at the level of both policy and grassroots implementation) and applies these frameworks to particular case studies. Focus is on the role of politics, culture, history, power, and social organization in shaping international development. Interrogates key concepts such as household, knowledge, community, empowerment and participation. Prerequisite:  Anthropology course on violence, development, and/or human rights.     Four credit hours.    FRIEDERIC