Global Studies, International Studies


Courses of Study

GS111f    Human Rights in Global Perspective Offered by the Oak Institute for Human Rights at Colby, an examination of digital story-telling to illuminate human rights issues in China. Co-instructed by Chinese filmmaker and 2017 Oak Fellow, Jinyan Zeng, and Professor Gail Carlson. We will explore many topics, including the roles of citizens and technology in ChinaŁs party-state; feminist, intellectual and labor activism; and the use of film to foster greater awareness of human rights violations. Students will also consider critically their own responsibility to engage in human rights activism and will create their own digital stories. May be taken for credit a total of four times. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Sophomore or higher standing. One credit hour. Carlson, Zeng
[GS211]    Human Rights and Social Justice in Global Perspective Human rights have become one of the primary frameworks for understanding justice and injustice globally. Drawing especially on anthropology, with its longstanding commitment to exploring the diversity of human experience, we first examine critically the contradictory consequences of this new human rights universalism. Moving beyond simplistic arguments of relativism and anti-relativism, we scrutinize human rights claims in the face of concrete contexts of cultural difference and inequality. Central to this course will be student participation in the selection of a front-line artist-activist as next year's Oak Human Rights Fellow on the theme "Film/Photography and Human Rights" Prerequisite: Anthropology 112. Three credit hours. W2.
GS214s    Economic Policy and Performance in Contemporary Latin America Listed as Economics 214. Four credit hours. I. Franko
[GS224]    Multimedia Storytelling in a Transnational World This humanities lab teaches audio and video recording methods, research practice, documentary filmmaking ethics, and multimedia and interactive storytelling conventions and platforms. Special emphasis is placed on learning to understand and collaborate across a variety of socioeconomic and cultural differences. Students will produce audio, video, and text contributions to an online interactive documentary that tells stories of the state's varied immigrant communities. Requires significant travel and student initiative. Part of the two-course cluster, Integrated Studies 224, "Global Maine." Four credit hours.
[GS245]    Memory and Politics This writing-intensive course invites students to consider how governments and other actors frame the past, for what purposes, and with what effects. The focus is on post-1945 Europe, however students are welcome to examine non-European cases in their own work. Through a variety of writing exercises, students will engage with discipline- and culture-specific debates about whether and how a society should address its past, particularly after periods of violence and authoritarian or totalitarian rule. Four credit hours. S, W2.
GS251f    Global Displacement: Understanding Refugees and Refugee Policy When people are forced to flee their homes because of persecution, what happens to them? What should happen? In our transnational world, cross-border conflict and displacement challenge our ideas about governance, identity, and justice. This course provides a framework to understand displacement in global perspective. We will trace the evolution of international refugee law and policy dealing with this growing population and consider the implications of displacement for individuals, communities, and states. Through case studies, we will also grapple with the social, cultural, political, and ethical challenges posed by refugee aid. Previously listed as Global Studies 297 (Fall 2016). Prerequisite: Anthropology 112. Four credit hours. S, I. El-Shaarawi
GS252s    Language in Culture and Society Listed as Anthropology 252. Four credit hours. Halvorson
GS253f    Goods, Gifts, and Globalizing Consumers Listed as Anthropology 253. Four credit hours. W2. Halvorson
GS255f    Global Health: Critical Perspectives on Health, Care, and Policy This writing-intensive course introduces students to central global issues of disease and disability and the interventions that aim to address them. We will discuss the central actors, institutions, and practices that make up the global health landscape. Using an interdisciplinary perspective, we will analyze the value systems and modes of knowledge production that underlie global health research, policy, and practice. Students will engage critically and creatively with topics such as the global burden of disease; the social determinants of health; health, development and human rights; post-disaster health; and global health policy and practice. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112. Four credit hours. S, W2. El-Shaarawi
[GS273]    Economics of Globalization Listed as Economics 273. Prerequisite: Economics 133 and 134. Four credit hours. W2.
GS316s    Religion and Social Change in Contemporary Africa Listed as Anthropology 316. Four credit hours. Halvorson
GS352f    Global Activism: From Socialist Internationalism to Today Is revolutionary change possible today? Explores the promises and failures of radical movements from the First International in 1864 to the "global uprisings" of recent years. Considers the historical genealogy of today's transnational movements and their complex relationships to the modern nation-state. To what extent do labor, anarchist, anticolonial, indigenous struggles, as well as the World Social Forum, Arab Spring, and Black Lives Matter, offer ways to understand the world today and to imagine alternative political futures? Strong emphasis on discussion and collaborative debate. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112. Four credit hours. S. Razsa
[GS437]    Media, Culture, and the Political Imagination Due largely to a recent surge of work by political filmmakers, 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]    Justice and Injustice in Global Europe Europe, as in centuries past, is formed by transnational flows of capital, migration, aid, and activism, as well as global and regional political and economic integration. We seek to understand contemporary Europe in light of these flows, with a particular focus on questions of inequality, exclusion, and violence. Includes close studies of Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, France, Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Topics include gender relations, state formation, migrant rights, financial crisis, humanitarian assistance, and radical protest, with careful analysis of the arguments made, methods deployed, and evidence presented by scholars of various disciplinary backgrounds. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112 and senior standing. Four credit hours.
GS455s    Intervention: The Ethics and Politics of Humanitarianism What does it mean to seek to relieve suffering on a global scale? How could such an impulse be political? Students will have the opportunity to critically analyze and understand humanitarian action in global perspective. We will investigate the principles and history of humanitarianism and consider their application on a global scale by a range of humanitarian actors, such as NGOs and states. We will investigate the politics and ethics of philanthropy, volunteerism, and humanitarian-military intervention and will discuss and debate the intersections and divergences between humanitarianism, human rights, and development. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112, an additional Anthropology course, and senior standing. Four credit hours. S. El-Shaarawi
GS483f    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 3.50 grade point average and permission of the advisory committee. Four credit hours. Faculty
[GS483J]    Honors in Global Studies Noncredit.
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
GS497f    Insurgent Mobilities Lab I: Migrants, Activists, the Balkan Route The dynamics of global migration—specifically, the tension between state and regional efforts to control migration and the efforts of migrants and activists to advocate for open borders and freedom of movement. Students join instructor's research team for an ongoing multi-sited project on the Balkan route that hundreds of thousands have traveled to seek a better life in Northern Europe. Students learn about the causes and consequences of the European migrant crisis and the ways that migrants and activists worked together to build the Balkan route despite restrictive European policies. Involves reading the latest research, analyzing primary data, and creating original research products. Fulfills anthropology's culture area requirement. Global lab. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112 or other relevant experience, and permission of instructor. Four credit hours. S, I. El-Shaarawi
GS498s    Insurgent Mobilities Lab II: Migrants, Activists, the Balkan Route The dynamics of global migration—specifically, the tension between state and regional efforts to control migration and the efforts of migrants and activists to advocate for open borders and freedom of movement. Students join instructor's research team for an ongoing multi-sited project on the Balkan route that hundreds of thousands have traveled to seek a better life in Northern Europe. Students learn about the causes and consequences of the European migrant crisis and the ways that migrants and activists worked together to build the Balkan route despite restrictive European policies. Fulfills anthropology's culture area requirement. A continuation of Insurgent Mobilities Lab I, but students need not have taken I to enroll in II. Fulfills anthropology's culture area requirement. Global lab. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112 or other relevant experience, and permission of instructor. Four credit hours. I. Razsa