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GS111f    Human Rights in Global Perspective      Offered by Colby's Oak Human Rights Fellow, an examination of the struggle for peace and justice in South Africa with close attention to the violence that kills many young men and the patriarchy that subjugates young women. How did the Truth and Reconciliation work in South Africa, and more recently in Sierra Leone. How are communities coping with youth violence? What are they doing about "ukuthwala" (abductions for forced marriage)? Nongraded. Optional practicum for an additional credit. Prerequisite:  Sophomore or higher standing.     One credit hour.    NHLENGETWA
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.    FAN
[GS214]    Economic Policy and Performance in Contemporary Latin America      Listed as Economics 214. Prerequisite:  Economics 133 and 134.     Four credit hours.  I.  
[GS243]    Politics of Subnational Culture and Identity in Europe      Listed as Government 243.     Three credit hours.  I.  
GS273s    Economics of Globalization      Listed as Economics 273. Prerequisite:  Economics 133 and 134.     Four credit hours.    LEE
GS297f    Global Health and Human Rights      Explores how human rights discourse is mobilized in medical humanitarian interventions across different ethnographic contexts. Students will interrogate how this discourse is invoked, the intended and unintended outcomes emerging from such interventions, and the politics and ethics that undergird their deployment. We will examine how to understand health as a human right and how to reconcile intersecting discourses that call these rights into question. Focus will be on disentangling the ethics, politics, institutions, and practices that constitute medical humanitarianism, and the implications for claiming human rights. Prerequisite:  Anthropology 112.     Four credit hours.    FAN
[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.  
GS397f    Global Humanitarianism      Listed as Anthropology 397.     Four credit hours.    HALVORSON
GS435s    Seminar: Memory and Politics      Listed as Government 435.     Four credit hours.    YODER
[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.    YODER
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    Non-Governmental Organizations in the Global Arena      The proliferation of non-governmental organizations around the world has inspired new ways of thinking about the relationship between the state, citizenry, associations, and globalization. The increasing presence of NGOs, especially in certain sectors (global health, humanitarianism, development) has enabled new linkages to be forged across multiple scales (individual, state, nation, development). We will turn our attention to exploring the specific practices that NGOs enact, how and in what contexts these acts are mobilized, and the power relations implicit in these interactions, focusing on deconstructing the people, practices, and values that constitute NGOs. Prerequisite:  A 200-level anthropology course.     Four credit hours.    FAN