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GS111f    Human Rights in Global Perspective      Offered by Colby's Oak Human Rights Fellows, an examination of displacement and internment associated with war, political repression, and social marginalization, with a special focus on the struggles of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar (Burma). What does it mean to be "stateless?" Do we have a basic human right to be citizens of some state? Why are the Rohingya in Myanmar so badly mistreated? Nongraded. Optional practicum for an additional credit. Prerequisite:  Sophomore or higher standing.     One credit hour.    AUNG, THAN
[GS211]    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.  
GS214s    Economic Policy and Performance in Contemporary Latin America      Listed as Economics 214. Prerequisite:  Economics 133 and 134.     Four credit hours.  I.    FRANKO
[GS243]    Politics of Subnational Culture and Identity in Europe      Listed as Government 243.     Three credit hours.  I.  
GS273f    Economics of Globalization      Listed as Economics 273. Prerequisite:  Economics 133 and 134.     Four credit hours.    FRANKO
GS297f    History of Southeast Asia: Crossroads of the World      Listed as History 297.     Four credit hours.  H.    BEEMER
GS352s    Transnational Social Movements: From Internationalism to Occupy      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, the World Social Forum, Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street offer ways to imagine alternative political futures? Assignments include written and oral modes of analysis. Strong emphasis on discussion and collaborative debate. Prerequisite:  Anthropology 112.     Four credit hours.  S.    RAZSA
GS402s    Global Studies Colloquium      Attendance at selected program colloquia and current event discussions during the spring semester; written reflections to be submitted. Optional for senior global studies majors. Prerequisite:  Senior standing in global studies.     One credit hour.    FRANKO
[GS435]    Seminar: Memory and Politics      Listed as Government 435.     Four credit hours.  
GS437f    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.    RAZSA
GS451s    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, and senior standing.     Four credit hours.    RAZSA
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