Global Studies


Courses of Study

GS111f    Human Rights in Global Perspective An examination of the intersection of water and human rights. Co-instructed by Moroccan anthropologist, activist, and 2018 Oak Fellow, Jamila Bargach. We will explore many aspects of human rights in relation to water, including economic rights, indigenous rights, rights to security, rights to a clean environment, and gender equity. Students will also consider the different ways to address water and human rights issues through an exploration of policy, advocacy, and technology. May be taken for credit a total of three times. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Sophomore or higher standing. One credit hour. Bargach, Carlson
[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. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112. Four credit hours. W2.
[GS214]    Economic Policy and Performance in Contemporary Latin America Listed as Economics 214. Four credit hours. I.
[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. Three credit hours. S, W2.
GS245Jj    Memory and Politics This off-campus 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, with special attention to Austria. Through a variety of writing exercises, students will engage with social science and Austria-specific debates about whether and how a society should address its past, particularly after periods of violence and authoritarian or totalitarian rule. This JanPLan in Salzburg, Austria features excursions, including to Vienna. Three credit hours. S, W2. Yoder
[GS251]    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.
GS252s    Language, Culture, Discourse Examines language as a form of social action. Through a variety of cultural and historical examples, ranging from linguistic nationalism in Singapore to Anglo-American middle-class ideologies of language use, the course introduces students to the structural diversity and cultural politics of language. Topics include the relationship of language and race, gender, and class; code-switching; linguistic nationalism; and language socialization. Students will apply conceptual tools from linguistic anthropology to develop a research project on a relevant topic of their choosing. Previously listed as Anthropology 252. Previously listed as Anthropology 252. Prerequisite: Anthroplogy 112. Four credit hours. Halvorson
GS253f    Cultural Perspectives on Global Economies Explores the global cultural diversity and social embeddedness of economic practice. Students gain analytical tools to critically examine global capitalism, consumption/consumerism, markets and their myriad social dimensions through a focus on transactions, exchange, social obligation, class distinction, and labor activities. In-depth case studies apply these insights to debates on topics such as debt, economic inequality, class, and the limits of commodification. Readings, films, and other materials highlight the rich diversity of anthropological perspectives on economic practice, from ethnographies of Wall Street to Malaysian factory work to middle-class formation in Nepal. Previously listed as Anthropology 253. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112. Four credit hours. W2. Halvorson
[GS255]    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.
[GS273]    Economics of Globalization Listed as Economics 273. Prerequisite: Economics 133 and 134. Four credit hours. W2.
GS298As    Religious Violence Are there 'proper' or 'improper' practices of religion? Is it at best a matter of private belief, to be kept separate from or protected by the state, or is it something that at times requires the state's intervention? Does religion represent the last vestiges of the premodern world, or is it something that is integral to modern life? To answer these questions, we will call on anthropologists and other social scientists and theorists to understand, first, what is "religion," and then what is, can be, or should be its relationship to the modern state in various historical and geographical locations. Four credit hours. W2. Maidhof
GS298Bs    The Bourgeoisie Examines the middle class as both an economic and social category, as it has been historically constituted and contested over the last two centuries, and how it has changed with the emergence of the new "global middle classes." Beginning with Marx and Marxists on the position of the bourgeoisie in relation to the proletariat in class struggle, we will continue to consider how middle-class-ness emerges as an important identity category, structuring not only relations of production and consumption, but also political and social attitudes and practices worldwide. Four credit hours. Maidhof
GS316s    Religion and Social Change in Contemporary Africa Participants will build awareness of the religious diversity of contemporary African societies using selected studies from Madagascar, Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique, and other sites. Students will learn to identify the relationship of African religions with diverse, transforming views on biomedicine and healing, urbanization, gender relations, modern subjectivities, development and humanitarianism, and the colonial legacy. Ongoing written and oral discussion will enable students to gain facility with key theoretical models to analyze the role of African religions in dynamic processes of political, economic, and cultural transformation. Previously listed as Anthropology 316. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112 and junior or senior standing. Four credit hours. Halvorson
[GS352]    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.
GS397f    Colonialism, Post-Colonialism, Settler Colonialism We live in a postcolonial world-or is it a colonial one? Is colonialism ever really over? In this course, we will read historical, anthropological, and theoretical texts on colonialism from the Spanish Conquest in Latin America to ongoing settler expansion in Palestine. Although the history of colonialism and settler colonialism is massive, students will have the opportunity to explore their own interests through a research project on a colonial context of their choosing. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112. Four credit hours. Maidhof
GS455f    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. Halvorson
[GS457]    Insurgent Mobility Lab: Migrants, Activists, the Balkan Route Studies 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. Global lab. Previously listed as Global Studies 497 (Fall 2017). Prerequisite: Anthropology 112 or other relevant experience, and permission of instructor. Four credit hours. S, I.
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. Two to 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
GS498s    Theories of the State What is the state? Is it something that can be "smashed"? In this seminar, we will explore the state through theoretical and ethnographic texts in order to better understand how the state takes shape in everyday lives, and what that means in terms of contemporary leftwing political agendas. Four credit hours. Maidhof