Global Studies Program


Courses of Study

GS111f    Indigenous Rights in the Global Perspective This course will explore aspects of the 2022-23 theme for the Oak Institute which is Indigenous Rights. Indigenous people and communities reside in every corner of the world, maintaining their livelihood, traditions, and culture on their ancestral lands. Colonialism and the formation of modern nation-state borders have created mass human rights violations for indigenous peoples and made cultural survival increasingly difficult. Human rights abuses towards indigenous communities are extremely prevalent. The activist's work will focus on exposing violations such as forced assimilation, systemic racism, criminalization of protest, disappearance of Indigenous rights defenders, ecological exploitation, militarization of Indigenous lands. Nongraded. One credit hour. Cook, Dionne, Ixchiu Hernandez, Miller
GS113f    Indigenous Rights: A Reading Group A Reading Group sponsored by the Oak Institute for Human Rights, whose primary mission is to host a human rights advocate and practitioner every fall in association with an annual theme. In preparation for the 2022-2023 theme on Indigenous Rights, we will come together as a group once a week to discuss what we have read. Various faculty and writers from different fields and disciplines will be leading each session. Nongraded. One credit hour. Cook, Dionne, Fallaw, Jacobson, Miller, Wesner
GS121j    Costa Rica: Language and Engaged Learning Improve your Spanish, stay with families in 3 different regions (Heredia/San Jose, Monteverde Cloud Forest, and Playa Flamingo and engage in service opportunities at three different Costa Rican NGOs. Optional third credit requiring submittal of a research project to one of the three organizations. Two or three credit hours. Franko
[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.
[GS211J]    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. Three credit hours. W2.
GS214f    Economic Policy and Performance in Contemporary Latin America Listed as Economics 214. Four credit hours. W2, I. Franko
[GS226]    Arab Spring The Middle East, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula witnessed a series of revolutions that began in December of 2010. These revolts were long expected by observers of the region, yet paradoxically came as a surprise. This course will explore the reasons for this surprise, the wide range of explanations that scholars have proposed for the revolts, why the revolts happened in some countries but not others and, where they did occur, why some resulted in political reform and others in renewed authoritarian rule. The role of outside powers, such as the United States and Russia, as well as the crossborder intraregional dynamics, will be explored as well. Finally the course will explore the experiences of the participants as expressed in personal narratives, art and literature. Four credit hours. S, I.
[GS227]    Visual Ways of Knowing: Transcultural Documentary Filmmaking Teaches audio and video recording methods, research practice, documentary filmmaking ethics, and video editing. Special emphasis is placed on learning to understand, collaborate, and tell documentary stories across a variety of socioeconomic and cultural differences. Students will produce audio, video, and text contributions to an online interactive documentary that shares the stories of the Movement for Black Lives (broadly construed) in Maine. Requires significant student initiative including full attendance at the Camden International Film Festival. Humanities lab course. Four credit hours.
GS245s    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. Yoder
[GS245J]    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.
GS251f    Global Displacement 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. Boundaries and Margins humanities theme course. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112. Four credit hours. S, I. El-Shaarawi
[GS252]    Language, Culture, Discourse Listed as Anthropology 252. Four credit hours.
[GS253]    Cultural Perspectives on Global Economies Listed as Anthropology 253. Four credit hours. W2.
GS255s    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.
[GS278]    United States and the Middle East Listed as GO278. Four credit hours.
[GS2XXA]    Division and Unity: European Politics through Film Three credit hours.
[GS303]    Topics in Global Affairs Affords the Colby community an opportunity to interact with a combination of outside speakers and Colby faculty on a range of topics relevant to global studies, from climate change and food and water security to human rights and gender equality, to International health and cybersecurity as well as the more traditional security issues raised by shifts in the interstate arena. Two credit hours.
[GS316]    African World-Making: Religion and Social Change in ContemporaryAfrica 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.
GS344f    Post-Communist Transformations Listed as Government 344. Four credit hours. Yoder
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
GS354s    The European Union Listed as Government 354. Four credit hours. Yoder
GS3XXAs    Decolonizing Europe Four credit hours. Razsa
[GS451]    Decolonizing Europe Whether continent or idea, Europe dominates political, cultural, and intellectual hierarchies. What can we learn from the most perceptive critics of Europe, often from the very communities whose material and symbolic exclusion was central to the formation of Europe? How do those racialized and colonized by Europe challenge Europeans' amnesia about colonialism and racial capitalism? How do Muslim diasporas across Western Europe-and Muslim peoples in the Balkans-expose the Islamophobic foundations of European identity? How do queer women of color in Berlin or Paris challenge heteronormative ideas of belonging? How do Romani and anti-nationalist activists interrogate the nature of the state's colonial power? Prerequisite: Anthropology 112 and junior or senior standing. Four credit hours.
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. El-Shaarawi
GS457s    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. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112 or other relevant experience, and permission of instructor. Four credit hours. S, I. Razsa
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