Current World Problems [CRN 17847]

Discipline: Political Science
Instructor: Opp
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1540
End: 1700
Field Work: Day 6 | March 23, 2020 | South Africa
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course introduces students to the politics of current global problems with a special emphasis on the countries along our journey on Semester at Sea. Although this course focuses on important problems that affect the world today, the course does more than just discuss current events. Through readings, in-class discussion debate, and in-depth case studies this course provides students with insights into the causes and trends that led to the problem under consideration as well as some possible solutions to that global problem. Over the course of the semester, we will examine issues of war, culture, development, environmental degradation, the rise of nationalism, human rights, and more. We will examine these topics through various perspectives and also consider ways that these topics affect your own life.

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 6
Date: March 23, 2020

Students will travel to nearby Langa Township to explore and experience poverty, inequality, and the lasting impacts of apartheid in S. Africa. Students will visit the local museum, have lunch in a township, and engage with community organizations through a service learning project. Ethical, economic, and public policy considerations will be discussed before and after the field class.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn about the impacts and lasting effects of apartheid on inequality in S. Africa
2. Explore a township and understand the challenges and opportunities there
3. Learn about local efforts to deal with poverty and inequality
4. Consider the ethical conditions of slum tourism (poverty porn) and the economic impacts of this type of activity