Global Studies – Required Core Course [CRN 27332]

Discipline: International Education
Instructor: Taylor
Credits: 3

Start: 09:30
End: 10:30
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Traditional and changing institutions, systems, values and identities in selected cultures will be explored from global and interdisciplinary perspectives using an integrated approach.  Forces of globalization will be identified and the wide-ranging effects of globalization on cultures will be discussed. The complexity of development issues will be examined in the context of specific regional issues.  Students will learn about diverse cultural expressions and will be challenged to examine how elements of culture are perceived, portrayed, and experienced from multiple points of view.  Students will be asked to articulate their own points of view and identify the factors influencing their interpretations.

Students will analyze and explore these themes of globalization through the lens of a variety of travelers as well as through their own travel experiences.  Travelers are and have always been key actors and interpreters of cross-cultural exchanges.  Who travels and how they travel tell us much about the technical, geopolitical and cultural contexts of the day.   Understanding how travelers write about and report on their journeys is essential if we are to investigate how the evolution and challenges of modern globalization is played out in the world today.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. Compare and integrate knowledge of the peoples, cultures, and geography in the selected regions covered in the course.
  2. Compare global variations in artistic, humanistic, and religious expressions.
  3. Critically assess the forces of globalization on institutions, systems, values, and identities and the adaptations of local cultures.
  4. Describe global and regional development issues.
  5. Analyze the diverse ways in which institutions, systems, values, and identities are interpreted and experienced.
  6. Identify nuances of intercultural interactions on multiple levels.
  7. Evaluate how travelers reflect and shape cross-cultural communications and exchanges.

Core Content: 

·       Interdisciplinary perspectives on peoples, cultures, and geography in selected regions of the world
·       Tradition and change: Artistic, humanistic, and religious expressions
·       Forces of globalization and wide-ranging effects on cultures
·       Development challenges and the complexity of global and regional development issues
·       The challenges of thinking globally

·       Global communications, information sources, and the new media

·       Diversity in world views, perspectives, and experiences

·       Elements of culture and how they are perceived, portrayed, and experienced from diverse points of view

·       The role of global citizens


Juergensmeyer, M.  (2014). Thinking globally:  A global studies reader.  University of California

Press:  Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA

A Traveler’s Reader will be required and available electronically.