INST 101 Fall 2014 Is the World Flat? An Introduction to International Studies

The economic, technological, political and cultural processes that have been gathered together under the term 'globalization' have been championed by many as the inevitable face of the future of the world. Some have eloquently questioned the overlooked inequalities that arise from these processes, while still others have questioned the inevitability of the processes that the term signals. This course will approach these issues with five sustained case studies that will attend especially to the areas of international trade in cotton and textiles, economic development strategies in microfinance, global health focusing on controlling tuberculosis, democracy promotion with a focus on corruption and ethnic conflict and finally the ideology of intervention in the name of human rights. We will conclude then with a critical examination of the notion of 'globalization' as an economic, political, and cultural phenomenon as a way of thinking about the shape of the world in the coming decades.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on three 3- to 5-page response papers, an oral presentation and one final 8- to 10-page paper
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preference: first-year students
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 30
Expected Enrollment: 30
Class Number: 1831
INST 101 - 01 (F) LEC Is the World Flat? Intro IntSt Division 2: Social Studies William R. Darrow
MWF 10:00 AM-10:50 AM Griffin 5 1831
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