About GRS 1500 A

An interdisciplinary introduction to the social, political, economic, natural, and cultural dimensions of globalization and transnational interdependencies.


Open to degree and PACE students

Section Description

This course is designed as an introduction to the broad, multidisciplinary field of Global Studies. The course introduces both globalization as a new and transformational phenomenon, as well as global studies as a creative approach to the study of our globalized world. We will examine the multiple ways different disciplines have theorized and studied globalization and global processes and introduce the transdisciplinary ways of posing questions and conducting research about complex and multidimensional issues. To accomplish this goal we will focus on various theoretical approaches to global studies, research questions and methods in global studies, and specific issues such as the changing nature of international security, the challenges of terrorism and issues of human security, the globalized world economy, global and local cultures, and the impact of globalization on gender relations, sexual inequality, and environmental justice. Throughout the course two enduring human needs will be serve to guide our approach and investigation: ecological issues and food, will serve as central pivots to our analyses. Together we will develop cross-border and holistic perspectives on global interconnections and interdependencies in a way that will aid students in developing an appreciation of how globalization processes affect and express themselves in particular regions and localities.

Section Expectation

Students are expected to keep up on weekly reading assignments, homework, online assignments on black board, and other class work. Students should spend approximately 7-9 hours per week, including class time, on this course.


The course grade assessments will consist of weekly low-stake quizzes, two written assignments (a case study report and paper), and two exams.

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