New INTL Spring Courses
New INTL Courses offered this Spring 2013
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This course will introduce students to the debate surrounding economic globalization. Following a brief introduction that surveys recent changes in the global economy, the course will investigate several issues under the headings of the status of workers, the debate surrounding world trade, and protection of the global environment. Questions to be addressed include: how has the globalization of production affected the prosperity of workers in developed and developing countries? How have women and children been affected by economic globalization? Who benefits, and who loses, from free trade, and is free trade the optimal policy under present global conditions? And what are the connections between trade policy and environmental protection, if any? In each case, we will encounter contending theoretical and policy perspectives. Students will be encouraged to investigate these debates critically. By the end of the course, students should understand well the complex problems posed by global economic integration.
This new course explores the dynamic interplay between culture (understood as human creativity in the realms of values and actions) and globalization (understood as visions of and activities related to large-scale socio-economic change – both planned and spontaneous). The course offers students an in-depth analysis of cultural interaction within an increasingly integrated world. Students will read and discuss influential scholarship in this important realm (classic and contemporary contributions) and will develop important insights into the way people around the world use culture to understand and engage the complex processes of globalization and how globalization affects cultural life.
This course provides an overview of contemporary issues and challenges in what can be broadly construed as the field of global reproductive health and counts as an elective toward the INTL professional concentration in Global Health. The class will examine how population planning, fertility interventions, and maternal health programs have been used as part of (neo) colonial discourse and international development practice to constrain specific bodies, restrict specific practices and control specific populations. Throughout the course, we will attend to how histories of power and dynamics of control shape reproductive inequalities in contemporary cross-cultural contexts.