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GLBL/INTL Course Descriptions

Course Title Description Syllabus Notes
INTL/GLBL 101 Introduction to International Issues Survey of major political, economic, and cultural themes in international studies through in-class debates on key contemporary issues. Summer 2020
INTL/GLBL 199 Global Sports and Politics Since the beginning of the twentieth century, international sports have been used as diplomatic tools by state actors, platforms for democracy promotion, nationalism, and identity politics, and as branding opportunities for international corporations and international organizations. The current state of international sport provides fertile ground for exploring the dynamic interplay between nationalism, ethnicity, race, gender, development, and the forces of globalization, while also asking us to engage how sports and sports culture operate within the United States. Summer 2020
INTL/GLBL 199 Globalization and the Global Economy The 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. Spring 2020
INTL/GLBL 199 Wellbeing This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to human wellbeing. We will take a thematic approach to analyze the factors that impact wellbeing, focusing on health, education, and the environment. Winter 2020
INTL/GLBL 240 Perspectives on International Development Introduction to major ideologies, theories, historical processes, and contemporary challenges in international development. Fall 2018
INTL/GLBL 250 Value Systems in Cross-Cultural Perspective Introduction to value systems of various cultures, focusing on how values relate to religion, forms of social organization, group affiliation, and patterns of conflict resolution Winter 2020
INTL/GLBL 260 Culture, Capitalism, and Globalization Cultural and historical perspectives on the development of capitalism as a way of life and its relationship to contemporary global issues and imbalances. Fall 2016
INTL/GLBL 280 Global Environmental Issues Examines root causes of environmental problems at local, regional, national, and global scales. Critically compares approaches to addressing international environmental challenges. Fall 2019
INTL/GLBL 323 Islam & Global Forces Addresses interactions between global forces and processes in historical and modern Muslim societies and the salience of Islam in contemporary global arenas.  Fall 2015 Offered alternate years
INTL/GLBL 340 Global Health & Development Introduction to major issues in global health, their causes and possible solutions, with a focus on the poor in developing countries. Winter 2020
INTL/GLBL 345 Africa Today This course is designed to help you develop an informed perspective on how contemporary people on the African continent negotiate an important set of current challenges and opportunities.  The class is conceived as a complement to more traditional “survey” type courses on Africa.  Thus, rather than casting a wide net to cover a broad array of topics and contexts, we will engage a few, particularly significant case studies.  However, the cases we explore certainly have broader resonance across the continent and – for that matter – across the globe. Fall 2018
INTL/GLBL 360 International Cooperation & Conflict Utilizes case studies and selected themes to examine the root causes, stakeholder perspectives, and attempts to resolve international conflicts. Winter 2016 Requires INTL 101 as a Pre-Requisite
INTL/GLBL 370 International Human Rights Survey course on human rights, which examines diverse perspectives on the concept, practice and implementation of human rights and human rights regimes. Winter 2017
INTL/GLBL 399 Education & Development This course will introduce students to the foundational ideas in the field of international and comparative education, and help build a theoretical toolkit of the major approaches scholars utilize when analyzing education from a global perspective. Winter 2020
Development & Social Change: Europe Looks at an array of conceptual approaches to the study of European development and social change and examines the diversity of developmental processes underway in the various regions of Europe over the course of the post-war period Spring 2015
INTL/GLBL 407/507 Culture & Development Explores the dynamic interplay between culture (understood as human creativity in the realms of values and actions) and development (understood as visions of and activities related to large-scale socio-economic change – both planned and spontaneous); it offers an in-depth analysis of cultural interaction within an increasingly integrated world. Winter 2019
Innovative Alternatives in a Globalizing World Students often tell me they wish that courses were more about solutions, about positive stories, about alternative forms of living that will safeguard the planet and improve peoples livelihoods. This course is meant to heed such requests by systematically reviewing a number of alternative approaches to environment and development. We’ll do this in a way that does not naively accept “alternatives,” but which critically analyzes them in their social and historical context. Winter 2020
Global Cultures I: Experimental Learning This intensive project-based course provides students a framework to synthesize an immersive remote intercultural experience. Students will work individually or in groups to produce a final synthetic product that represents their research and immersion in the geographic area of their choosing.This zero-week course is being offered in lieu of traditional study abroad or internship offerings given the current limitations with travel and social contacts related to the coronavirus pandemic. Summer 2020
Global Cultures II: Experimental Learning This intensive project-based course provides students a framework to synthesize an immersive remote intercultural experience. Students will work individually or in groups to produce a final synthetic product that represents their research and immersion in the geographic area of their choosing.This zero-week course is being offered in lieu of traditional study abroad or internship offerings given the current limitations with travel and social contacts related to the coronavirus pandemic. Summer 2020
Sustainability Movements Around the World A survey of some of the most inspirational environmental movements of our time around the globe. Students will produce a service-learning paper or project in which they will do something that makes a positive contribution to humanity and simultaneously enriches educational pursuits. Winter 2020
Ecology & Health This course will examine the social and ecological dimensions of human health. The seminar will be useful for students in a wide range of fields including anthropology, geography, sociology, ecology, and natural resources and conservation. Topics to be covered in the course include health and environment interactions; bodies and health; climate change, and environmental justice. Course expectations include intensive reading, in-class discussions, and the completion of a research paper of individual interest. Winter 2019
Global Perspectives on Disability Through class readings and discussions, students will use a human rights paradigm to examine issues facing people with disabilities, including women and girls with disabilities, throughout the world. Cross-disability, cross-cultural topics and viewpoints on disability will include:Through class readings and discussions, students will use a human rights paradigm to examine issues facing people with disabilities, including women and girls with disabilities, throughout the world. Winter 2019 2.00 Credits
Global Story of Race INTL 410/510: The Global Story of Race Course Description: There is no such thing as biological human race. So how did race become such a salient social category? And why does it persist? Working from a historical, biological, and anthropological perspective, this course first explains how race came to be a key principle of social organization in various global locations, including the USA, India, and Brazil. Then it explores why the concept of race is biologically invalid. It finishes with a critical look at present-day social implications of misapprehensions about human variation, with a focus on structural racism. Winter 2020
Transnational Migration This course will draw on will social science theory – namely,
theories about nation-states, migration, citizenship, and “illegality” – and close reading of ethnographic case studies from the assigned books and additional course readings (academic articles and book chapters, as well as non-academic policy papers and reports). Class assignments and activities will be designed to further engage students in readings and their application to contemporary migration issues both globally and locally.
Winter 2020
INTL/GLBL 420/520 International Community Development Introduction to communitarian theory and grass-roots development practices. Comparison across North-South divide of efforts to alleviate poverty, promote sustainability, and ensure mobilization and cohesion. Winter 2016 NOTE: No longer requires INTL/GLBL 240 as a Pre-Requisite – email to request restriction override if INTL/GLBL 240 not completed prior.
INTL/GLBL 421/521 Gender and International Development Analysis of the changing roles, opportunities, and expectations of third-world women as their societies undergo social upheavals associated with the problematic effects of development. Spring 2020 Requires INTL 240 as a Pre-Requisite
INTL/GLBL 422/522 Aid to Developing Countries Examines the history and current dynamics of international bilateral and multilateral development assistance, the possibilities and constraints of aid, and other related issues Spring 2019 Requires INTL 240 as a Pre-Requisite
INTL/GLBL 423/523 Development and the Muslim World Introduction to discourse on current development in various Muslim societies. Focuses on North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Winter 2017
INTL/GLBL 424/524 UN humanitarian intervention in violent conflict The purpose of this course is to expose students to the theory and practice of humanitarian aid, peace-building, and development as it takes place during or after violent conflict. It focuses on the work of international organizations (including international NGOs, multi-lateral organizations such as the United Nations, human rights groups and others) working in conflict-affected areas or on issues of conflict. Fall 2018
INTL/GLBL 425/525 Global Food Security Explore the global food system and analyze the politics, science and economic choices that play important roles in the current system while addressing both the advantages and unsustainable aspects and considering alternatives to current practices Winter 2019
INTL/GLBL 431/531 Cross-Cultural Communication Focuses on skills and insights needed by professionals working in cross-cultural settings. Considers values, development, education, politics, and environment as central to cross-cultural understanding. Summer 2020
INTL/GLBL 432/532 Indigenous Cultural Survival Explores case studies of global indigenous peoples who are facing cultural survival issues and developing strategies and institutions to deal with this complex process. Fall 2015
INTL/GLBL 433/533 Childhood in Cross-Cultural Perspective Explores the experience of childhood around the world and examines how this experience is shaped by beliefs about who and what children are and by local conditions and contingencies. Spring 2016
INTL/GLBL 434/534 Language Issues for International Studies Explores the influence of language on policy issues in societies around the world relative to nationalism, identity, multilingualism, education, human rights globalization, and language spread and loss. Fall 2016
INTL/GLBL 442/542 Development & Social Change: South Asia Introduction to the vast social changes and development issues confronting the South Asian subcontinent. Spring 2019
INTL/GLBL 444/544 Development & Social Change: Southeast Asia Introduction to the region and to the complex social issues facing the peoples of Southeast Asia. Spring 2019
INTL/GLBL 445/545 Development & Social Change: Sub-Saharan Africa Introduces theoretical and practical aspects of development and social change in sub-Saharan Africa, with focus on key issues in African development during the postcolonial era. Winter 2015
INTL/GLBL 446/546 Development & Social Change: Latin America Explores development challenges, debt cycles, urban growth, neoliberalism, populism, socialism, gender, the environment, U.S.–Latin American relations, ecotourism, and drug geographies in the region. Fall 2018
INTL/GLBL 448/548 Bollywood’s Lens on Indian Society Explores Indian Society through film, focusing on critical social issues; depicted vs. the historical reality; and ongoing transformations of social orientations and values Spring 2016
INTL/GLBL 463/563 Population Displacement & Global Health Provides a conceptual framework necessary for understanding the health problems of
displaced populations (migrants, refugees, and internally displaced persons)
Fall 2018
INTL/GLBL 465/565 Global Reproductive Health Overview of issues in global reproductive health, including politics, economics, historical and cultural factors. Spring 2020
INTL/GLBL 467/567 Global Mental Health The course will explore several key issues in global mental health, including: the challenges of cross-cultural diagnosis, the social and cultural shaping of emotional distress and mental illness, and the historical role of power (politics, economics, and history) in shaping the identification (naming and labeling) of mental health problems. We will also engage with questions about what appropriate, person-centered, community-based, and culturally-relevant responses to mental health problems might look like. Fall 2019
INTL/GLBL 607 Research Design and Qualitative Methods This Master’s-level course introduces students to the foundations of social science research, research design, data collection, and data analysis. The overarching goal is to provide a strong foundation for students to design and execute rigorous, ethically sound research for their theses or similar projects. In this course students will design and carry out an independent research project as a way to practice the methods being introduced each week. For some this may be the beginning or end of their thesis project, while for others it might be a pilot project. Regardless, students are encouraged to choose topics and methods that support their graduate studies as closely as possible. Winter 2020
INTL/GLBL 655 Graduate Core Seminar This seminar will introduce you to Global Studies as an emerging field – its concerns, pragmatics and approaches – as as well as at the University of Oregon, including its thematic foci, intellectual and ethical commitments areas of expertise, and programmatic nuts and bolts. We explore four closely connected issues within Global Studies that, combined together, comprise the main program themes in our program: 1) Development – Actors, agendas, ideologies, 2) Global Political Economy – Historical and contemporary socio-economic patterns and processes, 3) Culture and Values – Beliefs, meanings, identities, and 4) Well Being – Environment, food, health. Fall 2019