Introduction to Global Studies
Global Studies Program
This course provides students with an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of global studies. An interactive classroom environment invites students to acquire the skills needed to understand the origins and consequences of global interconnectedness. Readings, class discussions and research assignments present students with opportunities for tracing globally-traded commodities such as coffee, chocolate, rubber, oil, music and tablet computers from initial production to end consumption, and for identifying the effects of these processes on local communities. The course emphasizes both learning how to use a variety of analytical methods for addressing complex contemporary problems and gaining an awareness of differing perspectives and cultural traditions.