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Global Scholars Program Courses
Summer 2018
July 16 - August 11

GS 213 Globalization and Its Discontents

globeFree flow of ideas, products and money crossing national borders without barriers, people all over the world communicating with one another their ideas and aspirations for a better future, the local and the global in conversation and cooperation with each other with the aim of promoting human progress…these are some of the promises implicit in the loosely defined project that we have come to associate with the term “globalization.” What is there not to like in this optimistic set of hopes and possibilities? 

In this course we will explore some of the unintended effects that the phenomenon of globalization is having on the environment, on basic human rights, on local cultures and ways of life. We will engage with readings in philosophy, political economy and social theory.

This course will be taught by Associate Professor Alberto Hernández-Lemus.

This course fulfills the Social Inequality Critical Perspectives requirement.

GS 213 Global Environmental Policy

global environmental policy

This course explores the role of interdisciplinary knowledge and its role in the amelioration of global collective action problems in the domain of the environment, notably commons such as the oceans and atmosphere.  Regarding the oceans, we analyze the obstacles to the effective protection of global marine resources, specifically in the realms of biodiversity, fisheries, coral reefs, and endangered species.  Regarding the atmosphere, we analyze problems of climate change with an emphasis on free-riding, domestic policies and international anarchy.  The burden of climate change in particular, and ecological disruption in general, tends to fall upon the global poor.  Thematically, then, the course also explores the concept of environmental justice (and injustice) wherein race and class have powerful influences over environmental degradation, and the distribution of toxins and toxic wastes on the planet.

This course integrates recent findings in political science, biology, ecology, economics, anthropology and philosophy to generate a new base of knowledge for students.  From a pedagogical standpoint, the aim of the course is to augment the student’s capacity to think in a critical and conciliant manner, in order to tackle the complex collective action problems facing humanity in the modern era.

This course will be taught by Professor Andrew Price-Smith.

This course fulfills the Social Inequality Critical Perspectives requirement.

GS 213 Course Workshop

As part of their enrollment in a GS 213 course, students will be required to attend supplemental afternoon workshops. These workshops will be focused on the basics of oral and written rhetoric and composition, and by the end of the Global Scholars Program, students will demonstrate the ability to use reading and writing strategies, research skills, participate in discussion-based learning, and produce a thesis-driven essay and corresponding oral presentation.

Some of the tasks that will be completed in the workshop include:

  • Examining and practicing different types of writing most commonly used in college courses (response papers, rhetorical analyses, reflections, argumentative pieces, etc.)
  • Discussing and practicing synthesis of materials
  • Demonstrating principles of ethical scholarship via analyzing primary and secondary sources; determining credibility; creating summaries, quotes, and paraphrases from sources; and citing sources using appropriate formats
  • Performing peer revision in class; practicing editing and proofreading skills
  • Exposure to and practice with various reading strategies
  • Discussing objectives of discussion-based learning; preparing to lead a discussion
  • Evaluating oral presentations; practicing voice projection, nonverbal cues, disseminating information