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Global Scholars Program Courses
Summer 2017
July 17 - August 12

GS 213 Rethinking American Culture: Food and Identity in the 21st Century

eating food

This course investigates important patterns in American history, culture, and identity by taking food as a serious subject/object of analysis. We begin our inquiry with one central analytic contention: that food---and the exigencies of its production, distribution, and eventual consumption---reflects and creates the broader power relationships that animate American society, past and present. Beginning with earlier American food systems and ending with the health problems related to diet that plague Americans today, this course will examine how understanding food production and consumption can help us better understand the world around us. In exploring these ideas the course will examine a broad range of materials including history, documentary film, fiction, photography, advertisement, government legislation/regulation, the built landscape around us, and…food itself. This class will be both interesting and delicious!

This course will be taught by Visiting Assistant Professor Tyler Cornelius.

This course fulfills the Social Inequality Critical Perspectives requirement.


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 US Foreign Policy: Cooperation and Conflict

This course provides an introduction to the conduct of US foreign policy, particularly during the era of President Obama and President Trump.  This course covers the contemporary history of foreign policy making from an international relations perspective, examining relations between the USA and China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.  We pay particular attention to the rise of China in the Pacific Rim and to its interactions with the USA in the fields of international trade, arms control, the environment, and dealing with the perennial issue of the North Korean threat to the region.

We explore the USA’s reactions to the Russian seizure of Crimea and to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.  Further, the course analyzes the complexities of the Syrian civil war, and analyzes the US responses to the continuing aggression, with a focus on Damascus, Moscow and ISIS and the roles they all play within the conflict.  Other topics we explore include cyberwarfare, causes of war, terrorism, and peace; epidemic disease and complex interdependence, state failure and ethnic warfare.  We cover the central axioms of foreign policy decision making including the various levels of analysis, contrasting dominant theories such as Realism, Liberalism, Bureaucratic/Domestic level, and Political Psychology.

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

This course does not fulfill any Critical Perspectives requirements.


GS 213 Course Workshop

As part of their enrollment in a GS 213 course, students will be required to attend supplemental afternoon workshops taught by the ESL Specialist, Chelsea Walter, and professional tutors.  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.