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Undergraduate Bulletin 2008-2009

Courses in Globablization Studies

A Glo 103 (=A Cas 103) Perspectives on Globalization (3)
An introduction to multidisciplinary perspectives on globalization processes including, among other topics, the economic configuration of the world economy, the changing nature of the state, the transformation of home and households in transnationalism, biological constraints and environmental problems, and the impact of and responses to globalization throughout the world. The course presents the perspectives of the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences and encourages discussion and critical thinking.  This is a team-taught course.

A Glo 203 Theoretical Perspectives on Globalization (3)
This course reviews the main theoretical perspectives that have emerged to explain the origins, dynamics and consequences of the increasing cross-border flows of goods, services, money, people, information, and culture. By identifying some of the key issues of contention, the course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the assumptions, contribution, and limitations of current theoretical perspectives on globalization.

A Glo 260 (= A Eac 260 &  A Gog 260) China in the Global Arena (3)
An introduction to the development of China’s economy and society since the death of Chairman Mao Tse-tung in 1976. Focuses on urbanization, industrialization, export-oriented development, and participation in global trade, finance and politics.  Taught in Shanghai, this multidisciplinary course helps students understand the dynamics of China’s rapid economic growth over the last three decades, and how Chinese scholars interpret the nation’s growing importance in the global system. Prerequisite(s): Taken after, or simultaneously with A Eac 100.

A Glo 300 (= A Eac 300 & A Gog 300) Debating Contemporary China (1)
Enables students who have recently studied in China to discuss and debate major contemporary issues:  the factors underlying China’s rapid economic growth; the impact of China’s economic growth on society, environment and the global system;  the future of China’s political system;  the future of China’s population policies;  the dynamics of Chinese cities;  the situation of Tibet and of ethnic and religious minorities;  the future of Taiwan; relations with other Asian neighbors. Prerequisite(s): At least 3 credits of Study Abroad coursework in China sometime in the previous year.

A Glo 403 Senior Essay (3)
An extensive research project, which may be based on the practicum experience and incorporate elements of the web-based blog created during that experience. The essay should constitute some substantial and original critical or scholarly argument on a topic relevant to the student’s area of concentration. The student’s adviser should approve the topic and an outline beforehand. The essay should be between 35-50 pages long and demonstrate the student’s grasp of multi-disciplinary approaches and of new ways of acquiring and applying knowledge.