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Undergraduate Bulletin 2009-2010

Courses in Globalization 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. Only one version of A GOG 103 may be taken for credit.

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. Only one version of A GLO 260 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): taken after, or simultaneously with A EAC 100.

A GLO 266 ( = A GOG 266) India: Development Debates (3)
Analyzes the 20th and early 21st century development of India as a nation state, discussing the broad range of ideas and policy proposals relating to wealth, poverty, socio-economic development, urbanization, and nation-building. Reviews British colonial policies and attitudes, the ideas of important advocates of Indian Independence, the impact of partition, national self-reliance policies and national planning in the first three decades after Independence, and the more recent economic liberalizations and opening to the global market and transnational investment. Only one version of A GOG 266 may be taken for credit.

T GLO 266 (= T GOG 266) India: Development Debates (3)
T GLO 266 is the Honors College version of A GLO 266; only one version may be taken for credit.

A GLO 308 (= A EAC 308 & A GOG 308) 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. Only one version of A GLO 308 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): At least 3 credits of Study Abroad coursework in China sometime in the previous year.

A GLO 366 (= A GOG 366) India: Field Study of Development Issues (3)
A faculty-led field course requiring a minimum of three weeks full-time study in India. Broadens and deepens the agenda of A GOG/A GLO 266 “India: Development Debates”, examining urban and rural development issues in and around three major Indian cities. Each city will be home to the course for one week. Students will study major issues (e.g. the management of urban traffic flows, the organization of small-scale retailing, the redevelopment of poor neighborhoods, and the work of micro-business and social welfare NGO’s) through a combination of direct observation, institutional visits, and conversations with local experts). Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor and the Office of International Education.

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.