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Introduction to International and Global StudiesInstructorCourse DescriptionCourse OutcomesPrerequisitesRequired TextsOnline Course ContentCourse ScheduleGrading CriteriaGrading StandardsCourse Policies and ProceduresAcademic IntegrityStudent SupportAccommodationsFinancial BarriersResearch and Software HelpOther Campus ResourcesIntroduction to International and Global Studies IGS 10a June 1 - August 9, 2020 Instructor Chandler Rosenberger Office Hours: Tues. and Thursday, 10-noon Email: [email protected] Course Description This course provides a systematic introduction to the interdisciplinary program in International and Global Studies (IGS). Although IGS 10a serves as the foundation course for an IGS major or minor, it is intended be a general liberal arts course–of interest to anyone seeking a better understanding of the processes and problems of the contemporary world. Course Outcomes After taking this course, each student will be able to: ● Recognize the historical roots of contemporary globalization, especially the role of European imperialism and nationalism; ● Identify the connection between culture and political and economic institutions; ● Explain the role of major international financial and economic institutions and practices. Prerequisites ● There are no prerequisites for the class. Required Texts ● Lechner, Frank J. and Boli, John. The Globalization Reader. 5th ed. (Wiley, 2014.) ● Baylis, John and Smith, Steve. The Globalization of World Politics. 7th ed. (Oxford UP, 2017). ● Stiglitz, Joseph. Making Globalization Work. (Norton, 2009). ● Bhagwati, Jagdish. In Defense of Globalization. (Oxford, 2007).Online Course Content This course will be conducted entirely online using Brandeis’ LATTE site, available at The site contains the course syllabus, assignments, discussion forums, and learning materials. The course will run from Monday through Sunday for 10 weeks. Course Schedule Week 1: Introductions and Early Globalization Objectives Introduce students, professor, and material. Show the legacy of European imperialism in contemporary globalization. Learning Materials Friedman, Tom. It’s a Flat World After All. Spiegel, pp. 155-169 Participation Activity Introductions via initial voice thread. Discuss the nature of globalization and the legacy of imperialism by posting and reviewing “I believe globalization is...” statements in Latte Forum. Assignments Short biography and reason for interest in the class. Short statement: “I believe globalization is...” (after reading Friedman) Week 2: Imperialism and Nationalism Objectives Identify the difference between the way nationalism spread in the Western and Eastern hemispheres. Compare what nationalists in India and China hoped to achieve by transforming their ancient civilizations. Learning Materials Spiegel, pp. 178-197. Baylis, Ch. 27: "Nationalism, National Self-Determination, and International Relations" Sun Yat-Sen, “Three Principles of the People,” (pp. 240-7) and Jawaharlal Nehru, “The Discovery of India,” (pp. 248-255) in The Nationalism Reader, (Humanity Books, 1995). Participation Activity Discuss the difference between nationalism in Western Hemisphereand nationalism in Asia and Africa. Assignments Latte Lesson on facts of imperialism (must pass with 80 percent). Week 3: Liberal nationalism and the international order Objectives Explain the World War II origins of international institutions such as the United Nations. Contrast the assumptions of liberalism and the assumptions of European imperialism and revisionism. Identify changes in liberal assumptions since the end of the Cold War. Learning Materials Baylis, Ch. 3 (“International History”), Ch. 4 ("From the End of the Cold War to a New Global Era?") and Ch. 21 ("The United Nations”) Micklethwait & Wooldridge, essay 1 ("The Hidden Promise”) and Sen, essay 2 (“How to Judge Globalism,”) both in Lechner & Boli Baylis, Ch. 5 ("Rising Powers and the Emerging Global Order”) Participation Activity Forum discussion of post-World War II liberal nationalism and the end of the Cold War. Assignments Latte Lesson on key facts of 20th century international history (must pass with 80 percent). Week 4: The Rise of China and India Objectives Compare theories of contemporary world order, such as “clash of civilizations” and “the return of nationalism.” Assess ambitions of the current Chinese government. Assess changes in world order accompanying the rise of China and India. Learning Materials Samuel Huntington, essay 5 ("A Clash of Civilizations?") in Lechner & Boli. Alyssa Ayres, “Will India Start Acting Like a Global Power? New Delhi’s New Role”. Foreign Affairs, Volume 96 Number 6, November / December 2017Economist, “How The West Got China Wrong.” G. John Ikenberry, “The Plot Against American Foreign Policy: Can the Liberal Order Survive?” Foreign Affairs, May/June 2017 Participation Activity Assess fellow students’ contributions to Latte Forum. Assignments Contribute to Latte Forum on different theses about the character of the new world order. Week 5 Global Crises: Nuclear Proliferation and Human Rights Violations Objectives Identify key international institutions and treaties designed to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Distinguish among different definitions of human rights. Explain the success or failure of international interventions in Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Kosovo. Learning Materials Baylis, Ch. 31 (“Human Rights”) Baylis, Ch. 32 ("Humanitarian Intervention") Baylis, Ch. 29 (“Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction”) Participation Activity Debate how the rise of new powers has affected international action on nuclear proliferation and human rights violations. Review for first test. Assignments First test (on Latte). Week 6 Culture and Society, Intro to Religion Objectives Explain the “social-construction” theory of politics. Learn foundations of Christian belief. Identify historical milestones in emergence of different Christian traditions (esp. Catholic and Protestant) and of European secularism. Learning Materials Simon Murden, "Culture in World Affairs," in previous edition of Baylis. Barber, essay 4 ("Jihad vs. MacWorld”) in Lechner and Boli. Prothero, "Christianity," from God Is Not One.Participation Activity Online discussion of cultural influences

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