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Global Studies

FedEx Global Education Center
301 Pittsboro Street, CB# 3263
(919) 962-5442

First Session, 2020

GLBL 390 Current Topics in Global Studies: The Migratory Experience (3)

MAYMESTER. Migration remains one of the most controversial issues in contemporary politics. Although demographic trends in North America and Europe have created a need for migrant labor, the growth of foreign born populations in both regions has been a source of considerable tension and native backlash. This course presents students with an interdisciplinary analysis of migration and the migrant experience in both regions. Students will examine the motivation of migrants, the decision calculus behind the choice to migrate, and the implications of migration for families and social groups. The course will further examine the migrant experience in destination states, pressures to assimilate, the process of integration, as well as the process of immigrant incorporation. In addition to the substantive component, this course requires students to conduct original research, culminating in a poster presentation of their individual projects.

GLBL 450 Social Change in Times of Crisis: Knowledge, Action, and Ontology (3)

MAYMESTER. Examines dominant, alternative, and emergent narratives of change and the future from around the world. Takes as a premise that we live in a period of multidimensional crises characterized by uncertainty and conflict about how to pursue sustainable economic, ecological, political, social, and cultural projects.

This course will explore a number of practices and imaginaries currently being elaborated and developed by social movements and other social actors engaged in social change work. This includes work with art, culture, science, meditation, nature and even food. We will be taking advantage of the Maymester format to have guest speakers, field trips and assignments that explore the work of current projects that can be considered to fall into this non-traditional vision of social change.

Second Session, 2020

GLBL 210 Global Issues and Globalization (3)

Survey of international social, political, and cultural patterns in selected societies of Africa, Asia, America, and Europe, stressing comparative analysis of conflicts and change in different historical contexts. No LAC recitations offered in summer.

GLBL 390 Rightwing Populism: A Global Perspective (3)

This course will examine right wing populism globally. We will consider why right wing populism has gained traction in such diverse places as India, Brazil, Germany, France, Hungary, Britain and the United States. We will ask what role such factors as religion, ethnicity, economics and gender play in its rise. The course will also consider to what extent right wing populisms form a coherent global movement, and how much they reflect national characteristics. Finally,  we will explore how sustainable the phenomenon is and what dynamics might undercut it.