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Global Studies

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

First Session, 2022

GLBL 221 The Migratory Experience (3)

MAYMESTER. The course will critically analyze the migrant experience in both North America and Europe-with an emphasis in North America. Migration is a calculated decision that individuals, families, and groups make in an effort to improve their living conditions. We will adopt an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the motivation of migrants, the nature of the migrant journey to their destination states, and their integration into their new societies. Specifically, we will cover causes of migration in their home country, immigrant incorporation in destination states, and the politics of backlash. The course is divided into four parts:

    • Part 1.
    • We will begin by examining migration theory through different academic disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, and international relations.


    • Part 2.
    • Once we have a good sense of how scholars study migration, we will explore the causes of international migration. Unlike common media conceptualizations where migrants are portrayed as agentless individual making a haphazard and aimless decision; the migratory experience is part of a strategy implemented by individuals to improve their household’s economic well-being.


    • Part 3.
    • We will go over a thorough account of the migratory experience by discussing the significant role of the U.S and European governments in influencing individuals’ decisions to migrate. We will review major policies implemented in home states, including those in North America and Europe.


      • Part 4.
              We will finalize the course by understanding how migrants have been incorporated into their societies.

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, 2022

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. LAC recitation sections offered in French, German, and Spanish.
This course provides an introduction to the evolving field of global studies with a specific focus on the theme of globalization. Over the course of the semester, we will explore the intellectual, political, economic, and cultural issues that have marked the historical dynamics of globalization. We will examine various aspects of global economic, political, and cultural processes, including: the formation of a world of nation-states; the emergence of markets and construction of a global economy; conceptions and consequences of “development”; and issues and understandings of identities and norms. We will draw on the scholarly literature of the social sciences, film accounts of lived experiences within the modern global system, and mainstream media accounts of these issues. The course will unfold on two levels: (1) an account of changing social relations within increasingly transnational economic, political, and cultural systems, and (2) introduction of and critical reflections on the terms and categories that are used to describe these relations.

No recitations in summer section of GLBL 210.