A graduate program in Global Studies

Last updated: August 17, 2016 at 4:21 p.m.

Objectives

Graduate Program in Global Studies
As even casual attention to recent mass media outlets attests, the term "globalization" is widely used to refer to diverse—possibly even unconnected—processes in the economic, cultural, political, and environmental domains. What seems to characterize "global" phenomena such as climate change, transnational capital flow, and the internet, for example, is that their causes and effects ramify all across the earth, viewed both as a bio-physical totality and as a social space. In doing so, these and other global phenomena reveal unprecedented levels of interconnectedness that bring into play institutional agents and institutions that transcend local, national, and regional boundaries. The program in Global Studies is designed to provide students with analytical and methodological skills to investigate globalization both specifically and generally—specifically, by offering advanced training in one relevant academic concentration and independent research leading to a Master’s Thesis; and generally, by exposing students to a broad range of elective courses taught by faculty from the university’s School of Arts and Sciences, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, and International Business School. The program prepares students for a variety of professional and academic trajectories. For some students the MA degree will be an important credential for advancement in already-chosen career paths in government, NGOs, think tanks; for others the degree will be preparation for advanced professional degree programs in law, diplomacy, international health, etc.; and for others their Brandeis experience will be a stepping stone toward admission to the most selective doctoral programs.

How to Be Admitted to the Graduate Program

The general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, given in an earlier section of this Bulletin, apply to candidates for admission to this area of study. Candidates must also submit a personal statement that discusses their reasons for applying for this MA, and their academic training, career objectives, relevant experience, and current institutional affiliation (if any). A single sample of academic writing and two letters of recommendation are also required. Students are encouraged, though not required, to visit the campus and to talk to the director and others members of the faculty advisory committee.

Graduate Committee

Kristen Lucken, Director
(International and Global Studies, Religious Studies)

Jytte Klausen
(Politics)

Chandler Rosenberger
(Sociology)

Ellen Schattschneider
(Anthropology)

Affiliated Faculty
Kerry Chase (Politics)
David Engerman (History)
Elizabeth Emma Ferry (Anthropology)
Gregory Freeze (History)
Gary Jefferson (Economics)
John Plotz (English)
Rajesh Sampath (Heller School)
Harleen Singh (South Asian Studies)

Requirements for the Combined BA/MA Degree

This accelerated BA/MA program at Brandeis is designed for outstanding undergraduates in the humanities or social sciences who are on track to complete all requirements for the undergraduate BA degree within four years at Brandeis, who are interested in pursuing graduate work in Global Studies, and who want to get a head start on their Global Studies thesis project. Successful undergraduate candidates have a 3.5 GPA or above in all IGS, Sociology, Anthropology, or Political Science courses taken, however, students with a GPA above a 3.3 will be considered.

Students complete the MA in Global Studies by taking advanced Global Studies courses in their senior (fourth) year and in one additional (fifth) year of study. The MA degree combines interdisciplinary study with intensive training in research, analysis, writing, and practical experience in preparation for professional work in the NGO sector, government agencies, international institutions, and academia.

Applications should be submitted by May 1 of the student's junior year.

Program of Study
Students admitted to the program must fulfill the following requirements, in addition to completing their BA:

A. Two core courses: GS 201a (Global Agents) and GS 202b (Critical Global Issues)

B. One graduate-level course in methodology

C. Four elective courses which vary according to track or specialty

D. GS 204a (Master's Thesis)

Additionally, students in the Emerging Powers track are invited to attend the summer JBS Emerging Powers and the New World Order: The Politics and Culture of Globalization 2.0. Well-prepared students who have fulfilled their major requirements may take up to two graduate-level courses in their senior year before launching their thesis project. A maximum of two courses may be transferred as part of the curricular requirements for the MA, but they do not count toward the 30 credit University requirement of on-campus study for the MA in Global Studies.

Students are exposed to a broad range of electives taught by our faculty experts and have flexibility in designing their own curriculum and thesis to match their own interests, though students are encouraged to consider following one of three tracks listed in the MA section below.

Master's Thesis
Each student must sign up for the one semester, guided research course and prepare a major research paper between 70-100 pages in length on a field and subject relating to global studies. Students who choose to work with human subjects will submit an IRB proposal. The master’s thesis must be deposited electronically to the Robert D. Farber University Archives at Brandeis.

Justice Brandeis Semester Emerging Powers and the New World Order: The Politics and Culture of Globalization 2.0 (optional)
We encourage BA/MA students on the Emerging Powers track to participate in this eight-week, 12-credit program the summer between their fourth and fifth years of study. This JBS program introduces students to the histories and cultures of modern India and China and provides an excellent segue into the Global Studies MA program. Comprising a full semester of graduate study, BA/MA students complete their 8-course requirement by their fall semester of the MA program, leaving their spring semester open to complete their thesis project. This program is counted as one semester of residency on campus.

Language Requirement
All global studies students must have advanced training in a foreign language (defined as at least one level beyond the undergraduate requirement at Brandeis). In cases where students lack sufficient language training, they can satisfy this requirement either by taking the corresponding course at Brandeis (as an additional course) or by private study and a qualifying language examination at the end of the second semester.

Residence Requirement
The residence requirement for this program is two semesters of full-time study. This would include the summer term for those attending the JBS program.

Graduate-level Methodology
Students may choose from a list of graduate courses that deal with methodology for the design and implementation of research projects. Other graduate courses from relevant disciplines dealing with research methods may be substituted with the permission of the director.

Concentration Electives
Each student chooses two courses from the selected area of concentration. This coursework provides the basis for the student's research and writing of the Master's thesis. (Note that the Heller modules, courses indicated with an f after the number, receive half-course credit. Two modules must be completed to earn one course credit.)

Global Studies Speakers Series
In conjunction with the GS 202b (Critical Global Issues), our speakers series introduces students to a number of global professionals in academia, government, international institutions, development, and NGOs who address critical global issues encountered in their line of duty. This series provides a chance to interact with experts working on important global projects, explore career paths, and build professional networks. This series is part of our professional development initiative focused on preparing Global Studies students for their post-Brandeis careers.

Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts

Program of Study
This graduate program involves a minimum of one academic year in residence at Brandeis in which students complete eight courses, or a minimum of 32 academic credits to graduate. This includes seven semester-long courses and a master’s thesis course. Students may choose to exchange four Heller School module courses in place of two semester-long courses. The Global Studies curriculum includes three required and foundational courses, two electives in an area of concentration and two additional electives.

Students must successfully complete eight semester courses, including:

A. Two core courses: GS 201a (Global Agents), GS 202b (Critical Global Issues).
B. One graduate-level course in methodology.
C. Four elective courses which vary according to track or specialty.
D. GS 204a (Master’s Thesis).

Brandeis University's Master of Arts Program in Global Studies provides students with analytical and methodological skills to investigate globalization both specifically and generally -- specifically, by offering advanced training in one relevant academic concentration and independent research leading to a Master's thesis; and generally, by exposing students to a broad range of elective courses taught by our faculty experts. Our graduate program offers students flexibility in designing their own curriculum and thesis to match their own interests, though students are encouraged to consider following one of three tracks:

1. Global Service: Preparing to Work With Non-Profits

The Global Service track develops the tools needed to analyze, define, and address the most significant global issues emerging in the 21st century--- from human trafficking and refugees to global health and the environment. Our NGO Speakers' Series offers exposure to leaders and professionals who discuss the benefits and challenges of careers in the non-governmental sector. Preparing students to move from theory to practice is one of the defining features of the Global Service track, where students gain critical skills that provide traction in the job market.

The Global Service track offers:

  • Intensive training in research, analysis, and writing;
  • Solid foundation in the theories and practices related to global issues;
  • Development of skills and expertise valued within a broad range of professions impacted by globalization, such as non-profits, NGOs, and international service agencies;
  • Evidence-based practices, including program management and assessment;
  • Practical exercises related to NGO development, fund raising, building boards of directors, and connecting with a broad network of practitioners in the field;
  • Op-eds and policy memo exercises designed to build communication skills with broader audiences;
  • Speakers' series providing exposure to NGO and government representatives across a range of institutions offering in-depth knowledge about their field.

Global Studies | Global Service Courses

In addition to the Global Studies core curriculum, students are encouraged to enroll in half-semester skills courses at Brandeis' Heller School of Social Policy and Management. Two half-semester classes may serve in the place of one elective within your concentration. Classes include:

  • HS 237f (Applied Cost-Benefit Analysis for Development Practitioners)
  • HS 306f (Survey Design and Data Analysis for Development)
  • HS 292f (Critical Thinking and Advanced Professional Writing)
  • HS 244a (Responsible Negotiation)
  • HS 210a (Coexistence and Conflict: Theory and Analysis)
  • HS 220a (Strategies for Coexistence Interventions)
  • HS 319f (Ethics, Rights, and Development)
  • HS 310f (Intro to Education and Development)
  • HS 312f (International Perspectives on Youth Policy and Programs)
  • HS 207f (Ecology of Health)
  • HS 220f (Energy, Security in a Carbon Constrained World)
  • HS 282f (Environmental Impact Assessment)
  • HS 325f (Right to Water)

We also advise students to attend the Heller School's Career Seminars to review opportunities for employment after graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to attend at least four seminars throughout the year.

2. Emerging Powers

The Emerging Powers/Global History track draws on Brandeis' strengths in Latin American, South Asian, and East Asian studies to provide students with a background in the cultures, economies, and politics of newly-influential world powers, such as China, India, and Brazil, among others. The track will also give students the chance to update their knowledge of a rapidly changing global order.

This track will suit anyone interested in better understanding how the emergence of new global powers is changing global politics, economics, and culture. It is especially well-suited for:

  • Aspiring or active diplomats, businesspeople, and journalists who would like the chance to reflect on ways in which the rise of new powers (especially China and India) is changing the global order;
  • Teachers of world history who would like to pursue professional development by augmenting their understanding of emerging powers.

To provide access to people with full-time jobs (especially teachers), this track features an intensive summer semester and several late afternoon and evening classes.

Global Studies | Emerging Powers Track Courses

Students may choose from a wide range of classes on contemporary global affairs, with a particular emphasis on the shift in economic and political power toward the BRIICS (Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China, and South Africa) countries. In addition to the core curriculum, students will choose four electives:

  • three in one area of geographical/topical area of concentration (South Asia, East Asia, Latin America, Europe);
  • one from an area outside the concentration

Students may complete three electives by participating in the Emerging Powers Justice Brandeis Semester, an intensive eight-week summer course that includes IGS/SAS 160aj (The Rise of India), CHIN 136bj (Chinese Modernism in International Context), and SOC 146bj (Globalization and Nationalism).

3. Transnational Security and Migration

Students in the security track have the rare opportunity to study one of the critical threats to the security of contemporary societies - that is, the threat posed by radically anti-Western terrorist networks in Europe and the United States. Students will also become familiar with the tools security experts now use to assess such threats; tools such as cutting-edge software and political science methods of network analysis.

Social Science Lab

Global Security track students have the chance to work in Professor Jytte Klausen's Social Science lab. The lab's current major project is on Western Jihadism, which collects and analyzes data about people involved in terrorist networks that are active in Europe and the United States. Internships in Professor Klausen's lab provide students with skills they can use in future careers in threat assessment and deterrence.

As researchers in the lab, students learn to use public source data for social sciences research on terrorism. Students are trained in designing datasets and data collection and translating qualitative information into quantitative data and metrics. (This class would serve as a core course in methodology.)

This training and research gives students the opportunity to publish single-author or coauthored Working Papers and articles on contemporary jihadism, as well as to prepare other public presentations on current security concerns.

Global Studies | Transnational Security and Migration Courses

All students in the Global Security track are required to take POL 160A: The War on Global Terrorism.

In addition to the Global Studies core curriculum, students also take three or four electives that will prepare them to understand the origins and nature of the terrorist groups. These classes may include:

  • ANTH 129a (Global, Transnational, and Diasporic Communities)
  • HIST 111a ( History of the Modern Middle East)
  • HIST 112a ( Nationalism in the Middle East)
  • IGS 130a (Global Migration)
  • POL 133a (Contemporary Politics in the Middle East)
  • POL 134b (The Global Migration Crisis)
  • POL 135b (The Politics of Islamic Resurgence)
  • POL 145b (Muslims in the West: Politics, Religion, and Law)
  • PSYC 32a (Abnormal Psychology)
  • SOC 122a (Sociology of American Immigration)
  • SOC 127a (Religion, Ethnicity, and Nationalism)

If you would like to create an independent track of study, you may focus on one of the following topics:

Civil Society and Human Rights
Communications and Media
Culture and Globalization
Global and Regional Governance
Global Environment
Global Health
Global Political Economy
Immigration
Social Justice and Gender

Residence Requirement
The residence requirement for this program is one year of full-time study. The program may take an additional one or two semesters to complete as an Extended Master's student.

Master’s Thesis
The master’s thesis must be deposited electronically to the Robert D. Farber University Archives at Brandeis.

Global Economy Requirement
Although this program does not offer advanced technical training in global economics, it is essential that students have a solid grasp of the basics in this field. Students entering the program without a strong background in the global economy will be required to take one elective course in this field, such as GS 203b, selected in consultation with the director.

Language Requirement
Knowledge of foreign languages, both written and oral, is important for understanding the complexity of other cultures, for functioning effectively in a non-Anglophone environment, and for accessing a broad range of primary sources and secondary literature. All Global Studies students must have advanced training in a foreign language, defined as at least one level beyond the undergraduate requirement at Brandeis. In cases where students lack sufficient language training, they can satisfy this requirement by an intensive summer course (either the semester before or after the residence year), by taking the corresponding course at Brandeis (as an additional course) or by private study and a qualifying language examination at the end of the second semester.

Courses of Instruction

(200 and above) Primarily for Graduate Students

GS 201a Global Agents
A foundational seminar providing an introduction to the literature on globalization as well as a look at the key players in international affairs (UN, World Bank/IMF, TNCs, NGOs, and regional organizations). The objective of the course is to make a critical analysis of these organizations and to assess the research resources and databases they generate. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Rosenberger

GS 202b Critical Global Issues
This foundational seminar examines key issues from the primary area of concentration in the global studies program. The specific focus of the seminar will vary from year to year, reflecting the changing relevance of particular issues as well as the specific interests of the instructor. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Lucken

GS 203b The Global Economy
Examines international production, trade, tariffs, multinational corporations, global economic institutions (World Bank, IMF), globalization, development and labor. Usually offered every year.
Staff

GS 204a Master's Thesis
Staff

GS 301a Readings and Research in Global Studies
Mr. Parmentier

Global Studies: Core Courses

GS 201a Global Agents
A foundational seminar providing an introduction to the literature on globalization as well as a look at the key players in international affairs (UN, World Bank/IMF, TNCs, NGOs, and regional organizations). The objective of the course is to make a critical analysis of these organizations and to assess the research resources and databases they generate. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Rosenberger

GS 202b Critical Global Issues
This foundational seminar examines key issues from the primary area of concentration in the global studies program. The specific focus of the seminar will vary from year to year, reflecting the changing relevance of particular issues as well as the specific interests of the instructor. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Lucken

Global Studies: Methodology Courses

Students may choose from the following list of courses that deal with the methodology for the design and implementation of research projects. Other graduate courses from relevant disciplines dealing with research methods may be substituted with the permission of the director.

ANTH 202b Advanced Ethnographic Research Methods
An intensive study of anthropological research and ethnographic practice, with particular attention to topic formation, field notes and evocative writing. Combines discussions ethnography with writing workshops. Readings include essays on research methodology and critiques of ethnographic practice, as well as ethnographic monographs that demonstrate sophisticated fieldwork practices. Writing workshops cover issues such as taking notes in the field and describing scenes, speech in action, characters, language and affect. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Anjaria

HS 306f Survey Design and Data Analysis for Development
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Provides students with an introduction to survey design and applied principles of data analysis in development. Topics include research design (hypothesis formulation, model building), data collection (principles of survey design, definition and measurement of variables, cross-sectional and panel surveys, focus groups and pilot tests), and data analysis (statistical and social significance; univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analysis). Usually offered every year.
Mr. Godoy

POL 50b Political Science Methods: Research, Design, and Modes of Analysis
[ qr ss ]
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher. May not be taken for credit by students who took POL 100b in prior years.
An introduction to nonstatistical research methods for analyzing political processes. Moves from selecting problems to composing a focused research question, examining relevant theory, conceptualizing variables, generating hypotheses, research design, research operations, and analysis. Uses examples from comparative, international, and American politics. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Greenlee

POL 212a Graduate Seminar: Research Methods and Methodology
Familiarizes students with the major research techniques of a qualitative nature for political science and addresses central issues in the logic of inquiry in social science. Issues and techniques include the case study method, the comparative method, counterfactual, and research design. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Kryder

SOC 136b Historical and Comparative Sociology
[ ss ]
Explores the relationship between sociology and history through examples of scholarship from both disciplines. Using historical studies, the course pays close attention to each author's research strategy. Examines basic research questions, theoretical underpinnings and assumptions, and uses of evidence. Usually offered every third year.
Mr. Rosenberger or Ms. Hansen

SOC 181a Methods of Social Inquiry
[ ss ]
Prerequisite: SOC 1a or SOC 3b. Registration priority given to juniors and seniors.
Introduces students to qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research. Throughout the course emphasis is on conceptual understanding, with hands-on applications and exercises. No statistical or mathematical background is necessary. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Cadge

Global Studies: Global Service Courses

HS 207f Ecology of Health
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Develops an ecological view of the causes of good or poor health by considering aspects of “macro-habitats” that include air, water, and the multitude of other life that lives around, on, and in us. The course looks at unexpected health consequences of the modern built environment where people have achieved “the good life” with safe water, roads, cheap food, and a car in every driveway. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Olson

HS 210a Coexistence and Conflict: Theory and Analysis
Open only to students enrolled in the MA program in coexistence and conflict. Other students considered with permission of the instructor.
Participants will study the current and developing theories about the causes of tension, conflict and violence within and between many societies, and at global level. In particular this course will address the ‘new’ wars that characterize the world today where issues of identity, ethnicity, race, religion, culture and nationalism are seminal to the conflicts. The course will be inclusive of all the stages of such conflicts from e.g. emerging tensions in societies at national and at global level, and the prevention, mitigation and resolution of violent conflicts, as well as post-violence and post settlement strategies. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Fitzduff

HS 220a Coexistence Intervention, Monitoring and Evaluation
May not be taken for credit by students who took HS 227f in prior years.
Provides an introductory review of the core concepts and practical steps of design, monitoring and evaluation in the field of coexistence and peacebuilding. The course will stress participatory methods in monitoring and evaluation, in which multiple stakeholders are involved in the process of planning, collecting, interpreting, synthesizing, and using information. The course will feature case studies and actual DM&E plans and evaluation reports. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Jean

HS 220f Renewable Energy for Development
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Access to inexpensive energy is fundamental to human well-being and economic development. There are two glaring failures in this otherwise happy moment in history. First there is a failure of fair access, with 1 in 5 people still living with no electricity at all - these are the energy poor. The second failure relates to our use of poor energy, primarily fossil fuels, major hydro, and conventional nuclear power. For SID graduates to fully appreciate the nature of these two kinds of energy challenges, and to potentially work in organizations focused on overcoming these challenges, it is necessary to master some of the fundamentals of both climate and energy science. The aim of this course is to provide sufficient climate and energy literacy to allow you to accurately analyze, compare, and critique different solutions, specifically by improving your understanding of energy technologies and of energy-related policies and programs, including the evolving international framework of low-carbon pro-poor technology transfer. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Olson

HS 237f Applied Cost-Benefit Analysis for Development Practitioners
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, and international development organizations have to decide whether to invest in projects. Benefit-cost analysis has become a standard method to evaluate the net monetary benefits of a project. This course introduces students to these principles and allows them to apply them by using cost-benefit analysis to evaluate a real-world development project. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Godoy

HS 244a Responsible Negotiation
Provides concepts, observations and suggestions to improve analytical and operational negotiation skills. Everyone negotiates on a daily basis, but what about doing it responsibly? Faced with projects, contracts, conflicts or crises, coping with people, problems and process, how can negotiators lever the right reflections and actions in the right direction? How can they optimize utility for themselves and for others? This course also addresses negotiation foundations on how to do first things first, i.e. how to make the right moves at the right time in order to reach the right decisions and to achieve ad hoc implementation. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Lempereur

HS 282f Environmental Impact Assessment
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Provides students with a working knowledge of the purpose and process of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). EIA is examined as a planning tool that can anticipate negative environmental and social impacts; increasing benefits, social acceptance, and durability of development projects while reducing their cost to budgets, communities, and the environment. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Olson

HS 292f Critical Thinking and Advanced Professional Writing
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Develops advanced critical thinking skills, models of logical argumentation and debate, reading comprehension and advanced writing skills geared for professionals and practitioners in foundations, NGOS, government sectors and civil society organizations. Although we will focus on needs of sustainable international development, professionals and practitioners from other fields are most welcome, namely public policy, social policy and coexistence and conflict. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Dassin or Mr. Sampath

HS 306f Survey Design and Data Analysis for Development
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Provides students with an introduction to survey design and applied principles of data analysis in development. Topics include research design (hypothesis formulation, model building), data collection (principles of survey design, definition and measurement of variables, cross-sectional and panel surveys, focus groups and pilot tests), and data analysis (statistical and social significance; univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analysis). Usually offered every year.
Mr. Godoy

HS 310f Introduction to Education and Development
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Examines the relationship between education and development, especially the pivotal question of whether education reduces poverty. Starting with a review of the state of education at the global level, the course then examines positive and negative theories about the role of education in development. It analyzes innovative policies and programs in educational policy areas, such as girls’ education, with high potential for producing positive development impacts. The course also considers the impacts of educational technology and new methods for teaching and learning, as well as the most current assessment strategies and tools to monitor and evaluate policy choices and programs in the education sector.
Ms. Dassin

HS 319f Ethics, Rights, and Development
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Explores philosophical and ethical foundations of human rights as related to development studies, policy, and practice. Students look at complex political, economic, and cultural conditions to apply rights to advance sustainable development. Contemporary debates on human rights as a tool to define and realize justice and alleviate human suffering - such as poverty, hunger, and other detriments to health and environment - are examined. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Sampath

HS 325f The Right to Water
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Explores practical applications of the human right to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation from a science and policy perspective. It takes an interdisciplinary perspective to issues of water, focusing on geography, social arrangements, and government choices that impact access to water at the household level. Modes of decision-making with regard to water policy are examined from technical and rights perspectives. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Olson

Global Studies: Transnational Security and Migration Courses

ANTH 129b Global, Transnational and Diasporic Communities
[ ss ]
Examines the social and cultural dimensions of diasporas and homelands from an anthropological perspective. It starts by critically engaging with more fundamental concepts such as state, identity, and movement. It then proceeds to debate the various contributions that anthropologists have presented to the understanding of human life in transnational and diasporic contexts. Topics to be discussed include homeland, place, migration, religion, global sexual cultures, kinship, and technology—all within a global perspective. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Anjaria or Ms. Lamb

HIST 111a History of the Modern Middle East
[ nw ss ]
An examination of the history of the Middle East from the nineteenth century to contemporary times. Focuses on political events and intellectual trends, such as imperialism, modernity, nationalism, and revolution, that have shaped the region in the modern era. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Sohrabi

POL 133a Contemporary Politics in the Middle East
[ nw ss ]
Introduces the politics of the region through the study of regimes in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and Israel. Themes include the political legacy of colonialism, the challenge of ethnic pluralism, the rise of political Islam, the politics of gender, the role of the military in politics, the dynamics of regime survival, the persistence of authoritarianism and the prospects for democratization, and the implications of the Arab spring for the future of the region. Usually offered every third year.
Ms. Bellin

POL 134b The Global Migration Crisis
[ ss wi ]
Looks at immigration from the perspectives of policy-makers, migrants, and the groups affected by immigration in sender nations as well as destination countries. Introduces students to the history of migration policy, core concepts and facts about migration in the West, and to the theories and disagreements among immigrant scholars. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Klausen

POL 135b The Politics of Islamic Resurgence
[ nw ss ]
Studies the impact of Islamic resurgence on both international and intra-national politics. It explores the competing explanations for Islamic resurgence (cultural, economic, and political), Islamic movements in comparative perspective (with special emphasis on the cases of Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Britain and France), the successes and failures of Islamic revolution, the ideological content of Islamic revival (and debates over the potential conflict with Western notions of democracy and gender equality). Islamic notions of jihad, terror in the name of Islam, the politics of cultural change, and Islam as a supranational movement. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Bellin

POL 145b Muslims in the West: Politics, Religion, and Law
[ ss ]
Few issues have caused more public furor than the accommodation of Islam in Europe and the United States. It is often overlooked that Muslims are developing the institutions of their faith in societies that offer everyone the freedom of choice and expression. This seminar looks at religious discrimination as a barrier to the civic and political inclusion of Muslim immigrants, the responses of governments, courts, and the general public, and what we know about the balance among "fundamentalist, " "moderate," and "progressive" Muslim viewpoints. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Klausen

PSYC 32a Abnormal Psychology
[ ss ]
Prerequisite: PSYC 10a (formerly PSYC 1a).
A general introduction to psychopathology. Various theoretical models will be discussed. The techniques and findings of research, clinical, and experimental will be emphasized. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Knight and Ms. Wright

SOC 122a The Sociology of American Immigration
[ ss ]
Most of us descend from immigrants. Focusing on the United States but in a global perspective, we address the following questions: Why do people migrate? How does this affect immigrants' occupations, gendered households, rights, identities, youth, and race relations with other groups? Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Lucken

SOC 127a Religion, Ethnicity, and Nationalism
[ nw ss ]
Examines three sources of identity that are influential in global affairs: religion, ethnicity and nationalism. Considers theories of the relationship among these identities, especially "secularization theory," then reviews historical examples such as Poland, Iran, India, and Pakistan. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Rosenberger

Global Studies: Elective Courses

Each student must successfully complete two elective courses relevant to their chosen area of concentration. This coursework provides the basis for the student's research and writing of the Masters Thesis. (Note that the Heller School modules, courses indicated with an "f" after the course number, are half-semester courses; two such modules must be chosen to constitute one elective course.) Students may take graduate-level courses other than the ones listed below with the permission of the director.

AAAS 117a Communications and Social Change in Developing Nations
[ ss ]
Examines the role of communications and information systems within and between developed and underdeveloped nations. Addresses the larger perspective of global communications. Usually offered every third year.
Mr. Nyangoni

AAAS 125b Caribbean Women and Globalization: Sexuality, Citizenship, Work
[ ss wi ]
Utilizing perspectives from sociology, anthropology, fiction, and music to examine the relationship between women's sexuality and conceptions of labor, citizenship, and sovereignty. The course considers these alongside conceptions of masculinity, contending feminisms, and the global perspective. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Smith

AAAS 126b Political Economy of the Third World
[ nw ss wi ]
Development of capitalism and different roles and functions assigned to all "Third Worlds," in the periphery as well as the center. Special attention will be paid to African and Afro-American peripheries. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Nyangoni

AAAS 134b Novel and Film of the African Diaspora
[ hum nw ]
Writers and filmmakers, who are usually examined separately under national or regional canonical categories such as "(North) American," "Latin American," "African," "British," or "Caribbean," are brought together here to examine transnational identities and investments in "authentic," "African," or "black" identities. Usually offered every third year.
Ms. Smith

AAAS 146a Africa in the Global Economy
[ ss ]
This course makes an important contribution to our understanding of Africa's relationship within the world economy and to our awareness of how economic liberalization programs and World Trade Organizational (WTO) systems are influencing the continent's industries. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Nyangoni

AAAS 163b Africa in World Politics
[ nw ss ]
Explores the impact of African states in world affairs; the African and Afro-Asian groups in the United Nations; relations with Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and the Americas; the Afro-Asian movement; nonalignment; the Organization of African Unity; and Pan-Africanism. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Nyangoni

AMST 140b The Asian American Experience
[ oc ss ]
Examines the political, economic, social, and contemporary issues related to Asians in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Topics include patterns of immigration and settlement, and individual, family, and community formation explored through history, literature, personal essays, films, and other popular media sources. Usually offered every second year.
Staff

ANTH 108b History, Time, and Tradition
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Explores topics relating to the historical dimension of societies in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives: the cultural construction of the past, temporal and calendrical systems, the invention of tradition, ethnohistorical narrative, cultural memory and forgetting, historical monuments, and museums. Usually offered every third year.
Mr. Parmentier

ANTH 114b Verbal Art and Cultural Performance
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Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary study of genres of verbal art and oral performance. Complex social uses of verbal arts in festival, drama, ritual, dance, carnival, and spectacle. Difficulty of reconstructing original context of narrative, oratory, poetry, and epic. Usually offered every third year.
Mr. Parmentier

ANTH 121a Crossing Cultural Boundaries
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May not be taken for credit by students who have taken ANTH 33b in prior years.
An examination of situations where individuals, either actually or imaginatively, willingly or unwillingly, cross over the boundaries separating their own culture and other cultural traditions. The understandings and misunderstandings that result from these encounters are examined in primary texts and images and in scholarly reconstructions. Transient experiences are compared with sites that develop over a long period of time (colonial settlements, plantations, frontiers). Potentials for reflexive self-understanding and meaningful dialogue are sought in fictional and nonfictional representations of boundary crossings. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Parmentier

ANTH 127a Medicine, Body, and Culture
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Examines main areas of inquiry in medical anthropology, including medicine as a sociocultural construct, political and economic dimensions of suffering and health, patients and healers in comparative medical systems, and the medical construction of men's and women's bodies. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Lamb or Ms. Hannig

ANTH 130b Visuality and Culture
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Explores the nature of the visual image in sociocultural theory and in ethnographic representation. Topics include the history of ethnographic film, development of indigenous arts, visuality in popular culture and mass consumption, and film in postcolonial representation. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Schattschneider

ANTH 139b Language, Ethnicity, and Nationalism
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It is often assumed that language differences divide people, while a common language unites them. To what extent is this true? Taking cross-cultural and historical approaches, we examine the role of language in creating concepts of tribe, ethnicity, and nation. Explores what kinds of social groupings these terms might label, some ideologies connected with their use, and their relationship with communication systems. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. McIntosh

ANTH 144a The Anthropology of Gender
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This course offers a 2-credit optional Experiential Learning practicum.
Examines gender constructs, sexuality, and cultural systems from a comparative perspective. Topics include the division of labor, rituals of masculinity and femininity, the vexing question of the universality of women's subordination, cross-cultural perspectives on same-sex sexualities and transsexuality, the impact of globalization on systems, and the history of feminist anthropology. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Hannig, Ms. Lamb or Ms. Schattschneider

ANTH 163b Production, Consumption, and Exchange
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Prerequisite: ANTH 1a, ECON 2a, ECON 10a, or permission of the instructor.
We read in newspapers and books and hear in everyday discussion about "the economy," an identifiably separate sphere of human life with its own rules and principles and its own scholarly discipline (economics). The class starts with the premise that this "common sense" idea of the economy is only one among a number of possible perspectives on the ways people use resources to meet their basic and not-so-basic human needs. In the course, we draw on cross-cultural examples, and take a look at the cultural aspects of finance, corporations, and markets. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Ferry

BIOL 134b Topics in Ecology
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Prerequisites: BIOL17b, BIOL23a, or BIOL 32a, or permission of the instructor. Topics may vary from year to year. Please consult the Course Schedule for topic and description. Course may be repeated once for credit with permission of the instructor.
Annually, a different aspect of the global biosphere is selected for analysis. In any year the focus may be on specific ecosystems (e.g., terrestrial, aquatic, tropical, arctic), populations, system modeling, restoration ecology, or other aspects of ecology. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Hitchcock

COML 165a Reading, Writing, and Teaching across Cultures
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Examines contemporary literary representations of literacy, schooling, and language from a cross-cultural perspective. Students also analyze their own educational trajectories and experiences with writing and reading. Usually offered every year.
Staff

ENG 127b Migrating Bodies, Migrating Texts
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Beginning with the region's representation as a tabula rasa, examines the textual and visual constructions of the Caribbean as colony, homeland, backyard, paradise, and Babylon, and how the region's migrations have prompted ideas about evolution, hedonism, imperialism, nationalism, and diaspora. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Smith

HIST 179a Labor, Gender, and Exchange in the Atlantic World, 1600-1850
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An examination of the interaction of cultures in the Atlantic World against a backdrop of violence, conquest, and empire-building. Particular attention is paid to the structure and function of power relations, gender orders, labor systems, and exchange networks. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Sreenivasan

HIST 206b Globalization and Religion: Twentieth-Century Christianity
Examines the fundamental dynamics, issues, and findings recent scholarship on the transformation of Christianity in the twentieth century, with particular attention to the impact of war, secularization, and globalization. Usually offered every third year.
Mr. Freeze

HIST 215a World History
Designed to introduce students to the methods, sources, and writings about global and non-Western histories. Taught collectively by specialists in Latin American, Asian, African, and Middle Eastern history. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Sreenivasan

HS 236a International Health Systems and Development
Provides students with the framework to understand how health systems are organized and to understand what affects their performance. Students also will be able to describe key features of health systems; how health system performance is measured; and how lessons from other countries can be applied to their own countries. The course examines different health system frameworks, how to use these frameworks to ask health system questions, different aspects of health systems, how national health systems differ, and what measures are being implemented in different countries to improve their health system performance and eventually health outcomes. The course will also take a broader look at the relationships between health policy, economic policy and development policy, examining some of the main economic and development theories shaping global policies and also examine the international institutions and political dynamics in health policy making. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Bowser

HS 253f HIV/AIDS Policy and Global LGBT Rights
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Geared toward students with limited experience in HIV/AIDS as a public policy issue. In the first sessions, students learn the key perspectives to frame the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a policy issue, including an economic perspective, a social impact perspective, and a rights perspective. The second half of the course reviews lessons from the international experience in responding to the epidemic. Attention is given to sector-based interventions and necessary coordination between sectors for specific interventions to be effective. Not offered in 2016-2017.
Mr. Cahill

HS 262f Culture, Power, and Development
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Students engage with constructs of cultural superiority, debate about modernization, and learn about what motivates individual and cultural change. Students are introduced to alternative theoretical approaches to culture and development and learn how to apply those theories to different historical contexts as well as contemporary situations. Usually offered every year.
Staff

HS 268f Rule of Law and Development
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Explores whether law is critical to development. If it is, how and with respect to what kind of development, and what means are available to maximize the law’s beneficial impact. Through readings, case studies, and development projects, students examine the use of the legal order to solve problems of poverty, vulnerability, and environmental degradation in developing nations. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Sampath

HS 269f Food Security and Nutrition
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Examines the interconnectedness of agricultural policy and planning, food policy, nutrition policy, and outcomes of nutritional status. Students explore definitions of "hunger” and “malnutrition." The planning and analytical process of defining nutritional problems at the village and household level are discussed, along with appropriate technologies and techniques to resolve food security problems. Usually offered every year.
Staff

HS 276f World Health
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
A primer on major diseases and problems of health care in developing nations. Topics include descriptions of disease incidence and prevalence, including infectious, chronic, and mental disease; determinants of health, including culture and behavior; the roles of nutrition, education, and reproductive trends and poverty; demographic transitions, including aging and urbanization; the structure and financing of health systems; and the globalization of health. Usually offered every year.
Staff

HS 283f Gender and Development
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Examines politics and policies of international development from a gender-sensitive perspective. Concepts of "development" and “gender” are framed within historical and political contexts. Students examine how development affects women and men differently according to class, ethnicity, geography, age, and seniority. Ways in which gender asymmetries have been addressed in development and approaches to mainstreaming gender are explored. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Espinosa

HS 293f Religion and Development
Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.
Explores the world’s different faith traditions and how they define and treat the problem of poverty. The class takes a critical look at conditions by which religion provides a source of liberation from human suffering and strategies for sustainable development. Students also examine how power is transformed along gender, class, racial, ethnic, and national lines when religions confront one another. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Sampath

HSSP 102a Global Perspectives on Health
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A primer on major issues in health care in developing nations. Topics include the natural history of disease and levels of prevention; epidemiological transitions; health disparities; and determinants of health including culture, social context, and behavior. Also covers: infectious and chronic disease incidence and prevalence; the role of nutrition, education, reproductive trends, and poverty; demographic transition including aging and urbanization; the structure and financing of health systems; and the globalization of health. Usually offered every year.
Staff

PHIL 126a What Does it Mean to be a Global Citizen?
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May not be taken for credit by students who took PHIL 20a in prior years.
Focuses on the relation of the individual to the state and, in particular, on the theory and practice of nonviolent resistance, its aims, methods, achievements, and legitimacy. Examines the nature of obligation and the role of civil disobedience in a democratic society. Explores the conflict between authority and autonomy and the grounds for giving one's allegiance to any state at all. Examples include opposition to the nuclear arms race, and disobedience in China and Northern Ireland and at abortion clinics. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Teuber

POL 127a Ending Deadly Conflict
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Prerequisite: POL 127b or permission of the instructor.
Examines strategies for ending violent internal (primarily ethnic) conflicts, with emphasis on identifying conditions conducive to negotiated settlements. Case studies are examined in light of analytical literature. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Burg

POL 127b Seminar: Managing Ethnic Conflict
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Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Comparative study of the sources and character of interethnic conflict, with emphasis on the processes by which groups become politicized, and the strategies and techniques for managing conflict in a democratic system. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Burg

POL 167a United States and China in World Politics
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Issues in U.S.-China relations, including Taiwan and Tibet, the formation of a Greater China, military security and use of nuclear weapons, human rights, Chinese and American versions of nationalism and internationalism, and others. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Thaxton

POL 172b Seminar: International Political Economy
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Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
The politics and modern evolution of international economic relations, comprising trade, money, multinational productions, and development. Also the role of states and transnational actors in international markets and the global differentiation of power, and distribution of wealth. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Chase

POL 173a U.S. Foreign Economic Policy
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Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.
Presents the history and politics of the foreign economic policy in the United States. Emphasis is on political and economic considerations that influence the domestic actors and institutions involved in the formulation of policy. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Chase

POL 174b Seminar: Problems of National Security
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Analysis of the role and utility of military power in international politics. Selected case studies from the last fifty years. Selected topics on post-Cold War military issues, including the spread of weapons of mass destruction, collective approaches to coercion, and the role of U.S. military power in world stability. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Art

POL 214b Graduate Seminar: Selected Topics in World Politics
Provides graduate students an opportunity to engage in research and discussion of selected issues in the international dimensions of world politics. Each term it deals with a different topic in greater depth than is possible in the context of the program's field seminar in this area. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Art or Mr. Chase

SOC 120b Globalization and the Media
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Investigates the phenomenon of globalization as it relates to mass media. Topics addressed include the growth of transnational media organizations, the creation of audiences that transcend territorial groupings, the hybridization of cultural styles, and the consequences for local identities. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Miller

SOC 146a Mass Communication Theory
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An examination of key theories in mass communication, including mass culture, hegemony, the production of culture, and public sphere. Themes discussed include the nature of media effects, the role of the audience, and the extent of diversity in the mass media. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Miller

SOC 168a Democracy and Inequality in Global Perspective
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Can democracy survive great inequalities of wealth and status? In authoritarian countries, does inequality inspire revolution or obedience? What role does culture play in determining which inequalities are tolerable and which are not? Cases include the United States, India, and China. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Rosenberger

SOC 189a Sociology of Body and Health
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Explores theoretical considerations of the body as a cultural phenomenon intersecting with health, healing, illness, disease, and medicine. Focuses on how gender, race, class, religion, and other dimensions of social organization shape individual experiences and opportunities for agency and resistance. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Shostak

SOC 193a Environment, Health, and Society
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This course draws on sociological perspectives to examine two key questions: (1) How does social organization enter into the production of environmental health and illness? and (2) How do scientists, regulators, social movement activists, and people affected by illness seek to understand, regulate, and intervene in relationships between the environment and human health? Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Shostak