Fall 2019 Special Topics

GLOBAL STUDIES SPECIAL TOPICS

  • GLOBAL 10B (25232) Darren Zook – (TuTh, 5-6:30pm, 159 Mulford)
    “Food, Drink, Culture, Politics” – Few things are more important to the existence of humanity than food and drink. Aside from making human life possible, food and drink have generated multiple waves of cultural and political activity throughout human history, some of it celebratory, some of it contentious, and all of it infinitely interesting. This course will explore the many ways that food and drink are intertwined with culture and politics, in the past and in the present. Drawing on examples from all around the world, we will discuss, among other things, the ways that governments try to control the circulation of food and drink; the different cultural rituals associated with food and drink; the claims of cultural ownership over specific types of food and drink; and the representation of food and drink through art, film, and literature. After taking this course, you’ll never look at what’s on your plate or what’s in your glass the same way again.

  • GLOBAL 10B.002;(26133) Clare Talwalker – (TuTh, 12:30-2:30pm, 110 Barrows)
    ” Cultures and Capitalism” – This course examines the impact of the global economy on a variety of societies around the world, using novels and films alongside ethnographic accounts. With a focus on cultural meanings and practices, this course approaches capitalist transformation as a powerful shaping force around the globe and through history. In what ways, we will ask, do such things as commodity markets and wage work interact/coexist with other ways of exchanging things, of cooperating with others, and of laboring for our livelihoods on this earth? How are people making sense of such shifts and changes? This course is room shared with GLOBAL 150Q

  • GLOBAL 24 (24773) Darren Zook – (Tu, 2-3pm, 106 Wheeler)
    ” Identity and Diversity in America “ – If contemporary popular culture is any guide, we are fascinated by rulers with super-human abilities: from Black Panther’s King T’Challa to Aragorn’s foresight and healing power, sovereigns with special gifts loom large in our imaginary realms. This course explores the historical origins of ideas about sacred rulers during the centuries usually called “medieval” (c. 500-1500). It will compare the development of Christian sacred kingship in Western Europe—the idea that sovereigns ruled by “divine right”—with the influence of Islam on ideas and practices of rulership in several African kingdoms. In both cases, the impact of indigenous “tribal” beliefs and practices on the acceptance and development of Abrahamic faiths will be considered. What relations between rulers and the sacred are attested? What kinds of divine powers are attributed to kings and how are they related to their earthly, political authority? How were power and holiness mobilized in the creation of early states? Close reading and analysis of primary sources in translation (such as biographies, letters, chronicles, and traveler’s accounts) will be emphasized as well as interpretive frameworks drawn from modern scholarship. Course requirements include brief analytical responses to primary sources; a take-home midterm examination; and a final exam as scheduled by the Office of the Registrar during the university’s final examination week. Room share with History 100U (Class #25941)

  • GLOBAL 24.002 (26514) Clare Talwalker – (Wed, 2-3pm, 211 Dwinelle)
    “Global South Capitalism in the NY Times: Reading like an Anthropologist” – Advanced multidisciplinary research in current issues and topics related to Global Societies and Cultures. This Global Studies course will focus on specific issues related to various societies and cultures around the world, with appropriate comparative material included. Topics will change depending on the instructor teaching. Room shre with JEWISH 121.002 (Class #32343)

  • GLOBAL 24.003 (31119) Crystal Chang – (Wed, 11am-12pm, 210 Dwinelle)
    “Critical Globalism in the 21st Century” – Advanced multidisciplinary research in current issues and topics related to Global Societies and Cultures. This Global Studies course will focus on specific issues related to various societies and cultures around the world, with appropriate comparative material included. Topics will change depending on the instructor teaching.

  • GLOBAL 24.004 (32740) Peter Bartu – (Th, 5-6pm, 65 Evans)
    “Best Movies of All Time” – Advanced multidisciplinary research in current issues and topics related to Global Societies and Cultures. This Global Studies course will focus on specific issues related to various societies and cultures around the world, with appropriate comparative material included. Topics will change depending on the instructor teaching.

  • GLOBAL 150Q (25235) Keiko Yamanaka – (MWF, 5-6pm, 228 Dwinelle)
    “Immigration and Multiculturalism in Asia” – With an influx of global migrants since the 1980s, East Asian nations of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, have transformed from relatively homogeneous into relatively heterogeneous societies. China, in the meantime, has incorporated rural migrants into its urban work force. At the same time, the Southeast Asian nations of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, which have long been multiethnic, face a new challenge as a result of an increasingly diverse foreign labor force. These changes are having a profound impact on the region’s democratic governance, economic development, ethnic minority relations, civil society, legal codes, human rights and gender equality. This course analyzes the nature and consequences of these demographic and cultural changes in Asia’s labor importing countries from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives.

  • GLOBAL 150Q.2 (25236) Crystal Chang – (Th, 2-5p, B1 Hearst Field Annex)
    “Gender, Labor, and Love in Globalizing Asia” – Throughout Asia, “globalization” and “development” have become synonymous with progress and success. In this course, we will challenge the hegemony of neoliberal market ideology by investigating the commodification of women’s labor in the workplace, in the family, and in the bedroom. We will look at recent trends in labor force participation, sex trafficking, marriage customs, and reproductive rights across Asia. At the same time we interrogate the underlying political, cultural, and economic mechanisms that tend to perpetuate women’s marginality and subordination, we will also seek to understand the many ways in which women have struggled for their self-identity and agency.

  • GLOBAL 153P (26118) Karen Bhangoo Randhawa – (TuTh, 9:30-11am, 122 Barrows)
    “Religion and Human Security” – The field of global studies encompasses conflict resolution approaches and strategies that are both theoretical and practical. The nature of the relationship between religion, peace and security is often contentious, some arguing that religion has little to do with violence while others have argued we pay attention to nuanced role religion can play as a resource for peace and reconciliation. This course provides an overview of the current challenges of religious, ethnic and sectarian conflict and explores how scholars have evaluated the connection of religion to peace and security. We will analyze the role of various religions and investigate how fundamentalism, secularity and religious freedom relate to human welfare and explore religion’s role in promoting human security.
    Using various case studies from around the world ranging from South Asia, Middle East, North America and Indonesia, the second half of the course will critically analyze the role mediation and negotiation can play in conflicts that have a religious dimension. Accordingly, students will gain experiential and practical insights about how policy makers and practitioners can develop tools and strategies to address the salience of religion in improving human security in global affairs.

  • GLOBAL 154M (24772) Peter Bartu – (MW, 4-5pm, 240 Mulford)
    “The Gulf States and the Arab Spring” – The Gulf States seemed impermeable to the 2011 Arab uprisings but behind the scenes saw regional developments as both threat and opportunity. This course examines the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE and Qatar in particular and their roles in an ongoing struggle for the heart and soul of a region. Themes explored include: governance, succession, sectarianism, Islam and the state, intra-Gulf conflicts, gender, security and energy.

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