Global Studies


Athabasca University is pleased to announce a Minor in Global Studies

The Global Studies Minor at Athabasca University is designed to provide the tools to understand the processes of globalization with a historical and sociological angle (as opposed to history or sociology with a global angle). Its holistic perspective breaks through the confines of scholarly specialization, and raises human global self-awareness as it affects every day popular life, action, psyche, imagination and consciousness on a mass, global scale.

The transdisciplinary approach is invaluable for both the beginning student as well as the professional who seek to comprehend the past and present views of the globalizing phenomena, which is critical to understand the fundamental aspects of our society and its development.

The most recent required course, GLST 205 – Building Blocks of Global Studies: Overview of Approaches, Concepts and Issues, provides a broad overview of this multilayered field and an introduction to the tools for understanding global issues. By treating the complex concept of 'globalization' as a description, a process, as well as an ideology the course examines core issues of Global Studies and the agents of change in our world by using extremely readable texts and innovative assignments.

The issues and concepts in this course have relevance for a number of disciplines – for example development studies, environmental studies, international business and finance, philosophy, political science, sociology, women's studies, etc. Bearing this in mind, the course is primarily intended for the following: 1) Students who want to do advanced research in globalization and need an overview of the building blocks of the field. 2) Professionals and practitioners in any field who want to supplement their skills with the basics of a global approach.

There are no prerequisites for this course, but a previous course in development, political science, political economy, sociology, or any related discipline is recommended. Students are expected to have university level analytical and writing skills.

Over a dozen courses have so far been developed in this interdisciplinary field, and more are on the way. The junior-level courses presently offered are on world regional geography, world history, global environmental change, and globalization and world politics. Senior-level courses are also offered in world history, with more specialized courses on Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Other senior-level courses focus on international law, international political economy, governance, public policy, and financial management.

Updated October 26 2015 by Student & Academic Services