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Global Studies Programs

Minor in Global Studies

Overview of the Minor in Global Studies

Global Studies is an emerging interdisciplinary field, which offers a coherent and comprehensive approach to study contemporary global issues. While there are many methods to teaching interdisciplinary areas such as Political Economy and Cultural Studies, they share a conscious effort to apply more than one discipline and/or perspective to examine a theme, issue, question, problem, topic, or experience. The study of transnational processes or globalization relies on an even greater diversity of materials and perspectives than any discipline-bound enquiry. This is particularly challenging at the Undergraduate level where students have little background knowledge of the tools of analysis provided by various discipline.

Consequently, this Minor in Global Studies employs a two pronged approach to integrate the fragmentation of knowledge and skills. The first method is a conscious and broad integration, wherein the student is made aware of how and why every 'theme' in Global Studies encompasses more than one perspective, disciplinary area, historical time frames, and geographical area. For instance, the issue of Carbon Trading does not just involve contemporary economic and environmental perspectives, but also concerns related to power, culture, sovereignty, identity, geo-politics, etc. Additionally, situating such a 'global' theme in a broad historical and wide regional context allows us to broaden and deepen our understanding of the actors, agents, issues and institutions involved. Interdisciplinarity or Transdisciplinarity does not necessarily amount to a disciplinary vacuum, since that would deny the use of the rich wealth of analytical tools provided by established disciplinary frameworks. Thus, undergraduate students with little disciplinary background are encouraged to select from a list of electives that includes preparatory/introductory disciplinary courses.

Secondly, the design of the study material, assignments, and the inclusion of introductory language/literature courses aim to direct the students towards the broadening of their own perspective of 'global' and their place in it. The readings, assignments as well as the broad ranging electives are meant to encourage students to use concepts as tools, to read and watch with intent, and thereby learn to critically analyze real world trends, events or notions. For instance, in order for students to be better global citizens, and to work toward inclusive and transformational social justice, it is highly recommended that students learn language skills other than English as a career goal.

However, for the purposes of the GLST Minor, it is very important to have a coherent and systematic study plan. Most importantly, students are advised that some of these elective courses may not be self-consciously global in their approach. Therefore, it is important for students to choose a set of courses that have clear and specific relevance for a specific global theme. For that reason, students are strongly advised to consult advisors/tutors/professors before making their choices.

Regulations for Minor in Global Studies

30 credits, of which at least 15 must be in senior courses (300/400 levels)

A. Required Core (3 Credits)

GLST 205: Building Blocks of Global Studies: Overview of Approaches, Concepts and Issues (Course is open for student registration)

B. Elective Courses

Select a minimum of 12 credits from this list:

  • ANTH 275: Faces of Culture: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
  • CMNS/HSRV 308: Understanding Statistical Evidence
  • CLST 325: Understanding Cultural Studies
  • ECON 248: Macroeconomics
  • GLST/ENVS 243: Environmental Change in A Global Context
  • GLST/GEOG 200: World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 201: Introductory Human Geography
  • GLST 395: Global Development Strategies
  • PHIL 252: Critical Thinking
  • GLST/POEC 230: Globalization and World Politics
  • SOSC 366: Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • WGST 266: Thinking from Women's Lives: An Introduction to Women's Studies

C. Focus Areas

Global Studies at AU has the following five focus areas. Select 15 credits in one of the following focus areas:

  1. Global Economy and Development
  2. Global Governance and Conflict
  3. Global Cultures and Societies
  4. Global Media and Communication
  5. Global Literatures and Languages

Focus Area Electives

1. Global Economy and Development

  • ECON 366: Economic Development
  • ECON 401: The Changing Global Economy
  • ECON 475: International Trade
  • ECON 476: International Finance
  • GEOG 201: Intro to Human Geography
  • GEOL 313: Our Physical Resources
  • GLST/GOVN 450: Public Budgeting and Financial Management in a Globalized World
  • ENVS 306: Humanity and Ecosphere
  • LBST 330: Workers and the Economy
  • MKTG 414: International Marketing
  • POEC 302: Intro to Political Economy
  • POEC 393: Canada and the Global Economy
  • GLST/POEC 395: Global Development Strategies
  • SOCI 450: Environmental Sociology

2. Global Governance and Conflict

  • CMNS 385: Media Construction of Social Movements and Issues
  • ENVS 252: The Environment: Issues and Options for Action
  • ENVS 435: Case Studies in Environmental Protection
  • GOVN 301: Governance, the Public Sector and Corporate Power
  • GLST/GOVN 403: Public Policy in a Global Era
  • GLST/GOVN 440: Global Governance and Law
  • GLST/HIST 367: World War II
  • INST 348: Aboriginal Justice
  • INST 377: Topics in Aboriginal Government
  • INST 420: Indigenous Resistance
  • INST 426: Aboriginal Government and Law
  • INST 430: Indigenous Governance
  • INST 480: Comparative Indigenous Models of Government
  • LBST 332: Women and Unions
  • PHIL 371: Ethics, Science, Technology and the Environment
  • PHIL 375: Philosophy of the Environment
  • GLST/POEC 483: The Politics of Globalization
  • POEC 307: Political Ideologies
  • POLI 330: International and Global Politics
  • POLI 342: Intro to Comparative Politics
  • SOCI 300: Organizations and Society
  • SOCI 378: Social Problems and Social Movements
  • SOCI 381: Sociology of Power and Inequality
  • SOCI 435: Theories of Social Change

3. Global Cultures and Societies

  • ANTH 277: The Archaeology of Ancient Peoples
  • ANTH 307: The Inuit Way
  • ANTH 318: Ancient Civilizations of the Americas
  • ANTH 394: Urban Anthropology
  • ANTH 407: Advanced Readings in Regional Ethnology
  • ANTH 434: The History of Anthropological Thought
  • ANTH 491: Ethnobiology: Traditional Bio Knowledge in Contemporary Global Context
  • HIST 201: Western Culture I: Before the Reformation
  • HIST 202: Western Culture II: Since the Reformation
  • HIST 209: History of the World in the Twentieth Century: I
  • GLST/HIST 210: History of the World in the Twentieth Century: II
  • HIST 215: Europe: Medieval to Modern
  • HIST 216: Europe: 1600-1940
  • GLST/HIST 307: The Pacific Century
  • GLST/HIST 308: Intro to Latin America and the Caribbean
  • GLST/HIST 315: Women in Asia
  • HIST 327: Imperial Russia
  • HIST 329: Social History of Canada
  • HIST 365: Girls and Women in Urban Canada, 1880-1940
  • HIST 368: History of Canada's First Nations to 1830
  • HIST 369: History of Canada's First Nations from 1830
  • HIST 370: The Métis
  • HIST/GLST 381: Modern China
  • HIST/GLST 382: Contemporary China
  • HIST 401: Feminism in the Western Tradition
  • HUMN 360: East Meets West
  • INST 203: Indigenous Studies I
  • INST 205: Indigenous Studies I
  • INST 357: Contemporary Aboriginal Issues in Canada
  • INST 358: Aboriginal Women in Canadian Contemporary Society
  • PHIL 231: Intro to Philosophy: West and East
  • RELS 204: Introduction to World Religions
  • SOCI/GLST 331: Critical Gerontology with a focus on Death and Dying
  • SOCI 337: Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 380: Canadian Ethnic Studies
  • SOAN 384: The Family in World Perspective
  • WGST 333: Goddess Mythology, Spirituality and Eco-feminism
  • WGST 366: Famous Feminists and Their Times: Explorations in the History of Feminism, 1800 to 1950
  • WGST 422: Violence Against Women: A Global Perspective

4. Global Media and Communication

  • CMNS 201: Introduction to Mass Media
  • CMNS 302: Communication in History
  • CMNS 358: Popular Culture and the Media
  • CMNS 402: International Media Systems I: The Americas
  • CMNS 423: The Television Age
  • HIST 404: Historical Foundations of Modern Science
  • MKTG 420: Advertising and Promotion
  • POLI 291: Media and Power in Canadian Society
  • POLI 480: The Politics of Cyberspace
  • WGST 446: Gender, Culture and Technology

5. Global Literatures and Languages

  • ANTH 354: Language and Culture
  • ANTH 401: Ethnography, the Writing of Culture
  • CMNS 425: Film and Genre
  • ENGL 306: The Literature of Work
  • ENGL 307: Women in Literature
  • ENGL 308: Native Literature in Canada
  • ENGL 335: Comparative Literature I
  • ENGL 336: Comparative Literature II
  • ENGL 351: Comparative Canadian Literature I
  • ENGL 451: Comparative Canadian Literature II
  • ENGL 358: Literature of the Americas
  • ENGL 433: Post-Colonial Literatures
  • FREN 358: Intro French Litt
  • FREN 374: Intro to French-Canadian Litt

Updated February 23 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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