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.
30 credits, of which at least 15 must be in senior courses (300/400 levels)
GLST 205: Building Blocks of Global Studies: Overview of Approaches, Concepts and Issues (Course is open for student registration)
Select a minimum of 12 credits from this list:
Global Studies at AU has the following five focus areas. Select 15 credits in one of the following focus areas:
Updated February 23 2015 by Student & Academic Services