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Global Perspectives – the Second Year of Integrated Studies at Monmouth College
Course Descriptions


INTG201 Global Perspectives: World Impact of East Asian Science
A comparative study of the world impact of science from Western cultures, such as those of Europe and the United States, and Eastern cultures such as those of China, Korea, Malaysia, and Japan. Diverse approaches to science will be discussed, such as the relative importance of group versus individual achievement. These distinctions are rooted in cultural differences that manifest both locally and globally.

INTG202 Global Perspectives: World Drama
A study of drama as a reflection of cultures and an insight into society. Drama has often been used to bolster political ends or to question government policies. This course will focus on how drama causes people to reflect upon values in society, as well as significant issues and events in the world.

INTG203 Global Perspectives: Food
A study of food as a key to unlocking cultures and a lens for comparing different societies. This course will show how human nutrition has been produced, marketed, and consumed as a series of cultural, political, and economic products.

INTG204 Global Perspectives: The Environment
A study of global environmental issues such as human population growth, resource consumption, and environmental alterations. Through the context of environmental problems students will develop an understanding of the planet’s interconnectedness.

INTG205 Global Perspectives: Communication in Global Contexts
A study of the ways in which culture and communication intersect and influence each other. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the importance of context—social, cultural, historical, and political—in intercultural interactions and communication. This course explores cultural dynamics both within the United States and abroad.

INTG206 Global Perspectives: Town and Country
An exploration of the relationship between rural and urban sectors of society. Areas of comparison include pre- and post-WWII societies, economic beneficiaries and losers, cultural values and practices, and the effects of ecology and geography. Similarities and differences will illuminate larger, global transformations.

INTG207 Global Perspectives: Terrorism
An exploration of the local and global contexts for terrorism. This course examines the politics, cultures, and societies from which different types of terrorism emerge, as well as how globalization impacts the growth of militant movements and the choice to engage in terrorist acts.

INTG208 Global Perspectives: Work and Leisure
A study of how different cultures and regions of the world approach work and leisure time. Topics discussed include how history and culture impact our perception of meaningful work, compensation, and business and leisure practices in various regions of the world. The course also examines how work and leisure time are influenced by the trend towards globalization.

INTG209 Global Perspectives: Ethnic Conflict
A study of the phenomenon of ethnic conflict. The course will look closely at several instances of ethnic conflict, such as the relatively non-violent separatist movement in Quebec and the genocide that occurred in Rwanda. In doing so, it attempts to better our understanding of these occurrences by placing them in a global and historical context.

INTG210 Global Perspectives: Security in the Age of Globalization
An overview of the contemporary perspectives and the theoretical approaches used to study economic, environmental, human, and national security in the age of globalization. In this course we will examine the role of nation-states, traditionally viewed as the most important actors in the international arena, as well as non-state actors, in creating security and insecurity in global society.

INTG211 Global Perspectives: Music and Cultures
An exploration of music’s role in shaping cultural identity, the status of musicians and composers within these cultures, and music as a commodity in the global economy. These aspects and others are considered within a larger picture of global historical development.

INTG212 Global Perspectives: Love, Marriage, and the State
A study of the evolution of love, marriage, and family in historical and cross-cultural perspectives, with attention to the complex interplay between individual agency and the constraints imposed by social, economic, and political environments. Concepts and practices of students’ family lives will be compared to South Indian, Middle Eastern, and Japanese practices.

INTG213 Global Perspectives: Global Cities
An examination of the dynamic growth and significance of a variety of the world’s largest metropolitan areas and their role in shaping the political, economic, environmental, and cultural conditions of the modern world. Different cities and particular case studies will be selected each semester by the instructor.

INTG214 Global Perspectives: Contemporary Art and Culture
A study of contemporary art as a tool for expressing cultural values relating to universal issues such as food and shelter, religion, and politics. The often similar concerns of artists from widely varying backgrounds highlight the connections between the global and the local.

INTG215 Global Perspectives: Secret Lives of Women/Literature
This course examines the lives of women in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, India, Russia and the United States as revealed in literature. It deals with the various ways women in different cultures deal with marriage, childbirth, infertility, motherhood, child raising, ageing, infidelity and sexual abuse. Each of these problems is circumscribed by tradition, and status, yet solutions to problems are often ingenious and practical.

INTG216 Global Perspectives: Economic Development
An examination of the challenges to economic development as they have occurred in the past several centuries. Students will study industrialization and the problems of economic inequality in Africa, Asia, and South America, as well as lessons learned from Europe and North America.

INTG219 Global Perspectives: Dances of the New World
A study of the relationship between dances of the New World through the African Diaspora. Through select readings, listening, films, and lectures we will, from a global perspective, explore the ways in which individuals and communities in specific social and cultural contexts around the world use dance to inform and mediate social identity and social relations.


Global Perspectives Texts for the 2010-2011 Academic Year


History of the Modern World:

Ways of the World: A Brief Global History (Vol 2: Since 1500), by Robert W. Strayer
ISBN 0312387490




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