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
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
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
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
INTG212 Global Perspectives: Love, Marriage, and
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.
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
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
by Robert W. Strayer