First-Year Experience 2015-2016

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Full-Year Programs w/ Residential Option

Dean's Signature Programs
Other Full-Year Programs

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Fall Semester Courses


ANTH 059A ~ D2: Culture and Environment

Instructor: Luis Vivanco Associate Professor of Anthropology More . . .

Environmental degradation is currently one of the most pressing problems facing humanity. This course examines the socio-cultural causes and consequences of environmental degradation around the world, as well as the efforts to solve these problems. Students will analyze the increasing globalization of human/nature interactions and environmental degradation, and consider how solutions to environmental problems have dealt (or not dealt) with culturally distinct definitions of nature and social change.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Sciences course and a CAS D2 Non-European Cultures General Requirement course


EC 040B ~ D2: Economics of Globalization

Instructor: Richard Sicotte Associate Professor of Economics More . . .

The main topics that we cover in this course are international trade, international finance, and international migration. In each case we introduce basic economic models, and examine real world data. Additionally, we study the economic institutions and international treaties that govern these processes, such as the World Trade Organization, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Sciences course and a D2 non-European Cultures course


SOC 032A ~ Social Inequality

Instructor: Moustapha Diouf Associate Professor of Sociology More . . .

Who gets what and why?  This course examines class, racial/ethnic, and gender inequality in the distribution of valued rewards (e.g., wealth, power, prestige) in society. Students will describe the distribution of rewards, explain its causes, and discuss its consequences. The focus is on the contemporary United States, and the history of social inequality under Globalization.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Sciences course

Spring Semester Courses


GEOG 099A ~ Global Cities

Instructor: Pablo Bose Assistant Professor of Geography More . . .

"Cities are where hope meets the street, y'all," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, kicking off 2013's TEDCity2.0 conference.  But more than urban spaces-where more than fifty percent of the earth's population now resides, for the first time in human history-it is global or world-class cities that draw our imagination and so many people from across the planet to them.  Yet what does this idea mean?  What does the global city look like?  How has it been produced and reproduced?  In this course we will explore the idea of the global city, not only in its contemporary form, but also through earlier historical periods.  We will look at various manifestations and mutations, at failed experiments, reinventions and renewals in both the Global South and Global North.  From London, New York, and Paris to Tokyo, Mumbai, and Beijing; from Dubai, Bangalore, and Singapore to Toronto, Dublin, and Sydney and many more besides, these are the nodes in interconnected networks of capital, labor, resources, and culture.  We will explore such flows and patterns of interdependencies with particular attention to issues such as inequality, governance, informality, and social justice.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Sciences course


POLS 051 ~ Introduction to International Relations

Instructor: Melissa Willard Foster Assistant Professor of Political Science More . . .

The state of world affairs is rapidly changing. From confrontation with Russia over the Ukraine, to the emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the world is in some ways more dangerous than it was just a few short years ago. And yet, there remains reason to be optimistic. Countries now cooperate on a scale unprecedented in the history of international relations. They are working together to solve global problems such as nuclear proliferation, climate change, economic recession, and terrorism. During our semester together, we will explore how states interact in the international arena. We will examine why states go to war and why they sometimes cooperate, even when their interests conflict. To test our theories of international relations, we will also examine the historical record, looking at the causes of World Wars I and II, as well as more recent conflicts, such as the Iraq War. Finally, we will also consider current topics in the field, such as the causes of terrorism and the consequences of foreign intervention.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Sciences course


Thesis ~ ISSP Thesis (Optional)

Instructor: Luis Vivanco Program Director 802-656-1184 More . . .


 

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Science course