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International Studies Course Listings - Fall 2012

BUSN 250C 01 – International Business
4 credits
Jeong, S

Prerequisites:  None
This is an introductory course in international business. The basic content of the course includes (1) an overview of the means of conducting international business, with an emphasis on what makes international different from domestic; (2) the effects of the social systems within countries on the conduct of international business; (3) the major theories explaining international business transactions and the institutions influencing those activities; (4) institutions that measure and facilitate international transactions; (5) the dynamic interface between countries and companies attempting to conduct foreign business activities; (6) corporate strategy alternatives for global operations; and (7) international activities that fall largely within functional disciplines such as marketing and human resource management. 

ECON 190S 1M-4M Principles of Economics
4 credits
Frost, Marcia; Gwinn, Lawrence; Tiffany, Frederick; Wishart, Dave

Prerequisites: Students must have attained the math placement level 22 to enroll.
An introduction to basic principles of economics. Topics covered include supply and demand, marginal analysis, competition, profit maximization, aggregate demand, and supply, the level of employment, inflation, fiscal policy, monetary policy, and international trade. Lecture/discussion format.

FREN 140A 01 – Monsters & Monstrosities
4 credits
Adrien, Max

Prerequisites:  None.  Taught in English.
This course aims at examining Francophone Caribbean and African literary and filmic works that address political concerns of the late colonial and post-colonial eras. Among the major themes to be examined are the Western canonic concepts of Monsters and Monstrosities, the Negritude Movement, the concept of Africanity, the linguistic concerns of Créolité, and the pervasive theme of Alienation. Main texts and films to be studied will include Condé, Niane and Zobel. To better appreciate the legacy of colonialism and better understand the Western canonical conceptions of “Monster”, textual reading excepts will be drawn from Plato [Socrates], Saint Augustine, Montaigne, Césaire, Fanon, Sartre and Senghor. Pursuant to Wittenberg’s liberal arts education vision which is “dedicated to intellectual inquiry and wholeness of person within a diverse community”, the main emphasis of the course is to bring to bear the necessary tools that students might need to deal with social /societal issues, ”malaise” / “discontent” such as Monsters, Monstrosities, Identity, Alienation, Otherness, Colonialism, Negritude, etc. Overall, the core principle of this course is critical thinking as a window that will connect students to the global world to enhance their possibilities to be fully engaged in their community as they gain a greater understanding of the human condition. Knowledge of French is not required.

GEOG 101S 01 Cultural Geography
4 credits
Scholl, Andrew

Prerequisites: None
The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the breadth of human geography and in particular how populations influence the way the environment is developed and utilized by people and the subsequent patterns they create on the landscape. Topics will include: the spatial organization of human activities, ways in which social processes and structures can be understood through a geographic lens, geographic perspectives of human/environment interactions, patterns of economic activity, the relationship between political States and cultures, and the impact of globalization. The course will follow a lecture/discussion format to enhance critical thinking and writing abilities. In addition, the class will also require some out of class, off campus collection of data to complete exercises. The overall aim of the course is to provide the student with the analytical skills necessary to think critically about contemporary geographical patterns and processes while also cultivating the student's own geographical imagination.

HIST 106C/H 1W Modern World
4 credits
Proctor, Tammy

Prerequisites: None
This course is designed as an introduction to the larger themes and questions of world history from approximately 1400-present. Rather than focusing on charting the dates and times of all of the world’s events, we will examine political institutions, economic/demographic trends, and social organizations in order to better understand the world today. Using a global framework, students will explore the development of modern civilizations in the Near and Far East, Eastern/Western Europe, Africa and the Americas. Assessment will focus on the students' ability to express their ideas in essay exams, quizzes, short papers, and oral presentations. WRITING INTENSIVE
NOTE:  This course is required for the History/Integrated Social Studies Major

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum:  CLAC
Interested in using your foreign language skills to earn extra credit connected to this course and to learn more about the subject matter of this course at the same time?  If so, register for the CLAC components offered here. You don’t need to be fluent in the language to exercise this option. In fact, you need only to have completed two credits beyond 112 or to be currently enrolled in a course beyond 112. Your work will be guided by your professor and by faculty from the Languages Department. The CLAC module is designed for intermediate level language learners.

This course offers a foreign language component or CLAC component in the following languages:  Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, French, German

Students who select the CLAC option will complete work in a foreign language that will supplement the work in this course. Students who complete the CLAC assignments successfully will earn 1 credit for the CLAC component.

To register for the CLAC component, you must also register for a one-credit LANG 230 CLAC module listed among the Language Department’s offerings. Meeting times and location will be arranged at the beginning of the semester. Credit for CLAC modules may be counted toward the requirements for International Studies and as elective credit in the Language department.

INTL 495 01 Senior Capstone Seminar:  The Great Recession: Causes and Consequences from a Global Perspective
4 credits
Allan, James

Prerequisites: INTL Majors or instructor permission.
In an era of interdependence, the global economy is now more susceptible than ever to the contagion associated with economic crises. This course will examine, from a variety of theoretical perspectives, the global economic downturn that began in 2008. We will begin with a critical examination of the causes of the crisis itself, both within individual countries and at a systemic level. The course will then turn to the political, economic, and social consequences of the slump in the "advanced democracies" of the North as well as the "less developed countries" of the South, and consider to what extent, if any, the international system will (or should be) reshaped as a result. Assessment will be based on several short papers and group projects throughout the semester.

POLI 352 1W Foreign Russian Policy
4 credits
LaPorte, Jody

Prerequisites: POLI 101S or 251S and Jr class standing, or with permission
This course has three central components: (1) understanding the history of American foreign policy; (2) examining and explaining the process through which foreign policy is made; and (3) analyzing current foreign policy issues. Three papers and at least two oral presentations are required. The course is a seminar and students are expected to engage in extensive discussion based on individual research. 10/11

SOCI 110C/S 01/02 Cultural Anthropology
4 credits
Rowell, Kathy

Prerequisites:  None
This course introduces students to key concepts, methods, and approaches in cultural anthropology. Topics addressed include culture theory, fieldwork, language, ethnicity, tourism, media, popular culture, globalization, gender relations, social change, war, peace, development, and religion, among others. As this list suggests, anthropology is a discipline that draws on many other fields, and our course readings reflect that cross-disciplinarily.  A special focus on indigenous peoples of the world and humans rights issues will be explored. Course will include some opportunities to participate in applied anthropology projects and research. Ethnographic setting explored in this class range from the contemporary United States to Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

SOCI 301S 2W Politics & Religion, America and Worldwide
4 credits
Pankhurst, Jerry

Prerequisites:  One course in sociology or RCEP major/minor or permission of instructor
Religion seems to play an ever greater role in politics, and this process is occurring not only in the United States, but in many other countries around the world, as well as on the global stage. This course examines the process of expanding political religion or religious politics sociologically, arguing that there is a special inter-institutional relationship between politics and religion that is developing under globalized post-modern conditions. The relationship between politics and religion varies among national settings depending upon the historical-cultural attachment to differing major religious traditions. We will put several societies and their faith traditions into focus, and we will also investigate the impact of transnational organizations and legal structures such as the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Union and the Arab League. This offering of the course will emphasize dynamics in North America, Europe, Central Eurasia and the Middle East, that is, primarily Abrahamic (Judaic, Christian and Muslim) societies.
NOTE:  This course builds on the instructor’s experience teaching and carrying out research in Estonia in the spring of 2012, and includes some components that will be carried on jointly with a class at the University of Tartu by Internet bridge.


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