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Global Studies ( INTST 100U)   

Dr. JoAnn Chirico 
Globalization is a set of processes through which the world is becoming a single place. Economic systems, systems of governance, and culture have all spilled over national boundaries and operate globally. Institutions around the world - from governments to education to sports to health care - look increasingly alike. Values such as human rights, democracy, consumerism, and materialism are spreading globally. All of this has had profound implications on people's lives, from the rise of fundamentalism to the worldwide recession.

This course investigates globalization effects both within and across societies. Much of the direction of the class will depend on student interest. We will study global economy, governance, and culture. Other topics could include global problems such as inequality, environmental destruction, migration, international crime, and violent conflict.

Another track of study could be the impact of globalization on institutions such as education, sports, religion, and health care. The course will be structured as a seminar focusing on students' questions about and interests in globalization. Students will conduct independent investigations (some are suggested, but students may create their own) in order to expand their knowledge and share their discoveries with the class.


The Arts (INART 001H)
Dr. Carol Schafer
 
This course will develop critical perception, knowledge, and judgments through an examination of the basic concepts common among the arts. Everyday we are surrounded by artistic works - in the architecture of our buildings, in the planned landscapes we inhabit, in the music we hear, and in the films and television programs we watch.

Art enriches our lives, whether it’s in a museum or the corner café. Artists have imagined and created the world we inhabit, but how do we learn to appreciate what these creations communicate? This course is designed for those who might feel uncomfortable when asked to evaluate a painting, a photograph, or a song because the tools for critical perception of the arts often are not taught to us in school. During the semester, we will look at a wide spectrum of the visual and performing arts to explore methods of perceiving and appreciating the artistic world that surrounds us.