Bachelor of Arts, Major, Minor in Global Studies

Global Studies


Course offerings vary from year to year. Check Generate a Timetable for available course offerings.

GLST 100  (3)  Through the Global Lens

An introduction to interdisciplinary learning offering different ways of seeing and explaining contemporary human experiences. Learners study diverse human experiences through the lenses of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science and Sociology. Possible topics: religion and world politics; refugees and human rights; cultural diversity; economic sectors and globalization; green consumerism. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

GLST 200  (3)  Global Economic Issues

An introduction to the institutions, concepts and theories of micro- and macro-economics within a global context. Topics include issues related to trade, market forces and their relationship to growth and development; and a broad overview of global inequalities with possible solutions. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

GLST 210  (3)  The Human Face of Globalization: An Anthropological View

A cross-cultural examination and analysis of the local to global impacts of globalization on peoples and societies from an anthropological perspective. Topics could include: food, technology, indigenous peoples, ethics, ecology, labour, consumption, and sustainability. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

GLST 211  (3)  Geography of Environmental Change and Sustainability

An examination of global environmental change, sustainability, and key concepts and principles. Focus will be on taking action, challenges to sustainability, and applications. Topics include consumption, 'wicked' problems, energy, models of sustainability, risk and resilience, environmental and human dimensions of sustainability, water, food systems, the urban environment, and waste. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

GLST 212  (3)  Global Problems to Local Solutions: A Sociological Perspective

An introduction to globalization through a sociological perspective. Is it making the world better? Who benefits, who pays? Topics may include: world-systems analysis; progress and the limits to growth; material over-consumption; rising inequality; militarism and terrorism; transnational corporations; global social movements; and community responses. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

GLST 380  (6)  International Internship

Selected students will work as interns for international organizations, both governmental and non-governmental. Internship activity will be a combination of work experience and training provided by the host agency. The work/training period will be a minimum of 240 hours. (0:0:0 —240)

Prerequisite: Third-year standing in Global Studies and permission of Department.

Co-requisites: GLST 381.

GLST 381  (3)  The Internship Report

This is a major, in-depth report on the internship experience. During the internship, the student will be required to maintain an academic journal on which the report will be based. In addition, the report will also express the personal reflections of the student on the internship experience. (0:0:0 —120)

Prerequisite: Third-year standing in Global Studies and permission of Department.

Co-requisites: GLST 380.

GLST 390  (3)  Globalization: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry

An examination of the origins, causes, and consequences of globalization viewed from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include the impact of globalization on the economic, political, social and natural environments of nations, regions, and the world. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Third-year standing.

GLST 391  (3)  Responses to Globalization

An interdisciplinary exploration of responses to globalization. Topics may include domestic and international policy-making, grassroots movements, reform of international organizations, and indigenous responses. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Third-year standing.

GLST 490  (3)  Selected Topics in Global Studies

A continuing in-depth discussion of selected topics first introduced in GLST 390/GLST 391. Topics may include specific economic, social, political, and/or environmental challenges and responses linked to globalization. Students may take this course twice provided the topics differ. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: GLST 390 or GLST 391.

GLST 491  (3)  Applied Seminar in Global Studies

The course, organized in a seminar format, will consist of applied topics related to globalization. Topics may include: policy-making process analysis and outcome, program evaluation and assessment, grant application, and community development. Students may take this course twice provided the topics differ. (0:3:0)

Prerequisite: GLST 390 or GLST 391.

GLST 492  (3)  Senior Project

Involves independent research. For majors and should only be taken after consultation with the Chair of the Global Studies program. Global Studies students may take up to two times with permission of the Chair. (0:3:0)

Prerequisite: None.