College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  
    Feb 20, 2019  
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

Global Studies


 


Coordinators:

AYSE KAYA (Political Science), Coordinator
CARINA YERVASI (French and Francophone Studies), Coordinator
Molly Lawrence, Administrative Assistant

Committee:

TBD

 


The Global Studies Program brings together courses across the curriculum that focus on, or provide means to, understanding and analyzing: global processes, systems, and phenomena, the relationship between the local and the global, and trans-border connections among people and events. 

Global Studies, with its emphasis, on the one hand, on processes and phenomena common across borders and, on the other, with a particular attention to differences in the global-local connection, offers students an opportunity to more strongly command an understanding of their place in the world and an awareness and appreciation of differences through cross-cultural competence as well as a greater ability to mediate these differences. The Global Studies program complements and strengthens Swarthmore’s efforts to shape engaged citizens not just with a local or a national conscience, but also with a global one.

The minor in Global Studies requires a total of 5 credits plus Foreign Language study to create a cohesive pathway to an interdisciplinary understanding of the global. One of these 5 credits has to come from the Introduction to Global Studies course.  The remaining four credits need to come from the list of eligible courses, which include core courses and paired courses.  While core courses offer a global view of a particular subject, paired courses predominantly study one part of the world or an issue area, topic, or theme through a part of the world.  In this respect, paired courses provide a global view through comparative analysis.  One GLBL-eligible paired course needs to be combined with another GLBL-eligible paired course for the student to receive credit for each paired course. The rationale for the pairing should be outlined in the student’s Sophomore Pathway. Further, Graduating seniors complete a Senior Reflection Exercise.

The Academic Program


Course Minor


Requirements:

  1. Introduction to Global Studies
  2. A minimum of 4 credits in core and paired courses:
    • These 4 credits should come from at least 2 different divisions.
    • More than one course in the same Department/Program is not permitted to count toward the 4 credit requirement.
    • 2 of these 4 credits must come from the core courses
    • A maximum of 1 of these credits may be taken off-campus at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, or on an approved study abroad program, upon petition to and approval by the coordinators.
  3. Foreign language study

 

Introduction to Global Studies - GLBL 001:

All minors are required to successfully complete the 1-credit Introduction to Global Studies (GLBL 001) offered every fall, preferably by their sophomore year. It is team-taught by two faculty members from different departments. First-years are permitted in the course. Seniors may enroll upon approval of the instructors.

 

A minimum of 4 credits in core and paired courses:

Core courses - Minimum of 2

Core courses are the backbone of the Global Studies program because they have a high level of content central to the analyses of global events, systems, or processes. The core courses may be focusing on processes of interdependence (such as migrations or the economy of arts), the impact of an event or a process across multiple regions of the world (such as urbanization in different places or the effects of capitalism), or a comparative analysis of an idea or phenomenon in different parts of the world (such as how Buddhism is understood and practiced in different parts of the world). These courses provide explicit tools, concepts, and analysis that are commonly used in, or connect closely with, themes in Global Studies and are noted in the catalog entry notes as “Eligible for GLBL - Core.”

 

Paired Courses

Students can also pair courses to achieve a comparative, cross-regional emphasis. To elaborate, if students choose to take paired courses that are eligible for GLBL, they must combine at least two paired courses in order to receive credit for each course for the minor. Courses listed in this category are predominantly courses that study a part of the world or an issue area, topic, or theme through a part of the world. These courses may present global concepts, systems or phenomena, but are limited by focus on a specific part of the world. These courses are noted in the catalog entry notes as “Eligible for GLBL - Paired.”

 

Foreign Language Study:

Studying a foreign language engages an essential tool of cross cultural communication as it embodies a different way to learn about others’ cultures while reflecting on one’s own. Choice of language should be integral to the student’s Global Studies minor. The language study requirement comprises two choices:

 

1. New Language: Students choosing a new language will be required to complete the first 3 semesters of a new language offered at Swarthmore (Trico or UPenn for languages not housed at Swarthmore) or reach the equivalent of intermediate level in a study abroad language option upon approval of program coordinators.

 

2. Continuing Language: Students choosing to continue a language begun elsewhere and taught at Swarthmore will adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Students placed at the 1st - 3rd semester-level must complete through the 3rd semester of that language.

  • Students placed at the 4th semester-level must complete that level.

  • Students placed above the 4th semester-level must complete one advanced course in that language.

  • Students who wish to declare English as their foreign language must meet with the program coordinators.

 

In essence, some students may continue a language they studied in high school, while others may prefer to begin a new language. We would strongly advise the student to see the language choice as integral to their choice of elective courses. For languages not housed at Swarthmore, Global Studies will encourage students to explore two options: (1) local language study in the Trico or at UPenn or (2) study abroad opportunities that offer intensive language programs on their own or as part of a study abroad program. In such cases where students want to study languages elsewhere, Global Studies’ students will work in consultation with the program coordinators to develop a language study program.

 

NB. Some of the courses that would satisfy the Global Studies core and paired courses requirement are language courses, so they would meet both the course requirements as well as the language requirements.

 

Sophomore Pathway: Equivalent to the sophomore plan, in the Sophomore Pathway the students will outline their rationale of their chosen GLBL courses and language study, including how they think these courses will help them pursue their area of interest or permit the exploration of a theme from different vantage points.

A minimum “B” average within the GLBL minor is required for all minors by their junior year.

Senior Reflection Exercise: Seniors will revisit their Sophomore Pathway as they craft a statement to reflect upon their Global Studies minor. The statement will be presented in a short, public address to all interested faculty, staff, and students at the GLBL Spring Gathering. The exercise should be a self-assessment on the student’s course choices and what they have learned, what connections still need to be made, what plans they have for future growth in skills and knowledge-building.

Global Studies Courses


Currently offered courses relevant to the program include the following.

Note: The student is responsible for knowing and meeting any of the prerequisites associated with the following courses. In all cases, the student’s acceptance into these courses is up to the Instructor and not the Global Studies Program coordinators.

 

Environmental Studies