Global Studies (GBL)

Course meets General Education Aims Curriculum Requirement(s) in specified area(s).

Global Studies Program of Study

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GBL 117 – Introduction to Global Studies 4cr

This course provides an introduction to the broad scope of the interdisciplinary field of global studies. Students explore the unequal spatial distribution of humans, resources, wealth, and other phenomena across the globe and examine the root causes and local effects of these geographic patterns. By examining the many ways in which our world is portrayed – in text, on film, and especially with maps – students analyze the economic, cultural and political impacts of globalization on human-environment interactions.

Aim 14 Society and Human Behavior

GBL 125 – Introduction to Appalachian Studies 4cr

This course is an introduction to the field of Appalachian Studies. We will study the region’s modern history and the development of its distinctive cultural traditions, while learning about environmental and socioeconomic issues that affect the region today. Students will become familiar with dominant themes in the interdisciplinary field of Appalachian Studies by engaging with course materials and participating in discussions.

GBL 225 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4cr

This course provides an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) for students in the natural and social sciences. Students apply concepts and techniques of geographic information science as they view, manipulate, analyze and disseminate geographic data. Topics covered include vector and raster data models, database query, geoprocessing, geocoding, and cartographic techniques. Students conduct an in-depth individual research project that uses GIS techniques to address a particular question or problem.

GBL 305 – Thinking Globally: Contemporary Globalization in Context 4cr

Just how does one “think globally?” Globalization is arguably the key organizing construct of our time, yet understanding just what it is and what it means for people and places around the globe is a difficult undertaking. This course, designed for upper-level Global Studies majors, focuses on the concepts, theories, thinkers, and debates in contemporary globalization studies. The course provides a solid grounding in glabalization thought for students preparing to undertake their own research in the Global Studies Capstone Seminar.

Aim 3 Research and Disciplinary Discourse

Prerequisite: GBL 117 Introduction to Global Studies and junior or senior standing.

GBL 325 – Advanced Geographic Information Systems 4cr

This course is designed for students interested in furthering their understanding of geographic information science. Topics include spatial analysis procedures on raster and vector data, database management, topology, model design, 3D modeling, open source GIS, web mapping, and project management. Students design and conduct significant research projects, often for outside agencies or organizations.

GBL 331 – The Cold War, Globalization, and Popular Culture 4cr

Students in this course study the Cold War to enhance their understanding of the history of globalization and the power dynamics within the contemporary world system. First, students learn about the international history of the Cold War. Second, they explore the role of popular culture in that struggle through case studies about subjects ranging from literature in Southeast Asia and art in Europe to jazz in Africa and film making across the globe.

GBL 379 – Identifying Appalachia: Politics of Identity in the Appalachian Mountains 4cr

This course’s title conveys at least two significant meanings: 1) people who self-identify as Appalachian people are identifying as Appalachian to distinguish themselves from others, and 2) those who present Appalachian people to the broader public through various media are identifying Appalachian society as exceptional in some way. We will analyze many of the ways people understand “Appalachian exceptionalism” by discussing the importance of place to identity formation, scrutinizing popular representations of mountaineers, examining the role of identity in the politics of regional development, and studying the sociological and historical roots for Appalachia’s image as “the other America.”

Prerequisite: GBL 125 Introduction to Appalachian Studies.

GBL 381 – Filming Appalachia 4cr

Filming Appalachia is a semester-long exploration of feature films and documentaries about the southern mountains. Students will watch movies together over the course of this class, but they will also read books, articles, and historical documents related to filmmaking in the mountains. Students will also write and present film reviews to one another. In addition, students will be required to participate in a weekend-long field trip to Whitesburg, Kentucky, where they will engage in a service project for Appalshop – an organization that uses media, such as radio and film, to provide Appalachian people with the resources and expertise to tell their stories to a broad audience. Finally, the class will be divided into groups of eight or less to conceptualize, design, storyboard, and film their own documentaries about some element of Appalachia. These films will be shown at a year-end film festival that will be open to the entire campus community.

GBL 394 – International Field Study 4cr

This course provides students with an opportunity to participate in a work-study-service field project. Students spend eight weeks in a supervised cultural immersion experience in a program of self-help sponsored by a local agency or organization. Students in this course develop an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural understanding of the community as well as experience conducting research in a cultural context. Costs are met by the student.

Corequisite: This course must be taken concurrently with GBL 395 International Development Practicum.

Prerequisites: Student application, interview, language training, and orientation are required; a re-entry course may be required as well.

GBL 395 – International Development Practicum 4cr

Students in this course participate in a work-study-service field project. The course emphasizes providing useful service to local community programs through the use of appropriate skills acquired in the Warren Wilson College experience and gives students an opportunity to examine and reflect upon acquired perspectives in cultural context.

Corequisite: This course must be taken concurrently with GBL 394 International Field Study.

Prerequisites: See requirements listed above for GBL 394 International Field Study.

GBL 461 – Global Studies Seminar 4cr

This capstone course provides students with an opportunity to connect their interdisciplinary coursework with a topic examined during their off-campus cross-cultural experience. Students engage with contemporary concepts and theories of globalization while undertaking a substantial writing project. Students conduct research, participate in peer-review writing workshops, and present their findings in a public forum.

Aim 4 Capstone Synthesis

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, or permission of the instructor.

Course meets General Education Aims Curriculum Requirement(s) in specified area(s).