Global Studies (GLOB)

GLOB 100: Global Studies at Mills (3 Credits)

This course involves study away from Mills through Alternative Spring Break or other opportunities. The instructor and subject matter of this course will vary.

GLOB 101V: Rhetoric and Composition in a Global Context (4 Credits)

The ability to communicate effectively, clearly, and in the appropriate academic register is a fundamental part of a college education. GLOB 101V is designed to enable students to write strong academic prose, to understand the complex relationship between language and rhetoric, and to negotiate the writing demands of an academic environment. The course helps students identify their own writing strengths to help students become successful college-level writers; some attention also paid to issues of oral communication of ideas. Lower division course.

Meets the following Core requirements: Written and Oral Communication I

Instructor Consent Required: Y

GLOB 102V: Identity, Politics & Equity (3 Credits)

This course challenges students to critically analyze how identity -- as defined by others and oneself -- shapes culture, politics, and the distribution of power. Drawing from media, texts, and intercultural experiences within homestays and fieldwork, students reflect on the dynamic roles of ethnicity, gender, nationality, and socio-economic status in shaping relationships within communities. Students will leave the course with critical understanding and inquiry tools to create greater equity in relationships ranging from the interpersonal to those between nations. Lower division course

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, Race, Gender & Power

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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GLOB 103V: Justice, Equity, & Sustainability in Development Theory (3 Credits)

International development as a sector claims it is creating a better world. In this course, students examine a wide range of development theorists from around the world. By interrogating each author’s assumptions, the class aims to understand the underlying values of various approaches to development. Throughout, the class will reflect on how each author defines and pursues justice, equity, and sustainability in their theory and work. We’ll pay particular attention to how culture and positionality influences perspective and values. Lower division course.

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, International Perspectives

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GLOB 104V: Sustaining Food Systems & the Environment (3 Credits)

Creating and maintaining a sustainable relationship between humans and the environment is a complex and value laden process. This course examines the processes and values that affect sustainability with relation to food systems, production, consumption, and pollution. Through fieldwork with local farmers and investigations of consumption and pollution patterns in Guatemala and Costa Rica, students observe systems in various contexts and examine the core assumptions and values that share various perspectives on policies and resource management strategies. Lower division course.

Meets the following Core requirements: Community Engagement, Scientific Inquiry

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GLOB 105V: Public Health in Culture & Context (3 Credits)

This course examines the cultural, political, economic, and geographic contexts of meeting public health needs. Through fieldwork with local public health agencies in Guatemala and living with families in a rural communities, students gain dynamic perspectives on how communities define and meet their public health needs. Seminars and readings include investigations of how policy, the pharmaceutical industry, economics, and history shape current challenges and opportunities. Lower division course

Meets the following Core requirements: Community Engagement, International Perspectives

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