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Benjamin Richard Gardner
BIS 498
Bothell Campus

Undergraduate Research

Individual advanced research on topics conducted under the direction of one or more instructors.

Class description

GLOBALIZING AFRICA (2 credits): This special seminar is co-taught by Professors Ben Gardner and Crispin Thurlow and is designed for students co-enrolled in BISGST 303 "History and Globalization" (Gardner) and BISGST 497 "Tourism and Globalization" (Thurlow) in Winter 2013. Students who have previously taken BISGST 303 and enrolled in BISGST 497 may also apply to take this special seminar. Focused around a single thematic – “Africa” – you will be invited to engage more deeply with ideas covered in both BISGST 303 and BISGST 497. In particular, you will be expected to make connections with ideas and readings being covered in the two classes and to apply your emerging knowledge to a series of texts, artifacts and sites about Africa.

You will meet with Professors Gardner and Thurlow five times in the quarter: every second Monday between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. (That is, 14th and 28th January, 11th and 25th February, and 11th March.) In addition to these five class meetings, you will also be expected to attend a one-hour pre-program meeting in Autumn quarter 2012 (time and date to be arranged). During the course, you may be expected to undertake one or two field trips.

This course is ADD-CODE ONLY and interested students should send an email to both Professors Gardner and Thurlow ( and expressing your interest in participating. You should include any relevant coursework, explain why you’re interested in the seminar, and tell us one thing you hope to learn or gain. You may submit your request for participation as soon as Winter quarter registration starts and until the course is filled.

Student learning goals

1. You will develop an advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of globalization.

2. You will engage in collaborative, critical discussion about the contemporary representation of Africa.

3. You will explore how global mobilities and immobilities are relationally produced through a number of historical, political, economic and cultural forces/practices.

4. You will develop analytic skill sets for the critical assessment of a number of sites including, restaurants, museums, newspapers, films, charitable campaigns.

5. You will present your own work and ideas for collaborative, constructive assessment by your peers and faculty members in the course.

General method of instruction

The course will take the form of group meetings, collective discussions and student-led presentations of ideas and critiques. Two field trips may be organized during the quarter.

Recommended preparation

It is assumed that students will have an interest in Geographies of Global Inequality, especially with reference to Africa, and be willing to work as a team to build a collaborative forum for critique and discussion. Students are required to be enrolled in both Ben Gardner’s BISGST 303 (History and Globalization) and Crispin Thurlow’s BISGST 497 (Tourism and Globalization) or to have permission from one of the instructors to register for this special seminar.

Class assignments and grading

Short analytical responses (e.g. written or visual essays, creative pieces, presentations) based on weekly readings and field assignments. There will be regular in-class presentations and high expectations for student participation in discussion.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Benjamin Richard Gardner
Date: 10/10/2012