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Matthew Sparke
GEN ST 197
Seattle Campus

Freshman Seminar

Small-group discussion with faculty representing a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. Topics and approaches vary. Instructor may introduce research techniques or findings, concentrate on readings in his/her area of interest, or illustrate problems and alternatives related to the study of a particular academic discipline. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

As a student in GEOG/JSIS 123 (Intro to Globalization), you have the opportunity to enroll in a one-credit Freshman Collegium Seminar with me, Professor Matthew Sparke. "Local Landscapes of Globalization" (GEN ST 197 T, meeting Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:20) will explore how global forces shape our local landscapes here in Seattle and at the university. Students will have to attend seminars, special extra lectures elsewhere on campus, and do field trips into the city to examine local spaces marked by global forces. The seminars will encourage critical debate about my big formal lectures in 123 and about the lectures of visiting speakers. The exercises will take students out of the classroom too, helping them to collaborate and learn together using the city and university as living laboratories for studying globalization.

For an entry code, email Michaelann Jundt at

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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 Matthew Sparke
Date: 09/24/2012