Mary P. Callahan
Provides a historical understanding of the twentieth century and major global issues today. Focuses on interdisciplinary social science theories, methods, and information relating to global processes and on developing analytical and writing skills to engage complex questions of causation and effects of global events and forces. Recommended: SIS 200. Offered: WSp.
This course focuses on how the interplay between two global structures, the world market and the hierarchy of states, has generated rules governing international life, “winners” who have gained from these rules, and “losers” who have felt the rules slighted them.
Students will gain an appreciation of the long-term historical forces that are responsible for character of today's global market and international system of states. Course objectives are to teach students to develop: an informed historical perspective; an appreciation of other cultures and non-American points of view; improved analytic, reading, and writing skills; and the capacity to think for themselves
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course will consist of three lectures a week, which will be frequently interrupted by student questions for the lecturer and vice versa. Twice a week, students will meet in small sections for discussion of readings, lectures, and current events related to the course material. There will be a CLUE opportunity in the evenings.
SIS 200 recommended but not required.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly response papers, research paper, final examination, participation, and perhaps quizzes.
A substantial portion of the grade will come from writing assignments.