Introduction to International & Global Studies

Introduction to International & Global Studies

Introduction to International & Global Studies

Introduction to International & Global Studies

Synopsis

This innovative introduction to international and global studies offers instructors in both the humanities and the social sciences an up-to-date and comprehensive approach to teaching undergraduates in this rapidly growing interdisciplinary field. Shawn Smallman and Kimberley Brown first present students with the key concepts necessary to understand the intellectual and structural underpinnings of globalization. Thoughtfully building the presentation of core themes--including the history of globalization; economic, political, and cultural globalization; security; energy; and development--the authors examine such timely topics as commodity chains, labor, human rights, and multinational corporations, and provide keen insights into more familiar themes, such as food, health and disease, and the environment. Smallman and Brown focus on teaching students about global citizenship while emphasizing the development of skills for critical thinking and understanding differing viewpoints. Explaining the historical roots of current challenges and discussing engaging real-life cases, they encourage students to understand their local context from a global perspective and to develop their abilities to negotiate a rapidly changing world. A chapter on what students can do with a degree in international and global studies includes a planning guide for postgraduate career and academic choices. The textbook includes maps and illustrations, and, at the end of each chapter, a glossary, questions for reflection, and student activities. An online teacher's manual is available for those adopting the textbook. It includes sample examination questions, additional resources for each chapter, and recommendations for adaptations for students with particular learning needs including those students whose first language is not English.

Excerpt

Lauren grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. While an undergraduate, she arranged with one of her professors to conduct an independent research project and traveled to Liberia in West Africa for a summer. Upon her return, she worked as an intern for an international nongovernmental agency and, as she completed a political science degree, made plans for a career in the areas of philanthropy and leadership. Following graduation, she joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Cape Verde, where she worked in family health. These experiences helped her choose to earn a graduate degree in public health, as well as a graduate certificate in nonprofit management. In graduate school, she met her future husband, an Indian national. She is now part of a bicultural family in which she and her husband both are working to expose their children to the plethora of cultures around the world through travel and education. She also remains deeply engaged in international philanthropy. Lauren had not initially known where her undergraduate program of study would lead her; she knew only that she thrived on making contact with individuals from other cultures, even as she came to know her own culture better.

Fekade is Ethiopian. His parents emigrated to the United States when he was eight years old. Raised bilingually and biculturally, he attended public elementary and high schools in the Pacific Northwest. His original intention was to find a way to return to Ethiopia to work in some type of international service. Following his undergraduate work in international studies, he has since decided to focus his graduate work on public health and immigrant communities in the United States. He has organized students at his university to participate in activities that focus on the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals and to try to make informed choices about everything they do. Contact with other cultures has transformed both his education choices and career choices.

The life trajectories of Lauren and Fekade (whose stories are real but whose names have been changed here) are not unusual. Many . . .

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