Global Issues

""Courses in Global Issues

One of CSULB’s Institutional Learning Outcomes is that graduates will be critically and ethically engaged in global issues as well as knowledgeable about and respectful of a diversity of cultures. To this end, the courses featured below expose students to cultural and social topics and issues beyond the US.

Featured Courses – December 2019


ANTH 120: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – Dr. Kara Miller, Dr. Steven Rousso-Schindler, Dr. Thomas J. Douglas, and Linda D. Light
Nature of culture; comparative and historical approach to religion, social organization, subsistence patterns and other aspects of cultures around the world; meanings of human nature, cultural universals and cultural differences.

ANTH 307: Modernization in Global Perspective – Dr. Melissa Sue Maceyko
Exploration of psychological and material problems in modern society (both western and Third World) due to accelerating change beginning with advance of technology, rise of capitalism, abandonment of “old values,” increasing complexity of bureaucracy, and lowering of social barriers.

ANTH 314: Global Ethnography – Dr. Jayne Howell
Recent and contemporary cultures around the world; a comparative survey of their ecological adaptations, social institutions, technology, subsistence strategies, degrees of complexity, and patterns of change.

ANTH 353: Health and Healing – Dr. Denise Cucurny
Cultural perspective of health and health care delivery; coverage of diverse cultures in the United States and abroad; emphasis on increasing personal awareness through exposure to diverse perceptions of illness and treatment.

ANTH 412: Culture and Communication – Linda D. Light and Dr. Melissa Sue Maceyko
Culture and its influence on the communication process; practical application to intercultural and multicultural situations; cultural patterns in America and abroad and their effect on verbal and nonverbal communicative behavior; cultural dimensions of ethnocentrism, stereotypes, and prejudices and their effect on communication; multicultural approaches to human interaction.


GEOG 100: World Regional Geography – Austin Beahm, Eddie Bairam, Dr. Norman Carter, Joseph Diminutto, and Dr. Dmitrii Sidorov
Through a spatial approach, introduction to the world’s geographic realms and examination of their cultural, population and political dynamics, resources and economic development, patterns of settlement and environmental elements.

GEOG 101: The Global Environment – Dr. Monica Argandoña, Austin Beahm, and Dr. Angela Wranic
Introduction to the Earth’s principal human-environmental relationships and biogeographic processes with a focus on how human actions impact the geography of living things from the local to the global scale.

GEOG 309: The Middle East and North Africa – Eddie Bairam
Human and physical settings of the Middle East and North Africa and the cultural, economic, settlement, and political relationships that characterize them stressing those factors which underlie the region’s instability and global importance.

GEOG 315: East Asia – Dr. Norman Carter
Cross-cultural examination of the characteristics and problems found across East Asia, specifically, environmental and cultural patterns, historical development of the spatial organization of society, demographic and other dynamics of social change, and issues of socioeconomic and political development.

GEOG 318: Russia and Its Neighbors – Dr. Dmitrii Sidorov
This regional course is taught entirely online allowing students to immerse into the realm of Russia and other post-Soviet independent states visually: all lectures are provided in the form of videos that can be viewed multiple times, with subtitles or without them. Many of the lectures are essentially field trips conducted by the instructor in the realm’s core regions (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ukraine) or at its margins (Central Asia, the Baltics, and the Caucasus, thanks to CLA RSCA and U.S. Department of Education grants). Guest lectures are another rare feature of the course. In addition to fulfilling the Global Issues GE requirement, graduating students especially like the precise structure and the variety of assignments in this “graduation-friendly” course as well as the fact that they are free from the hassle of visiting campus. A native Russian professor who has rare first-hand insights into the country teaches the course. Arguably, this is one of the best intro courses on Russia’s geography in the whole U.S. By utilizing a cultural (civilizational) perspective that highlights long-lasting, post-Cold War, foundational, global patterns and trends, this course makes understanding of the largest country in the world both doable and enjoying.

GEOG 319: International Development – Dr. Barbara Grossman-Thompson
Theoretical and practical analysis of social, political, and economic development and alternative developmental models. Contemporary and historical comparisons of how “developed” and “developing” areas of the world have confronted various economic, social, and political challenges.

GEOG 321: Geography of Latin America – Austin Beahm
This course examines Latin America from a regional geographical perspective. Utilizing both historical and contemporary points of view, it identifies and interprets the distinguishing environmental, demographic, cultural, social, economic, and geopolitical characteristics of the region.

GEOG 355: International Environmental Issues – Dr. Unna Lassiter
Examines the deterioration, destruction, maintenance and restoration of environmental systems and resources. Identifies and analyzes major environmental problems that have international dimensions. Investigates ongoing and potential efforts to resolve them.

GEOG 357: Sacred Geographies – Dr. Unna Lassiter
Comparative exploration of sacred spaces across the world. Examines the social, political, and religious processes that create places of ritual and reverence by linking the individual to the communal experience of place.

Journalism and Public Relations

JOUR 312: Global News Media – Dr. Chris Karadjov
Analysis of world’s news media with an emphasis on structure, ownership, social and political roles and the degree of government pressure and control. Particular attention paid to economic, political and mass media globalization and its effects on developing countries.

Political Science

POSC 218: Global Politics – Dr. Christopher Metaxas
Study issues central to politics in a global context, such as democracy, communism, fascism, democratization, revolution, liberalism, and anti-liberalism. Examine questions of national sovereignty, as well as the relation between nation states and the rise of non-state and trans-state actors.

POSC 371: Introduction to International Politics – Robert Shurtz
Relations among nation-states. Why countries sometimes cooperate and sometimes go to war. Roles of intergovernmental organizations like the UN, the WTO, and NATO, and nongovernmental actors like Amnesty International and Al-Qaeda; international trade and finance; war, peace, terrorism and diplomacy.

POSC 450: Comparative Political Movements – Som Chounlamountry
Political Science 450 examines the comparative study of the causes, progression, and consequences of political movements. The class analyzes and applies the competing theories of contentious politics: Collective Behavior, Resource Mobilization and New Social Movement Theory. Case studies include the American Civil Rights Movement in the United States, the 1989 Beijing Student Movement and the Month of 1990 ¬March Movement in Taiwan using the tactics of civil disobedience. The latter part will concentrate on the techniques of groups and state actors using political violence to achieve political goals. The class concludes with the analysis of state-sponsored genocidal atrocities against class, ethnic, racial, cultural, religious and political groups. Students enrolled are required to complete 20 hours of service learning with community partner advocating for change within the community.

POSC 461: The Politics of Development – Dr. Christopher Metaxas
Problems of political development in the emergent nations of Asia, Africa and Latin America.

POSC 482: American Foreign Policy – Vahid Niayesh
Concepts, strategies, and the shaping of American relations with other states, with special emphasis on the post-World War II period. National security, economic, and political-diplomatic concerns as they present new challenges to the United States.

POSC 494: Politics of the Future – Dr. Edgar Kaskla
Study of present-day global problems: overpopulation, depletion of resources, environmental decay and their future political implications. Examination of alternative policies, future politics and institutional change. The technological revolutions and the totalitarian temptation.

Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

WGSS 401: Bodies and Borders: Feminism and Globalization – Dr. Abraham Weil
Borders are as much physical as they are ideological. As such, our task in this seminar will be to theorize both the border and the political work of border-strategies as they both impact embodiment. This course will introduce students to concepts that have been foundational to the fields of Gender and Women’s Studies and Border Studies. In particular, we will focus on the ways that borders and bodies have impacted and are impacted by feminist and queer theories; critical race studies; postcolonial and decolonial theory; migration studies; and border activism. In doing so, the course’s intersectional approach will explore questions of feminism, representation, culture, embodiment, globalization, politics, economics, space, and resistance. This course will critically engage these concepts alongside shifting categories of borders and bodies and will aim to sketch historical feminist and philosophical debates, as well as encourage students to participate in contemporary conversations that continue to shape borders, boundaries, and bodies.

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