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 – March 2020

Comparative World Literature

CWL 124: Introduction to World Theatre and Drama – Dr. Pravina Cooper and Kelsey Devoe
Introduction to all aspects of theatre including criticism, dramatic literature, movements, themes, historical background and theatrical production from different parts of the world.

CWL 132: World Mythology – Jessica Brooks, Dr. Pravina Cooper, Letitia Deon, and Carling Kaiser
An introduction to the study of mythology in global context, with an emphasis on literary content and cultural prospective.

CWL 210: Erotica, Love, Romance: Literary and Cultural Representations – Dr. Vlatka Velcic
Explores interdisciplinary representations of eroticism, love, and romance across history and cultures, including diverse contemporary representations of love and sexuality.

CWL 213: Visual Studies: Comics and Graphic Novels – Letitia Deon, Amy Desuza-Riehm, and Dr. Christopher Shaw
Introductory study of Comics and Graphic Novels across cultures and within global contexts by emphasizing visual narrative storytelling as well as the political, social and visual trends that have shaped the powerful creative industry of comics around the world.

CWL 215: From Cradle to Crypt: Representations of Lifespan – Dr. Katherine McLoone
This course explores representations of the lifespan, from birth to death, highlighting interdisciplinary approaches to understanding literary and cultural texts in comparative and global contexts.

CWL 300: Representing the World: Literature and Culture in Contact and Contact – Dr. Christopher Shaw
A writing-intensive exploration of world literature in comparative and cultural contexts, with an emphasis on themes and topics of global relevance.

CWL 305: Science Fiction and Global Technologies – Thomas Haeussler, Dr. Katherine McLoone, and Dr. Christopher Shaw
Comparative study of science fiction as a global discipline, across cultures and time periods, emphasizing technological advances, sociopolitical implications, and imaginative constructions.

CWL 320: Comic Spirit – Dr. Pravina Cooper, Letitia Deon, Amy Desuza-Riehm, Dr. Katherine McLoone, Lowry Sweney, and Dr. Vlatka Velcic
Study of comedy as a literary genre and of the manifestation of the comic spirit in related art forms such as music, art, and film, focusing on the history and philosophy of comedy as well as theories of laughter.


SOC 317: Problems in International Social Conflict – Dr. Yousef Baker and Dr. Armando Mejia
Interdisciplinary analysis of social conflict in the world. Topics may include ethnocentrism; nationalism; globalization; trade; aid; economic development; poverty; inequality; the environment; war; ideological, ethnic, gender, and religious conflict; democratization; social movements; new forms of civil society and social solidarity.

SOC 318: Cases in International Social Conflict – Dr. Luke Wagner
Interdisciplinary analysis of social conflict in the world. Case studies will focus on globalization; technology; economic development; trade and aid; population growth; immigration; ideological, religious, ethnic and gender conflicts; war and civil unrest; human rights; democratization; global citizenship; environmental sustainability.

A full list of Fall 2019 Global Issues courses can be found at: