INTG 201: World Impact of East Asian Science
A comparative study of the world impact of science from Western cultures, such as those of Europe and the United States, and Eastern cultures such as those of China, Korea, Singapore, and Japan. Diverse approaches to science will be discussed, such as the relative importance of group versus individual achievement. These distinctions are rooted in cultural differences that manifest both locally and globally.
INTG 202: World Drama
A study of drama as a reflection of cultures and an insight into society. Drama has often been used to bolster political ends or to question government policies. This course will focus on how drama causes people to reflect upon values in society, as well as significant issues and events in the world.
INTG 203: Food
A study of food as a key to unlocking cultures and a lens for comparing different societies. This course will show how human nutrition has been produced, marketed, and consumed as a series of cultural, political, and economic products.
INTG 204: The Environment
A study of global environmental issues such as human population growth, resource consumption, and environmental alterations. Through the context of environmental problems students will develop an understanding of the planet’s interconnectedness.
INTG 205: Communication in Global Contexts
A study of the ways in which culture and communication intersect and influence each other. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the importance of context—social, cultural, historical, and political—in intercultural interactions and communication. This course explores cultural dynamics both within the United States and abroad.
INTG 207: Terrorism
An exploration of the local and global contexts for terrorism. This course examines the politics, cultures, and societies from which different types of terrorism emerge, as well as how globalization impacts the growth of militant movements and the choice to engage in terrorist acts.
INTG 208: Work and Leisure
A study of how different cultures and regions of the world approach work and leisure time. Topics discussed include: how history and culture impact our perception of meaningful work, compensation, and business and leisure practices in various regions of the world. The course also examines how work and leisure time are influenced by the trend toward globalization.
INTG 209: Ethnic Conflict
A study of the phenomenon of ethnic conflict. The course will look closely at several instances of such conflict, ranging from the relatively non-violent separatist movement in Quebec to incidents of genocide such as occurred in Rwanda. In doing so, it attempts to better our understanding of these occurrences by placing them in a global and historical context.
INTG 211: Music and Culture
An exploration of music’s role in shaping cultural identity, the status of musicians and composers within these cultures, and music as a commodity in the global economy. These aspects and others are considered within a larger picture of global historical development.
INTG 212: Love, Marriage and the State
A study of the evolution of love, marriage and family in historical and cross-cultural perspectives, with attention to the complex interplay between individual agency and the constraints imposed by social, economic, and political environments. Concepts and practices of students’ family lives will be compared to South Indian, Middle Eastern, and Japanese practices.
INTG 213: Global Cities
An examination of the dynamic growth and significance of a variety of the world’s largest metropolitan areas and their role in shaping the political, economic, environmental, and cultural conditions of the modern world. Different cities and particular case studies will be selected each semester by the instructor.
INTG 214: Contemporary Art and Culture
A study of contemporary art as a tool for expressing culture values relating to universal issues such as food and shelter, religion, and politics. The often similar concerns of artists from widely varying backgrounds highlight the connections between the global and the local.
INTG 215: Secret Lives of Women in Literature
This course examines the lives of women in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, India, Russia and the United States as revealed in literature. It deals with the various ways women in different cultures deal with marriage, childbirth, infertility, motherhood, child raising, ageing, infidelity and sexual abuse. Each of these problems is circumscribed by tradition, and status, yet solutions to problems are often ingenious and practical.
INTG 216: Economic Development
An examination of the challenges to economic development as they have occurred in the past several centuries. Students will study industrialization and the problems of economic inequality in Africa, Asia, and South America, as well as lessons learned from Europe and North America. The class will culminate in written and oral presentations of proposals for economic development in nations chosen by students.
INTG 217: Corporate Social Responsibility
An exploration into the sensitivity to the social and ethical issues involved in broader questions of corporate strategy and planning from a global perspective. Students will develop ethical and philosophical foundations for making business decisions globally.
INTG 218: Can the Dead Speak?: Political Representations of Death in the US and Latin
An examination of the political, cultural and social representations of death in Latin America and the United States and how notions of death or the dead are shaped by a global historical context. This course will question factors that influence how death is conceived of in a global manner, more specifically how the meaning of death may change depending on historical and temporal context.
INTG 219: Dances of the World
A study of the relationship between dances of the New World through the African Diaspora. Through select readings, listening, films, and lectures we will, from a global perspective, explore the ways in which individuals and communities in specific social and cultural contexts around the world use dance to inform and mediate social identity and social relations.