Curriculum in Global Studies (GRAD)
The master of arts (M.A.) in global studies is a two-year interdisciplinary “applied research” degree that combines scholarly rigor and practical skills. Students enrolled in the program will focus on analysis of transregional and transnational themes, events, and processes that affect states and societies around the world, such as transnational social movements; the diffusion of, and clashes over, political and social norms; and implications of global trade, investment, production, and employment patterns. The program’s courses focus on issues with contemporary global significance and policy relevance. Global studies is an emerging discipline, and UNC–Chapel Hill is at the forefront of defining the field and evolving methodological approaches.
The educational objectives of the program are to:
- Highlight issues of current and emerging global significance;
- Prepare current and future leaders with knowledge and analytical skills needed for careers in international work; and
- Provide an education that trains individuals to understand and respond to the nature of global change.
Students specialize in one of four concentrations: Global Politics, Global Economics, Global Migration, or Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies (REEES).
Requirements for the Global Studies M.A. Degree
The Curriculum in Global Studies offers graduate work for the degree of master of arts (M.A.) in global studies. Students pursue a concentration in one of the following three thematic areas: global politics, institutions, and societies; global economy; or global migration and labor rights. A concentration in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) is also available, but it has distinct degree requirements. (See below.)
To earn the global studies M.A., the student must fulfill the following curriculum requirements:
|Introduction to Research and Theory in Global Studies
|Political Economy of Development
|Global Politics, Institutions, and Societies
|Global Migration and Labor Rights
|Quantitative and Qualitative Methods for Social Sciences and Policy Research
|Master's (Non-Thesis) (3 hours each semester in your second year in program)
|At least five courses in a concentration determined in consultation with the director of graduate studies
|Completion and defense of capstone project
Further information concerning the global studies M.A. program may be obtained on the program's website or from Dr. Erica Johnson, Director of Graduate Studies, CB# 3263, FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3263. Telephone: (919) 962-0663. Fax: (919) 962-8485.
Requirements for the REEES Concentration in the Global Studies M.A. Degree
The global studies M.A. program also offers a concentration in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES). To earn the global studies M.A. with the REEES concentration, the student must fulfill the following requirements:
|Four semester courses in a Slavic or East European language (Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, or Serbo-Croatian)
|Research methods course appropriate to the student's concentration
|Introduction to Russian, Eurasian, and East European History
|Introduction to Research and Theory in Global Studies
|Identities and Transitions
|Master's Research and Thesis
|Completion and defense of a thesis
Further information on the REEES concentration in the global studies M.A. program may be obtained on the program's website or from Dr. Erica Johnson, Director of Graduate Studies, CB# 3263, FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3263. Telephone: (919) 962-0663. Fax: (919) 962-8485.
Renée Alexander Craft (Communication), Mark Driscoll (Asian Studies), Banu Gökariksel (Geography), Liesbet Hooghe (Political Science), Arne Kalleberg (Sociology), Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja (African, African American, and Diaspora Studies), Elizabeth Olson (Geography), John Pickles (Geography), Graeme Robertson (Political Science), Milada A. Vachudova (Political Science).
Inger Brodey (English and Comparative Literature), Chad Bryant (History), Nina Martin (Geography), Townsend Middleton (Anthropology), Michael Morgan (History), Christopher Nelson (Anthropology), Eunice Sahle (African, African American, and Diaspora Studies), Brigitte Seim (Public Policy), Mark Sorensen (Anthropology), Angela Stuesse (Anthropology), Meenu Tewari (City and Regional Planning), Michael Tsin (History).
Lucy Martin (Political Science).
Adjunct Assistant Professors
Hannah Gill (Institute for the Study of the Americas), Niklaus Steiner (Political Science)
Erica Johnson (Global Studies), Michal Osterweil (Global Studies), Jonathan Weiler (Global Studies).
Teaching Assistant Professor
Carmen Huerta-Bapat (Global Studies).
Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate-level Courses
This course will examine right wing populism globally. We will consider why right wing populism has gained traction in such diverse places as India, Brazil, Germany, France, Hungary, Britain, and the United States. We will ask what role such factors as religion, ethnicity, economics, and gender play in its rise. Honors version available.
This course will focus on the relation of capitalism and anthropogenic climate change and feature Marxist and Indigenous critiques of capitalism's responsibility for climate change. We will feature an interdisciplinary lens - philosophy, feminist geography, cultural anthropology, socialist economics - that will analyze how the anthropocentric subject of the Enlightenment separated itself from its natural environment.
Recommended preparation, GLBL 210. This course is dedicated to understanding how sameness and difference are used and contested globally, in particular through the criminal justice system and its intersection with race and capitalism. The course pays particular attention to popular social movement responses, and what they say to theories of difference, globalization, and social change.
Examines dominant, alternative, and emergent narratives of change and the future from around the world. Takes as a premise that we live in a period of multidimensional crises characterized by uncertainty and conflict about how to pursue sustainable economic, ecological, political, social, and cultural projects. Honors version available.
This course will investigate how nongovernmental organizations emerge, how they structure their organizations, how they function, and how they influence public policy. Honors version available.
This course is an introduction to the history and contemporary politics of the post-Soviet region and explores topics of religious, ethnic, and identity politics; international influences; and civil society and social movements. Honors version available.
This course provides students with an understanding of the origins and comparative performance of a range of international healthcare systems. Honors version available.
This course is an introduction of the history, politics, and societies of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The class explores the foundations and conditions of change in the modern history of these societies and investigates how these issues influence contemporary politics.
This course is an APPLES service-learning course whose goal is to integrate real-world experience working with development-oriented organizations, theoretical discussions about the origins and evolution of development thinking, and exposure to the challenges facing practitioners of development, in some of its many substantive and geographical contexts.
This course explores some of the relationships between sports and globalization and will delve into sports as an important social and cultural practice within larger social, cultural, and political forces shaping studies of globalization. Honors version available.
This course explores the history, objectives, and manifestations of global social movements. Honors version available.
By deliberately juxtaposing questions of global development with an investigation of approaches in community organizing locally--both through course material and service-learning assignments--the course encourages students to develop a more critical understanding of the relationship between development projects and emancipatory frameworks. Honors version available.
Current topics in international and area studies. Topics vary by semester.
A forum for exploring conceptual and practical problems related to the emergence of a global human rights regime after World War II. The course analyzes relevant arguments, and students will consider whether it is possible to construct a coherent, workable, universally accepted system for articulating and enforcing human rights norms.
Thinking about one of our most basic human needs illuminates aspects of our own everyday lives, such as our relationship to nature, other cultures, and to history, as well as our general assumptions about humanity. Students will study films that explore cross-cultural differences in the social and philosophical understandings of what it is to be human. Honors version available.
Permission of the instructor. Preparation for writing the honors thesis.
Permission of the instructor. Completion of the honors thesis and an oral examination of the thesis.
Global studies examines world systems, transnational processes, and global-local interactions from a multi-disciplinary perspective. This course will introduce students to current interdisciplinary theoretical approaches to global studies and examine the primary topics of contemporary research relating to the rise of a complex but increasingly integrated world society.
Presents foundational theories, concepts, and empirical research regarding the political economy of development. In content, course will define this topic broadly, from considering the political and economic dynamics of the international community (e.g., aid) as well as the intersection of economics and politics in comparative perspective (e.g., democratization and development).
This course will address global governance and global public policy; interactions among states, international organizations, businesses, social movements, and NGOs. It addresses the diffusion and promotion of democracy and other norms and the interactions between political institutions and social cleavages. Students with this concentration must take one appropriate methodology class.
The course will focus on the interactions of migration, labor rights, human rights, economics, health disparities, and cross-border tensions. Students with this concentration will also take at least one appropriate disciplinary methodology class.
This introductory course offers a review of the core concepts, skills and practical steps in monitoring and evaluation of coexistence and peacebuilding interventions. The course will stress participatory methods in monitoring and evaluation, in which multiple stakeholders are involved in the process of planning, collecting, interpreting, synthesizing, and using information. The course will feature case studies, proposals, and organizational evaluation plans and reports.
Capstone course for the REEES concentration in the Global Studies MA program. Interdisciplinary course focusing on the variety of problems encountered by the societies of East European countries and successor states of the former Soviet Union in their transition from communism to democracy.
This course presents an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods. It addresses the theoretical, ethical, and practical aspects of conducting research in local and global contexts. Students will learn how to collect and analyze empirical information from multiple sources such as interviews, focus groups, written records, and surveys. Students will develop the skills necessary to understand and critique the methods of evaluation in others' work.
Instructors and topics vary from semester to semester.
Students may earn academic credit toward degree requirements for completion of an internship or other field experience. Internship and work load must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. Specific guidelines must be followed earn academic credit.
Permission of the instructor. Reading and research on special topics in global studies.
Master's thesis substitute paper; permission of the instructor required.
Curriculum in Global Studies
301 Pittsboro Street, FedEx Global Education Center, Suite 2200