Global Affairs

Dean's Global Honors Seminars: Previously Offered Programs

The courses listed below are global honors seminars that have been offered in recent years. 

Course TitleFacultySemesterCountryDepartment
Research and Policy for Children in the US and UK: In this course, major policy initiatives, including federal and state legislative and regulatory policies for children and families, were reviewed. The course focused on poverty, welfare reform, child care, assessment, literacy instruction, education for language minorities, and intervention programs. The following questions guided the discussion of these topics: What is the history of this policy in the US and Britain? What research findings in psychology and sociology are relevant in formulating or evaluating the policy? When does research actually help shape policy? What further research is needed to inform future policies addressing these issues? O'Connor, Erin Spring 2017 UK Teaching and Learning
The Global Culture Wars: This course examined the origins, development, and meaning of cultural conflicts around the world. How have cultural issues divided human beings, within their own countries and across them? How have these issues changed during our contemporary era of "globalization," with its rapid spread of people and ideas across borders? How have these developments created new global alliances as well as fractures? And, most of all, how can we find common ground across our profound cultural and national differences? Special topics will include abortion, same-sex marriage, sex education, pornography, and drug regulation. Fraser, James Spring 2017 UK Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities
Introduction to Global Issues in Nutrition: This course introduced students to current nutrition issues from a global perspective. It integrated basic information about food intake and nutrition into discussions of nutrition-related issues around the world including evaluations, policies, and programs designed to improve the nutritional status of populations and to overcome barriers to their implementation. Piñero, Domingo Fall 2016 Ghana Nutrition and Food Studies
Space & Place: This course engaged with a variety of frameworks to explore how our engagements with space and place relate to human communications, bodily mediums, and cultural practices. Course themes included: identity and difference; perception and embodiment; the spatialization of memory; architecture and landscape; mapping/news literacy; and social media. Applying theories from the readings to the cities of New York and Tel Aviv, this course asked how do people, through their practices and their being in the world, form relationships with the spaces and places that they inhabit, affecting those spaces and being affected by them as well. Wills, David Clinton Fall 2016 Israel Media, Culture, and Communication

Cultural Memory: Memory, Visual Culture, and the Modern Global City: This course examined how cultural memory is enacted through visual culture in the modern global city, looking comparatively at New York and Berlin. It looked at the rise of a memory culture over the last few decades, in particular in the United States, Europe and Latin America, and how this engagement with memory demonstrates how the politics of memory can reveal aspects of nationalism and national identity, ethnic conflict and strife, the legacies of war and state terrorism, and the incorporation of memory into the cityscape.  The course focused primarily on a comparison of New York and Berlin as memoryscapes and cityscapes, with some comparison to Latin American contexts, with a particular focus on how artists, designers, and architects have engaged with cultural memory in art and architecture.

Sturken, Marita Spring 2016  Germany  Media, Culture, and Communication
Food, Culture and Globalization: This course interrogated current transformations in the food systems and food cultures of New York City and Sydney, Australia under conditions of globalization to examine: the role of food in the culture of a city both as a source of soft power (through touristic transactions, youth cultural cache, and consecration); and the dynamic politics of large immigrant populations that have for a long time made a living in the feeding occupations in both cities, and still often live in ethnic enclaves that have recently become tourist attractions. Ray, Krishnendu Spring 2016 Australia Nutrition and Food Studies

Human Rights Education:  This course provided students with an international learning experience that enabled them to identify and utilize different entry points and strategies for talking about and advocating for human rights in different parts of the world (but mainly the US and Argentina). Students in this course explored the human rights law, the activists, organizations, policy makers and media influencers in national and global contexts who are involved in human rights movements, and their efforts to secure social justice across the globe. Focusing on education as a “multiplier” of other human rights – the course introduced students to international treaties, mandates and laws that support the right to education, as well as, grassroots and civil society advocacy strategies to promote education rights.

Spreen, Carol Anne  Fall 2015  Argentina  Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities

Theatre as an Art Form: This course introduced students to theatre as a live and performing art.  Students explored the roles of the playwright, actor, director, and designer in the production process, as well as examine the role of the audience in the live performance.

Salvatore, Joe  Fall 2015  UK  Music and Performing Arts Professions
Introduction to Global Visual Culture: This class introduced students to the key issues of visual culture. It examined the politics of images, the role that images play in producing cultural meaning, visuality and power relations, and how images are forms of visual communication. The course examined how images circulate through digital media, remakes, and viral networks, and the cross-fertilization of images between various social arenas, such as art, advertising, popular culture, news, science, entertainment media, video games, theme parks, and design. Mirzoeff, Nick Spring 2015 France Media, Culture, and Communication
Survey of Developmental Psychology: This course offered a comprehensive overview of human development from conception through adolescence. The travel abroad experience provided students with the opportunity to investigate and apply knowledge about development cross-culturally through the comparison of parenting practices and childhood experiences in the two major urban areas of New York and Buenos Aires. Melzi, Gigliana Spring 2015 Argentina Applied Psychology
Global Cultures and Identities: Global Movements for Racial Justice: This course examined Contemporary struggles for racial justice are simultaneously global, highly networked, and relatively invisible on the world stage. Students in this course explored the activists, organizations, policy makers and media influencers involved in contemporary established and emerging movements to secure racial justice across the globe. Mcllwain, Charlton Fall 2014 UK Media, Culture, and Communication
Introduction to Global Issues in Nutrition: Malnutrition in a Global Perspective: This course introduced students to current nutrition issues from a global perspective. It integrated basic information about food intake and nutrition into discussions of nutrition-related issues around the world including evaluations, policies, and programs designed to improve the nutritional status of populations and to overcome barriers to their implementation. Piñero, Domingo Fall 2014 China Nutrition and Food Studies
Religion and Public Education: This course studied the place of religion in US, English, and French schools in an effort to better understand the controversies and find more effective ways to deal with issues of religion and education. Fraser, James Spring 2014 UK and France Global and Urban Education Studies
Food, Culture, and Globalization: This course interrogated current transformations in the food systems and food cultures of New York City and Sydney, Australia under conditions of globalization to examine: the role of food in the culture of a city both as a source of soft power (through touristic transactions, youth cultural cache, and consecration); and the dynamic politics of large immigrant populations that have for a long time made a living in the feeding occupations in both cities, and still often live in ethnic enclaves that have recently become tourist attractions. Ray, Krishnendu Spring 2014 Australia Nutrition and Food Studies
Borders, Barriers, and Buffers: This course addressed political and symbolic borders and their material and immaterial formations as they have taken shape throughout the world in the 20th and 21st centuries. It examined borders beteen Israel/Palestine, US/Mexico, Cyprus, North/South Korea, the European Union, among many others. Tawil-Souri, Helga Fall 2013 Israel Media, Culture, and Communication
Jazz: An American Art Form in a Global Context: This course examined the history and development of jazz music, as well as the cultural influences that have shaped the music from its inception to its eventual introduction to European culture by the end of World War I. Focus was on the everyday practices of musical life in New York City and Paris by both jazz performers and listeners. Jazz styles found in New York and Paris included ragtime, vaudeville, stride, musical theatre, blues, swing, bebop, Latin jazz, R&B, soul jazz, free jazz. Schroeder, David Fall 2013 France Music and Performing Arts Professions
Theatre as Art Form: This course introduced students to theatre as a live and performing art. Students explored the roles of the playwright, actor, director, and designer in the production process, as well as examined the role of the audience in the live performance. Salvatore, Joe Spring 2013 UK Educational Theatre
Terrorism, Extremism, and Education: This course examined instances and theories of national, ideological, ethnic, religious, and political extremism and their relationship to education, paying particular attention to the ways that educational systems have worked to foment and prevent extremism in comparative, historical, and cross-national contexts. Miller-Idriss, Cynthia Fall 2012 Germany Global and Urban Education Studies
Culture and Media in Urban China: This course examined the culture and media that define city life in China, including Chinese state and popular media, television and film, music, fashion, verbal art and literature (in print and online) and visual art. The course focused on the period from the building booms of the mid-to-late 1990s to the present. Chumley, Lily Fall 2012 China Media, Culture, and Communication