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Athabasca University

Global Studies Minor

Regulations effective September 1, 2016.

General information on Minors

The Global Studies Minor at Athabasca University is designed to provide the tools to understand the processes of globalization with a historical and sociological angle (as opposed to history or sociology with a global angle). Its holistic perspective breaks through the confines of scholarly specialization, and raises human global self-awareness as it affects every day popular life, action, psyche, imagination and consciousness on a mass, global scale. The transdisciplinary approach is invaluable for both the beginning student as well as the professional who seek to comprehend the past and present views of the globalizing phenomena, which is critical to understand the fundamental aspects of our society and its development.

Minor (30 credits, of which at least 15 must be at the senior (300/400) level)

Required Core Courses (3 credits)

Focus Areas (Select 15 credits in one of the following focus areas):

Global Studies at AU has the following five focus areas:

  • Global Economy and Development
  • Global Governance and Conflict
  • Global Cultures and Societies
  • Global Media and Communication
  • Global Literatures and Languages

Focus Area Electives

1: Global Economy and Development

ECON 366 Economic Development (3)
ECON 401 The Changing Global Economy (3)
ECON 475 International Trade (3)
ECON 476 International Finance (3)
ECON/LBST 330 Workers and the Economy (3)
ENVS 361 The Politics of Ecology: Applying Ecological Science to Environmental Concerns (3)
GEOG 201 Introductory Human Geography (3)
GEOL 313 Our Physical Resources (3)
GLST/GOVN 450 Public Budgeting and Financial Management in a Globalized World (3)
GLST/INTR/POEC 395 Political Economy of Development: People, Processes, and Policies (3)
MKTG 414 International Marketing and Exporting (3)
POEC 302 Introduction to Political Economy (3)
POEC 393 Canada and the Global Political Economy (3)
SOCI 450 Environmental Sociology (3)

2: Global Governance and Conflict

CMNS 385/SOCI 378 Social Problems and Social Movements (3)
ENVS 200 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3)
ENVS 435 Transformative Change in Building Sustainable Communities (3)
GLST/GOVN/POLI 403 Public Policy in a Global Era (3)
GLST/GOVN/POLI 440 Global Governance and Law (3)
GLST/HIST 367 World War II (3)
GLST/POEC 483 International Political Economy: The Politics of Globalization (3)
GOVN/POLI 301 Governance, the Public Sector and Corporate Power (3)
INST 348 Aboriginal Justice in Canada (3)
INST 377 Topics in Aboriginal Government (3)
INST 420 Indigenous Resistance (3)
INST 426 Aboriginal Government and Law (3)
INST 430 Indigenous Governance (3)
INST 480 Comparative Indigenous Models of Government: International Models (3)
LBST 332 Women and Unions (3)
PHIL 371 Ethics, Science, Technology and the Environment (3)
PHIL 375 Philosophy of the Environment (3)
POLI 330 International and Global Politics (3)
POLI 342 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
SOCI 300 How Humans Organize: From Primary Groups to the World Wide Web (3)
SOCI 381 The Rich and the Rest: The Sociology of Wealth, Power, and Inequality (3)
SOCI 435 Theories of Social Change (3)

3: Global Cultures and Societies

ANTH 277 The Archaeology of Ancient Peoples (3)
ANTH 307 The Inuit Way (3)
ANTH 320 Ancient Civilizations (3)
ANTH 384 The Family in the World Perspective (3)
ANTH 394 Urban Anthropology (3)
ANTH 407 Examining Cultures—Advanced Readings in Regional Ethnology (3)
ANTH 434 The History of Anthropological Thought (3)
ANTH 491 Ethnobiology: Traditional Biological Knowledge in Contemporary Global Context (3)
CLAS/HIST/HUMN 309 Ancient Greece (3)
GLST 308 Americas: An Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean (3)
GLST/HIST 209 A History of the World in the Twentieth Century I (3)
GLST/HIST 210 A History of the World in the Twentieth Century II (3)
GLST/HIST 307 The Pacific Century (3)
GLST/HIST 381 Modern China (3)
GLST/HIST 382 Contemporary China (3)
GLST/HIST/WGST 315 Women in Asia: Colonization, Modernization, and Globalization (3)
GLST/HIST/WGST 460 Famous Feminists and Their Times: Global History of Feminism (3)
HIST 215 Europe: Ancient to Early Modern (3)
HIST 216 Europe: 1618 – 1939: From the Thirty Years' War to the Age of Dictators (3)
HIST 327 Imperial Russia (3)
HIST 329 Social History of Canada (3)
HIST/HUMN 201 Western Thought and Culture I: Before the Reformation (3)
HIST/HUMN 202 Western Thought and Culture II: Since the Reformation (3)
HIST/INST 368 History of Canada's First Nations to 1830 (3)
HIST/INST 369 History of Canada's First Nations from 1830 (3)
HIST/INST 370 The Métis (3)
HIST/WGST 365 Girls and Women in Urban Canada, 1880 – 1940 (3)
HUMN 360 East Meets West (3)
INST 203 Indigenous Studies I (3)
INST 205 Indigenous Studies II (3)
INST 357 Contemporary Aboriginal Issues in Canada (3)
INST 358 Aboriginal Women in Canada (3)
PHIL 231 Introduction to Philosophy: West and East (3)
RELS 204 Introduction to World Religions (6)
SOCI 331 Environmental Influences on Development and Aging across the Life Course (3)
SOCI 337 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)
SOCI 380 Canadian Ethnic Relations (3)
WGST 333 Goddess Mythology, Spirituality and Eco-feminism (3)
WGST 422 Violence Against Women: A Global Perspective (3)

4: Global Media and Communication

CMNS 201 Introduction to Mass Media (3)
CMNS 302 Communication in History (3)
CMNS 358 Popular Culture and the Media (3)
CMNS 402 Global Communication (3)
CMNS 423 The Television Age (3)
CMNS 202/POLI 291 Media and Power in Canadian Society (3)
HIST 404 Historical Foundations of Modern Science (3)
MKTG 420 Advertising and Promotion (3)
POLI 480 The Politics of Cyberspace (3)

5: Global Literature and Languages

ANTH 354 Language and Culture (3)
ANTH 401 Ethnography, the Writing of Culture (3)
CMNS 425 Film and Genre (3)
ENGL 306 The Literature of Work (3)
ENGL 307 Women in Literature (3)
ENGL 308 Native Literature in Canada (3)
ENGL 351 Comparative Canadian Literature I (3)
ENGL 433 Post-Colonial Literatures (6)
FREN 358 Initiation à la littérature d'expression française I (3)
FREN 374 Introduction à la littérature canadienne-française (6)

 

Information effective Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.

Updated March 20 2017 by laurab

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