Undergraduate Special Topics Courses Available for Spring 2016

GLOA 305: Global Affairs College-to-Career

GLOA 305-001: GLOA College-to-Career
05:55 PM to 07:10 PM M —  Exploratory Hall (formerly Science and Tech II) L003

Focuses on career choices and effective self-presentation for soon-to-be graduating students with majors in Global Affairs. Explores how skills typically learned in humanities majors can be leveraged for a successful transition to post-graduation employment.

GLOA 305

GLOA 450: Topics in Global Affairs

GLOA 450-001: Model UN
04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R —  Robinson A125

Interested in ISIS, the Middle East, law school, economics, politics, diplomacy, social affairs or the environment? Specialize in what you are interested in, writing and researching two critical topics. Then test your skills as a diplomat at a conference at Georgetown University, competing against delegates from West Point, Northeastern, and the American University in Cairo. This is a highly interactive class with limited lectures. 

Professor Sonja Taylor

Concentrations: Global Governance


GLOA 450-002: Glob & Dev in Africa
04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W —  Mason Hall D001

This seminar course will examine European colonization of North and Sub-Saharan Africa within the context of the world system from the 15th to the 20th centuries, and its impact on pre-colonial modes of governance and economic systems. It will then assess colonization’s political, administrative, and socio-economic legacies, covering successful and unsuccessful attempts at building nation states and viable economies in the post-independence era. It will review economic development strategies in the aftermath of independence and their outcomes, and evaluate the impacts of globalization since the early 1980s in terms of social and economic changes, gains, and adverse consequences, including African conflicts and social unrest as in the case of the Arab Spring in North Africa.
Professor Nejib Ayachi

Concentrations: Africa, International development, Middle East and North Africa, Global Inequality and Responses, Human Security


GLOA 450-003: Modern Israel
04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W —  West Building 1007

This course offers both a general survey of contemporary Israel and also an opportunity to study some aspects of this subject in depth. By the end of the semester each student is expected to have acquired a historical understanding of modern Israel -- its political, social and economic systems, religious dimension, the basic determinants of the Arab-Israeli dispute, Israel's international relations, including the role of the Jewish Diaspora, and American-Israeli relations. Also, watershed events in Jewish and Israeli life will be examined: anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and its impact, nationalism, absorption of mass-immigration into Israeli society, war and diplomacy, including the Camp David, Israel-P.L.O. and the Israel-Jordan agreements, the Palestinian uprising and the quest for peace. The course will conclude with an examination of the socio-economic protest movement emerged in the summer/fall of 2011, the impact of the Arab Spring on Israel’s current geo-strategic position in the Middle East and the summer 2014 war in Gaza.
Professor Yehuda Lukacs

Concentrations: Middle East and North Africa, Human Security, Global Governance