Spring 2022 Courses

GLOBAL C10A 001 (29431) Darren Zook (TuTh 5:00PM-6:29PM, Hearst Mining 390)

Introduction to Global Studies (4 Units)

The field of global studies has brought a breath of fresh air into the ways we look at the world and our place within it. At the center of the field of Global Studies is the search for connections. These connections can be between different fields of inquiry—how does the political side of things connect to the cultural or the economic? And they can be between different scales of perspective—how do processes at the global level translate into and influence processes at the local level (and vice versa)? Global Studies also seeks to craft a new sort of critical lens, reaching beyond traditional theories and drawing on new sources of creative inquiry that borrow from different cultural interpretations and experiences. This course will serve as a foundation from which to explore the various aspects and offerings of Global Studies and to chart the best pathway through the major. The course will also offer a powerful tool-kit with which to understand, analyze, and engage with the world and its peoples. We will look at the events, conflicts, and crises that occur in the global arena, and also endeavor to interpret them and make connections between them in ways that are constructive and creative. By the end of this course, students will know the central theories and perspectives of the field of Global Studies, and also be able to apply them in analytical and practical ways to real-world examples and case studies.

GLOBAL 10B 001 (26902) Darren Zook (TuTh 3:30PM-4:59PM, Hearst Mining 390)

Critical Issues in Global Studies (3 Units)

Food, Drink, Culture, Politics” – Few things are more important to the existence of humanity than food and drink. Aside from making human life possible, food and drink have generated multiple waves of cultural and political activity throughout human history, some of it celebratory, some of it contentious, and all of it infinitely interesting. This course will explore the many ways that food and drink are intertwined with culture and politics, in the past and in the present. Drawing on examples from all around the world, we will discuss, among other things, the ways that governments try to control the circulation of food and drink; the different cultural rituals associated with food and drink; the claims of cultural ownership over specific types of food and drink; and the representation of food and drink through art, film, and literature. After taking this course, you’ll never look at what’s on your plate or what’s in your glass the same way again.


GLOBAL 24 001 (26743) Darren Zook (W 1:00PM-1:59PM, Haviland 214)

Freshman Seminar (1 Unit)

“Diversity, Identity, and Social Justice: America in Global Perspective” – This seminar will delve into the complexities of this thing we call diversity, to explore the rhetoric and the reality of diversity as it currently exists in America. We will do this by reading accounts of diversity as it happens—not just in the news but also in a variety of different media—and then learning how to discuss critically the central issues of diversity. The goal is not just to talk about diversity, but also to learn how to talk about diversity in ways that are both critical and constructive. Diversity is an extraordinarily sensitive issue, and too many people simply avoid the conversation to avoid the discomfort that might ensue.



GLOBAL 24 002 (33345) Emily Gottreich (W 2:00PM-2:59PM, Mulford 106)

Freshman Seminar (1 Unit)

“Arab Film and the Arab Jew” – This new freshman seminar will invite students to engage deeply with Middle Eastern and North African films in Arabic (with subtitles!) that feature Jewish themes and/or prominent Jewish characters. After an initial discussion about filmmaking, representation, and indigenous Jewish communities of the MENA region, we will watch and discuss a different film each week with attention to its possible aesthetic, political, and historical meanings. Differing perspectives on Jewish-Muslim relations and specific events, like the Middle Eastern wars or the exodus of Jews from Arab countries, will be of particular interest, along with the overarching question of Arab Jewish identity. Students should expect vigorous engagement, civil discourse, and a lot of critical thinking!


GLOBAL 45 001 (28006) Emily Gottreich (TuTh 3:30PM-4:59PM, Hearst Field Annex A1)

Survey of World History (4 Units)

This course focuses on the history of global interaction, with a particular emphasis on the relationships between states and societies. Though it begins with a brief exploration of antiquity, it emphasizes world developments since the 15th century. The purpose of the course is to gain a better understanding of the rise and decline of states, empires, and international trading systems. Taking a panoramic view of the last 500 years, it explores the ways in which disparate places came closer together, even while it seeks to explain how those places maintained their own trajectories in the face of outside intervention.


GLOBAL 88 001 (33027) Karenjot Bhangoo Randhawa (Th 9:00AM-10:59AM, Social Sciences Bldg 122)

Data Science and Global Studies (2 Units)

“Intersectional Data Feminism” – This course will introduce students to key concepts in Intersectional Data Feminism. In this course, students learn data analysis along with key dimensions of intersectional data feminism which include challenging notions of discrimination, power and inequality. Students will learn methods that advance work towards gender and racial equity while integrating cultural analytics and intersectional data practices. The course will look at global ‘spotlight stories’ and issues related to gender-based violence prevention, advocacy and activism, cultural and theological approaches. The history and ethics of how data is defined and contested will be examined while generating action-oriented strategies and approaches for how to use data in more equitable ways today.


GLOBAL C100D 001 (27646) Gillian Hart (TuTh 2:00PM-3:29PM, Hearst Mining 390)

Global Development: Theory, History, Geography (4 Units)

This course will focus on the multiple but interconnected paths of change in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East in the context of intensified global integration. Course objective is to understand and assess interpretations of global conditions and crises, as well as possibilities for social change.


GLOBAL 100P 001 (27486) Karenjot Bhangoo Randhawa (TuTh 11:00AM-12:29PM, Wheeler 204)

Approaches to Peace and Conflict (4 Units)

This course will look at peace (and conflict) in a wide variety of formats and contexts, and will examine both the theories that seek to explain peace and the practices that compose it. The course is structured around a series of modules, each dealing with a different facet of peace and/or conflict.


GLOBAL 100S 001 (26737) Stephanie Ballenger (TuTh 11:00AM-12:29PM, Wheeler 220)

Global Societies and Cultures (4 Units)

This course offers an introduction to ways of thinking about, and visualizing, “the global” over time. People from different societies and cultures have been drawn together as a result of processes that can best be conceived of as “flows” of people, capital, ideas and goods. Using a panoramic lens, we will explore a series of interactions, analyzing the wide-ranging effects of those interactions and the artifacts they produced. By studying a variety of encounters, we will cultivate a broader sense of how the “global” has been defined and experienced through the lens of cultural interaction. Globalization itself is not a new phenomenon; it can be traced back centuries if not millennia.


GLOBAL 102 001 (27489) Peter Bartu (Tu 2:00PM-4:59PM, Wheeler 106)

GLOBAL 102 002 (29053) Stephanie Ballenger (TuTh 12:30PM-01:59PM, Wheeler 120)

Critical Thinking in Global Studies (4 Units)

This course, required for students in the Global Studies major, will teach students to identify and evaluate arguments, explain conflicting evidence, interpret tables, charts, and graphs and evaluate the ethical implications of scholarly work. Students will explore how research questions are framed and developed and learn how to determine which method and approach is best suited to answering a particular research question.


GLOBAL 110E 001 (26716) Richard Ashcroft (MWF 9:00AM-9:59AM, Morgan 109)

Europe/Russia In Global Context (3 Units)

The Crisis of Europe: Identity, Integration, and the EU” – This course is required for students in Global Studies with a concentration in Europe/Russia. It is interdisciplinary in nature, employing mixed methodological approaches to analyze the European Union. The EU is the largest and most successful intergovernmental organization in the world. Over the course of the last 75 years the architects of the EU seem to have succeeded in their attempt to build a stable Europe out of the ruins of World War II by securing peace, facilitating economic growth, enhancing political cooperation, expanding democracy and human rights, and forging a sense of common European identity. Yet at the start of the twenty first century the European Union has faced a series of challenges which have cast its future into doubt, including the Eurozone crisis, the influx of Syrian refugees from 2015 onwards, Brexit, democratic backsliding in Eastern Europe, and tensions on its borders with Russia and Turkey. We will examine different aspects of governance across the EU through the series of recent political, economic, and cultural crises, and analyze their connection to identity, community, and liberal democracy.


GLOBAL 110K 001 (26736) Noam Schimmel (W 4:00PM-6:59PM, Dwinelle 204)

Africa in Global Context (3 Units)

This course will provide students majoring in Global Studies with an introduction to Africa and its significance to the globe. We will address issues related to Africa that span all three concentrations of the major (Society and Culture, Development, Peace and Conflict). In particular, we will focus on the following four themes: conflict, identity, development and technology.


GLOBAL 110L 001 (26717) Tiffany Page (TuTh 9:30AM-10:59AM, Wheeler 200)

Latin America in Global Context (3 Units)

This course seeks to introduce Global Studies majors to the region of Latin America and the Caribbean and its significance to the larger study of the globe. The course will be divided into three parts based on the three concentrations within the Global Studies major: Society and Culture, Development, Peace and Conflict. Each of these sections, examines key topics for understanding the region and its relationship to other parts of the globe.


GLOBAL 110M 001 (26738) Peter Bartu (MW 5:00PM-6:29PM, Social Sciences Bldg 166)

Middle East in Global Context (3 Units)

This course provides Global Studies majors with an introduction to the Middle East region, broadly defined. It takes an interdisciplinary approach, joining the fields of history, political science, anthropology, religious studies, economics, and Middle Eastern studies. Students will be introduced to major historical themes in the study of Middle Eastern societies that are relevant in understanding contemporary intellectual debates and the origins, nature, and trajectory of war and peace in the region. Focusing on the 20th century, the course explores how the modern Middle East evolved politically, socially, and economically into a region burdened by webs of power and influence.


GLOBAL 110Q 001 (26715) Lanchih Po (TuTh 12:30PM-1:59PM, Social Sciences Bldg 170)

Asia in Global Context (3 Units)

This course provides students with an introduction to Asia in global context. The course employs a Global History approach, which emphasizes national histories as a part of a series of global processes. It explores how countries in Asia, regardless of their diverse cultures, have been drawn into the development of global capitalism. This course addresses all of the Global Studies major’s concentrations, i.e. Societies and Cultures, Development, Peace and Conflict.


GLOBAL 127 001 (31223) Tiffany Page (TuTh 12:30PM-1:59PM, Social Sciences Bldg 60)

Global Migration: The Political Economy of Displacement (4 Units)

International migration has been growing rapidly. In this course, we will examine global migration patterns and factors that drive migration – from violence to lack of economic opportunity to environmental conditions. We will also examine conditions in receiving countries that generate demand for immigrant labor, and transnational social networks that help facilitate migration. Immigration has transformed receiving countries into multicultural societies, straining traditional notions of national identity, and increasingly producing a nativist backlash. We will examine recent immigration policy and explore laws, policies and agreements with regard to migration, how migration impacts economic development, and human trafficking.


GLOBAL 133 001 (27488) Karenjot Bhangoo Randhawa (TuTh 2:00PM-3:29PM, Social Sciences Bldg 122)

International Conflict (3 Units)

Inspired by the changed meaning of international conflict and the expanding mission of conflict resolution in the post-cold war era, this course will study the contemporary context and issues of conflict by examining the evolution in thinking about conflict, the resolution, and their application in practice.


GLOBAL 151Q 001 (28290) Crystal Chang Cohen (TuTh 2:00PM-3:29PM, Hearst Mining 310)

Special Topics in China (3 Units)

“Global China” – This upper-division course focuses on several issues of the political economy of China’s contemporary development, including the socialist state and its market reforms, women and labor, land and urbanization, the environmental dilemma, and Global China.


GLOBAL 172 001 (27461) Peter Bartu (MW 12:00PM-1:59PM, Social Sciences Bldg 170)

UN UNPlugged (4 Units)

This course places the UN under the spotlight: history, culture and effectiveness and examines the organization’s key institutions in the context of a multipolar world. The course goal is to encourage students to think critically about the international system and the politics of global governance and to learn the necessary tools to research the United Nations and international organizations. The course is suitable for those interested in foreign policy, diplomacy, international relations and law and conflict management and resolution.


GLOBAL H195 001 (19456) Stephanie Ballenger (W 2:00PM-4:59PM, Giannini 201)

Senior Honors Seminar (4 Units)

Honors students are required to research and write a thesis based on the prospectus developed in GLOBAL H102. The thesis work is reviewed by the honors instructor and a second reader to be selected based on the thesis topic. Weekly progress reports required.


GLOBAL 198 001 (28342) DECAL Class (Th 6:00PM-7:59PM, Dwinelle 229)

Directed Group Study (2 Units)

Introduction to Ethiopian Studies” – In this class, we look at seven main concepts regarding Ethiopia: ethnicities, history, religion, culture, linguistics, government & politics. This class will try its best to balance out the diversity of Ethiopia, but at the same time realizes that covering all the +80 ethnicities in Ethiopia is impossible in a semester class. Thus, our focus will be looking at the main groups of each respective subclade (Ethio- Semitic, Cushitic, Omotic & Nilo-Saharan). This class will not be limited to a study of the Emperors of Ethiopia and the central government but will look to numerous groups that encompass Ethiopia and Her peripheries. This, of course, includes looking at the nations of Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and Somaliland.


GLOBAL 198 002 (28343) Darren Zook (W 2:00PM-2:59PM, Etcheverry 3109)

Directed Group Study (1 Unit)

Intergenerational Dialogue: Saving Democracy” – This course will offer a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in an intergeneration dialog with members of UC Berkeley’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The focus of this intergenerational dialog will be saving democracy focusing mostly but not exclusively on democracy America. Democracy is currently in crisis mode in the United States, facing challenges and pressures from both domestic and international sources. Will the interim elections (November 2022) reset and rejuvenate American democracy? Will partisan acrimony ever come to an end? Will totalitarian rule make a resurgence or overtake democracy in global politics? Is democracy worth saving? This intergenerational dialog is intended to address these and other related questions in a way that is engaging, innovative, transformative, and empowering.


GLOBAL 210 001 (27553) Crystal Chang Cohen (W 10:00AM-11:59AM, Wheeler 106)

MA Seminar for Global Studies (4 Units)

This reading seminar, required of all MA students in Global Studies, will approach a particular topic in global studies each year. Covering a variety of themes, students will engage with the literature of the field, and begin to study the ways in which particular problems have been approached from a variety of disciplinary perspectives in the social sciences.


IAS C118 001 (24566) Sofia Villas-Boas (TuTh 8:00AM-9:29AM, Dwinelle 145)

Introductory Applied Econometrics (4 Units)

Formulation of a research hypothesis and definition of an empirical strategy. Regression analysis with cross-sectional and time-series data; econometric methods for the analysis of qualitative information; hypothesis testing. The techniques of statistical and econometric analysis are developed through applications to a set of case studies and real data in the fields of environmental, resource, and international development economics. Students learn the use of a statistical software for economic data analysis. (Also offered as: ENVECON C118)


IAS 157AC 001 (24570) Khalid Kadir (TuTh 3:30PM-4:59PM, Donner Lab 155)

Engineering, The Environment, and Society (4 Units)

This course engages students at the intersection of environmental justice, social justice, and engineering to explore how problems that are commonly defined in technical terms are at their roots deeply socially embedded. Through partnerships with community-based organizations, students are trained to recognize the socio-political nature of technical problems so that they may approach solutions in ways that prioritize social justice. Topics covered include environmental engineering as it relates to air, water, and soil contamination; race, class, and privilege; expertise; ethics; and engaged citizenship. This course cannot be used to complete any engineering technical unit requirements. (Also offered as: ENGIN 157AC)


POLECON 100 001 (25936) Clare Talwalker (TuTh 12:30PM-1:59PM, Valley Life Sciences 2060)

Classical Theories of Political Economy (4 Units)

In-depth analysis of the classical political economy literature, including such authors as Locke, Smith, Marx, Mills, and Weber to Veblen and Polanyi. Strong emphasis is placed on providing appropriate background for understanding the evolution of the literature that has emanated from the various social science disciplines which forms the basis of modern political economy.


POLECON 101 001 (25943) Crystal Chang Cohen (TuTh 11:00AM-12:29PM, Valley Life Sciences 2060)

Contemporary Theories of Political Economy (4 Units)

This course is designed to introduce students to modern theoretical works of central intellectual debates on 20th century international political economy. The course explores alternative explanations for inequality in economic development among nations and economic declines of the dominate powers. It will also examine tensions between the increasing “globalization” of that economy and continued fragmentation of the international political system in nation-states.


POLECON 106 001 (28218) Mario Muzzi (TuTh 9:30AM-10:59AM, Stanley 106)

Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (4 Units)

This course is designed as a comprehensive overview of intermediate microeconomic theory. It covers the basic supply and demand model. Topics include consumer choice, choice under uncertainty and information, demand theory, firm, production and cost theory, competitive market theory, imperfect competition, and market failure. The course is structured for majors in Political Economy and other non-economic social science majors.


POLECON H195 001 (19675) Stephanie Ballenger (W 2:00PM-4:59PM, Giannini 201)

Senior Honors Thesis Seminar (4 Units)

Political Economy honors students are required to research and write a thesis based on the prospectus developed in GLOBAL H102. The thesis work is reviewed by the honors instructor and a second reader to be selected based on the thesis topic. Weekly progress reports required.


POLECON C196A 001 (25951) Marc Sandalow

UCDC Core Seminar (4 Units)

This course is the UCDC letter-graded core seminar for 4 units that complements the P/NP credited internship course UGIS C196B. Core seminars are designed to enhance the experience of and provide an intellectual framework for the student’s internship. UCDC core seminars are taught in sections that cover various tracks such as the Congress, media, bureaucratic organizations and the Executive Branch, international relations, public policy and general un-themed original research.


POLECON C196B 001 (25952) Marc Sandalow

UCDC Internship (6.50 Units)

This course provides a credited internship for all students enrolled in the UCDC and Cal in the Capital Programs. It must be taken in conjunction with the required academic core course C196A. C196B requires that students work 3-4 days per week as interns in settings selected to provide them with exposure to and experience in government, public policy, international affairs, media, the arts or other areas or relevance to their major fields of study.

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