Course Title: Critical Readings in Global Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Critical Readings in Global Studies

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2376

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Phipps

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2039

Course Coordinator Email: peter.phipps@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.20

Course Coordinator Availability: Please send email to make an appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

International Studies background.


Course Description

This course introduces students to key theories and theorists in global studies including studies of nationalism, transnational cultural studies and globalism through the close reading of key texts in the field. The course will address such questions as the status of the nation state and national identities under the uneven conditions of globalisation. The course aims to give students an applied knowledge of these problems informed by a broader social theoretical understanding.    


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is an intensive reading seminar. It requires that students commit to completion of all the set readings (set aside at least six hours a week to complete the reading), and active participation in a weekly three hour seminar.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and critique a broad range of theories in Global Studies
  • Synthesise an advanced level of knowledge of one or more of these theories to current social and political problems at a local, national or global scale
  • Effectively communicate the options for application of theories to identified issues
  • Appraise and apply appropriate theoretical approaches to your own research


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is an intensive reading seminar. It requires that students commit to completion of all the set readings (set aside at least six hours a week to complete the reading), and active participation in a weekly three hour seminar.


Overview of Learning Resources

Recommended texts:

Held and Brown (eds) (2010) The Cosmopolitanism Reader, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Paul James (2006) Globalism, Nationalism, Tribalism: Bringing Theory Back In, London: Sage.

Jonathan Hearn (2006) Rethinking Nationalism: A Study of Power and Culture, Palgrave. 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include a short written analysis, a longer essay, and a presentation exercise.