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General Course Information for GLS430: The Global Economy

Course: GLS430 - The Global Economy
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: Examines changes associated with globalization over the last 500 years, including changes in technology, urbanization, finance, markets, lending, the internationalization of production, the organization of work, and power relations among nations and world cultures. Investigates both theories of and popular responses to the new global economy.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different socio-economic measures currently used by economists (GNP, PQLI, and HDI).
  • Explain and illustrate the role of women and kinship in "self-provisioning" societies.
  • Analyze the impact of a market economy on subsistence economies and households.
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of limited corporations.
  • Explain the diffusionist, economist, neo-liberal and neo-Marxist theories of development and analyze their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Clarify how colonialism created the basis for a modern global economy.
  • Evaluate the development paths of "third" world nations in regards to comparative advantage.
  • Clarify the causes and forms of rural-urban migration in the periphery.
  • Explain the growth and geographical shift of transnational production since World War II.
  • Differentiate the major forms of international lending.
  • Explain the goals and impact of IMF and World Bank lending policies.
  • Assess the potential costs and benefits of international tourism to third-world countries and peoples.
  • Identify the main tenets of alternative economic systems to neo-liberal economic globalization.
  • Theorize a global economic system that can create the conditions needed for the realization of the common good and the preservation of the environment.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MAJOR IN GLOBAL STUDIES
    • Analyze a global problem such as poverty, hunger, the spread of disease, or environmental degradation from several disciplinary perspectives.
    • Analyze issues as they impact the global environment.
    • Describe the relationships between economic and cultural change in regions of the globe.
    • Describe the relationships between economic change and processes of nation-state formation over the last several hundred years.
    • Evaluate scholarship on globalization for its veracity and reliability.
    • Explain the varied experiences of different social groups interacting with the global economy over the past several hundred years.
    • Synthesize theoretical perspectives and empirical data into a coherent argument.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

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Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures