Global Studies (GLS) is an interdisciplinary department with faculty trained in political science, geography, communication, and culture. As such, we offer an array of regionally and globally focused courses from a variety of perspectives. Our courses examine contemporary global issues and international relations with emphasis on politics, commerce, and culture.
GLS courses serve students in the Global Studies Major and Minor as well as the Liberal Studies Major. US, Comparative, and State and Local Government and Politics courses fulfill Bentley's General Education Requirement. These and other GLS courses can also be used to satisfy degree requirements in other programs as indicated in the descriptions below.
Note: Formerly GO 100
Introduces the institutions, background and processes of American national government. Surveys the governmental structures created by the Constitution as well as the informal substructures (parties, interest groups, etc.) that animate our political system.
Note: Formerly Experimetal Course: INT 199 Globalization
The world is becoming increasingly interconnected and interdependent. The revolutionary changes in information and communication technology and the collapse of the Cold War international system in recent decades have been driving the flow of goods, services, capital, people, ideas, and images across the globe at an unprecedented speed. This course begins with an introduction defining what globalization is and is not, why everyone is talking about it, and what forces are pushing it. The course then engages the students in the theoretical debates about the nature of globalization, after which it examines the political, economic, security, and cultural impact of globalization. Furthermore, we will use the case of China, India, the United States and the developing world to show how nations react to the challenges of globalization.
Note: Formerly GO 120
This course offers an introduction to comparative politics. It provides students with the basic knowledge and conceptual tools for analyzing the varieties of national states, regimes (democratic, nondemocratic and hybrid), political institutions and processes. It is designed to help students learn about the historical, economic and cultural contexts of political change (such as democratization, revolution or reform), and understand how and why political systems function differently and the consequences of the differences.
Note: Formerly GO 105
Sub-national governments (localities, states, regions) are involved in tackling many of the most challenging problems facing nations and are on the front lines responding to social and economic change. This course will help students understand how sub-national institutions and decision-makers operate, what kinds of public policies they produce, how they interact with the national government, and how the balance of power between sub-national and national government shifts over time.
Note: Formerly INT 100
In this survey course, we examine the world’s major global regions, adopting a geographic perspective to better understand contemporary global landscapes, people, and events. In other words, we consider the ways in which attributes of location and geography underlie cultural, economic, and political circumstances around the world. For each region, associated themes are discussed. For example, North Africa/Southwest Asia tends to be associated with oil and Islam, while North America is often associated with themes of urbanization and mobility. Our region-centered class materials and discussions are then complemented by students’ country-specific current events studies that narrow the scale of analysis and thereby reinforce knowledge acquired in the course. I
Note: Formerly INT 104
Offers an introduction to effective communication between people of different cultures. Helps students develop and clarify their own concept of culture, and see how differences and similarities in this concept affect communication. Students learn to identify cultural assumptions and perceive how differences in assumptions affect cross-cultural communication. Cultural elements of several specific countries are examined, and strategies for effective communication are developed and applied through readings, case studies and experiential exercises. The course also includes guest speakers, films, and small-group discussions. I
Note: Formerly INT 106
This survey course introduces students to International Relations (IR) as a field of study in political science. Students will learn key terms, analytical tools, and theories of IR, through which they can better understand and analyze important issues in global politics and the world economy. The course begins with an overview of the central themes, core principles, and key concepts of IR as well as the changing nature of the international system in both the pre-Cold War and post-Cold War eras. It discusses various theoretical approaches of IR and then focuses on several key issue areas including peace and security, conflict and terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, international cooperation and organizations, international law and regimes, global trade and finance, relations between developed and developing regions, poverty and economic development, and the challenges of managing the environment, resources, and technological and information revolution in the age of globalization. I
Note: Formerly GO 230
Focuses on a specific current event or public policy debate at the forefront of U.S. politics. The course will examine current issues in their political context, with emphasis on the actors, institutions or organizations, and processes that shape them.
Topic changes: With department approval, course may be taken more than once.
Note: Formerly GO 305. May be used toward INT major and in the GOV minor as well as in the American Perspectives LSM.
The United States stands out in international comparison for the degree to which it has relied on the private sector to provide social benefits, like healthcare and pensions, to its citizens. The course will begin by exploring the courses and consequences of this heavy reliance on the private sector for the provision of public benefits. The course will then consider the ways in which this trend continues to strengthen as policymakers increasingly emphasize the privatization of social policy. In particular, we will consider current social policy debates that emphasize shifts in the role of the private sector: Should social security be privatized? Who should provide health insurance and who should pay for it? Should employers be obligated to pay a living wage? Would market-based reforms improve public schools?
Note: Formerly GO 252
This course explores some of the various ways in which the public and private sectors interact with one another. The main focus is on the U.S. context, particularly urban areas. We consider how federal, state, and local government shapes the behavior of private actors with intended and unintended consequences for the economic health of cities and suburbs. We will assess the causes and consequences of economic disparities and racial segregation in U.S. urban areas. Students will evaluate various case studies of economic development, assessing the relative promise of different approaches.
Note: Formerly GO 242
Examines briefly the historical trends in U.S. foreign relations. Devotes major attention to the forces affecting the development of foreign policy and the problems facing the United States worldwide since World War II.
Note: Formerly GO 250
This course provides an introduction to the making of public policy. The first part of the course considers questions about the appropriate role of government'why and when do we need public policy? The course then examines the broad context for policy making in specific countries and considers a number of important and difficult questions: What determines which of the many issues that might command popular attention actually make it to the political agenda? What is political influence and how do we identify who has it? How do various organized interests like labor and business shape policy choices? How do the various institutions of government affect the types of policies that are considered and adopted? How do ideas and culture influence the nature of government intervention in society and the economy? In order to answer these questions, students will analyze case studies of current policy debates.
This course examines the politics of a variety of controversies related to technology and communications policy in the United States within a global context. Specific cases analyzed are (1) protecting minors from pornography over the Internet; (2) enforcing federal decency standards on broadcast television and radio; (3) relaxing rules on media ownership and consolidation; (4) promoting competition and innovation within the communications industry; and (5) enhancing citizen-government communication and bridging the 'digital divide.' The relationship between technology and democratic politics and the challenge of domestic policymaking in an international environment are considered throughout the course.
Examines political campaigns and elections in the United States and other democracies. The course covers the core principles and practices of modern campaigns, including who runs for office and why; how are campaigns organized; what makes a good campaign strategy, and what is the best way to communicate a theme to the voters; how are campaigns financed; what is the impact of money, polling, political advertising, and grass-roots mobilization; how is technology transforming campaigns; and how do voters make their electoral decisions? These questions will be answered by closely tracking and analyzing current races, assessing the performance of the news media, comparing the U.S. electoral system with systems abroad, suggesting reforms for the U.S. system, and discussing the implications of the most recent election outcomes for future governing and policymaking.
Note: Formerly GO 258
Considers America's love-hate relationship with its immigration legacy - a nation of immigrants that now favors stricter immigration policies. Focuses on the country's immigration legacy, immigration institutions, legal and undocumented immigration, political refugees and human rights issues at America's borders. It also examines foreign policy influences on immigration policy and places immigration within a global context to examine the origins of immigration as well as international migration patterns.
Note: Formerly INT 402
Permits students to study selected topics in Global Studies. (Allows repetition for credit). I
Note: Formerly GO 230
Focuses on a specific current event or public policy debate at the forefront of U.S. or international politics. The course will examine current issues in their political context, with emphasis on the actors, institutions or organizations, and processes that shape them.
Topic changes: With department approval, course may be taken more than once.
Note: Formerly INT 108
As the forces of globalization increase the flow of goods, services, capital, people, ideas and images across borders, many social, political and economic consequences have arisen for developing, as well as developed, countries. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining the dynamic interaction of the social and political factors with regional and transnational economic forces in the developing world. More specifically, it discusses the social and political conditions for successes or failures of development as well as the consequences of development and underdevelopment. The United Nations Human Development Index is used to analyze the consequences of global socioeconomic interactions. Students in this course will acquire a deep understanding of the global and socioeconomic interactions measured by HDI and develop skills to analyze the multifaceted impact of globalization on the developing world. I
Note: Formerly INT 220
Introduces students to business and government applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and provides instruction and feedback that facilitate the development of desktop computer mapping skills. Students learn about GIS as a leading information technology industry, then focus upon fundamental interactive mapping operations that address real-world spatial problems. Instruction is provided on the merits and limitations of common international data providers before moving on to geographic data handling, and the ethical use and presentation of spatial data. Concurrent hands-on laboratory exercises develop and reinforce the skills necessary to employ desktop mapping software effectively in the business workplace. Upon completion students will be able to generate high-quality maps to use in reports, presentations, manuscripts, and Internet postings as well as have the ability to use GIS for data analysis, identifying business opportunities, and solving real world problems. I
Note: formerly GO 218
This course analyzes the role of the media in politics and its relationship with the public, business, government, and candidates for office in a democratic society. Examined is the role and structure of the news media as a political and economic institution in the United States and other democracies and how it is being transformed by the "alternative" media, new technologies and globalization; the conventions and controversies associated with the journalism profession, including news reporting and the newsgathering process, questions of bias and objectivity, investigative journalism, and news coverage of political campaigns, public policy, and global affairs; news making strategies and the effects that media have on citizens' attitudes and behaviors.
Note: Formerly INT 290
In the past quarter of a century, Latin America has experienced many dramatic transformations in the social, economic and political spheres, yet many traditional characteristics of Latin America, suchas pervasive income inequality, persist. This course seeks to provide students with an introduction to contemporary Latin America. Throughout the course we explore the interaction of historical, social, economic and political factors. While the course provides an over view of Latin America generally, it also emphasizes the great degree of variation in the region with regard to issues such as ethnic diversity, level of economic development and political stability. The course will highlight a few countries as case studies. I
We will look at Chile as a test case for global commerce and a free market economy ' noting the benefits and opportunities that are available to Chileans who live in a nation whose recent governments have embraced a liberal marketplace and free trade, as well as the hardships that the Chilean people and their environment have endured as a result of such unrestricted free trade combined with a lack of human rights, social services, and environmental protections. Staying in Santiago, Temuco, and Renaca while visiting some of the surrounding coastal and mountainous regions in central and south-central Chile, we will speak with representatives from the Central Bank of Chile, the Santiago chapter of the Association of Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared, the Mapuche indigenous people of Chile, a journalist and communication professor, a filmmaker and blogger, and a TV journalist/host, among others. I
Note: formerly INT 251
This course examines the rise of East Asia in world economy and international affairs since World War II. In learning about the transformation of East Asia, we will explore various theoretical models such as modernization theory, neoclassical interpretation, developmental state thesis, as well as cultural and world system approaches. We will also analyze several informative documentaries about the history, culture and political economy of East Asia. This course begins with an introduction to the Asia Pacific region with basic facts and existing theoretical literature. It also discusses the historical interaction between the West and Asian countries. It then focuses on the rise of East Asian economies since 1945. This course ends with some theoretical reflections on the lessons and significance of the East Asian development experience. I
Note: Formerly INT 205
This course examines the modern (post World War I) origins of states in the Middle East and attempts to explain the various forces at flux, which determine the national and regional politics of the region. For the purposes of this course the Middle East is defined as the Arab countries of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, and the non-Arab countries of Iran, Israel and Turkey. The course will also consider non-state actors such as the Kurds and the Palestinians and their relations with the states that they operate in. I
Note: Formerly INT 252
Examines the on-going socio-economic transformation of China as 1.3 billion people are developing a market-based economy and coping with the challenges of globalization. The course involves a two-week study tour to China, preceded by two evening seminars and one Saturday orientation on the Bentley campus. During the two-week stay in China, the group will visit the city of Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai where the participants will study the Chinese economy, society, history, and foreign relations, visit key historical and cultural sites, and exchange views with Chinese scholars and students. Students are required to complete a term paper as part of the requirement in this course. I
Note: Formerly INT 270.
The course offers a topical and regional approach to the geography of contemporary Europe. The topical --or thematic-- approach investigates Europe’s complex physical, cultural, economic, and political landscapes. Throughout the course, we focus upon contemporary issues including European Union integration and the competing forces of devolution, as well as the Euro, the welfare state, tourism management, and environmental issues. The ultimate objective of the course is to build a fundamental understanding of Europe’s landscapes, diverse populations, and contemporary issues, and for each student to develop a geographic expertise on one European state. This course may be offered with an intensive travel component to Europe over spring or summer break. I
Note: Formerly GO 220
Introduces the student to governments, politics and major current issues that concern the people of the European Union. Through its "virtual classroom," students will be able to discuss the issues brought up in class with their colleagues at other European universities and thus be able to hear their opinions first hand. By examining the European Union and its effect on the disparate group of major countries, the course will focus on several policy areas to explore the positive and negative effects of integration. During spring break, the class will travel to Brussels to visit the EU institutions themselves, hear guest lecturers on EU integration, and possibly meet up with some of the European students with whom they have been corresponding. After the trip, the class will participate in a simulation where the students will represent the EU member states in a mock session of the Maastricht negotiations on the Common Foreign and Security Policy. I
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Note: Formerly INT 320.
This travel-embedded course examines the complex political, economic, and cultural changes taking place in Central and Eastern European economies as they re-join the global economy after decades of isolation. We look at the challenges facing former centrally-planned economies as they attempt to converge with those of the European Union. Course material is drawn from the region as a whole, but one or more countries are chosen as the primary focus of attention. The course features experiential learning in one or more countries within the region, and these may include the Czech Republic, Poland, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Croatia, (eastern) Germany, or another location that illustrates the course content. This course may be taken multiple times for credit when traveling to different locations. I
Note: Formerly INT 240
This course explores the development and impact of racism in Southern Africa, with special reference to apartheid in South Africa. Students examine print and web sources as well as primary sources including historic documents, political tracts, political music, literature, newspaper clippings, and recorded interviews with political leaders. Although the focus of the course is on South Africa, students gain insight on the economic, political and social impact of apartheid on other countries in Southern Africa, especially Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Students also study the role of the United States, Europe, the United Nations and other "players" in southern African history and current events. I
Prerequisite(s): Instructor's permission required
Note: Formerly INT 322
The course introduces students to the history and culture of South Africa as they relate to economic development and business practices. A former Bentley student from South Africa serves as the local program coordinator. Students visit governmental and nongovernmental agencies engaged in business development and meet with local business leaders. Topics covered include women in development, U.S./South Africa commercial relations, the impact of social issues, such as HIV/AIDS, South Africa's economic role in the continent and others. Students visit the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Coca Cola, a gold mining company as well as cultural sites. The travel portion takes place over spring break. I
Note: Formerly INT 303
This course explores why some countries are democratic while others are not, and why some democracies survive while others return to authoritarian rule or hover in an ambiguous state of neither true democracy nor outright authoritarianism. The course analyzes how and why transitions from authoritarian rule toward democracy occurred in many countries around the globe in the late-20th and early-21st centuries, such as in southern Europe, the ex-communist world and the developing world, and it explores the quality of the new regimes, the challenges they face and their prospects for survival. The course analyzes questions, such as: Is democracy only for the rich? Is Islam incompatible with democracy? Does ethnic diversity hinder democracy? Can democracy be imposed by the US? Is women's equality essential for democratic development? What is the effect of inequality on the sustainability of democracy? What are the chances for democracy in the Middle East? I
Note: Formerly INT 310. May be used as an elective for INT majors and minors. May be used as a social sciences, humanities or unrestricted elective for other students.
Surveys the phenomenon of global commerce within a broad interdisciplinary context. Considers the meaning and changing nature of global commerce and examines contemporary trade patterns from a geographic perspective. Reviews the history of global commerce and its impacts, and provides an overview of the development of economic ideas concerning trade and commerce. Examines specific areas of interest such as commerce and culture, the role of government and international organizations, the legal framework of global commerce, selected contemporary issues, and possible future scenarios for trade and commerce. I
Note: Formerly INT 312. May be used as an elective for INT majors and minors. May be used as a social sciences, humanities or unrestricted elective for other students.
This course examines international law and international organizations and the rules and laws governing them in the global society today. The nature of international norms, their influence on the behavior of states and the law applicable to contemporary global political and economic issues are studied. With the increasing interdependence of states and the globalization of the world economy and commerce new international institutions are developing. The course will study the historical development, the contemporary operation, and the contributions of organizations such as the United Nations, European Union and the World Trade Organization to the range of global issues including war-peace questions, global commerce, human rights and the environment. I
Prerequisite(s): PH 101 or instructor's permission
Note: Formerly INT 313. Cross listed with: PH 313
The purpose of this course is to study major problems in political philosophy that relate to global issues: Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism, Democracy and theories on Globalization. These are crucial topics that are becoming more relevant and important in a post-Communist world infested with national, ethnic, racial, cultural, and religious conflicts at both national and international levels. We shall be examining contemporary works by renowned political theorists and philosophers of our time. In studying philosophy, you must be willing to subject all of your inherited ideas to critical scrutiny. If you are content with the world around you and do not wish to disturb the status quo, then this course is not for you. Subsidiary aims of this course include helping you improve your critical skills and write well-structured and logically reasoned papers.
This course looks at how media covers themes of human rights across the globe. It focuses primarily on documentary and feature films, but includes television, radio, print journalism, music, poetry, textiles, and the Internet, and will explore styles, forms, and techniques of media production and reception. Many films and videos will be in languages other than English, with English subtitles. The course examines how media influence and are influenced by recent history, politics, violence, and culture in different parts of the world, with emphasis on media influence in judicial human rights cases. The course will emphasize team projects, fieldwork and student creativity. I
Note: Formerly GO 240
Momentous events occurred in 1989 when the Communist regimes of east Europe collapsed and the Soviet government instituted major reforms. Clearly, with the end of the Cold War, the world was entering a new era of a new order. This course offers an overview of the critical international issues with which policymakers will grapple in the years leading into the 21st century. The course pays special attention to the controversies that illuminate the more perplexing questions that confront U.S. foreign policy, which range from international competitiveness to the conditions requiring U.S. military intervention. I
Prerequisite(s): GLS 101, GLS 110 or GLS 116 or instructor's permission.
Note: Formerly INT 285
This course introduces the fundamentals of the global tourism and hospitality industries, emphasizing the role of all modes of passenger transportation. The semester is organized into five broad topics: tourism principles, history and distribution of tourism, tourism transportation, tourism impacts, and tourism research and marketing. We give special attention to the facilitation of tourism by ever-evolving passenger transportation technologies as well as how the industry is affected by events such as conflicts, terrorism, natural disasters. From a spatial perspective, we also look at the many economic, social, and environmental impacts of tourism upon destinations. Students apply course concepts by researching the tourism industry in one specific country and sharing their insights with the class. The ultimate objective is to develop a fundamental knowledge of the industry and to obtain skills for involvement in a variety of capacities. I
Prerequisite(s): GLS 102 or GLS 116 or GLS 226 or instructor's permission.
Note: Formerly GO 262
Focuses on a specific current event or public policy debate at the forefront of international politics. This course examines specialized topics in the Global Studies field, focusing on those that are both critical and timely. The issues will be framed in a global political context, with emphasis on the actors, institutions or organizations, international systems, decision-making processes and interactions that shape them. Topic changes: With department approval, course may be taken more than once with a different topic. I
Note: Formerly GO 243
Examines the political, economic and military impact of U.S. based multinational corporations in world politics in general, as well as their impact in particular on both "host" and "home" governments. I
Note: Formerly GO 310. May be taken more than once for credit.
An intro course on Latin American politics whose focus will be Latin America's experience with democratic governance, especially the swings between democracy and dictatorship in the region. It will examine democracy's historical development, patterns of change, and explanations for cycles of democracy and authoritarianism in the region. Of specific interest will be the interaction among political institutions, society and culture, and patterns of economic dev on the one hand, and the origins, development, breakdown and consolidation of democracy on the other. Its goal is to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of Latin America' s rich political tradition, incredible diversity, contradictions, achievements and failings. Why have democracy, self-sustaining economic growth, equity and social justice been too difficult to accomplish and sustain in the region? Countries examined include: Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba and Columbia. I
Prerequisite(s): One GLS course and Instructor's permission.
Allows superior students to pursue independent study in a specialized topic under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite(s): Department chairperson's or instructor's permission
Permits advanced students to study special topics. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite(s): One GLS course or instructor's permission.
Note: Offered only in spring.
Participants will work on Bentley's Model United Nations program: attending major Model U.N. meetings and staging a High School Model U.N. at the college each spring. Course credit will also include intensive study of positions of assigned nations. Allows repetition for credit, but only one offering may be applied to the government minor.
Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior class standing and one GLS course or instructor's permission.
Note: Formerly INT 360. Not offered regularly. Check with department chair for availability.
Focuses on several topics of current global significance. The emphasis is on issues that are rooted in specific geographies and economies but are also affected by the changing world situation. The issues chosen may change from semester to semester. A selective, in-depth approach is taken to examine in an international context topics and cases that are of cultural, political, business or economic significance. Based on their background and interests, students will propose, develop and present their own research project or case. The course is designed to encourage students to contribute and synthesize concepts and ideas gained from previous courses, and to develop more depth and sophistication in applying their ideas and skills in analyzing contemporary global issues. May be repeated for credit. I
Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior class standing and one GLS course or instructor's permission
Note: Formerly GO 402. Not offered regularly. Check with department chair for availability.
Permits advanced students to study selected topics in government. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite(s): One GLS course and permission of the internship coordinator and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Allows students to apply in business, government or the nonprofit sector knowledge gained in their academic program. The on-the-job experience, in turn, helps students to clarify their interests and career goals. A final paper based on the internship activities helps students to integrate classroom knowledge with real-world experience. In addition to producing a final paper, students are required to attend pre-internship workshops at the Center for Career Services and to meet regularly with a faculty adviser. I
Prerequisite(s): One GLS course and permission of the internship coordinator
Note: Formerly GO 421
Offers students the opportunity to arrange, in conjunction with the college, employment in a public or nonprofit organization. A major paper will be required.