ANTH_187_Global_Project_Guidelines_2009_01_26

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San Jose State University Department of Anthropology ANTH 187 Global Citizenship (Spring 2009) Global Project Guidelines Dr. William J. Reckmeyer Dr. Dennis Jaehne
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1 Project Description As global citizens, by virtue of our shared roles as human beings living on Planet Earth, we have both the right and the responsibility to help make the world a better place. Effective global citizenship involves more than demonstrating concern about the common challenges facing people in different parts of the world; it reflects the willingness to act and the ability to improve conditions. Human ingenuity has generated enormous progress since the origins of our species, especially during the past 600+ years when the rise of a scientifically-based industrial western society led to the emergence of our increasingly global world. Prosperity has not been evenly distributed, however, and that progress has also created major dilemmas as we enter the 21dst century. One of the most insidious and prevalent dilemmas is the tragedy of the commons, in which the pursuit of narrow self-interest produces adverse unintended consequences for the greater whole. We live in a deeply interconnected world, one that is growing more interdependent as it becomes more globalized, and we can no longer live our lives without considering the broader collective consequences of our individual activities. Everything we do affects the world around us – physically, biologically, and socially. Gone are the days when humanity could act with impunity, using the planet as both an unlimited fountain of resources and an unlimited garbage dump. We are beginning to realize that we have to treat the planet and each other better than we have been doing, or else face the likelihood of severe setbacks that threaten to compromise progress for everyone. The intent of this assignment is to help us develop a better appreciation of critical issues and develop systemic strategies for improving them, through comparing the situations in several different regions of the world. We think it is vital to focus on regional concerns, rather than national concerns in specific (because they are too narrow and familiar) and global concerns as a whole (because they are too immense and complicated). The most pressing challenges transcend national boundaries and, as a result, they cannot be resolved without collaboration across national boundaries as well. People are generally familiar with their own countries, too, as citizens/residents of our respective nation-states, so we also think it is vital for all of us to work outside of our comfort zones and learn about the realities facing other people
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