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ITS 201: Introduction to International Studies Course Syllabus Miami University Spring 2011 Days & Time: Wednesday & Friday (this syllabus is used by multiple sections, so class times vary) Classroom: 275 Upham Hall Kathryn LaFever, Ph.D. Email: [email protected] Office: 111-D Upham Hall Office hours: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wed. & Fri.; 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. If possible, schedule beforehand. Required Textbooks International studies: An interdisciplinary approach to global issues. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. Allen, J. (2010). Student atlas of world geography (6 th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Contemporary Learning Series. NOTE: Additional readings and film clips will be assigned and posted on the course Blackboard Web site. Course Description ITS 201, a three credit-hour interdisciplinary course that utilizes five disciplines political science, history, geography, economics, and anthropology — to study complex global issues in five major world regions. Using interdisciplinary approaches, the course strives to provide an introduction to the regions and a theoretical and conceptual foundation for upper-level courses in international studies. The purpose of this course is to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes needed to live effectively in a world possessing limited natural resources and characterized by ethnic diversity, cultural pluralism, and increasing interdependence. This course fulfills the Liberal Education Requirements for Social Science (IIIA) and World Cultures (IIIB). It provides a historical perspective (H) and fulfills the College of Arts and Science Requirement for Social Science (CAS-C). As a Global Miami Plan foundation course, ITS 201 is based on achieving Global Miami Plan goals. Students will be asked to evaluate the course based on its success in achieving these principles: Thinking critically: The goals of this course include helping students to determine and assess relationships among societies, institutions, and systems in terms of reciprocal — 1
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though not necessarily symmetrical — interactions, benefits, and costs. Goals include cultivating in students the ability to analyze texts and relate facts and contexts to their opinions; using reason and evaluation, as well as imagination and intuition to address perspectives, patterns, relationships, and understandings; developing confidence in working with data and materials, a healthy skepticism toward ideas and theories, and comparative observation skills in analyzing arguments and texts. Understanding contexts: This course helps students to identify and analyze the origins and influences of global forces. It helps students to explore and understand their place and influence in the changing world. It helps students to describe the development and construction of differences and similarities among contemporary groups and regions. It
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