Courses

All Global Studies students are required to take three lower-level courses:

  • Global 101: People and Politics
  • Global 201: Economics and the Environment
  • Global 202: Globalization and Technology

The Global Studies tracks also include upper-level courses that were designed to meet the unique needs of the program. Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program, meaning faculty teaching these courses are from a variety of disciplines, including departments such as African and African Diaspora Studies, Anthropology, Communication, English, Geography, History, Information Studies, Nursing, Political Science, and Sociology.

Please note that the following list consists of multiple Global Studies courses offered. Additional courses may be offered through other departments. To find courses offered during a particular semester and additional classes offered through other departments, see the UWM Schedule of Classes.


GLOBAL 101 Introduction to Global Studies I: People and Politics
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Fundamental aspects of globalization; how economic, political, and cultural globalism affects contemporary societies.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: SS
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
GLOBAL 201 Introduction to Global Studies II: Economics and the Environment
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Link between International trade and environmental change; conditions related to global economy; political impact of environmental change; human dimensions of international trade and environmental change.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: SS
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
GLOBAL 202 Introduction to Global Studies III: Globalization and Technology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Globalization and information technology: history of and current trends in global transfer of technology; contemporary issues in information technology; media convergences and divisions.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: SS
Last Taught: Summer 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018.
GLOBAL 311 Contexts for Global Management
3 cr. Undergraduate.
How globalization can impact the success or failure of business decisions; how business decisions can impact globalization; management in a global context.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013.
GLOBAL 321 The Global City in History
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Key issues in history of the global city from Mesopotamia to the age of globalization; changing role of urban centers; global dimensions of Milwaukee's history.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2008.
GLOBAL 351 Language, Media, and Social Practice in Global Communications
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Explores the impact of global communications on languages and cultures; examines implications of globalization for technologically mediated forms of communication and related social practices.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015.
GLOBAL 361 Environment and Sustainability
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Different answers to 'what is sustainability?' given by ecological and social thinkers.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Fall 2014.
GLOBAL 362 System Failure: Globalization and Language Extinction
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Role of globalization in the projected extinction of a large number of the world's languages within the next century.
Prerequisites: jr st; a course in social science; a course in linguistic anthro; or cons instr.
Course Rules: AIS 362, Anthro 362, & Global 362 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another.
Last Taught: Fall 2014, Spring 2012.
GLOBAL 371 Rethinking Global Security
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Basic concepts for international security in the age of globalization; sources of security and insecurity from a historical perspective.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015.
GLOBAL 442 Humanitarianism in Global Perspective
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Anthropological study of global humanitarianism through specific case studies. Themes include politics of representation, intervention, war, genocide, trauma, child soldiers, and human trafficking.
Prerequisites: jr st; a social science course (P).
Course Rules: Anthro 442 & Global 442 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2015.
GLOBAL 443 Medicine and Pharmaceuticals in the Global Age
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
The practices of medicine and the distribution of pharmaceuticals globally.
Prerequisites: jr st; Anthro 440(R).
Course Rules: Anthro 443 & Global 443 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another.
Last Taught: Spring 2017, Spring 2015.
GLOBAL 446 The Re-Configuring Global Order
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Contemporary and past global forces re-configuring our world systems and economic and political orders.
Prerequisites: jr st
Last Taught: Summer 2014.
GLOBAL 447 The Global Politics of Human Rghts
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Historical and theoretical context of human rights discourse; anthropology of human rights; case studies of efforts to protect human rights in particular social settings.
Prerequisites: jr st; Anthro 102(R).
Course Rules: Anthro 447 & Global 447 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2014.
GLOBAL 448 Intellectual Property in the Global Information Economy
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Emerging conflicts between the intellectual property rules and new information technologies; all aspects - copyright, patent, trademarks - in global contexts of biotechnology, software, print, digital media, and music industries.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Fall 2013, Summer 2011.
GLOBAL 451 Access, Security, and Intercultural Contexts in Global Communications
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Information equity and access in a globalized context, including issues of security, intercultural communication, and current uses of communication technologies.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014.
GLOBAL 461 The Politics and Policy of Sustainability
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Principles of environmental policy, governance, and management for global sustainability.
Prerequisites: jr st; CES 210(P) or cons instr.
Course Rules: CES 461, FrshWtr 461, & Global 461 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Fall 2017.
GLOBAL 471 Strategies for Realizing Security in Global Contexts
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Present-day strategies of those working to create or effect greater security in a global context.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012.
GLOBAL 541 Cross-Cultural Management
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Business cultures around the world; the impact of cultural differences in international management and negotiations.
Prerequisites: jr st; Bus Adm 330(P); admis to Bus Adm major or declared Global Studies program.
Course Rules: Bus Adm 541 & Global 541(411) are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.