Contemporary Global Studies is a course designed to introduce students to the major trends effecting the world today. Students will investigate a variety of topics including culture, demographics, economics, urbanization, and environmental issues.
A man wearing only a gourd walks down a street in Wamena, West Papua, Indonesia next to a Toyota Kijang. It is pictures like this that should make us marvel at the diversity in our world and encourage exploration into the shaping mechanisms behind such diversity. This particular image inquires one to ask, as Jared Diamond's (author of Guns, Germs and Steel) Papuan friend Yali once asked him – hey, why do you guys have all the stuff? Why indeed. It is questions like this that we wrestle with in CGS.
Modern World History presents events that helped shape the world from the Age of European Exploration to World War I. A key element of the discipline of history is linking the past and present. For example, when exploring the initial impact of the Old World biota on the New World and vice versa, a comparison can be made to the devastating effect of invasive species and biological pollution in our world today.
Water Buffalo – Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Plants and animals have had a huge impact on our world and continue to hold a very important place in shaping human activities and space.