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GC2Y Critical Thinking Course Descriptions

 

GC2Y courses are available to students who are currently in their second year of study at Georgia College.  Please note that a student’s second year, when this course must be taken, may or may not be the same as the student’s sophomore year.  For example, a student who entered GC in the Fall 2012 semester as an incoming freshman will take GC2Y in either Fall 2013 or Spring 2014, regardless of how many hours he has earned by the beginning of those terms.  Students who fail to complete a GC2Y course during their second year at GC will only be permitted to register for GC2Y sections in future semesters after second year students have had an opportunity to register.

Transfer students who have not yet fulfilled their Area B2 requirement may also register for GC2Y courses, and should do so at their earliest possible opportunity.

Each GC2Y class includes a “fourth hour,” which may consist of an additional course meeting time each week, several longer course meetings scattered throughout the semester, or even a weekend activity.  Each day the class will meet is listed on the semester course schedule. Students should review each of these days carefully when planning their course schedules, as these additional meeting times are considered regular class sessions.

The following sections have been approved to fulfill the GC2Y requirement.  Not all of these sections or topics will be offered each semester; students should consult the schedule of classes for offerings, section times, and instructors.  Students are strongly encouraged to register for their GC2Y course at their first available registration opportunity to have the greatest selection of course sections. 

Approved GC2Y Courses

Ecosophy
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Ecosophy

This course will introduce the student to environmental philosophy and deep ecology. We will examine the current philosophical debates within the environmental community between deep ecological approaches and their ecofeminist and third world critiques. Students will be introduced to various world philosophies of nature (metaphysical, phenomenological, ethical, and aesthetic).

Equity & Justice
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Equity & Justice

This course aims to cultivate a critical comprehension of important ethical and political issues from a global perspective. Students will develop their capacity for ethical and critical reasoning as well as basic skills in writing, presentation and academic debates.

Ethics and What We Eat
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Eth & What We Eat

This course will introduce the student to the issues and problems (ethical, social, economic, and environmental) of our current global food system. We will analyze the root causes of world hunger and what should be done about it. We examine social issues such as distributive justice and fair trading practices, as well as scientific issues such as genetic modification and the Green Revolution. For the fourth hour requirement students will have the opportunity to get involved in related service projects, and possibly visit a fair trade coffee roaster and sustainable farm.

Global Cinema
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Global Cinema

This course is an introduction to Global cinema, with an emphasis on the political, philosophical, and cultural themes of the art of cinema. The course will emphasize the necessity of the interdisciplinary approach to film.

Global Connections
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Global Connections

Students will analyze both spatial and temporal (historical) connections between different places and people in the world by focusing on different types of connections: 1) the international trade and production of commodities (cars, textiles, cell phones, processed foods), 2) the spread of cultural ideas (political ideas, religion, music), 3) the migration of people (students, internal and international refugees, documented and undocumented immigration), and 4) the spread of disease (HIV/AIDS, H1N1, cholera; vectored and unvectored disease).    

Hip Hop Culture and Interdisciplinary Studies Methodology
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Hip Hop Culture

Taking the body of documentary film on Hip Hop culture as it main texts, this course will examine the various disciplines and methods that have shaped the field of hip hop studies. The course will demonstrate the various disciplinary perspectives that have been brought to bear in understanding hip hop culture as a complex international phenomenon. We will analyze the way that the various films explore questions that are central to Interdisciplinary fields such as Women’s and Gender Studies, and Cultural studies as well as how the study of hip hop culture utilizes some of the methods of traditional disciplines such as history, literature, and sociology.

Human Migrations in the Americas
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Migrations in Amer

Students will assess the impact that migratory flows have on the economics, societies, cultures, and politics of people in the Americas.  While considerable attention will be given to South-north migration (namely from Latin American to the United States), students will also be exposed to several examples of South-South migration (between Latin American nations) as they grapple with the importance of migration on migrants, their sending communities, and their receiving communities.

Introduction to the Study of Religion
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Study of Religion

This course is an introduction to various approaches that have characterized the critical study of religion. The course explores the development of the field as a whole and its interdisciplinary nature.

Issues in International Business
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Issues in Intl Bus

As we expand into an increasingly more global economy, the issues related to conducting business in this environment become extremely complex. This course will introduce students to some of the larger issues involved in international business. We will explore these issues from multiple perspectives to gain a better understanding of the complexities that are involved. We will see how many of these issues are interrelated and how “solving” one issue may have anticipated and unanticipated impacts on other issues.

Love, Pleasure, Friendship, and the Good Life
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Love, Friendship

Using philosophical texts, works of literature and films we will explore how several cultures have understood the good life and the role that pleasure, friendship and love have played in the good life.

Myth, Magic, and the Modern World
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Myth, Magic, & Mod

Myths are one of the most profound genres studied by folklorists, as they teach us cultures' metaphorical insights on fundamental values and how to live. Fairy tales (a.k.a. magic tales) are highly entertaining, universal narratives that reveal the marvelous conditions of life and continue to resonate through contemporary media like film. Legends (especially urban legends) are very current stories that circulate today in higher numbers than ever in history, in both oral and technology forms, and communicate compelling messages about modern life. These three genres, along with related folklore genres such as ritual, festival, art, music, poetry, food ways, holidays, folk belief, and so on will be the focus of this course that examines folklore globally and locally. Students will apply concepts, history, and methodology of studying world folklore in several written assignments and presentations, including a final project involving fieldwork collection in which students will record interviews with members of their communities, then transcribe and analyze what they've collected, and present the product publicly. In addition to discussing course concepts and examples in the discussion sessions, we may watch films, work on exams and projects, or do short field trips (during these Monday evening meetings).

New World Mathematics
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: New World Math

Now Playing: Shakespeare in the World
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Shakespeare

This course will give students the opportunity to examine selected dramatic works of Shakespeare in a global context. Students will begin by learning about drama as a unique genre and play and film productions as unique fields. They will then proceed to engage with several intellectual approaches to the study of drama. These will include but not be limited to close reading, performance theory, and cultural studies. After familiarizing themselves with individual Shakespeare plays, students will view international adaptations. Students will explore the nature of the relevance of a production to an audience through research as they study the culture and circumstances under which it was produced. At the end, students will explore the nature of relevance to their own lives and interpret that through production of one scene from Shakespeare. For the fourth credit hour students will adapt and stage something from Shakespeare relating it to their lives in general or at GC.

Orienting to the Middle East
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Orienting Mid East

This course will provide an overview of the societies, cultures and politics of the modern Middle East.  Students will read about the diverse ways in which Arabic, Persian and Muslim intellectual history has influenced Western science, mathematics and philosophy.  Students will learn the historical contexts that underpin several current political situations in the Middle East such as the Arab Spring, US-Middle East relations and how these have shaped Western perspectives on the Middle East.  Students will also read about the ways in which colonialism and post-colonial political-economy has shaped gender and sexuality in the modern Middle East.

Pan African Tradition and Linkages of the African Diaspora
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Pan Afr Tradition

This course will provide a synopsis of 19th and 20th century black political thought through an overview of the socio political movements of people of African descent. By developing an understanding the linkages of these movements through various readings in Pan-Africanist political ideologies, students will be exposed to black intellectual history, key intellectuals and the important scholarship produced by them. Students will evaluate strategies used within various movements for liberation in the United States, on the African continent, the Caribbean and throughout the African Diaspora. Students will learn major historical events that helped define an era of intellectual exchanges grounded in the uniqueness of the life experiences of people of African descent. Students will also read about the ways in which the transatlantic slave trade, segregation, apartheid, colonialism and post-colonial politics helped shape black political thought and the work of the black intelligentsia.

Politics, Comics, and the Graphic Novel
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Pol, Comics, Novel

This course explores the political and philosophical dimensions of the contemporary medium of comics and graphic novels. Themes include the tension between political leadership and democracy, political propaganda, questions of difference and diversity, NATO and government coalitions, gun ownership rights, the justice or injustice of terrorism, vengeance, capital punishment, gender and politics, the abuse of power, and the government versus the citizen.

Relationship of Religion and Politics
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Religion & Politics

The course will compare and contrast the major world religions in relationship to political systems and cultures and the tensions inherent in the religious-political dialogue. Students will consider contemporary political issues relative to religious viewpoints. The course will pay particular attention global development and poverty relief work and the way religious organizations endeavor to influence public policy and advocate for economic justice. 

Seeing Like a State
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Seeing Like a State

How has the state become an everyday part of our lives?  How has it come to promote the general welfare, police our daily behavior, or wage war as we see in our own day?  In what way did states deal with such problems differently from our own time?  This course will address ways in which states around the world have taken on new functions over time, borrowing from other nations, cultures, and civilizations in the process.  It will focus on either states in the modern world (post-1500) or the pre-modern world (pre-1500) to address these questions.  Students will create a more informed perspective on what a state does and how its functions have changed over time, as well as master the skills of effective written and oral communication. 

Seven Revolutions
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Seven Revolutions

Students in this course will be introduced to Seven Revolutions (global issues) that are changing the world in which we live, learn the fundamentals of information literacy and research, conduct team-based research on one of Seven Revolutions, and then pull this research together in an e-book or other e-format. The Seven Revolutions include population demographics, natural resource management, economic integration, conflict and the challenges of governance.

South Asian Sexuality
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp:  Asian Sexuality

This course will provide an overview of issues relating to sexuality and sexual relations in societies and cultures of South Asia. Students will read about the diverse ways in which Hindu, Arabic, Persian and Muslim cultural perspectives influenced attitudes regarding sexuality, and the manner in which British colonialism continues to shape attitudes in contemporary India. Students will also study the economic and social roots of contemporary gender relations through readings pertaining to sex-work, the HIV/AIDS epidemic and human rights.

Ten Plants that Changed the World
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: 10 Plants Chg Wld

Human existence is impossible without plant resources. Plants provide clothing, food, fuel, medicine, shelter and a vast array of raw materials ranging from rubber to wood. In this course we will explore ten plants that are global resources and have had a great economic and historical impact. An independent course project, on an 11th plant, will require students to demonstrate the ability to describe the complex relationships among culture, human needs, and plants and to assess options for conserving and managing plant resources.

Theatre as Social Change
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Theatre Soc Change

Theatre as Social Change is an exciting multidisciplinary course for those with or without past theatre experience to utilize the power of theatre infused with sociology and community research to express the mission of social justice using archival stories and oral histories, plays of different cultures, surveys, film documentaries, self-reflection, and social research skills. Theatre as Social Change will be divided into two primary segments. The first segment involves the students, through individual and group work, developing an expertise in community-based activist international theatre theory, research methodology, and theatre practice. This segment involves reading, analyzing and working through group exercises and improvisation. In the second segment of Theatre as Social Change the students will work with a community group or groups to facilitate the creation of a written theatre performance piece that addresses the issue of concern to the community based group.

This Island Earth
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: This Island Earth

This class will focus on environmental and ethnographic issues connected to the “Earth Island” concept. By studying various islands and related environmental issues (such as global warming, hurricane frequency & intensity, invasive or introduced species on islands) we will learn more about issues related to biodiversity, evolution, tourism, volcanism, wildlife, pollution, over development, overexploitation of resources, over fishing, overpopulation, transoceanic transport or migration (people, plants, animals, etc.), and other related issues. We will also focus on ethnographic island topics and cultures such as Australian Aborigines, canoe building, Caribbean island cultures, Cumberland Island researchers or St. Catherine’s Island researchers, Easter Island, ethnographic fishing techniques, Georgia & South Carolina Sea Islands, Gullah peoples of coastal SC/GA, San Salvador Island Bahamas, island (human) migration, island cultures, island tattooing, New Zealand Maori, open ocean voyaging, Polynesian island cultures, symbolism of the sea turtle or other ocean creatures, tracing island migration via archaeology or DNA, etc. Students will engage in a Creative Research Topic in order to produce a final research paper.

Understanding Islam: The Muslim World and the West
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Understand Islam

This course will examine Islamic societies, polities, and thought with a focus on South Asian societies. It will explore the birth of Islam, and trace the period from the establishment of Turkish rule around the turn of the thirteenth century to examining the current role of Islam in contemporary nation-states.  This course is structured thematically and chronologically.  Special attention is given to the development of Muslim communities in South Asia; continuity and change of Islamic institutions, concepts, and ideologies; the role of Islamic art, architecture, and though in the history of the modern world; and the relationship within the various Muslim communities and their interaction with the non-Muslim world.

Water and Society
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: Water and Society

Students will examine issues surrounding global water use, management and needs.  Students will investigate diverse responses of societies to contemporary water issues.

World Religions
Schedule Title: GC2Y 2000: Glob Persp: World Religions

This course is an introduction to one or more of the historically and culturally significant world religious traditions by examining their religious beliefs, practices, values, and goals. 

 

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