Are you interested in international issues? Do you see yourself working for the United Nations, World Bank or other large, international organization? Do you see yourself working for a government helping to establish policy on such issues as telecommunications, environmental issues, security and commerce? Do you enjoy the complexity of critical, yet messy and delicate, international problems?
If so, Iâ€™d like to invite you to consider taking a class this fall.
The course is entitled â€œGlobalization Trends and World Issues.â€
This course is designed around a 3 day (free!) trip to Washington D.C. in which students will participate in an intensive seminar and simulation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The CSIS is an international policy think tank, which provides strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. Â At the end of the semester the students will present their policy briefs to a panel of experts from CSIS.
The class has the potential to inspire students and to help them build their future network. Since the end of the last iteration of this class two of the students have gone on to Internships at CSIS. Another secured an internship with the Department of State working on International Policy. Three students have travelled abroad and another was awarded a prestigious international award.
One student said, â€œIST 445H has greatly changed my worldview. I learned so much in the class about globalization, international politics and economics, and non-Amerocentric perspectives on current issues, which has affected me greatly. Because of my experiences in IST 445H (in part), I will be interning at the Department of State this summer in their exciting new Office of Innovative Engagement, which utilizes new media and technology to communicate on a diplomatic level with other countries in the world. The class was a terrific experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone in any major who is interested in international affairs.â€ Scholar Evan Kalikow
Leading up to the trip students will read several key books on global change and policy issues such as (1) The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman, and (2) The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade, by Pietra Rivoli. Students will also ready policy briefs directly produced by the CSIS and other current sources. Most importantly, students will learn to blog regularly about what they read and experience.
Dr. Andrea Tapia is teaching the course, from the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Dr. Tapia is a Sociologist who studies the public interconnection between technologies, public institutions and policies. Dr. Tapia has worked with and been funded by the United Nations, the US Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation. To read more about Dr. Tapia, please see her website at http://andreatapia.net.
The course number is IST 445 H. Although it is being taught via the college of IST, all students are welcome. The course is interdisciplinary in nature, integrating the knowledge and skills of communications, history, information science and technology, political science, psychology, sociology, and writing.
It will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:15 and 12:30pm.