Global Citizens

Stream Overview

Consider the impacts of globalization on politics, culture, literature, and society in different contexts. Working with a range of disciplinary approaches and intellectual perspectives, we examine topics such as citizenship, climate and environmental issues, identity, memory, migration, political participation, social justice,  trauma, and urban life. Global Citizens students have the opportunity to connect their courses to the community by participating in UBC’s Trek community-engaged learning through Sociology 100.

In an increasingly interconnected world, what does it mean to imagine ourselves as members of a global community?
In "Global Citizens," we focus on the cultural, social, political, and environmental impacts of "globalization." Using scholarly perspectives from the disciplines of Geography, Political Science, Sociology, and English, we consider alternative ways of thinking about the world and the people in it. What are our responsibilities to one another, and to other forms of life?
Issues and themes associated with Global Citizenship include citizenship, migration, diaspora, political participation, social justice, climate and environmental issues, memory, trauma, and urban life.

“I chose the CAP Global Citizens Stream because it immersed me in a small yet diverse student group to collaborate and discuss a wide range of contemporary topics of global citizenship, while linking ideas between different discourses. The joint lectures with all CAP professors were particularly memorable and highlighted the interactive and collaborative nature of the CAP program. My year in CAP consolidated my decision to major in international relations, and I hope to later find a career in international humanitarian work.”

Lauren Shykora, intended major International Relations

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Courses

Arts Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Geography.

All course descriptions and information are subject to change.

In your first term, you will enrol in Arts Studies, Sociology, and Political Science to learn how society and politics play a role in our global lives in issues of power, representation, and structure. You will be introduced to features and techniques of academic writing in your courses, and exhibit them in a research paper in your political science course.

Arts Studies (ASTU) 100 Seminar

(6 credits/2 terms) – First Year CAP Seminar: Focuses on writing and reading, including both literature and introduction to academic scholarship. This course provides an interdisciplinary foundation for academic writing and related research communicative practices within an interactive learning environment. Topics for each section vary by according to faculty.

Students will choose one out of four different sections (G01/G02/G03/G04), based on their scheduling needs and academic interests, and stay in the same section for both terms.

Timeslots:
G01: Mon, Wed & Fri 11:00-12:00
G02: Tues & Thurs  9:30-11:00
G03: Tues & Thurs 11:00-12:30


  • ASTU 100 Section G01 -  Home, Borders, and Belonging
    Dr. Kirby Manià
    kirby.mania@ubc.ca

This course will interrogate the meaning of home in both its personal and national sense. This will involve raising a number of questions that we will apply to our reading of the selected texts. What is a home? Where and when can a place be considered home, and who gets to belong there? What does it mean to belong and when does space become place?  How are home and identity linked? How do factors such as history and memory, migration and colonialism, shift what “home” and “community” mean: for example, where is “home” for the migrant or refugee? How do borders work to police the home?

By examining texts across a range of genres (the novel, short story, graphic novel, and film), this course will consider what it means to be a global citizen through the lens of the home, drawing on the regulation and transgression of borders, and the question of belonging through time and space as touchstones for critical engagement. Discussions will cover concepts such as dwelling and inhabitation; the impact of settler colonialism and colonial violence; intersectional politics; migrancy and alienation; nostalgia; dynamics of the centre versus the periphery; and dystopian homes.

In our reading and writing about homes, borders, and belonging, we will also read academic writing by others, and produce our own scholarship in different forms, including blogs, a literature review and research paper, collaborative projects, and a conference presentation. By the end of the course, students will be able to produce their own analyses of literary and cultural texts that contribute to public and scholarly knowledge.


  • ASTU 100 Sections G02 & G03: Rethinking Citizenship
    Dr. Erin Goheen Glanville
    egoheeng@mail.ubc.ca
    Classroom:  IBLC 355

This course asks what forcibly displaced people illuminate about contemporary citizenship. Across two semesters we will engage a variety of genres and media such as the novel (Lawrence Hill’s The Illegal), short stories (Madeleine Thien’s “Alice Munro Country” & Thomas King’s “Borders”), creative non-fiction (Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place), graphic memoir (Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do), animated film (Michael Fukishima’sMinoru: Memory of Exile), and 360 VR poetry (Khaled Hosseini’s Sea Prayer). We will ask questions, such as: What does it mean to be a citizen? How have refugee authors and other displaced communities (for example, diaspora, indigenous, or migrant labourers) used or rejected the framework of citizenship? What is the relationship between citizenship rights and global responsibility? What alternative forms of political belonging exist? What is the relationship between cultural production and citizenship?

This course will have a particular focus on understanding citizenship by studying the cultural production of those who do not have citizenship or who have a complicated relationship with citizenship. People who move from one nation-state to another or who become displaced within their own nation offer a particularly clear understanding of citizenship from experiences of being both inside and outside of it. We will study the cultural production of people experiencing and writing about displacement in order to understand how citizenship signifies differently across time, place, and circumstances.

In collaboration with your colleagues, you will learn the writing and research skills you need to participate in university-level scholarship. We will practice reading academic articles, summarizing and citing sources, writing a literature review, and formulating a research proposal. As appropriate, we will make concrete connections to our local context through site visits and guest speakers. During the second semester, you will have the opportunity to collaboratively develop a public-facing applied media project.

Sociology (SOCI) 100 - Introduction to Sociology

(6 credits/2 terms)
Dr. Kerry Greer
kerry.greer@ubc.ca

Committed to cultivating engaged students, Professor Greer emphasizes participatory learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Students can expect a mix of lectures, in-class discussions, and activities during the three 50-minute class meetings each week. Students are evaluated based on their performance on several (5-6) examinations (multiple choice, short answer, and as the term comes to an end, essays), a series of 6 assignments that require students to engage with new material, reflect, and write (students select 4 to turn in), participation (both in and out of the classroom), and their work in either a weekly tutorial (where emphasis is placed on research methods and writing a full research paper) or participation in a weekly service-learning experience off campus (which is structured and supported by the UBC CCEL office with monthly meetings with other student participants and the instructor, along with written reflections). (Students will learn more about this opportunity on the CAP website, and in August will receive details to help them decide which option suits their interests better.)

Students can expected that this year-long course will help anchor them throughout their first year at UBC and that the skills they gain in terms of reading and engaging with challenging texts, writing academically, managing deadlines, and taking notes from a lecture will increase their success during their time in university. Student learning is supported through careful skill development in the course, and by the mentoring and leadership of two teaching assistants and the Global Stream CAP student mentors.

Political Science (POLI) 100 - Introduction to Politics

(3 credits/ 1 term)
Instructor Chris Erikson
chris.erickson@ubc.ca

Introduction to Politics: what is power? What is justice? What does it mean to be free? What is the role of violence in politics? How do I make sense of politics? These are powerful questions that influence the ways in which we think about and shape politics. This class will introduce students to the themes and dilemmas of politics.

Together, we will learn how all of us as citizens can create change in the world through seeing problems, critical reflection, and informed action. We will examine different understandings of democratic citizenship in historical perspective, as well as identify problems in global citizenship and analyze how effective citizen action can occur both at home and on a global level. We will critique and respond to works by: Plato, Aristophanes, Alexis de Tocqueville, Mary Wollstonecraft, Hannah Arendt, Will Kymlicka, Frantz Fanon, Mike Davis, and more. Students will be expected to apply their learning as they identify traits and actions of good citizens in their college courses, in their residence halls, in their homes, in their communities, in organizations, and in our shared world. Planned course activities will challenge students to identify ways that they, either acting in groups or as individuals can change and improve our world. Together, we will embrace practices of engaged citizenship.

In your second term, you will continue your studies in Arts Studies and Sociology, as well as be introduced to the lens of Geography, where you will learn more about our globalising and modernising world and how literature plays a part in both shaping and resisting the structures surrounding our world.

Arts Studies (ASTU) 100 Seminar

(6 credits/2 terms) – First Year CAP Seminar: Focuses on writing and reading, including both literature and introduction to academic scholarship. This course provides an interdisciplinary foundation for academic writing and related research communicative practices within an interactive learning environment. Topics for each section vary by according to faculty.

Students will choose one out of four different sections (G01/G02/G03/G04), based on their scheduling needs and academic interests, and stay in the same section for both terms.

Timeslots:
G01: Mon, Wed & Fri 11:00-12:00
G02: Tues & Thurs  9:30-11:00
G03: Tues & Thurs 11:00-12:30


  • ASTU 100 Section G01 -  Home, Borders, and Belonging
    Dr. Kirby Manià
    kirby.mania@ubc.ca

This course will interrogate the meaning of home in both its personal and national sense. This will involve raising a number of questions that we will apply to our reading of the selected texts. What is a home? Where and when can a place be considered home, and who gets to belong there? What does it mean to belong and when does space become place?  How are home and identity linked? How do factors such as history and memory, migration and colonialism, shift what “home” and “community” mean: for example, where is “home” for the migrant or refugee? How do borders work to police the home?

By examining texts across a range of genres (the novel, short story, graphic novel, and film), this course will consider what it means to be a global citizen through the lens of the home, drawing on the regulation and transgression of borders, and the question of belonging through time and space as touchstones for critical engagement. Discussions will cover concepts such as dwelling and inhabitation; the impact of settler colonialism and colonial violence; intersectional politics; migrancy and alienation; nostalgia; dynamics of the centre versus the periphery; and dystopian homes.

In our reading and writing about homes, borders, and belonging, we will also read academic writing by others, and produce our own scholarship in different forms, including blogs, a literature review and research paper, collaborative projects, and a conference presentation. By the end of the course, students will be able to produce their own analyses of literary and cultural texts that contribute to public and scholarly knowledge.

 


  • ASTU 100 Sections G02 & G03: Rethinking Citizenship
    Dr. Erin Goheen Glanville
    egoheeng@mail.ubc.ca

This course asks what forcibly displaced people illuminate about contemporary citizenship. Across two semesters we will engage a variety of genres and media such as the novel (Lawrence Hill’s The Illegal), short stories (Madeleine Thien’s “Alice Munro Country” & Thomas King’s “Borders”), creative non-fiction (Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place), graphic memoir (Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do), animated film (Michael Fukishima’sMinoru: Memory of Exile), and 360 VR poetry (Khaled Hosseini’s Sea Prayer). We will ask questions, such as: What does it mean to be a citizen? How have refugee authors and other displaced communities (for example, diaspora, indigenous, or migrant labourers) used or rejected the framework of citizenship? What is the relationship between citizenship rights and global responsibility? What alternative forms of political belonging exist? What is the relationship between cultural production and citizenship?

This course will have a particular focus on understanding citizenship by studying the cultural production of those who do not have citizenship or who have a complicated relationship with citizenship. People who move from one nation-state to another or who become displaced within their own nation offer a particularly clear understanding of citizenship from experiences of being both inside and outside of it. We will study the cultural production of people experiencing and writing about displacement in order to understand how citizenship signifies differently across time, place, and circumstances.

In collaboration with your colleagues, you will learn the writing and research skills you need to participate in university-level scholarship. We will practice reading academic articles, summarizing and citing sources, writing a literature review, and formulating a research proposal. As appropriate, we will make concrete connections to our local context through site visits and guest speakers. During the second semester, you will have the opportunity to collaboratively develop a public-facing applied media project.


Sociology (SOCI) 100 - Introduction to Sociology

(6 credits/2 terms)
Dr. Kerry Greer
kerry.greer@ubc.ca

Committed to cultivating engaged students, Professor Greer emphasizes participatory learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Students can expect a mix of lectures, in-class discussions, and activities during the three 50-minute class meetings each week. Students are evaluated based on their performance on several (5-6) examinations (multiple choice, short answer, and as the term comes to an end, essays), a series of 6 assignments that require students to engage with new material, reflect, and write (students select 4 to turn in), participation (both in and out of the classroom), and their work in either a weekly tutorial (where emphasis is placed on research methods and writing a full research paper) or participation in a weekly service-learning experience off campus (which is structured and supported by the UBC CCEL office with monthly meetings with other student participants and the instructor, along with written reflections). (Students will learn more about this opportunity on the CAP website, and in August will receive details to help them decide which option suits their interests better.)

Students can expected that this year-long course will help anchor them throughout their first year at UBC and that the skills they gain in terms of reading and engaging with challenging texts, writing academically, managing deadlines, and taking notes from a lecture will increase their success during their time in university. Student learning is supported through careful skill development in the course, and by the mentoring and leadership of two teaching assistants and the Global Stream CAP student mentors.
 

Geography (GEOG) 122 - Geography, Modernity, and Globalisation

(3 credits/1 term)
Dr. Trevor Barnes              Dr. Jim Glassman
tbarnes@geog.ubc.ca       jim.glassman@geog.ubc.ca

Geography 122 is an introduction to human geography and to the history and character of our modern, globalising, interdependent world.  The course deals with the emerging human geography of globalization beginning from the fifteenth century through to the present.  The broad aims of the course are twofold.  The first is substantive which is to examine how the world has changed geographically over the last more than five-hundred years.  We examine the full range of spatial scales to interpret geographically the themes of modernisation and globalisation, their consequences, their changing expressions, and the reactions against them.  The second is to introduce a particular disciplinary approach to understanding the world, the geographical, which is synthetic, case-based, pitched at a mid-level of abstraction, and integrative.  Each of the substantive topics of the course are presented through the lens of a given geographical idea.  You will learn both geography and how geographers think.  The course is divided into two main parts.  The first is concerned with the period from the beginnings of European exploration, imperialism and settler colonization through to the Second World War.  Here we discuss the uneven development of industrial capitalism and social power relations throughout the world from 1492 to 1945, including development of the state power and the forces of production. The second half of the course is about the period from the end of WWII to the present.  We focus especially on the character of the contemporary globalized economy and urbanization, forms of current environmental distress, and a series of case studies of particular regions that have undergone a profound transformation because of market-led internationalization.


Timetable

Please note that you will only register in one ASTU 100 seminar, and one SOCI 100 and POLI 100 discussion section. This timetable is subject to change.

Please note that you will only register in one ASTU 100 section, and one SOCI 100 and GEOG 122 discussion section. This timetable is subject to change.