Globalization, Power, & Society

Stream Overview

How do we, and how should we, live together on this planet? How does globalization affect society? How do we communicate across national, cultural, or political divides? This stream invites students to examine the environments that surround them—local, global, social, and natural—and to think and act responsibly within and across those environments. Students will also have an opportunity to extend their coursework beyond the classroom with a community-engaged learning project.

Term 1: ASTU 100, SOCI 102, POLI 100; Term 2: ASTU 100, LING 101, GEOG 122

In an increasingly interconnected world, what does it mean to imagine ourselves as members of a global community?
In "Globalization, Power, & Society" we focus on the cultural, social, political, and environmental impacts of "globalization." Using scholarly perspectives from the disciplines of Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Linguistics, 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 Globalization, Power, & Society include citizenship, migration, diaspora, political participation, social justice, climate and environmental issues, memory, trauma, and urban life.

“I chose the CAP [Global 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, Linguistics, 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
G04: Tues & Thurs 2:00-3:30


  • ASTU 100 Section G01, G03 & G04: Narrating Refuge and Displacement

Instructor:  Dr. Erin Goheen Glanville
Email address: egoheeng@mail.ubc.ca

This course’s reading materials and assessments introduce you to the skills you need to participate in scholarly communities and to the study of literature. By the end of the course you will understand the components of academic research and writing and have language to describe these techniques. You will have practiced producing academic writing and research and be confident to approach writing assignments in your courses going forward. You will also be able to analyze and discuss literature and media using the conventions of literary cultural studies.

In this particular section, we will explore how narratives and storytelling both support and create barriers to belonging in a globalized world. We will do this by focusing on literature and media that addresses the topic of migration. Global migration is both an age-old human experience and of rising concern in the 21st century. Stories of refugees are told often to raise awareness or help others understand the experience. Diasporic communities make use of narrative themselves to stay connected across borders, to share their experiences, or to imagine different worlds. Yet migrants often lack access to the resources that would allow them to influence culture and to make a place for themselves in a new place. This course will examine cultural texts including fiction, poetry, graphic memoir, and film to ask questions such as: Who belongs where and why? Is it possible to belong in two places at once? What if you belong nowhere? What happens to your sense of belonging if you had no choice but to migrate? How does media contribute to belonging or make it difficult? Who writes refugee narratives? How do stories create belonging for displaced communities? How does literature shape citizens’ expectations of diasporic communities? Students will have the exciting opportunity to participate in a creative community-engaged project in partnership with the City of Vancouver.


  • ASTU 100 Sections G02: Literature and/as Memory

Instructor: Dr. Moberley Luger
Email address: mluger@mail.ubc.ca

In this course, we will explore what it means to be a “global citizen” in the 21st century by looking at how literature represents our relations to one another. We will do this by focusing on a particular topic in literature: “memory.” This topic will prompt us to ask questions like these: How does literature function as a record of history? What obligations does literature have toward “truth” – and what kinds of truths does it convey or suppress? Who “owns” a story and who can tell a story? Should we only speak for ourselves, or must we also speak for others? The texts on our reading list will explore these questions through literature that remembers both local histories (e.g. residential schools in Canada) and global ones (e.g. 9/11 and the Iraq War). Here are some sample texts: Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (comic), Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (novella); Jordan Abel’s Injun (poetry); Richard Wagamese’s Indian Horse (novel); Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do (comic).

And, because this is a course that covers both literature and academic writing, we will not only practice our skills as readers—but also develop our skills as writers. Students will learn the conventions of knowledge-making and writing in Arts disciplines. This means you will join in the scholarly conversations you read and contribute new knowledge to them. To do this, you will produce a writing in the form of blogs, literature reviews, research essays, editorials, and/or conference papers.

Sociology (SOCI) 102 - Inequality and Social Change

(3 credits/1 term)
Instructor: Neil Armitage
Email address: neil.armitage@ubc.ca

How do we work together towards a more just, fair and sustainable society? A society in which health and happiness is a social right irrespective of class, gender, race, or age. Is there such a thing as a global society? A society in which you are able to participate irrespective of the circumstances you are born into. These types of questions have guided sociology since it’s foundations over a century ago and will guide your journey on Sociology 102 – Inequality and Social Change. The course will encourage you to start thinking sociologically on a range of issues, and see how they relate to your everyday life. The course challenges you to challenge your ideas and opinions, and provides you with the tools and the supports for you to succeed on your UBC journey.

Political Science (POLI) 100 - Introduction to Politics

(3 credits/ 1 term)
Instructor: Joëlle Alice Michaud-Ouellet
Email address: ja.mo@ubc.ca

Political Science 100 will introduce you to key concepts, ideas, and challenges of politics. The course is meant to provide you with the research and analytical skills necessary to pursue studies in political science at UBC and enhance your participation in the various communities of governance in which you are involved. The course consists of a combination of lectures, group discussions and readings. Each week, you will be required to attend three one-hour lectures and a one-hour tutorial session.

One recurring theme in the course is how relations of power and aspirations to freedom and justice influence the ways in which political communities are governed. The meaning of justice and freedom are not predetermined; these notions mean different things for different people and contexts, which leads to conflicts and struggles that involve recourse to power. Important subthemes in the course are legitimacy, sovereignty, ideology, and rights. A special attention will be given to the State as a pillar of modern politics. We will study its interactions with citizens and alternative political communities such as Indigenous communities, identity groups, social movements, and the global community.

In your second term, you will continue your studies in Arts Studies as well as be introduced to Geography, and Linguistics where you will learn more about our globalising and modernising world and how literature and language play 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
G04: Tues & Thurs 2:00-3:00


  • ASTU 100 Section G01 & G04: Narrating Refuge and Displacement

Instructor:  Dr. Erin Goheen Glanville
Email address: egoheeng@mail.ubc.ca

This course’s reading materials and assessments introduce you to the skills you need to participate in scholarly communities and to the study of literature. By the end of the course you will understand the components of academic research and writing and have language to describe these techniques. You will have practiced producing academic writing and research and be confident to approach writing assignments in your courses going forward. You will also be able to analyze and discuss literature and media using the conventions of literary cultural studies.  

In this particular section, we will explore how narratives and storytelling both support and create barriers to belonging in a globalized world. We will do this by focusing on literature and media that addresses the topic of migration. Global migration is both an age-old human experience and of rising concern in the 21stcentury. Stories of refugees are told often to raise awareness or help others understand the experience. Diasporic communities make use of narrative themselves to stay connected across borders, to share their experiences, or to imagine different worlds. Yet migrants often lack access to the resources that would allow them to influence culture and to make a place for themselves in a new place. This course will examine cultural texts including fiction, poetry, graphic memoir, and film to ask questions such as: Who belongs where and why? Is it possible to belong in two places at once? What if you belong nowhere? What happens to your sense of belonging if you had no choice but to migrate? How does media contribute to belonging or make it difficult? Who writes refugee narratives? How do stories create belonging for displaced communities? How does literature shape citizens’ expectations of diasporic communities?Students will have the exciting opportunity to participate in a creative community-engaged project in partnership with the City of Vancouver.

 


  • ASTU 100 Sections G02 & G03: Literature and/as Memory

Instructor: Dr. Moberley Luger
Email address: mluger@mail.ubc.ca

In this course, we will explore what it means to be a “global citizen” in the 21st century by looking at how literature represents our relations to one another. We will do this by focusing on a particular topic in literature: “memory.” This topic will prompt us to ask questions like these: How does literature function as a record of history? What obligations does literature have toward “truth” – and what kinds of truths does it convey or suppress? Who “owns” a story and who can tell a story? Should we only speak for ourselves, or must we also speak for others? The texts on our reading list will explore these questions through literature that remembers both local histories (e.g. residential schools in Canada) and global ones (e.g. 9/11 and the Iraq War). Here are some sample texts: Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (comic), Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (novella); Jordan Abel’s Injun (poetry); Richard Wagamese’s Indian Horse (novel); Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do (comic).

And, because this is a course that covers both literature and academic writing, we will not only practice our skills as readers—but also develop our skills as writers. Students will learn the conventions of knowledge-making and writing in Arts disciplines. This means you will join in the scholarly conversations you read and contribute new knowledge to them. To do this, you will produce a writing in the form of blogs, literature reviews, research essays, editorials, and/or conference papers.

Linguistics (LING) 101 - Languages of the World

(3 credits/1 terms)

Instructor: TBA

A survey of the linguistic map of the world, examining how languages are genetically classified and how different languages evolve. Principles underlying different writing systems and the decipherment of historical documents. Issues of languages in contact, minority language endangerment, language death and the role of English as a world language. Recommended but not required for an honours, major, or minor in linquistics or speech sciences.

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

(3 credits/1 term)
Instructors: Dr. Jim Glassman & Dr. Priti Narayan
Email addresses: jim.glassman@geog.ubc.ca & priti.narayan@ubc.ca

Geography 122 is an introduction to human geography and to the history and present character of our globalizing world. Overall, the course seeks to interpret geographically and historically globalization, its consequences, regional expressions, and reactions against it. The course is divided into five main blocks, each one concerned with the history and human geography of a different substantive theme critical to shaping our present global world. The first is about the development of settler colonialism in North America as well as responses by Native peoples. The second is about the emergence of industrial capitalism from the 17th century in Western Europe to its transformation into a global economic system, which for the most part is now dominated by high-income countries of the Global North. The third is about the corresponding form of development in the Global South, countries with low incomes, which often historically experienced the malevolent effects of European colonialism, but recently have undergone rapid economic change. The fourth focuses on twentieth-century geopolitics, that is, international political relations, their motivations and consequences, among countries. The fifth is about the intersection of human geographies with nature and the physical environment, now one in which humans have fundamentally changed the material form and physical processes of the planet (we are in the epoch of the Anthropocene).


Timetable

***G03 has been changed to Tue/Thur from 12:30-14:00 for both term 1 and term 2*** (July 8, 2021)

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 seminar and one GEOG 122 discussion section. This timetable is subject to change.