Courses on global or international themes with seats available

We list here some of the fall-semester courses on global or international themes that still have seats available – some of them newly added to WesMaps. Check them out!


AMST 273:  Diasporic South Asian Writing

Using novels, poems, short stories, and film, as well as scholarship on history, this course will focus upon the literary and cultural production of the South Asian diaspora in the Americas, focusing especially on the United States.


ARHA 258: Contemporary World Architecture [online]

This course is a study of architecture and urban design throughout the world from the 1990s to the present.


ARHA 269 / AFAM 208 / AMST 248: History of African American Art [online]  

This course will introduce you to a history of African American artistic production from the late 18th century to the present, in a range of media and styles. 


CEAS 216: History of Japanese Cinema [online]

A survey course that covers the history of Japanese cinema by watching and discussing canonical pieces across time including wartime, New Wave, “series” movies, and digital films in contemporary Japan.


CSPL 262: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship [hybrid in-person only]

In this project-based, cohort-style class, students will learn strategies for understanding social and environmental problems, and they will design interventions to create impact.


CSPL 399: Understanding the 2020 Presidential Election [online] 

In understanding the 2020 Presidential Election, students will learn how to read skeptically the political press and how to write critically about presidential campaign politics. 


ECON 331: Open-Economy Macroeconomics [online]

This course explores the macroeconomics of international capital flows.


ENGL 316: Rethinking World Literature [online]

To better understand how recent economic, cultural, environmental, technological, and political transformations affect our understanding of world literature, we will read key theoretical works that interrogate world literature as a category, along with literary works that thematize the scales of global comparison.


FREN 101: Elementary French I [online]

This course—designed for first-time French learners who wish to acquire and develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills—will also provide students with cultural insights into the French-speaking world, from Senegal to New Caledonia, from Quebec to Louisiana, from Belgium to Guadeloupe, and beyond. 


HIST 103F: From Protest to Revolution: A Middle Eastern History (FYS) [in person]

This seminar explores protests, rebellions, insurgencies, and revolutions that have shaped the history of the Middle East from the birth of the three monotheistic religions to this day.


HIST 234: The Making of the Modern Middle East [MW in-person lectures, F online discussion sessions]

This course explores the modern history of the Middle East, from North Africa to Turkey to the Arabian peninsula.


HIST 268: The Origins of Global Capitalism: Economic History 1400-1800 [in person with remote]

This course explores how the modern market economy came into being in Europe and why this system expanded outward to bring the rest of the world into its orbit by 1800.


HIUR 101: Introduction to Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture I [online]

This course is an introduction to the modern standard form of Hindi-Urdu, the most widely spoken language in South Asia, with its manifestation in deeply rooted cultural contexts.


HIUR 201: Intermediate Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture I [online]

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture II, which emphasizes written expression and texts in both Perso-Arabic and Devanagari script systems and familiarity with cultures of the South Asian diaspora.


RELI 221F: Islam & Muslim Cultures (FYS) [online]

This course provides an introduction to Islamic traditions and Muslim societies, with special attention to those in Egypt, India, and the US.


RLL 245: “Not Just Neorealism: Italian Cinema, its History and Politics” [hybrid with remote]

The worlds and contexts of Italian cinema, from the days of Neorealism to 2020 including silver and small screens, some auteurs, “Italian cinema with an accent”, Spaghetti Westerns, and the occasion of Fellini’s centennial.


RUSS/REES 223: After Communism: Animals, Avatars, Hybrids [online]

Representations of hybridity, violence, sexuality, and (imagined) communities–all through texts that challenge us to consider what the animal represents and how it affects our expectations of narrative.


RUSS/REES 240: Reading Stories (FYS) [online]

This course is designed to help students improve their writing through the close reading and analysis of short stories and novellas by Russian masters of the form


RUSS/REES 252: Tolstoy [online]

This course will study how Tolstoy’s writings both responded to and transcended their times by creating new novelistic forms and new truths within those forms.