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  • Globalization Studies

  • Honors Specialization

    Globalization Studies modules in the Centre for Global Studies ask students to actively explore the characteristic forces of globalization—mobility, integration and change—from the vantage point of human experience. Students in the Globalization Studies modules are challenged to analyse the new opportunities and the new risks attendant to globalization in the context of day-to-day life. The key themes addressed in Globalization Studies modules cluster around how globalization is shaped by human action. How do ‘global’ and ‘local’ scales interact? How do communities shape globalization ‘from below’? How is ‘community’ itself shaped by globalization? How are livelihoods caught up in global flows?

    Globalization Studies modules help students to think beyond the horizon of standard approaches to understanding globalization, and to develop the skills to recognize the impacts and influences of global flows of ideas, resources, capital and ideologies within the experiences of day-to-day life. Students will learn to seek out and examine the interplay of cultural, ideological and material relations today and in historical contexts.
  • Global Development Studies

  • Honors Specialization

    Degree modules in Global Development Studies focus on the study of and engagement with inequalities between societies, within global contexts.  Most importantly, students in Global Development Studies examine problems of poverty, exploring how the economic disadvantages suffered by some communities develop in relation to the advantages enjoyed by others.  Given the interdisciplinary character of Global Development Studies, though, students are strongly encouraged to situate and analyse global poverty in relation to inequalities and differences arising across the broad range of economic, social, political, environmental, and cultural factors with which communities must deal in the world today.  In this regard, students are shown how the relative successes peoples enjoy in building communities around them are deeply impacted by not only changes occurring within them but also the broader global changes at work around them.

    Global Development Studies students investigate theories of development;  they consider the roles played by international institutions and organizations in managing development;  and they train in research methods and perspectives appropriate to the practical analysis and address of development issues.  Particular emphasis is placed on aiding students to understand how they themselves may participate in the work to overcome global inequalities, at home and abroad.  To this end, special efforts are made to give students opportunities to learn through community–based placements, where they may work with local and internationally–based organisations acting on development problems.
  • Global Culture Studies

  • Honors Specialization in Global Culture Studies
    Major in Global Culture Studies
    Specialization in Global Culture Studies              
    Minor in Global Culture Studies
    Degree modules in Global Culture Studies approach the broad range of subjects and problems of interest to Global Studies in terms of the ideas that shape contemporary global issues. Global Culture Studies students examine how the networks through which people interact and confront one another are caught within and typically interpreted through specific and often conflicting ways of knowing and making sense of the world and one's place in it.  Moreover, students investigate the social and political actions that make these forms of global culture possible.

    Global Culture Studies students pursue mostly theoretical and critical analyses into how the people of the world divide themselves in terms of: social and cultural identities; geographical spaces and places;  political values and ideals; legal norms and definitions; and forms of human subjectivity and rights.  Along the way, students focus their studies on such specific problems as: the relationship between thought and action; the conflict in human rights claims between citizens and refugees; the ordering of global politics in terms of gender; the force of law in shaping societies globally; postcolonial difference and resistance; the racialisation of identities; global ethics and responsibilities; and the formations and transgressions of borders, boundaries, territories, and frontiers.

    The fundamental objective of degree modules in Global Culture Studies is to assist students in developing sufficient understanding and skills for them to successfully subject to critical analyses the global social, political, cultural and legal networks in which they themselves already live.  To this end, the core courses leading to degrees in Global Culture Studies emphasise serious and direct engagement with contemporary critical theory and philosophy in relation to the range of topics generally available in Global Studies.  The final goal of Global Culture Studies is to help students recognise their own social responsibilities as scholars, so that they may appreciate the force of their own cultures of understanding in global affairs and so that they may generate critical stances to their own thinking, learning, and actions in the world.
  • Global Gender Studies

  • Honors Specialization in Global Gender Studies

    The Honors Specialization in Global Gender Studies allows students to examine how processes of globalization, formations of global culture, and practices and problems of global development are organised by and are organising of gendered divisions and identities.  Students investigate how gender is established and experienced, on world-wide scales, in terms of differences, inequalities, privilege, violence, and relations of power.  And they study ways in which current gendered relations between persons, on political, social, cultural, and economic registers, may be thoughtfully interrogated, critically analysed, and constructively challenged.

    This program is formed through a unique partnership between Huron’s Centre for Global Studies and Western’s Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, and it is comprised from a set of courses drawn equally from both.  In this program of study, students learn to recognise gender and gendering as a set of problems in the world;  they study theories of gender and approaches to developing a focus on gender in their analyses of human interrelations;  and they develop considerable depth of study into specific problems of gender in contemporary global dynamics.

    Students elaborate on this core focus by complicating the study of gender, in the contexts of globalization, global culture, and global development, with interrelated investigations into women’s studies, sexuality, queer studies, feminism, and studies in masculinity.  Students should expect to explore these themes and approaches to research and analysis in terms of such topics as:  global health;  intersections of race, class, and sexuality;  cultural resistance;  poverty;  law and social change;  transnational social movements;  humanitarian interventions;  divisions of labour and capitalism;  human rights politics;  and nationalisms, ethnicities, and family structures.
  • Global Rights Studies

  • Honors Specialization in Global Rights Studies
    Specialization in Global Rights Studies

     The modules designed for the program in Global Rights Studies provide students with unique, responsible, and timely approaches to the critical study and support of persons’ and peoples’ rights within a global context.  They are both prepared in recognition of the fact that most universalist principles, laws, and approaches to protect rights, paradoxically and typically, are exclusionary in character.  These proposed modules resist the study of rights in a contained or determined sense, as is the case when conceived in the form of “human rights.”  From this position, these modules offer students opportunities to study how the rights of persons, particularly those of individuals and groups who experience marginalisation or exclusion in rights protection and respect for their rights claims, face contested politics of claiming and asserting autonomy, rights, and self–determination on world–wide bases.  It is a program of study into the inevitable struggle for the right to rights.

     From this approach, students working their ways through the modules in the Global Rights Studies program engage in forms of study characteristic of modules offered by CGS.  The modules involve students in fundamentally interdisciplinary studies, situated in a variety of contexts, provoking engaged and critically–oriented scholarship and thinking.  Through each of these modules, students:  explore historical and theoretical traditions through which discourses of rights are mobilised;  examine the power relations under which rights discourses are formed and supported;  examine historical and contemporary conditions under which the universalisms of modern rights discourses undermine the autonomy and self–determination of specific individuals and groups of persons;  study key political and legal contexts in which the claims to rights recognition and protection are at stake;  examine social rights movements;  give focus to the specific social and political struggles for women’s rights and the feminist approaches from which their leverage is gained;  give focus to the relation between rights claims and the geopolitics of citizenship and problems of migration;  and give focus to the specific politics of rights at stake in claims to autonomy and self–determination made by Indigenous peoples.

     The Specialization module offers students the opportunity to study this full range of topics and problems.  The Honors Specialization module makes available the same range of study, while also providing students with substantial options for independent research learning opportunities, experiential learning opportunities, and the development of longer advanced research projects in the contexts of fourth–year honors seminars or an honors thesis.

  • Centre for Global Studies/Ivey HBA Modules


  • Combined Honors Specialization in Globalization Studies/Honors Business Administration (Ivey)

    Combined Honors Specialization in Global Development Studies/Honors Business Administration (Ivey)

    Combined Honors Specialization in Global Culture Studies/Honors Business Administration (Ivey)

    The Centre for Global Studies has developed three different five–year combined Honors degree modules with Western University's Ivey School of Business.  In these programs, students may earn two different Bachelor's degrees within the same program, completing both an Honors Specialisation in one of the streams of study offered by the Centre for Global Studies and the Honors in Business Administration (HBA) offered at Ivey.

    Students seeking to complete one of these combined degree programs must complete their first two years of undergraduate studies at Huron University College, pursuing a program study dedicated to their Centre for Global Studies modular requirements.  In the second year of study, students apply for admission into the HBA program at Ivey.  If successful, these students will complete their third year of study wholly within the HBA program at Ivey.  And during their fourth and fifth years of study, students complete courses required from both the Centre for Global Studies and the HBA program.

    While enjoying the advantage of obtaining two undergraduate degrees within a five–year span, students completing these combined degree programs gain a learning and training opportunity that is relatively rare within the North American context.  Students are confronted with an unusually complicated set of studies into global capitalism, world–inequalities, and theoretical interrogations of power that demand critical responses to the carrying out of business interests, strategies, and models within the interrelations of societies around the world.
  • Language Requirement for Honors Specializations and Specializations

  • Students graduating with an Honors Specialization or Specialization must satisfy the Centre for Global Studies language requirement in one of the following ways:

    2.0 language courses with progression from one level to the next (e.g. 1030 level to 2000 level or 2000 level to 3000 level) in a language other than English, or
    2.0 language courses in two different languages (other than English) at any level, or
    By demonstrating fluency in a language other than English

    Students are permitted to use language courses at the 2000 level or above to meet module requirements where appropriate.

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