GEOG 103: Introduction to Global Studies

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2024
Credits: 3
Total Contact Hours: 54
Lecture Hours : 54
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 108
Total Student Learning Hours: 162
District General Education: D2. Behavioral Science
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter

Catalog Course Description

An introduction to globalization and the cultural, political, and social issues facing the world. Structured around themes of class, labor, gender, urbanization, education, crime, migration, war/terrorism, equality, ethnicity, religion, population and health. The course will explore and analyze the connections between international development, international trade, climate change and environmental sustainability. 54 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • Examine world issues of cultural, political, economic and environmental consequence, examining the result of globalization on development, economic inequality and climate change.
  • Learn relevant concepts that can help explain developments in the global economy and identify the role of structures and actors that have shaped the current global economy.
  • Develop a deeper historical understanding of how the global economy has evolved and the impacts made on the environment, air quality and global fresh water supply.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize major place names, landscape features and capitol cities on a map of the world.
  • Compare the ideas, innovations, achievements and strategies for resolving major global issues of inequality, conflict and the environment.
  • Explain how Thompson's Demographic Transition Model can be used to predict development patterns and issues of inequality.

Major Course Content

Module 1: Issues of Inequality (30% of semester)

·                    Class and social order

Global economic inequality

Theories on Class and Economies


Labor and International Trade


Child labor

Human trafficking

WTO, World Bank, IMF

·                     Gender

 Access to reproductive care/Family planning

 Sexual Orientation and LBGTQ rights

 Marriage laws

 Human trafficking

·                      Education

 Global systems of education

 National education issues

 Issues of Public and Private education services

 Access to education in urban neighborhoods and racial inequality in education

Charter School/Public schools

Unions and labor

Module 2: Issues of Conflict (35% of semester)


The Global Drug trade

 Case study- Afghanistan, Equator, Colombia, Mexico

 The U.S. Prison system and private prisons

·                      War and conflict

 Limited and total war


Religious conflicts

Domestic security and border conflicts

·                    Democracy and human rights



 Ethnic national pride vs. human solidarity

·                     Ethnicity and Religion

 Religious Extremism

 Ethnic sovereignty

 Racial discrimination

 Conflict in the holy land and occupation of Israel/Palestine

Module 3: Environmental Issues (35% of semester)

·                      Urbanization

  Central Place Theory

  Sustainable development

 Issues with waste and drinking water

  Case study of India and China


·                     Population and Health

  Demographic Transition

  Population Control

  Disease, Pandemics and epidemiology

  Health Care reform

 John Snow, mapping Cholera and connection to Geography

·                     Technology and Energy

 Internet access

 Privacy and domestic spying

  Censorship, privacy and identity issues

  Types and uses of energy. Oil, Natural gas and economic futures

·                       Ecology

  Global climate change/carbon emissions

  Human modification of the environment/sustainability

  Alternative energy resources

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Selected readings from: Mark Rupert and M. Scott Solomon, Globalization and International Political Economy: The Politics of Alternative Futures, Rowman and Littlefield, 2006
Zeeya Merali, Brian J. Skinner, Visualizing Earth Science, 1st Edition. Wiley, 2009
James M. Rubenstein. The Cultural Landscape. 11th edition. Prentice Hall, 2013.
Scholte, Jan Aart. 2005. “Globalization in History.” In: Jan Art Scholte, Globalization. A Critical Introduction. 2nd ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp.85-120.
Thomas, George M. 2007. “Globalization: The Major Players.” In: George Ritzer, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Globalization. Malden, MA: Blackwell. Pp.84-102
Harvey, David. 2005. “Freedom’s Just Another Word...” In: David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp.5-38

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Assignment #1
Chapter 1-12 Review and Discussion Questions from Global Problems: The Search for Equality, Peace and Sustainability. 10 Points each. Due each week. Chapter 1-12 Making Connections Assignments from Global Problems: The Search for Equality, Peace and Sustainability. 10 points each. Due each week.
Assignment #2 Research Project on Global Issues: 1st- Students will perform a search of prior knowledge on historical and current issues facing the world and synthesize articles on their chosen topic. 10 points 2nd- Students will answer a series of questions on global issues. Responses should be typed. 10 points 3rd- Students will prepare a detailed summary on a particular issue and a people/place affected by the issue. 15 points 4th- Students will present to the class a comprehensive, cohesive and creative summary of their work. 15 points
Assignment #3 Two Dollars per Day Writing Assignment An estimated three billion of the world’s population subsists on less than U.S. $2 per day. Research and write a four-to-five page descriptive essay (approximately 1200 words) describing in detail what your life on this income ($700 per year) would be like. Make sure to include: •What do you do for work? •Describe your daily routine. •What happens when you become sick or injured? •What are your most pressing concerns? •What are the hopes for the future for yourself and your family?

Examples of Outside Assignments

Write a review of one of the following documentaries by critically examining the how the global economy shapes the social landscapes of inequality and workers’ lives in the world and the environment. You may find it helpful to discuss the documentary with other students in your discussion group before you write the review.
Documentary: Last Call at the Oasis by Jessica Yu. (2012: 105 minutes) Available on DVD and Amazon Instant Video
Documentary: International Trade, Multi-National Corporations and The New Rulers of the World by John Pilger (2001: 50 mins): of-the-world
Video: The Take by Avi Lewis (2004)
Movie: Capitalism—a love story, by Michael Moore (2009, 2hr 7mins), available on YouTube:
Documentary: Life and Debt. The 2001 film by Stephanie Black presents the case against the IMF’s structural adjustment policies in Jamaica. The theme of the film contrasts the tourist experience with the lives of everyday Jamaicans in poverty. Available in the Citrus Library or on DVD and Amazon Prime.

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Online Education Lecture

IGETC Area 4: Social and Behavioral Sciences

4E. Geography