Academics

IGI Area and Global Studies Centers Course Offerings

Below, please find the upcoming course offerings for IGI area and global studies centers.

Summer 2021

Center for African Studies

Introduction to Modern Africa - AFST 222

Online | Modern Africa has sustained the world's most rapid and profound changes following centuries of the Atlantic slave trade and colonialism. The African continent saw its social systems, economic structures, political organizations, and religious and cultural practices profoundly transformed by centuries of European imperialism. Despite Africa's importance in our shared world history, it is the least understood continent.

The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to the broad historical, social, political, and economic forces that have shaped modern Africa. We will approach this course with an interdisciplinary framework to examine the great civilizations of pre-colonial African societies; the trans-Atlantic slave trade; the impact of colonialism; nationalism, pan-Africanism, and independence movements; social movements and democratization; gender and development; the role of the contemporary African diaspora in African development; and globalization.

Please note: in Summer 2021, this course is offered online and is the same as ANTH 222, PS 242, and SOC 222.

For questions about this course, please contact Dr. Maimouna Barro at barro@illinois.edu.


Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Introduction to Latin American Studies - LAST 170

An interdisciplinary introduction to the ways of life of Latin American peoples, their origins, and current expressions; discusses social, economic issues, and domestic and international policies related to them in the context of other societies in developing countries.


Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Introduction to Middle East Studies - SAME 250

Online | Introduction to the study of the region known as the "Middle East." Students will gain an appreciation of the variety of cultures, ethnicities, and religious traditions in the region, as well as how recent history has changed long-standing norms, and the resulting challenges.

Fall 2021

Center for Global Studies

Global Information Society - GLBL 499

Professor Steve Witt. This course examines the historical and contemporary transformations associated with globalization from the perspective of information as a core element of sociotechnical and political-economic processes. Drawing on themes of empire, industrialization, big science and data, and ubiquitous information systems, students will focus on questions such as: how and why global social developments came to be centered around information? What role has information organization and communications technologies (ICTs) played historically? What challenges does a globalized and informationally dominated society pose to contemporary life, social stability, and the planet? This course offering is for Undergraduate Students Only.

Governing the Global Society - GLBL 500

Professor Donna Tonini. Students will examine three propositions: (1) the existence of a global society; (2) the flaws of its principal, global institutions – the state, markets, and democracy; and (3) absent their reform, whether the global society is at risk.

Course Information: Prerequisite: Instructor Approval Required.


Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Introduction to Latin American Studies - LAST 170

An interdisciplinary introduction to the ways of life of Latin American peoples, their origins, and current expressions; discusses social, economic issues, and domestic and international policies related to them in the context of other societies in developing countries.

Life in the Andes - LAST 210

An overview of contemporary Andean culture, as practiced by the people in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. This culture is the result of the resilience of the pre-Hispanic Andean heritage, and the continuous adaptation Andean people have practiced, first, to control their environment and, then, to survive and overcome colonial and postcolonial forms of subordination. No prior knowledge of Spanish, Quechua, or the Andes is required.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Cultural Studies - Non-West; Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci.

Native American Languages: Beginning and Intermediate Quechua - LAST 445

Upon the consent of the Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, tutorials are available in special native Latin American languages not regularly offered by the University (ie. Quechua, Kagchikel Mayan). Tutorials at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels may be arranged. Students registering for unit credit for the first two terms must first present satisfactory evidence of knowledge of the language at the elementary level, either in the form of credit earned at another institution or by passing a proficiency examination.

Cross-listed QUEC 410, CRN30777. 2 to 4 undergraduate hours. 2 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in 6 terms successively, to a maximum of 16 hours. Graduate credit is given only for work beyond the elementary level. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


European Union Center

Politics of the European Union - EURO 385

Considers the history of the European Union and its current functions and operations. Focuses on the ongoing process of political and cultural integration. Consists of sections in Illinois and abroad, interacting extensively via the worldwide web.

Language & Minorities in Europe - EURO 418

Introduction to sociolinguistic, political, judicial, and cultural issues concerning dominant and historical migrant or recent immigrant languages used in the countries of the European Union. It focuses on differences in language ideologies as they are enacted by and influence communities of practice across Europe and across European institutions. We discuss main linguistic typologies, dynamics of language power, language planning, linguistic rights and legal aspects of bilingual education and minority language use, as well as linguistic and cultural aspects, such as language-mixing and language change. Taught in English. Same as EURO 418, GER 418, FRIT 418, LING 418, PS 418, SLAV 418, and SPAN 418. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours

Dialogue on Europe - EURO 500

This proseminar explores a variety of subjects related to Europe, the European Union, and issues concerning the European Union Center’s academic programming. Topics covered range from current political, cultural, and scientific issues in Europe; different disciplinary perspectives on Europe and aspects of professional development such as mentorship, networking, and the presentation of a professional self. The seminar provides a kind of “laboratory” space for students to improve their analytical and communication skills for academic and professional conversations on Europe, from research to career interests.

EU Institutions & Governance - EURO 501

A graduate-level introduction to the European Union, its history, decision-making processes, legal framework, and political and economic effects.

Undergraduates need prior approval from the instructor to register for this course.

Illinois Global Institute

Global STEAM Graduate Seminar - LAST 590

Provides graduate students with weekly explorations into the relationship between the sciences, humanities, and the arts in addressing issues of global significance through an interdisciplinary inquiry. Each week, Global STEAM Working Group faculty members will introduce a new topic that crosses disciplinary and geographical boundaries to provide insights and new perspectives on the global challenges of the 21st century.

Cross-listed with ACES 499, ENG 591. Approved for S/U grading only.