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Final Reflections

I’ve found it interesting throughout the semester learning how globalization is an inherently contradictory phenomenon. It causes a spreading and mixing of cultures, so on one hand people are becoming more and more similar. At the same time, some people…

Being a citizen of the world

The effects of globalization are all around us. It pervades our lives on an everyday basis forcing us to be a part of one, growing, global community. To be a citizen of the world is one of the most important…

Final Post

My interest in learning about global development sparked when I visited Europe two years ago and realized how culturally sheltered I have been. The fact they watch Maroon 5 music videos and I wear the same clothing brands connected me…

Final Post

Throughout my blogs I have frequently said that the solution to nutritional inequality is education. But what should this education include? I believe that there is a global-wide need for basic nutritional education with practical specialization based on region. The…

The Finale

In my final post I would like to return to the Tibetans. Unfortunately too late, I stumbled across the Official Chinese website and its description of the recognized ethnic groups in the country. I began to read the description of…

Final Post

When I first began this class I did not know what we would cover or how in depth in the topics we would go. I could not figure out how all of these books and readings would tie together and…

Final Post: A New World Is Possible

Before taking this class, I assumed, like many do, that the system of globalization that we live in today is an inevitable and unavoidable cause of the revolutionary changes in the means of transportation and communication in the last several…

Mongols: Role Reversal

Mongolian empire ruled over the Han Chinese in the 13th and 14th centuries. Historians claim that “with one stroke a world which billowed with fertility was laid desolate, and the regions thereof became a desert.” They classified the ethnicities of…

My Final Post

GDS 2120 was not what I was expecting. In high school I took international relations courses which focused more on modern global history and Intro to Global Studies was a course that forced me to reflect more so on my…

Converging the Two

In researching and blogging about environmental concerns and sustainability measures in Brazil and Argentina over the course of the semester, I’ve come to reflect on the paradox of the environmental challenges experienced across the world, each specific to its own…

Cosmopolitanism

Over the course of this semester, I have learned a ton of information through the lectures, the blog posts, and the riveting novels and essays.  It is almost impossible to pinpoint the most important thing I think I learned throughout…

After GDS…Final Post

When I signed up for this course, I was hoping for it to resemble a history course only in current events. I wanted someone to tell me what was happening in other areas of the world and tell me how…

Final Vocabulary

Over the course of this semester, I believe that I have expanded my view of the global civilization and community. I have been able to develop my personal voice on a wide variety of issues and a platform that can…

Final Post

I started the semester with a focus on Chinese governance, but as the semester wore on, I found myself writing a blog comparing Chinese and American governance. I think this transition occurred for two reasons, one because of my immense…

Final Poster: All affects all.

Throughout the semester in my blog posts, I have mostly explored the “urgent nowness” of Russia and its governance. However, at first, I was mostly interested in the Arab Spring and the prospect of new government in the afflicted countries.…

Final Post: Thoughts On Globalization

At the beginning of this course, I must say that my concept of what it meant to be a global citizen was somewhat superficial and underdeveloped. In fact, I think I may have even considered myself to be pretty “cosmopolitan”,…

Going Global

When I first began writing my posts, I focused on sex traffic in Russia and Eastern Europe, as this region. However, throughout the course of the semester, I learned how to look at the issue of human traffic from a…

Just Care

The pathways (because there are many) to ‘global citizenry’ rely first and foremost on understand how you are affected by the environment you live in. Global citizenry begins at home. Before you can understand the narrative of people in other parts…

1 of 6,840,507,000

It’s hard to imagine yourself as a global citizen when you are merely 1 of the 6,840,507,000 people living on earth. I think the biggest question I grappled with throughout the semester is where I fit in amongst this large sum…

Final Post

At the beginning of this semester, I had an idea of what I thought “being global” was.  I had traveled quite a bit so I thought that I could consider myself a somewhat global person with a cosmopolitan perspective. However,…

Thoughts on Globalization

When beginning my blog posts, I first chose my region to be China and my topic as International Finance. After further thought inspired by my TA Anuj, I decided to focus on China and Culture, Literature, and Media. Mainly because I…

Why does any of this matter?

Studies in media and cultural phenomena are often dismissed as superfluous to academic relevance. Many contest the value in addressing the societal effects of music, television, and the World Wide Web, and instead hold economic data, political analysis, or scientific…

(De)humanization of ordinary North Koreans

Throughout my posts on North Korea, I have attempted to steer the dialogue on North Korea away from DPRK’s nuclear weapons program, its militarized regime, and the “Axis of Evil” language that is so commonly used to describe the country.…

True Global Citizenship

Over the course of the semester, I have been blogging about the ‘urgent nowness’ in Liberia. I’ve learned a great deal about current political issues, but the overarching themes are what I have gotten most out of this course. The…

Art and the Global Community

In looking at film in the Arab world this semester, I found myself thinking about the ways art encourages global engagement. Many films I came across had both local and universal themes, and responded to, but were not specifically about,…

Respecting Sovereignty

My blog posts this semester began as a study of the question of foreign intervention in the countries of the Arab Spring and quickly broadened to address the idea of sovereignty in other aspects of personal and political interactions. I…

Humility

Why is it that the more I learn about the world, the more dissatisfied I become, not only with other countries, but my own?   At the beginning of the semester, my initial intention was to research general ethnicity and…

Globalization: Think Bigger

           In light of the issues we have discussed in class and the ones I have addressed in my blog posts, I began to wonder about how we begin to understand and solve the problems that face us as citizens of…

Hello, World!

Looking back over the course of this class and reflecting on my past blog posts made me realize that my progress (do I dare call it progress?) in coming to understand what it means to be a “global citizen” largely…

My own map.

I have something that I must admit. On the first day of class, Professor Levenson gave us a test. The test was to draw a picture or map of the world. Then he picked random countries, and we tried to…

Final Reflective Blog

To be honest, this class was nothing like what I thought it was going to be. I enrolled in it rather absent-mindedly because I’m very interested in different cultures and global studies in general and I thought Hey! This will…

Exploring global issues is an overwhelming task, but it’s a task that I found to be very worthwhile. I’m very happy to finish a class with a newfound sense of wisdom (I’ve found that it doesn’t happen often). I now…

Internal Displacement

An important part of the Israel/Palestine conflict is space. Both groups of people have laid claim to the same space. But it’s not only the physical, geographical space currently divided up by a fence and travel restrictions. It’s also the…