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ISS 315: Section 002 (4 credits) Spring Semester 2011

GLOBAL DIVERSITY AND INTERDEPENDENCE M W 10:20 AM - 12:10 PM in 326 Natural Sciences Building

Dr. John H. Davis, Jr. Department of Anthropology

340 Baker Hall

Email: davisjrj@msu.edu Office Hrs: W 2:45-4:45 PM (in Cyber Café)

Heather Yocum, MA Department of Anthropology Baker Hall Email: yocumhe1@msu.edu Office Hrs: TBA

Katherine Betka Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

Welcome to ISS 315: Global Diversity and Interdependence. The specific aim of this course is to train students to become competent stewards of the so-called “global village” by assisting them with developing a nuanced understanding of processes of globalization and their differential impact among various peoples and places of the world. During the semester we will be reading several books, each of which provides a unique vantage point from which to ponder the primary theme of the course. The following required books are available for purchase at local bookstores and also on reserve at the main library:

1. Nancy Abelmann, The Intimate University: Korean American Students and the Problems of Segregation

2. Carol Gluck and Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing (eds), Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon

3. Pietra Rivoli, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade

4. Paul Farmer, Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader

5. Savo Heleta, Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia

Additional reading material will be made available via ANGEL. Keeping up with reading assignments and attending lecture should improve one’s performance. I have structured this course in a manner such that consistent effort is rewarded.

We will also be taking advantage of i>clicker. These may be purchased along with textbooks at bookstores OR rented through the ASMSU i>clicker rental program. To rent, go to the ASMSU Business Office (307 Student Services) and make a $30 deposit. Use the i>clicker and when you're done, just return it for a full refund!

Grading: This course operates on a point system. Students will be able to earn a variable number of points for a range of activities including exams, quizzes, impromptu in-class assignments, occasional extra credit assignments, etc. There will be three exams worth

100 points each. In-class quizzes and exercises will account collectively for another 100

points. Depending on the class dynamic, there may be an additional 50 points up for grabs.

ISS 315: Section 002 (4 credits) Spring Semester 2011

It is expected that each of you will do her/his part to create and maintain a positive learning environment for one another. Should you need incentive, I will take steps such as reducing the number of opportunities to accumulate points (i.e. decrease the number of extra credit opportunities, quizzes, etc.). There will, however, be no reduction in the number of points needed to earn a particular grade.

The grading scale is as follows:

4.0

350+

(CURRENTLY ABOUT 450 POINTS POSSIBLE)

3.5

325-349

3.0

300-324

2.5

280-299

2.0

260-279

1.5

240-259

1.0

220-239

0

0-219

Important Dates:

9 February: Exam 1

23

March: Exam 2

27

April: Exam 3

***There is no final exam.***

Important Information:

It is the student’s responsibility to read and understand this syllabus. Changes or

modifications will be announced in class and disseminated via ANGEL or email.

To facilitate communication this course will be relying on ANGEL (https://angel.msu.edu). You will need an internet connection to access ANGEL. Please consult ANGEL for the most recent course information. Check ANGEL frequently. You will be responsible for information posted to ANGEL.

Makeup exams may be taken only for medical reasons, family emergencies such as a funeral, or unavoidable official University business. A written excuse is required. All makeup exams will be essay exams. All makeup exams must be scheduled prior to the time of the original exam. Unless there is a compelling and documented excuse, all makeup exams must be completed within one week of the original exam.

Lectures and visuals used in the classroom are the property of the instructor and permission is NOT given for lecture material to be sold.

Normal standards of civility are to be observed. In other words students will not talk among themselves in class, use cell phones, read the newspaper, or disturb the class by arriving late or leaving early, etc. Students who have a legitimate excuse for leaving early should let the instructor know before class starts.

Readings are to be completed before class.

Take-home extra credit opportunities will be limited to those who have completed all in-class assignments and quizzes.

ISS 315: Section 002 (4 credits) Spring Semester 2011

Be sure to do your best when working on an extra-credit assignment. Extremely poor work will be assessed a negative point value and lower your overall point tally. In other words, there is something to lose. This is not to suggest that grading will be harsh or severe. Rather, it is simply a quality control mechanism which discourages the submission of hastily prepared work.

Class Schedule

10 Jan: Course Overview

(Homework) Assignment #1: What does “globalization” mean to you? Explain in no more than one paragraph. Submit via the appropriate Drop Box on ANGEL.

12

Jan: Conceptualizing Globalization Reading:

James Watson (ed), Golden Arches East: McDonald’s in East Asia, excerpt located in Readings folder on the Lessons tab of ANGEL.

17

19

Jan: NO CLASS (MLK)

Jan: video: The Japanese Version Reading:

a) Words in Motion (WIM): Introduction

b) Mei Zhan: Other Worldly (excerpt)

24

Jan: Ethnographically Excavating the “Ethnoscape” Reading: The Intimate University (IU): Intro & Ch. 1

26

Jan: Tropes and Trajectories Reading: IU: Ch. 2, 3

31

Jan: Ties That Bind Reading: IU: Ch. 4, 5

2

Feb:

Reading: IU: Finish book

7

Feb:

Reading:

a) WIM: Chapters by Tsing (pp. 40-64) & Shami (pp. 151-173)

9 Feb: EXAM 1

14 Feb: Navigating the Global Economy video: The Cost of Living Reading: The Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy (TTGE): Part 1

ISS 315: Section 002 (4 credits) Spring Semester 2011

16

Feb:

 

Reading: TTGE: Part 2

21

Feb:

 

Reading: TTGE: Part 3

23

Feb:

 

Reading: TTGE: Part 4

28

Feb:

 

Reading: Partner to the Poor (PtP): Foreword, Introduction, and Part 3

2

Mar:

Reading: PtP: start Part 2

7

9

Mar: NO CLASS (Spring Break)

Mar: NO CLASS (Spring Break)

14

Mar:

Reading: PtP: remainder of Part 2

16

Mar:

Reading: PtP: Part 4 and Conclusion

21

March:

Reading: PtP: Part 1

23 Mar: EXAM 2

28

Mar: video: Triumph of Evil Reading:

a) Uwem Akpan, “My Parents’ Bedroom” (accessible via ANGEL)

b) WIM: Chapter by Gluck (p. 83)

30

Mar:

Reading: Not My Turn to Die (NTTD): read through page 41

4 April:

Reading: NTTD: pp. 42-149

6 April:

Reading: NTTD: Finish book.

11 April: video: Calling the Ghosts

ISS 315: Section 002 (4 credits) Spring Semester 2011

13

April:

Reading: WIM: Chapters by Abraham (p.21) and Chatterjee (p.240)

18

April:

Reading: WIM: section Words that Set Standards

20

April: TBA

25

April: Recap of the semester. Tie up any loose ends.

27 April: EXAM 3