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Freshman Inquiry: Globalization

This course will examine the various manifestations of globalization from an interdisciplinary framework. We will introduce general theories and methodologies used for understanding and interpreting representations and manifestations of globalization. We will examine the flow of products and services in a globalized world. Students will complete this course with an understanding of the basics of Globalization: what it is and how to understand it as an economic, political and a cultural phenomenon. It will begin with a discussion of the competing definitions of globalization, as well as its historical development and evolution throughout history. The course will then examine some of the controversies and impacts (political, economic, and sociological) of greater economic, political, and cultural exchange. Examples of topics include: how globalization has reshaped the role of the nation-state, how globalization has effected migration and labor and what, if anything, should be done to regulate the process of economic liberalization and trade policies.

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Christopher Carey, J.D., is a former Deputy District Attorney and currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. He has recently served as a Teaching Fellow at Arizona State University's Hugh Downs School of Human Communication where his focus was intercultural communication. His expertise extends to the application of international law with an emphasis on human trafficking in South Asia and working with groups to improve collaboration with the field of human rights. When not learning about the world from his Eli and Lilah, he can be found fly fishing the rivers and climbing the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Jesse Locker is an Assistant Professor of Renaissance & Baroque Art History. He specializes in the art of Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Particular areas of interest include: baroque painting, the art and topography of Rome and Naples, and national identity and cultural syncretism in art. He has published a number of articles and reviews on various aspects of early modern art, most recently on Raphael’s Woman with a Veil for the Portland Art Museum, and is currently completing a book on the seventeenth-century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi.

Alex Sager is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and University Studies at Portland State University. He teaches the FRINQ "On Democracy" course for University Studies and specializes in courses in political philosophy and philosophy of education for the Philosophy Department. His research interests are mainly in social and political philosophy with a sideward glance toward business ethics (which he regards as a sub-discipline of social and political philosophy). His current research is in applied political philosophy on topics surrounding immigration. Thinking about immigration requires the re-examination of basic issues of equality, rights, citizenship, and the moral status of the nation and state. It also provides grounds for inquiring into the nature and normative status of political philosophy as currently practiced, particularly the uneasy juncture between theory and practice. Alex is the Editorial Coordinator and one of the General Editors of the two-volume Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought. Current projects include co-editing (with David Rondel) a volume of Kai Nielsen's selected papers in political philosophy (under review with the University of Calgary Press) and an introduction to political philosophy tentatively titled Political Philosophy for the Twenty-First Century (under contract with Broadview Press). This introduction emphasizes feminist theory, critical race theory, and the Marxian tradition over the dominant liberal zeitgeist. Alex can't think of anywhere he'd rather be than Portland State University. He doesn't even mind the rain.