YOKOHAMA CITY UNIVERSITY

INT303

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CodeINT303
Course NameGlobal Issues
InstructorNarum, Paul
Credits2
TermTerm2
MajorMajor Subjects
Course goalsThis course is aimed at giving students exposure to up-to-date information about global issues. The list below gives an idea of the topics to be considered. After each lecture, in-class discussions will be augmented by reports and presentations. Documentaries will be used extensively.
Course outlineThe course will begin with an overview of the major problems facing humankind, and then progress to an in-depth look at some of them (with student input as to what is chosen). Students will be regularly challenged to change existing views and form new opinions upon the basis of the materials presented. The final presentation will give each student an opportunity to crystallize his or her findings and form conclusions.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesEssays and short presentations:50% Final presentation:50% Absences will be subtracted from final grade (3 pts./absence)
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Course Schedule/PlanWeek 1
Introduction and student selection (if necessary)

Weeks 2-13
Possible themes include:
1.Atomic warfare (documentary "Hiroshima" by BBC)
2.Global warming (documentary "Inconvenient Truth" by Al Gore)
3.Gender rights
4.Species protection (documentary "The Cove")
5.Communicable diseases (Ebola, avian flu, SARS, malaria)
6.Tourism (positive and negative effects)
7.Religious conflict (Syria/Iraq and ISIS)
8.Territorial disputes (Ukraine/Russia, Korea/Japan, China/Japan)
9.Artificial intelligence
10.Aging society
Weeks 14-15Final student presentations.
 

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