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Department Chair

Todd Heidt

Associate Professor in Modern Languages-German; Chair of International Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Students display their countries flags at the annual International Fair in Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

IS 100 Introduction to Globalization

IS 100 introduces students to the structures and processes of globalization. IS 100 is an interdisciplinary course that builds on maps, both concrete and metaphorical, as a means to understand these processes. Vigorous discussion of prominent writings and contemporary examples of globalization will cover physical, environmental, historical, political, economic, social and cultural perspectives on the global system. HSS; Staff

IS 200 International Service Seminar (1/2)

The International Service Seminar provides students the opportunity to examine issues in global international service initiatives from three interrelated perspectives. First, students will develop a framework from which to understand the rationale and necessity of developing international service initiatives for the well-being of a region, nation state, or specific group of persons. Second, these perspectives will be used to consider specific international service initiatives conceived for and implemented in a variety of contexts (e.g., the Peace Corps; American Red Cross; religious, health, and educational organizations). Finally, the effects of international service initiatives upon their intended constituencies (e.g., cultural imperialism, self determination, continuity of impact, professionalism) will be examined. Prerequisite(s): membership in the Peace Corps Preparatory Program or permission of the instructor; Staff

IS 240 , 241 Japan Term I and II (1/2)

An interdisciplinary study-travel program in Japan. During the Fall Term, participants will develop individual research/study projects in conjunction with other Japan-related courses on campus. Travel to Japan during the December Break will combine group activities and individual projects. Participants will complete longer projects during the optional Winter term seminar. Prerequisite(s): prior or concurrent enrollment in a Japanese language course, HIST 242, and PHIL 114 or 205; or permission of the instructor; DV; M. Schneider; W. Young

IS 295DD

IS 335 Contemporary Europe, Migration and Refugees

In this course, students primarily explore the post-WWII European history, culture, and politics in the face of mass migration, refugee crises, displacement, and increasing nationalism and racism as they are transferred and shown in literature. Students first examine the historical contexts of migration and refugee crises to gain perspective for the later texts. An initial focus is on the literary representations of immigrants and refugees in different genres both by European and non-European authors. There is also a focus on the cinematic representations of immigrants and refugees both in documentary and feature films. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: GERM 335; N. Ucar; T. Heidt; staff

IS 390 Senior Capstone (1/2 or 1)

Independent study of a topic related to globalization, its causes, its effects and/or its nature. The project will include non-English language research, draw on international experiences, make use of social sciences methodologies learned in the core courses, and will be custom-tailored to the student's academic interests by relying at least in part on the student´┐Żs three-course thematic cluster. Students should identify a mentoring faculty member late in the junior year and conduct the project during a the senior year. Independent Study. W; Staff

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