SGS funds three innovative courses that tackle global issues

Course Innovation Awards support the development of new courses that focus on substantive topics of regional or global interest. Since 2016, Stanford Global Studies has funded more than 20 internationally-focused courses across a wide range of disciplines, from political science and psychology to comparative literature and film studies.

In 2022-23, three courses received Course Innovation Awards:

GLOBAL 194: Understanding China's Rise

Andrew Walder, Winter 2023

This course is an overview China's national trajectory since the 1980s, and will place its historic economic advance in comparative perspective. We will examine the factors that made this advance possible, explore the ways that China's political and economic institutions are different from other major economies, and consider challenges that now appear to threaten China's continuing economic advance.

GLOBAL 200: Utopia, Dystopia, and Technology in Science Fiction: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Ban Wang, Winter 2023

This course explores how science fiction narratives from East and West imagine the future of humanity and human-nature relations.

POLISCI 34Q: Nationalism

Vasiliki Fouka, Winter 2023

​​In this course, we will explore nationalism through a broad interdisciplinary lens, drawing lessons from the social sciences and history. We will ask what national identity is, where it comes from, and why it has such appeal for humans.

In addition, several courses that have received Course Innovation Awards in the past will be offered again in the 2022-23 academic year, including:

COLLEGE 104: The Meat We Eat

Alison Laurence, Stefania Manfio, Samuel Maull, and Krish Seetah, Spring 2023

This course takes a global perspective on the human facets driving meat consumption. Using historical, ecological, and anthropological material, we look at the ways meat eating has fundamentally shaped our environment, our health, and our culture.

COLLEGE 105: The Politics of Development

Nate Grubman, Saad Gulzar, and Soledad Prillaman, Spring 2023

This course examines foundational reasons for why some countries remain poor and why inequality persists today. In addition to answering the why question, we will also examine how practitioners, policymakers, and academics have tackled global development challenges, where they have met success, and where failure has provided key lessons for the future.

GLOBAL 120: Stories at the Border

Spring 2023

We will explore several different genres of visual and textual representation from around the world that bear witness to border conflict including writing by China Miéville, Carmen Boullosa, Joe Sacco, and Agha Shahid Ali, many of which also trouble the borders according to which genres are typically separated and defined.

GLOBAL 125: Human Rights in an Age of Great Power Rivalry, War, and Political Transformation

David Cohen, Winter 2023

The course will explore the humanitarian dimension and consequences of war, conflict, and political transformation in contexts around the globe through a series of case studies.

Global 135: Around the World in Ten Films

Pavle Levi, Winter 2023

This is an introductory-level course about the cinema as a global language. We will undertake a comparative study of select historical and contemporary aspects of international cinema, and explore a range of themes pertaining to the social, cultural, and political diversity of the world.

Global 193: History of World Cinema III: Queer Cinema around the World

Usha Iyer, Spring 2023

This course provides an overview of cinema from around the world since 1960, highlighting the cultural, political, and economic forces that have shaped various film movements over the last six decades.

HUMRTS 108: Advanced Spanish Service-Learning: Migration, Asylum, and Human Rights at the Border

Vivian Brates, Fall 2023 and Winter & Spring 2023

This community engaged learning workshop is open only to students who are concurrently enrolled in SPANLANG 108SL. Through the HUMRTS 108 units, students will have the opportunity to apply their advanced Spanish language skills and knowledge of the U.S. immigration detention system from the class as volunteers with immigrant rights advocacy organizations.

HUMRTS 114: Human Rights Practice and Challenges in Southeast Asia: Issues, fieldwork, career paths

David Cohen, Spring 2023

This course aims to address student interest in the practice of human rights both from the individual perspective, particularly regarding a variety of professional career paths, as well as from institutional perspectives.

LATINAM 177A: Mapping Poverty, Colonialism and Nation Building in Latin America

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Spring 2023

This course is an introduction to the mapping of colonial and early independent Latin America, as a lens through which students may learn about the process of colonization, state building, and the legacies on those processes on poverty and underdevelopment today.