Global Residential College

Explore issues related to globalization and culture in this interconnected age.

Learn how the modern world came to be and understand its successes and problems. Learn how to initiate change. Challenge your beliefs and look beyond the conventional.

Foundation Seminar Course Choices

The Globalization Debate

This course will examine controversial issues that have arisen as the world becomes more integrated and national borders become "thinner."

We will discuss questions such as: Does international trade improve or harm the environment? How does immigration affect domestic welfare? Has adopting the euro as its common currency been good or bad for Europe? Does trade create conflict between nations or promote peace? Does trade reduce the likelihood of civil wars or generate internal conflict? Throughout the course we will look at both the economics and the politics of globalization.

Contentious Waters

The “water wars” hypothesis – that as water becomes scarce countries are more likely to battle over it - is a commonly accepted popular idea about a climate changed future. However, the social contentiousness of water is not new. Political decisions about waters have been important since humans first engaged in irrigated agriculture and settled in large numbers.

This course will be a comparative and global journey into the contentious politics, political economy, and political ecology of water. We will investigate water conflict and cooperation politics and evaluate the complexities and limitations of legal, political and economic frameworks of water resource management from the community to the global level, using theories of the commons, policymaking, political economy and international relations. In order to fully understand water politics it is important to look beyond policy questions and government actions and dissect the personal, social, and community elements of politics.  Thus we will journey into questions about collective action and social movements, place-based identities, and affinity with waterways beyond human uses.

Revolution! A Global History

Since 1776, humans have initiated and participated in over 300 revolutions. This course will introduce students to the global history and theory of revolution in the modern period. Its basic premise is that revolution, and the attendant attempts to counter, cordon, or direct it, has defined the modern era of humanity.

The course begins by asking a simple question: How did revolution become something that human beings can do? What made it possible for humans to first think about then enact an abrupt, transgressive, and intentional transformation of the society in which they live? From this initial question, the course will examine the viral spread of revolution across the earth over the past two centuries. Topics that we will engage with include: Changes in the meaning and practice of revolution, the relation of revolution to ideologies of nationalism, democracy, socialism, secularism, and religion; the emergence of people who call themselves revolutionaries (and conservatives); revolutionary spaces/time; and the concepts of permanent and counter revolution. The course will conclude with discussion of the global uprisings that have rocked the world since 2011 and the prospects for revolution in the U.S.

Global College Student Staff

Emma Downey, Junior Fellow

Emma Downey

Hometown:  Danville, California
Major:  History & Political Science

"Global is the best! (Even though everyone says that about their ResCollege) Being in the global residential college was the best decision I could have made. It created a small community of tight-knit friends, as we all got to take a class together and live together. It took the stress off of making friends, and we all had something in common right away. The small size of Global makes it more intimate; you get close with other students and the professors! Not to mention our fun field trips, like going to the New York Stock Exchange! Go Global! "

Stephanie Garboski, Junior Fellow

Stephanie Garboski

Hometown: Middletown, NJ
Major: computer science

"I'm so excited to be the Junior Fellow for the Global Residential College! Global is obviously the best and most influential residential college we have here on campus. The greatest part about being in Global is that you get to stay interconnected with the world that exists outside of the Bucknell bubble. Global gave me a community inside of Bucknell where I could become more globally, politically, and economically aware. I loved geting to go on awesome field trips and debate about current events."

Victoria Walker, Resident Fellow

Victoria Walker

Hometown:  Westford, MA
Major: political science

"I love that the Global Residential College draws in all types of students and covers issues that are equally relevant here in Pennsylvania and in cities halfway around the world. Having attended both an international school in Europe and a public American high school, I developed a passion for learning about anything related to world affairs, so Global was the perfect choice for me. It has encouraged me to view important topics in new ways, while at the same time introducing me to my best friends across campus. I'm excited to see how the college develops next year!"


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