This class welcomes all individuals who desire to further cultivate a non-Western and analytical worldview. By engaging with works from a variety of academic fields, students will be able to challenge global ideas and institutions that impact our lives today. Whether they have done summer research, study abroad, or DukeEngage, all students will be given the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences by exploring contemporary events through transnational and global theory.
For ICS students, this course also presents a particularly valuable opportunity. As an interdisciplinary program, the major offers students extensive academic freedom to apply broader concepts to their respective regions and fields. However, between the more structured 195 Gateway Course taken in the freshman or sophomore year and the senior-year Capstone or Honors Seminars, students can benefit from a re-engagement with key concepts, theories, and scholars. While ideal for all ICS students who have successfully completed the gateway course, juniors interested in honors projects and independent research can practice using theoretical concepts to explore their own interests. Seniors can also discuss current events with their ICS peers as well as underclassmen for the final semester of their college careers.