WGGP in collaboration with the Illinois Global Institute and its other centers and programs offered a call for Summer 2020 course development grants. This call was open to all University of Illinois faculty and were intended to foster improved online instruction of global themes and world areas. Funds were used to help faculty transition currently offered courses to online formats for the next semester (as needed), as well as to sponsor the development of new online courses. The funding (up to $4,000) could be used to hire graduate students to work on course development, as well as for other course development expenses. Courses eligible for support had to have significant content engaging with the study of world regions or countries outside of the United States, world cultures and religions, or global studies, including themes such as gender or security.
WGGP is happy to support three course development projects for Summer 2020
Karen Flynn, Department of Gender and Women's Studies
GWS 363: Gender, Health and Popular Culture
In this interdisciplinary course, we explore the role popular culture- including television,magazines, newspapers, and social media, to name a few- play in the representation and dissemination of health information broadly conceived. This course is thematic and addresses relevant and current issues plaguing our society both locally and globally. The course begins with the theoretical and analytical framework that will serve as a basis for class discussions and assignments. While gender is a key category of analysis, we utilize an intersectional analysis that considers how markers of difference, such as race (including whiteness), age, ability, sexuality, religion, class, and nationality affect the ways that we think about health and constructions of gender. We also pay attention to the structural and material implications of health. As we engage the various themes, a key question that undergirds our discussion is what role the media in its broadest sense play in forming and shaping how we think about the questions above. Equally important, how do we as consumers resist, engage with, and negotiate ideas about health as it relates to popular culture? Throughout the course, we also underscore how people utilize, contest, resist, or reinforce health content and messages.
Charles Fogelman, LAS Global Studies
GLBL 350: Poverty in a Global Context
This course examines global poverty in the context of international development debates an practice. Despite global commitments (for example, the Millennium Development Goals), decades of research, and new and innovative policies, the "solution" to widespread and lasting poverty alleviation remains elusive. The class will define poverty and how it is measured, considered who is poor and why some people are more vulnerable to the negative effects of poverty than others, and examine what causes some countries to remain poor.
Emily E. LB. Twarog, School of Labor and Employment Relations
LER 199: Global Women Workers in the 21st Century
This course explores the evolution over time of the social, political, and economic construction of the“woman worker.” We will study a series of 21st-century case studies from countries such as Turkey, India, Brazil, Cambodia, England, Nigeria, US, and South Africa. We will also explore how various global institutions rely on the perpetuation of gender imbalances. Women’s public and private lives globally have been defined by social construction and the needs of capitalism.
A complete list of Summer 2020 course development projects funded through the Illinois Global Institute is available at https://igi.illinois.edu/news/2020-07-23/igi-line-course-development-grants-support-enhanced-global-learning
WGGP has limited funding to support course development of existing courses offered as electives for our GRID graduate minor or campus courses that faculty would be interested in having considered as an elective by adding a significant component on gender considered in an international context.
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