INST 200 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Globalization

  • 3 credits

INST 200 – Interdisciplinary Approaches to Globalization uses the subject of globalization to familiarize students with the field and methods of International Studies. We will explore this subject through assigned readings, written work, lectures, discussion, and student presentations. This course will enrich your understanding of the world by deepening your knowledge base and broadening your perspective. It will cultivate your awareness of past and present world problems, and help you to appreciate the value of International Studies as an interdisciplinary approach to global subjects. In the process, this course will target critical analysis, creativity, group work, public speaking, discussion, debate, reading, writing, and research.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Identify connections among multiple world regions.
• Articulate key global issues.
• Demonstrate familiarity with world history and current international affairs.
• Critically evaluate the ideas and arguments of others as well as one’s own views.
• Effectively communicate information and ideas.

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see for detailed instructions.  For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center.

This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Global and Cultural Awareness (Category 3E).

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Introduction to International and Global Studies*, 2nd Ed. (2015)
    Smallman, Shawn C. and Brown, Kimberly
    ISBN: 978-1469621654

*Available in print and as an E-book.


Carmen Lopez-Ramirez
Carmen Lopez-Ramirez

Carmen López Ramirez was born and raised in Cadiz, Spain, where she completed a three-year program concentrating in business and tourism in 1994. After completing this program, she lived and worked in both England and Germany studying German and English as well as gaining a new appreciation for cultures different than her own. In 2005, she moved to Fort Collins. She has since graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in languages, literatures and cultures (with a concentration in Spanish) and a master’s degree in Spanish at CSU. While working at CSU, she has discovered her new passion in life: teaching.

Carmen enjoys sharing her culture and enthusiasm for foreign languages with her students. They have helped her to be patient, fun, enthusiastic and creative with the language. She was nominated in 2014 for the CSU Alumni Association Best Teacher Award, and is the recipient of the 2014 College of Liberal Arts Curricular Innovation Award.