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date: 18 September 2020

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Since the last decade of the twentieth century, there has been a proliferation of new academic programs in global studies. This chapter examines the diversity of these programs, from disciplinary emphases on global phenomena to curricula designed solely for the global studies field. The programs designed solely for graduate students usually subscribe to four basic elements in defining the essential character of global studies: transnationality interdisciplinarity, trans-temporality, and critical perspectives on globalization. Some programs add a fifth feature, global responsibility. This chapter concludes with a discussion of some emerging tensions in the field between theory and practice, between insider and outsider, and between self-contained and expansive views of its role within the academic community. These are healthy tensions because they help the field chart a middle course between extremes and find its own location within the intellectual community in an increasingly global age.

Keywords: global studies, globalization, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, critical thinking, Global South, global literacy, global citizenship

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