This course introduces students to the field of International and Global Studies and to the critical examination of global issues and globalization more generally. International and Global Studies reaches across academic disciplines to build new understandings of states, peoples, cultures, and societies facing a range of contemporary global challenges - from international migration, sustainable development, and human rights to public health, economic and social inequality, armed conflict, and terrorism. The course introduces students to some essential concepts, questions, and methods adopted by International and Global Studies scholars working across academic disciplines. Students consider the value and limits of different sources of knowledge, evaluate the relation of knowledge to culture and power, and engage in cross- and inter-disciplinary investigations of a number of specific global issues. They also learn how to develop and refine their own research interests in International and Global Studies.