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Master of Arts in Global Studies - Emerging Powers

Master of Arts in Global Studies - Emerging Powers

Brandeis University

Brandeis University, Waltham, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
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  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 12 months
As even casual attention to recent mass media outlets attests, the term "globalization" is widely used to refer to diverse—possibly even unconnected—processes in the economic, cultural, political, and environmental domains. What seems to characterize "global" phenomena such as climate change, transnational capital flow, and the internet, for example, is that their causes and effects ramify all across the earth, viewed both as a bio-physical totality and as a social space. In doing so, these and other global phenomena reveal unprecedented levels of interconnectedness that bring into play institutional agents and institutions that transcend local, national, and regional boundaries. The program in Global Studies is designed to provide students with analytical and methodological skills to investigate globalization both specifically and generally—specifically, by offering advanced training in one relevant academic concentration and independent research leading to a Master’s Thesis; and generally, by exposing students to a broad range of elective courses taught by faculty from the university’s School of Arts and Sciences, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, and International Business School. The program prepares students for a variety of professional and academic trajectories. For some students the MA degree will be an important credential for advancement in already-chosen career paths in government, NGOs, think tanks; for others the degree will be preparation for advanced professional degree programs in law, diplomacy, international health, etc.; and for others their Brandeis experience will be a stepping stone toward admission to the most selective doctoral programs. Emerging Powers The Emerging Powers/Global History track draws on Brandeis' strengths in Latin American, South Asian, and East Asian studies to provide students with a background in the cultures, economies, and politics of newly-influential world powers, such as China, India, and Brazil, among others. The track will also give students the chance to update their knowledge of a rapidly changing global order. This track will suit anyone interested in better understanding how the emergence of new global powers is changing global politics, economics, and culture. It is especially well-suited for: Aspiring or active diplomats, businesspeople, and journalists who would like the chance to reflect on ways in which the rise of new powers (especially China and India) is changing the global order; Teachers of world history who would like to pursue professional development by augmenting their understanding of emerging powers. To provide access to people with full-time jobs (especially teachers), this track features an intensive summer semester and several late afternoon and evening classes.