(FALL 2001--Spring 2003)


The Federated Learning Community is a four semester program that focuses on an issue of major importance and also offers an academic minor to interested students. The program enables students to register only for the program seminar FLC 301/2 oréif students are interested in the minoréto take the FLC 301/2 in combination with any of the federated classes listed below. The program seminar focuses and integrates the material of the federated classes in a small community setting of about 25 students. The FLC on Globalization is ideal for continuing and transfer students who are interested in understanding the globalization of the economy, the interdependence of nations and peoples, and the growth of international political institutions. Although the program began in the Fall 2001, students may join any semester.

SPRING 2002 theme: "Global Techno-Science, Arms Control & the Environment" FLC 302 (3 credits) Program Seminar (required) W 6-9 pm Hermann Kurthen


HIS 398-H Global Techno-Science M/F 12:40-2:10 pm Wolf Schaefer

PHI 364-H Philosophy of Technology T/TH 8:20-9:40 am Bob Crease

POL 313-F Problems in International Relations T/TH 9:50-11:10 am Charles Taber

ATM/PHY 237-H World Climate and Atmosphere T/TH 11:20-12:40 pm Sultan Hameed

SOC 348 Global Sociology T/TH 11:20-12:40 pm Daniel Levy

MEC 280-H Pollution/Human Health T/TH 5:30-6:50 pm Stewart Harris

EST/POL 411-H Science, Technology & Arms Control M/F 12:40-2:10 pm Lester Paldy

FALL 2002 theme: "Human Rights, Terrorism, and Transnational Movements" (schedule to be announced shortly)

SPRING 2003 theme: "Global Economics, Development, and Political Governance"


Students may enroll only in the program seminar FLC 301/2, or they can elect to enroll in the minor program by taking any of the federated courses in addition to the FLC 301/2. They can even begin the minor program in Spring or Fall 2002. Once minor students are registered in the FLC 301/302, they are eligible to join any of the federated classes. Students may earn a minor in Globalization (GLS) by completing 24 credits with a grade of C or better, including both program seminars FLC 301/2 (each 3 credits), plus any six of federated courses offered between Fall 2001 and Spring 2003. The GLS minor provides an excellent interdisciplinary foundation and preparation for specialized graduate studies in fields such as law, education, international relations, economics, political science, geography, regional planning, public health, policy studies, environmental studies, sociology and women's studies. In addition, it prepares students for internships with international organizations and transnational corporations, or for future participation in a study-abroad program.


A goal of the FLC is to engage students in a holistic way that touches their personal lives as well as their academic interests and allows them to gain a hands-on experience combining theory and practice, including a variety of extracurricular activities. Students will be engaged in team research projects, self-directed reading and writing, oral presentations, webpage design, community outreach assignments, field trips (e.g., U.N., movies, plays, conferences, high schools), pizza parties, and meetings with scholars and experts on globalization.


For more information about the FLC minor in Globalization (www.sunysb.edu/flcglobal), contact Prof. Hermann Kurthen at the Dept. of Sociology, SBS-S443, 632-7717, E-mail: hkurthen@notes.cc.sunysb.edu. You can register yourself through the Registrar's Office or through the Learning Community Program office, Library N-3007, or call 632-4378 and ask for Maxine Zandieh.