An introduction to the complex interactions between nations and peoples in today’s world, this course will explore the historical background and current standing of a number of global issues. Recognizing that these contemporary issues have political, ethical, economic, social, historic and geographic components, this course will help students become more informed about these issues by engaging in critical, thoughtful analysis. Topics may include: global trade and economy, current political climates, religion, energy, environmental issues, civil and human rights, scientific and technological advances, conflicts and terrorism.  (Prerequisite: ENGL120W strongly recommended)