Global Issues, Local Impacts | 2020 - 2021

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$199* per individual course. 

*Subsidized fee as a result of U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant funding.

2 CEU credits available per course. 

In a joint decision between Stanford Global Studies and the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, all institutes during the 2020-2021 academic year will be offered virtually. This shift, which ensures the safety of our scholars, staff, and participants, also affords participants two exciting opportunities: to engage with nationally and internationally renowned scholars and to participate in high quality distance learning with all program design decisions intended to model what also can be done with students. 

Please note that with our move to the virtual space we have changed our typical institute structure from three full days of synchronous learning to three half days, moving the extra learning to asynchronous assignments. In this way we will still be able to provide a rich arc of learning as well as two continuing education units while minimizing Zoom fatigue. We have built all assignments with specific intention knowing that they will serve as meaningful onramps to and between the real-time learning sessions.

Read about some of our courses in the Global Issues, Local Impact series from 2019-2020:


Please note: Due to the ongoing disruption to classrooms and teaching schedules caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are rescheduling these courses to new dates in 2021. The new dates are listed below and on each course's respective information page.

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Identity and Citizenship

February 26-28, 2021

Where does the idea of citizenship come from? And what does it mean to be a "good" citizen? How are identities wrapped up in citizenship status? What are the paths to citizenship as both an identity and a legal status? Who decides who’s in and who’s out? How do multiple identities fit in with a concept of citizenship? When citizenship becomes a reigning identity category, how have governments and peoples conceptualized stateless individuals who claim citizenship to nowhere? This workshop will explore citizenship as a legal category, an identity marker, and a product of history. It will also examine how citizenship can be both a privilege and a burden.

Person with pink smoke in Toronto, Canada

Rising Up: Movements for Change

April 16-18, 2021

Movements for change take many forms including civil disobedience, sustained armed conflict, coups, protests, and revolutions. This workshop explores the complex and often misunderstood origins, methods, and outcomes of movements around the globe historically and today. Why do revolutions succeed or fail? What transforms a protest into a revolution? What are the legacies of anti-colonial movements and key demands of anti-capitalist movements? What roles have student protests played? A closer examination of historical movements provides lessons and lenses for understanding contemporary contestations.

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The Resurgence of Great Power Politics

June 16-18, 2021

Recent years have seen a revival of great power politics with states shifting from more of a cooperative stance to an increasingly competitive posture. Internally this has been accompanied by a rise in nationalism and a shift towards autocracy. This dynamic harkens back to a century ago when Great Power competition culminated in the outbreak of the First World War. This workshop will examine current relations between states in various hotspots around the globe and contextualize them in light of their historical roots and contemporary dynamics. It also will consider the implications of this revived interstate competition for universal ideals and movements like human rights.