Shawn

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Name: Shawn Smallman
Date registered: December 16, 2010
URL: http://introglobal.wpengine.com/

Latest posts

  1. Digital Nomads — November 15, 2017
  2. Fake News Resource — November 4, 2017
  3. Global Debt — November 1, 2017
  4. Halloween, drugs and Vancouver — October 26, 2017
  5. Supernatural China and the Ghost House — October 9, 2017

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Nov 15

Digital Nomads

One thing that I have noticed teaching entirely online is that some of my students are digital nomads, which are sometimes also called digital wanderers. These are people who live their lives and careers in multiple countries, typically while self-employed. I believe that two different phenomenon served to drive this trend. First, the financial crisis …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/11/digital-nomads/

Nov 04

Fake News Resource

We all try to instill critical thinking through our classes, particularly the ability to evaluate information. As one of my colleagues often says: “How do we get information about what’s happening globally? Through the news.” His point is that an understanding of the media is essential to any International and Global Studies class. And evaluating …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/11/fake-news-resource/

Nov 01

Global Debt

The website Visual Capitalist has a chart that shows how much of the world’s debt is owned by individual countries. The image is a giant circle. What immediately strikes one when looking at it is that half of the worlds debt is held by only two nations, the United States (31.8%) and Japan (18.8%). Some nations …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/11/global-debt/

Oct 26

Halloween, drugs and Vancouver

There is an area in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver so ravaged by drugs and homelessness that it’s become an icon in popular culture and Canadian literature. This was the hunting grounds of Robert Pickton, a serial killer who may have killed 49 women. Many people believe that he managed to evade arrest (I …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/10/happy-halloween/

Oct 09

Supernatural China and the Ghost House

Every Halloween I write a blog post about the supernatural or the mysterious, from a book review regarding a Russian mystery, to a description of the best podcasts to make you afraid.  Last summer I did fieldwork on public policy and infectious disease in southeastern China, during which I traveled to Hong Kong, Macau and …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/10/supernatural-china/

Oct 06

International Students

As faculty, we often focus on what takes place in the classroom, but it’s useful to remember how much learning takes place throughout our students’ entire college experience. International students are a particularly important part of that process, as Stephanie Argy discusses in “Sharing the World,” which was just published in Portland State Magazine. Shawn …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/10/international-students/

Oct 03

The Campus Politics of Online Teaching

A few years ago I moved my teaching entirely online. One of the joys of online teaching is that it allows faculty to better know our students. In a conventional classroom, I would come to know the four or five students who spoke the most. In my online class every student must do two detailed …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/10/the-campus-politics-of-online-teaching/

Oct 01

The Syrian conflict

The Syrian Civil War (2011-present) has been a test of our current world order, much in the same manner that the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was before World War Two. In both cases, diplomacy and the international organizations proved unable to stem the violence. The two conflicts are also similar in that each has revealed …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/10/the-syrian-conflict-2/

Sep 22

Drug War in the Philippines

I’m teaching a fully online course on the Global Drug Trade this fall. In the Americas when we think of the drug trade we typically think of cocaine and the Mexican Drug War. Yet the drug trade is a global trade, which runs from the fields of poppies in Afghanistan, to the fentanyl produced in …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/09/drug-war-in-the-philippines/

Sep 15

Remembering Colonialism’s Horrors

The human costs of colonialism were staggering. Slavery was integral to the political economy of imperial powers from the 16th to 19th century, because of the huge profits that it generated. At times France received more wealth from slave production on the small colony of Haiti than from any other of its colonies, including New …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/09/remembering-colonialisms-horror/

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