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Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders
International Studies for the 21st Century

Third Edition
Experience with SAGE edge

January 2018 | 360 pages | CQ Press

In Crossing Borders, authors Harry Chernotsky and Heidi Hobbs provide an introduction to international studies that utilizes different disciplinary approaches in understanding the global arena.  Geographic, political, economic, social, and cultural borders provide the framework for critical analysis as explicit connections to the different disciplines are made through both historical and theoretical analysis.  Integrating research and current real-world examples, the chapters encourage students to identify their role in the international arena and what it means to be a global citizen.  Throughout the text, readers are given opportunities to explore specific international problems. A final chapter provides advice on how students can further their own global engagement through study abroad, internships, and career choices. 

This Third Edition is thoroughly updated to reflect recent events and trends, including cyberterrorism, the rise of ISIS, and other key issues. It offers new color maps and features, an expanded list of resources, and clear learning objectives for every chapter, giving students a solid understanding of the complexity of the issues facing the world today.

Chapter 1. Getting Your Global Bearings: Navigating the World
Toward a Working Definition of International Studies  
Different Ways of Looking at the World’s Borders  
The Evolution of Globalization  
Globalization: Winners and Losers  
The Changing Definition of Citizenship in a Global Era  
Where Do We Go from Here?  
Chapter 2. Point of Departure: Planet Earth
Getting Our Heads around the Earth: Geography as a Field of Study  
Where We Live  
Population Management  
Food and Hunger  
Energy Security  
The Human Factor: Contributing to the Problem?  
The Global Response  
What Can You Do?  
Chapter 3. Jump-Starting the Trip: The Role of Technology
The Technological Frontier  
Enter the Computer  
The Role of Technology in Crossing Borders  
Political Borders  
Social and Cultural Borders  
A Final Thought on Technology Prior to the Journey  
Chapter 4. Searching for Security: The Political World
Defining Political Borders: The Origins of the Modern State System  
The Balance of Power System: It’s failures and the Outbreak of War  
The Cold War  
The Post–Cold War World  
Conclusion: The Quest for Security  
Chapter 5. Challenges to Security
Conflict in the Middle East: Israel and Palestine  
Weapons of Mass Destruction  
What Can Be Done?  
Chapter 6. Seeking Prosperity: The Global Economy
Defining Economic Borders: A Very Short History  
The Bretton Woods System  
Beyond Bretton Woods: The Roots of Contemporary Globalization  
Emerging Economic Centers  
Key Players in Transition  
Conclusion: The Evolution of the World Economy  
Chapter 7. Challenges to Prosperity
Free v. Fair Trade  
Transnational Investment: Blessing or Curse?  
Finance and Aid: Promoting or Hindering Development?  
What Can Be Done?  
Chapter 8. Protecting Identity: The People of the World
Cultural and Social Borders: Understanding Identity  
The Age of Enlightenment  
Social Borders  
The Study of Social and Cultural Borders  
Globalization: Homogenization or Hybridization?  
Conclusion: Identity at the Crossroads  
Chapter 9. Challenges to Identity
The Role of Religion  
Ethnic Conflict  
Failed States  
What Can Be Done?  
Chapter 10. Managing the World: Cooperation at the Global Level
Defining the Global Order: International Law and Organizations  
The United Nations  
Interdependence and Regional Intergovernmental Organizations  
Nongovernmental Organizations  
The Evolution of the United Nations and Civil Society  
The Expansion of International Law and the International Criminal Court  
Conclusion: Compliance and Enforcement  
Chapter 11. Challenges to Cooperation
Global Health and the Threat of Disease  
Human Rights  
What Can Be Done?  
Chapter 12. Connecting to the World: Where Do You Go from Here?
International Studies beyond the Classroom  
International Career Opportunities  
Educational Options  
Conclusion: Where Do You Go from Here?  


Instructor Site

SAGE edge for Instructors, supports teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students. SAGE edge instructor sites include tools and elements such as:

  • Test banks that provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides that offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • Multimedia content includes links to video, audio, web, and data that appeal to students with different learning styles.
  • Instructor Manual which summarize key concepts by chapter to ease preparation for lectures and class discussions
  • Transition Guide provides chapter-by-chapter outline of key changes to the second edition
  • A set of all the graphics from the text, including all of the maps, tables, and figures, in PowerPoint, .pdf, and .jpg formats for class presentations.
Student Study Site

SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment and features elements such as:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards which strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes that allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material
  • Chapter summaries with learning objectives that reinforce the most important material
  • Video and multimedia content that appeal to students with different learning styles
  • Carefully selected SAGE readings to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter

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ISBN: 9781506346922