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Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders
International Studies for the 21st Century

Second Edition

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International Studies

February 2015 | 384 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.  Throughout the text, readers are given opportunities to explore specific international problems with a final chapter providing advice on how students can further their own global engagement.

This Second Edition is thoroughly updated to reflect recent events relating to cyberterrorism, ISIS, Ebola, South Sudan, Ukraine, and other critical hotspots. It offers new color maps and features, an expanded list of resources, and clear learning objectives for every chapter.

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?

Key Concepts

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Chapter 2: Point of Departure: Planet Earth
Getting Our Heads around the Earth: Geography as a Field of Study

Challenges to the Planet: Where We Live

Will Population Exceed Capacity?

What Are the Challenges? The Potential for Tragedy

The Human Factor: Contributing to the Tragedy

The Global Response

What Can You Do?

Key Concepts

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Chapter 3: Jump Starting the Trip: The Role of Technology
Technology in the Modern Era

The Industrial Revolution

Enter the Computer

The Packaging of Technology: The Second Era of Computing

The Role of Technology in Crossing Borders

A Final Thought on Technology Prior to the Journey

Key Concepts

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Chapter 4: Searching for Security: The Political World
Defining Political Borders: The Origins of the Modern State System

The Balance of Power System: Its Failures and the Outbreak of War

The Cold War

The Post–Cold War World

Conclusion: The Quest for Security

Key Concepts

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Chapter 5: Challenges to Security
Conflict in the Middle East

Weapons of Mass Destruction


What Can Be Done?

Key Concepts

To Learn More

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

Key Concepts

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Chapter 7: Challenges to Prosperity


Finance and Development

What Can Be Done?

Key Concepts

To Learn More

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

Key Concepts

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Chapter 9: Challenges to Identity
The Role of Religion

Ethnic Conflict

Failed States

What Can Be Done?

Key Concepts

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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

Key Concepts

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Chapter 11: Challenges to Cooperation

Global Health and the Threat of Disease

Human Rights

What Can Be Done?

Key Concepts

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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?

Key Concepts

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Instructor Resources 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.
  • A Course cartridge that provides easy integration into most major learning management systems. This course cartridge includes assets found on the Instructor Teaching Site and the Student Study Site, as well as a bonus quiz for each chapter in the book—all in an easy-to-upload package.
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
  • An online action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience
  • 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

An essential text for any course on internationalism, global issues or international HRM.

Mr Paul Matthews
School of Hospitality, Tourism & Events, University College Birmingham
April 22, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2

Chapter 6

Harry I. Chernotsky

Harry I. Chernotsky is Professor in the Department of Global Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and served as the founding chair of the department from 2009-2016.  Previous positions included Director of International Studies and Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  He is the recipient of UNC Charlotte’s Bank of America Teaching Excellence Award and its International Education Faculty Award.  Chernotsky received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University and specializes in international political economy and American foreign policy.  He is co-author (with Heidi... More About Author

Heidi Hilary Hobbs

Heidi H. Hobbs is the director of the Master of International Studies program and an associate professor of political science in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University. She has a PhD in international relations from the University of Southern California. More About Author

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