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Crossing Borders
International Studies for the 21st Century

Third Edition
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December 2017 | 368 pages | CQ Press

"Crossing Borders is the best textbook available for International Studies courses.  It tackles complex global issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, doing so in a way that is both accessible and engaging for students.  Most importantly, students come away with an understanding of how those issues impact their day-to-day lives, as well as how they can participate in the increasingly interconnected world around them as global citizens."

Michael Makara, University of Central Missouri

 

Crossing Borders provides a framework for students built upon an understanding of the many borders that define the international system. Renowned authors Harry I. Chernotsky and Heidi H. Hobbs address many of the different fields that constitute international studies—geography, politics, economics, sociology, and anthropology—and give instructors a starting point from which they can pursue their own disciplinary interests. By integrating research and current examples, the Third Edition encourages students to identify their role in today’s international arena and what it means to be a global citizen. Not only do students develop a better understanding of the world, they also receive advice on how to increase their own global engagement through study abroad, internships, and career options.

 

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 clear learning objectives for every chapter, giving students a solid understanding of the complexity of the issues facing the world today.

 

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About the Authors
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
List of Tables, Figures, and Maps
 
Chapter 1. Getting Your Global Bearings: Navigating the World
Learning Objectives

 
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

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 2. Point of Departure: Planet Earth
Learning Objectives

 
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?

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 3. Jump-Starting the Trip: The Role of Technology
Learning Objectives

 
The Technological Frontier

 
Enter the Computer

 
The Role of Technology in Crossing Borders

 
A Final Thought on Technology Prior to the Journey

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 4. Searching for Security: The Political World
Learning Objectives

 
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

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 5. Challenges to Security
Learning Objectives

 
Conflict in the Middle East: Israel and Palestine

 
Weapons of Mass Destruction

 
Terrorism

 
What Can Be Done?

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 6. Seeking Prosperity: The Global Economy
Learning Objectives

 
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

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 7. Challenges to Prosperity
Learning Objectives

 
Free versus Fair Trade

 
Transnational Investment: Blessing or Curse?

 
Finance and Aid: Promoting or Hindering Development?

 
What Can Be Done?

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 8. Protecting Identity: The People of the World
Learning Objectives

 
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

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 9. Challenges to Identity
Learning Objectives

 
The Role of Religion

 
Ethnic Conflict

 
Fragile States

 
What Can Be Done?

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 10. Managing the World: Cooperation at the Global Level
Learning Objectives

 
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

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 11. Challenges to Cooperation
Learning Objectives

 
Poverty

 
Global Health and the Threat of Disease

 
Human Rights

 
What Can Be Done?

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Chapter 12. Connecting to the World: Where Do You Go from Here?
Learning Objectives

 
International Studies beyond the Classroom

 
International Career Opportunities

 
Educational Options

 
Conclusion: Where Do You Go from Here?

 
Key Concepts

 
To Learn More

 
 
Notes
 
Index

Supplements

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

Crossing Borders is a very user-friendly text that is full of pressing global issues and current 21st century events highlighting the discipline of International Studies and key issues and challenges in the global arena from multiple perspectives.  It highlights the relationship of history to the modern, global political economy and international relations therein. Further, this textbook pushes students to engage with the material and understand their position within this world calling for their pursuit of becoming a global citizen.

Lesley Daspit
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Crossing Borders is the best textbook available for International Studies courses.  It tackles complex global issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, doing so in a way that is both accessible and engaging for students.  Most importantly, students come away with an understanding of how those issues impact their day-to-day lives, as well as how they can participate in the increasingly interconnected world around them as global citizens.

Michael Makara
University of Central Missouri

Crossing Borders provides students with a wide area of coverage on different contemporary global problems, promotes critical thinking, and offers various perspectives to consider. I would recommend to faculty in political science – especially the ones teaching global issues.  Its strengths include the wide area of coverage, writing style, and engaging features for students. 

Pajo Bora
Mercyhurst University
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • New “Turning Point” stories describe critical junctures that have altered the course of selected global relationships.
  • Four new “What Can You Do With International Studies?” profiles spotlight the activities of recent international studies graduates who have gone on to work in the field.
  • Six new “Understanding Cross-Border Conflict: How Can International Studies Help?” examples illustrate various perspectives on international conflicts such as the conflict in the South China Sea and encourage students to take a multidisciplinary approach to identify key factors affecting possible solutions.
  • Updated “Pro/Con” debates demonstrate for students the complexity of current global issues and the alternative perspectives through which they can be viewed.
  • “How You Can Connect” has been revised to provide ways in which students can directly connect with the material through active learning opportunities.
  • “Learning Objectives” appear at the start of each chapter to help students identify the major conceptual take-aways and provide a platform for review.
  • “To Learn More” sections at the end of each chapter provide students with opportunities to use additional resources to develop a deeper understanding of the world and and become a more active participant.

KEY FEATURES:

  • “How You Can Connect” encourages students to consider their own experiences, habits, and attitudes as they might relate to the issues under consideration.
  • The “Pro/Con” feature introduces students to the opposing arguments put forward with respect to a number of contentious global issues and provide probing questions that ask “Where Do You Stand?”
  •  “What Can You Do With International Studies?” features profile former students who have gone on to apply their studies through their activities and work in the field. 

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