What does it mean to be a young person in today’s rapidly changing world? In this course we will examine how global processes such as economic restructuring, shifts in higher education, development, migration, and social movements shape young people’s experiences in different parts of the world. Conversely, we will also investigate how “youth” can be a lens to rethink and even re-theorize contemporary globalization. In our readings and discussion, we will map out geographies of difference, connection, and solidarity between youth across the globe and students at Gallatin. Throughout the course we will read ethnography, fiction, and scholarly texts as well as study cultural materials such as policy documents and documentaries. Students will develop writing skills through a range of assignments including narrative, analytical, and argumentative essays. Some authors may include: Phillippe Bourgois, Stuart Hall, Danny Hoffman as well Mohsin Hamid, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Jamaica Kincaid.