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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

World in A Town

Instructor(s): Aiwu Zhao, Management & Business

Where do you want to live after your Skidmore years? Will you have a totally different future if you choose to locate in a small town rather than in a metropolitan area? Should you seriously consider finding a job overseas? How much control do you still have for your life with the nonstop expansion of business giants? Is globalization good or bad for your future? This course will help students make informed decisions for their future by investigating the dominant factors that have changed and continue to change their lives. With a micro focus on the experience of local people and businesses, students will examine such factors as culture, regulation, technology, geography, globalization, human nature, and the complexity of decision making. Evidence will be collected by studying the history of New York City, the Saratoga region, and students' hometowns or countries. Different learning approaches will be explored through reading, discussion, interviewing, feature writing, and field trips.

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