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Global Studies Portfolio

Allison Kalva

My name is Allison Kalva and I'm a junior in the Global Studies Program at Watkinson School. I joined Global Studies because I love learning and I want to connect with the world around me. I want to learn about as many perspectives as I can while also being understanding and accepting of them. 

While I am excited to learn about all of the themes in Global Studies, I am most interested in human rights and globalization.


Global Studies Themes

The Arts

The arts provide a lens to examine societal issues, cultural identity and ways to make a difference in the world.


Globalization, or the study of how cultures change when influenced by contact with peoples in distant parts of the world. Globalization encompasses the exchange of commodities, ideas, pathogens, and people.

Human Rights

Human rights are the fundamental and inalienable rights each person has to be treated with dignity. This provides a lens to examine ethics, events in twentieth-century history when ethical restraint has broken down, and efforts by the United Nations and other organizations to articulate and enforce universal human rights. 


Religion as a shaping feature of culture and personal identity.

Technology & Communication

We study how technology shapes and determines communication and how it allows us to understand the world more deeply.

Environmental Change

Environmental change in the context of globalization. Through emigration, trade, war, exploitation of natural resources, and exploration, humans have powerfully altered the natural world. We study the effects of species extinction, climate change, pollution, and water use as well as environmental solutions. 

Global Health

Global health seeks to improve health and access to medical care for people worldwide. Global health recognizes that diseases and pathogens know no borders and controlling and preventing outbreaks is a priority.

Non Violence and War

Non violence and war focuses on the psychological, economic and environmental toll imposed by warfare and genocide as well as the diplomatic and non-violent approaches to conflicts. 

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable development goals seek to meet the needs of today and tomorrow by considering the intersection between the economic, environmental and social aspects of society. 

@ 2019 Allison Kalva

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