B CUSP 107
Through collaborative and interdisciplinary learning, students develop a knowledge base, skills, habits of inquiry, and imaginative vision. Focuses on individuals, society. Offered: A.
This course will focus on the major challenges, opportunities and trends faced by businesses, governments, societies and individuals that need to co-exist in an increasingly globalized and interdependent environment. It will emphasize topics such as the history and future of globalization, the drivers, trends and implications of globalization for all sectors of modern societies, and the geo-political, trading and cross- cultural dimensions of globalization. Special emphasis will be placed on the awareness, empathy and communication skills necessary for effective cross-cultural communication and interaction in the increasingly diverse environments of UWB, Seattle, the USA, and beyond its borders.
Student learning goals
Understand the profound impact that globalization is having on countries, businesses, communities and cultures
See how businesses, NGOs and governments are working to address these impacts through the sharing of wealth, skills and knowledge.
Discover the increasing importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs as part of a organizationís global strategy.
Develop a deeper understanding of the players, topics, issues behind key global current events, and understand their increasing degree of global inter-connectivity.
Gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for different cultures, economies and societies and the many challenges they face in an increasingly globalized world.
Develop a set of skills necessary to communicate more effectively in an increasingly cross-cultural environment
General method of instruction
Lectures and in-class discussions will form the foundation of the course. Each class will examine current events and global trends and explore their connections to modern theories of globalization. There will be assignments, a class project and an exercise that simulates the workings of the United Nations Security Council.
A sincere curiosity about the many institutions, peoples, cultures, actors, trends and events that have an impact on the world in which we live.
Class assignments and grading
Students will be asked to research and explore the trends, issues and actors of globalization, and then either write about them or discuss them in small groups.
Participation: 30% Cases and Assignments:40% Mid-term and Final Exam: 30% (subject to change)