Stephen J Young
Investigates different meaning of the claims about globalization, a term often used to describe processes of change that take place across and outside of national contexts. Critically examines contemporary global processes in order to explore their impacts on our lives.
What is the relationship between the local and the global, interconnection and inequality, democracy and dispossession? How have these relationships changed over the last twenty years? Where can we see these changes being carried out or contested?
Globalization may seem like an unstoppable force that happens somewhere 'out there' but it is actually made and re-made through the everyday interactions of people across the world, including our own choices about food or transportation.
This course will enable students to untangle the complex political, economic and cultural ties through which they are bound to people and places around the world. In the process, it will also provide the tools to help us think about how we might change those global ties for the better.
Student learning goals
Analyze the historical development of globalization as a term and a process.
Identify the different theoretical lenses through which globalization can be understood.
Define the key institutions, ideas, and policies that promote globalization.
Understand how our own everyday actions are linked to globalization.
Assess the multiple ways in which dominant global-local relations are reworked and resisted.
General method of instruction
Classes will involve a combination of lectures, debates, and documentaries. Students are expected to come to class on time, having completed all assigned readings in advance, and participate fully in discussions. There will also be a message board where students can share thoughts or continue class discussions. Participation will comprise a substantial proportion of your overall grade.
There are no courses that you are required to have taken in advance, however, some background in political economy and/or cultural theory would be useful. Those who feel as though they are struggling can also make use of my office hours or post a question on the message board but it is your responsibility to seek additional help.
Class assignments and grading
Students will be assessed through an in-class midterm, which will test your knowledge of key concepts and events, and a take-home final. You will also undertake a term project that will require you to research a transnational company of your choosing. Over the course of the quarter you will submit various small assignments, including a fact sheet and a memo, about your company. You will also be evaluated on your overall participation in the course.