Alan T Wood
The phenomenon of globalization has attracted the attention of many academic disciplines which often attribute novelty to trends that have in fact been around for centuries. Provides a historical perspective on current debates about globalization. Approaches may vary with instructor.
The focus of the course will be on understanding the process of globalization from a historical perspective, and will include economic, social, political, religious, cultural, scientific/technological, environmental issues, as well as topics such as global terrorism, disease, migration, and others.
Student learning goals
Holistic, systems thinking
General method of instruction
Instruction will include lectures, discussion, an occasional video, and oral presentations.
There are no prerequisites. Students who have cultivated a habit of reading the newspaper and weekly magazines such as the Economist will be at an advantage.
Class assignments and grading
There will be readings for every class, a research project based on some topic on globalization chosen by the student and culminating in a three-page annotated bibliography a five-page paper, and an oral presentation based on the research project.
Grades will be based on a mid-term exam, a final exam, an annotated bibliography, a paper, class participation, and an oral presentation.