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.
This core course in global studies seeks to understand the processes of globalization by exploring the economic, political, social, ecological, and cultural forces that shape states and societies across the globe. We examine the legacies of colonialism, the undertaking of subsequent structural adjustment measures, and contemporary development/aid enterprises.
Throughout the quarter, we rely on specific case studies that serve as reminders that such processes are geographically specific, and influenced by local and historical forces. Our case studies include an examination of how global linkages over time have resulted in very different outcomes, depending on region. We also question our assumptions about history and globalization, and in the process challenge many of the mainstream characterizations of politics and development in the world today, including in the media, academia, and the development community.
Student learning goals
Recognize the proliferation of competing theories and assumptions about globalization and development in everyday public discourse and practice
Apply theory to specific cases of development and underdevelopment, trade and sustainable livelihoods, and global poverty and justice.
Define the term "Globalization," including a recognition of its key elements and the critical relationships that are comprised in this term.
Understand and articulate how different ideas about globalization lead to different analyses of the creation of poverty and wealth.
Learn and apply a variety of methods that raise critical questions related to issues and problems subsumed within global studies.
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