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Dominic Corva
TPOL S 123
Tacoma Campus

Introduction to Globalization

Provides an introduction to the debates over globalization. Focuses on the growth and intensification of global ties. Addresses the resulting inequalities and tensions, as well as the new opportunities for cultural and political exchange. Topics include the impacts on government, finance, labor, culture, the environment, health, and activism.

Class description

This course will take an explicitly critical approach to geographies of globalization. This means two things: that we will examine the uneven distribution of economic benefits and socioeconomic costs associated with an increasingly interconnected world; and that we will examine the responsibility of deregulated global financial flows that have accelerated processes of creative destruction associated with global capitalism. Course material will combine lecture, readings, guided documentary viewings, and group discussion.

Student learning goals

Understand "globalization" as a politically constructed process, rather than a natural evolution of human society.

Understand the unevenness of global interconnectivity shaping "globalization" as a world-historical process.

Understand how discourses and practices of globalization are analytically distinct and yet mutually constitutive.

Understand how critiques of globalization mobilize alternative discourses and practices to those offered by hegemonic neoliberal globalization.

Understand how the "global" in globalization is constitutively local.

Understand how globalization has reterritorialized political and economic power since the 1970s.

General method of instruction

TBD -- see forthcoming syllabus

Recommended preparation

I strongly recommend that students watch documentaries such as "Life and Debt" and "Darwin's Nightmare" to prepare for class!

Class assignments and grading

TBD -- see forthcoming syllabus

TBD -- see forthcoming syllabus


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Dominic Corva
Date: 05/24/2011