Global Issues (GL1101E)
This module introduces the emerging field of global studies (the academic field that studies globalization in all of its aspects). Building on ideas about the modern state and international order, it examines how these ideas are being challenged from the perspective of transnational trends and institutions. Among these are the emergence of a global economy, inequalities within and between states, transnational labor and migration, global environmental issues, poverty and development, global consumerism, human rights and global responsibilities, transnational social and political movements, and new patterns of global governance. The module adopts a multidisciplinary approach to reveal different aspects of these issues.
By the end of this module students should be able to:
Define, identify the features of, and articulate significant scholarly debates about globalization.
Demonstrate familiarity with how globalization has been framed in the popular media, in mainstream politics, and in business discourses.
Discuss and evaluate a variety of ways in which globalization has shaped, and continues, to shape politics, economics, and culture.
Discuss and evaluate some of the most pressing issues that face global society today
Analyze a global issue with reference to academic literature, and assess some of the ways the issue has been addressed.
Work effectively in a group to achieve a common goal.
Upon completion of this course, students should be prepared to pursue further study in subsequent modules in the Global Studies major.
Overview of Topics Covered:
Colonialism, Imperialism, and Global Order
Dimensions of Globalization: Theorizing Social Change
The Globalization of the Nation-State
The Globalization of the Economy
The Globalization of Culture
Peace and Conflict Prevention
Media and "Fake News"
Global Poverty and Inequality
Topics may be subject to change, depending on the semester.