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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.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this module students should be able to:

  1. Define, identify the features of, and articulate significant scholarly debates about globalization.

  2. Demonstrate familiarity with how globalization has been framed in the popular media, in mainstream politics, and in business discourses.

  3. Discuss and evaluate a variety of ways in which globalization has shaped, and continues, to shape politics, economics, and culture.

  4. Discuss and evaluate some of the most pressing issues that face global society today

  5. Analyze a global issue with reference to academic literature, and assess some of the ways the issue has been addressed.

  6. 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:

  • Debating Globalization

  • 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

  • Climate Governance

  • Media and "Fake News"

  • Human Mobility

  • Global Poverty and Inequality

  • Resisting Globalization

Topics may be subject to change, depending on the semester.