Understanding Globalization (GEH1044/GEK1041)

This module proposes to examine the processes of globalization and seeks to provide a deeper understanding of it. The world is globalizing both culturally and economically. We need to ask whether this process is creating a single world without borders or intensifying cultural differences between societies. By discussing various trends of the interdependent world, the course helps us in understanding the various processes of globalization. Since the processes of globalization involve societal, cultural, technological, political, and economic processes, we will take an inter-disciplinary framework in understanding this diverse experience. The course will specifically highlight the problems and prospects of the contemporary world


Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Develop a basic understanding of the complex nature of globalization in its political, economic, and cultural aspects.

  2. Develop a robust conceptual and analytical vocabulary on the topic of globalization, by successfully recognizing, defining, and differentiating among complex words, ideas, and concepts.

  3. Describe some of the most pressing issues that face global society today

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


Overview of Topics Covered:

  • What is globalization?

  • When did globalization begin?

  • Political globalization

  • Economic globalization

  • Cultural globalization

  • Environment, climate, and globalization

  • Technology, the internet, and sharing economies

  • Human mobility

  • Terrorism and security

  • Globalization and inequality

  • Resisting globalization

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