An interdisciplinary introduction to the social, political, economic, natural, and cultural dimensions of globalization and transnational interdependencies.
Luis Vivanco ()
DATES: July 14 - August 8, 2014
This course provides an introduction to the inter- and transdisciplinary field of Global Studies, whose focus is on the multiple dimensions of globalization processes. The course is organized around a number important intellectual and practical problems: As the bumper sticker says, we can ?Act Locally.? But can we really ?Think Globally?? Hasn?t globalization happened before? What?s so different about the contemporary era? How does globalization create prosperity for some and inequality and poverty for others? If the world is not becoming culturally homogenized, what is it becoming? Are we facing imminent global environmental collapse, and is it possible to avert it? Is global governance necessary? Is it even possible? In exploring these problems, the goal of this course is NOT to cover the current state of ?the globe? in its entirety. To attempt this is a recipe for tremendous oversimplification. Rather, the goal is to develop a number of useful intellectual tools that will help frame your future learning about global problems and processes.
This course will be highly interactive, as its goal is to cultivate critical thinking about globalization dynamics. Students will be expected to keep up with the readings, and participate during class sessions. Students should expect to spend approximately 8 hours /week outside of class preparing, with additional time related to key course assignments.
In addition to attendance and participation, evaluation will be based on brief in-class quizzes, participation in a summit with a brief write-up, creation of a "This I Believe" statement (involving various steps), and a final exam.
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