An interdisciplinary introduction to the social, political, economic, natural, and cultural dimensions of globalization and transnational interdependencies.
Dates: July 16 - August 10, 2018
Are people becoming more and more connected to each other? Is anywhere remote anymore? Is the world becoming increasingly homogenized and less diverse? Is something or someone responsible for globalization? The goal of this introductory interdisciplinary course is to think about these questions by exploring what is meant—and what might be meant—by “globalization.” At the heart of the course is an investigation of transboundary processes and flows, an emphasis on connections which cross borders. This introduction takes as its basis interactions and formations which transect and transcend nation-states. In popular discussions and in the media globalization is often represented only as an economic process, but in this course we will delve into as many elements of globalization as possible, including economic, environmental, sociocultural, epidemiological, historical, technological, and political ones. Examples of phenomena for study include the HIV-AIDS pandemic, global narcotics and arms trades, transnational fundamentalisms, global climate change and its local discourses, the internet, and refugees. This course asks students to conduct original, hands-on research on aspects of globalization with the help of diverse media including the internet. The course encourages students to consider applied, practical, and activist approaches to global phenomena in addition to analytic ones. Finally, in this course students will examine critically and reflexively their own connection to and embeddedness in processes of globalization. The course will show how globalization is an easily observable part of our own immediate lifeworlds and contexts.
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Course Requirements Your gradable work for this course is as follows: Three reading quizzes, 15% of your final grade each One exam, 30% of your final grade, largely or exclusively multiple-choice One short position paper, at least three full pages long and using at least four course readings, on a central course question: 15% of your grade. Attention will be paid to the quality of writing. Participation, assessed primarily through timeliness, discussion board participation, and quality of the discussion board posts: 10% of your grade. Final paper, 25%
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