Understanding Globalization

GENINT 731.353

Osher (50+). This course explores the concepts and processes of globalization.

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Globalization is a powerful force which continues to impact our social, economic, political, and cultural systems. Its defenders praise it for spreading modernization globally and for speeding up the economic and socio-political transformation of traditional societies. Its critics blame it for the rise in nationalism, populism, radicalization, and for weakening states. This course explores the process of globalization, the concepts used by experts in the field to explain it, and the winners and losers. We clarify this phenomenon by defining and using the concepts or lenses used by the experts; including terms such as deterritorialization, migration, mixing, vulnerability, standardization, acceleration, homogeneity, hybridity, globalization, dis-embedding, re-embedding, long-distance nationalism, the shrinking of time and space, and the disappearing world.

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