Interdisciplinary Approaches to Globalization [CRN 79722]

Discipline: International Studies
Instructor: Hirchi
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1400
End: 1520
Field Work: Day 2 | September 28, 2018 | Ghana
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

In this course we will analyze the concept of globalization from an interdisciplinary perspective and look at its many ramifications across our interconnected world today.  We will discuss the impact of globalization on communities and nations and see how the dynamics of “center” and “periphery” are being redefined.  Course readings will allow us to frame our understanding of globalization in the context of international flows of immigration, diasporas, intercultural communications across borders, the circulation of knowledge, etc.

We will use a comparative approach so that students will be able to consider issues related to national cultural politics and national identity constructions from a global perspective. Students will create a final project on a topic of their choice that represents different dimensions of globalization in countries explored on the SAS voyage.

Field Work

Country: Ghana
Day: 2
Date: September 28, 2018

In this field class, we will interview individuals of different age ranges about the impact of globalization on their daily lives. We will learn about people’s reactions to the flow of international goods, information, etc. within the African context. Students will have first-hand interactions with natives to experience a different culture and to get acquainted with the Ghanaians’ look at the local and the global.   Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the impact of globalization on Ghanaians’ culture
  2. Deepening students critical understanding of the positive and the negative impacts of globalization on developing countries
  3. Encourage students to live a multicultural experience