Interdisciplinary Approaches to Globalization [CRN 79722]

Discipline: International Studies
Instructor: Vaught
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1410
End: 1530
Field Work: Day 1 | November 10, 2019 | Brazil
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course uses interdisciplinary approaches to explore the issues, themes, and problems associated with globalization. We will use a problem-based approach to analyze social, economic, and cultural aspects of globalization. Through a series of case studies that challenge long-established ideas about borders, identities, and economics, we will engage theoretical and historical perspectives to examine how the experience of globalization varies amongst individuals, groups, and nations. A key emphasis of the course will focus on North-South relations and the impact of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ power in the transformation of global societies. As the world has become smaller, we will consider the declining power of the state and the idea of global citizenship amongst a host of non-governmental actors. We will explore what these political and economic transformations have meant for international development and international cooperation. Upon completion of this course, students will better understand how globalization has helped but also harmed countries like Costa Rica and Panama and how local challenges are intertwined in unpredictable tides of global economic, social, and political change.

Field Work

Country: Brazil
Day: 1
Date: November 10, 2019

In this field class, we will take a brief historical walking tour of Sao Salvador to discover the global role of the city in the Atlantic World and how the long historical process of globalization transformed Brazil for better and for worse. Specifically, we will explore the cultural aspects of globalization in Brazil to better understand the long-term economic, geopolitical, and technological impacts of global change on populations often neglected in the national and international narrative. We will hear from the winners and losers of globalization in the country and observe a capoeira roda to discuss the role of globalization in transforming culture and identity. You will participate in an “exchange program” with students and some faculty from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and CEAO - Centro de Estudos Afro-Orientais to discuss the intersection of culture and economics in a round table.
Learning Objectives:

1. Students will understand the role of globalization in the transformation of culture, society, and people in Brazil.
2. Students will discuss the controversies of globalization in Brazil and its relevance to ongoing debates over belonging, place, identity, and culture in the Atlantic World using interdisciplinary methods.
3. Compare and contrast the impact of globalization in various regional and cultural contexts using interdisciplinary methods and ways and knowing.