Interdisciplinary Approaches to Globalization [CRN 79722]

Discipline: International Studies
Instructor: Llambias-Wolff
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 0800
End: 0920
Field Work: Day 1 | September 27, 2017 | Ghana
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Globalization has a Janus-faced meaning, with one face looking forward and the other looking behind, as the Roman god Janus. Globalization is also an umbrella concept for a variety of subjects, processes, institutions and people. It has positive and negative sides, as well as countless challenges. And again, as Janus, the deity of beginnings and evolutions, globalization holds its own gates and doorways.

This course is divided in four sections. Section One: What is the Global world today, will cover issues such as major social, economic and cultural dimensions of globalization, theoretical perspectives and approaches to the study of globalization, the experience of globalization amongst individuals, groups and nations, and will introduce students to practical, theoretical and empirical interdisciplinary research on globalization. Section Two: How many worlds in the global world, will discuss the geopolitical context, North-South relations, as well as global power and global economics. Section Three: Globalization and Development will focus on the following topics: development strategies and paradigms, international development and International cooperation. Finally, Section Four: Global impacts and challenges, will introduce students to the trends and challenges of globalization such as migrations, refugees and asylum, environmental issues, global epidemics, global inequalities, transnational organizations and human rights.

The course will permit to create synergy between the theoretical, conceptual and critical analysis of globalization with real life experiences. Students will approach global issues from these perspectives, where they could think and feel the notions of the global world from an unpretentious perspective. They will explore and understand its diversity, sustainability, as an approach to become global thinkers and global citizens.

The reading material, films, research and fieldwork will offer students a lively and self-motivated view of the process of globalization as they observe and comprehend it throughout the different destinations of the Semester at sea Program.

Field Work

Country: Ghana
Day: 1
Date: September 27, 2017

Ghana has shown a great commitment to improving the lives of its people through education and community development.

UNITERRA is one of Canada’s largest international volunteer programs, set up as a joint initiative of the Centre of International Development and Cooperation (CECI), in Montreal, and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) in 14 countries over three continents. UNITERRA mobilizes 600 volunteers, 200 local partners and more than 50 Canadian businesses and organizations who make lasting commitments every year.

The purpose of the UNITERRA program is to change people's lives by stimulating growth and fostering access for marginalized people to the benefits of growing markets. This partnership strongly believes that women and youth are driving forces behind inclusive economic development.

The program promotes multidirectional exchanges of expertise, knowledge, and know-how between Northern and Southern partners. It works with Canadian businesses interested in making a contribution to sustainable and inclusive economic development in the program’s countries of intervention. The program matches businesses with local program partners based on mutual interests with the goal of creating jobs for women and youth.

We will visit a chosen UNITERRA project in the fields of residential construction in Accra. We will interact with its young volunteers, actors, local population and partners, working in the international development cooperation program, and more specifically in activities that involve young women, promote gender equality, youth empowerment, employability and training.

Learning Objectives:
1. To gain knowledge about the role and the impact of international cooperation, development partnership and youth volunteer programs in Ghana.
2. To understand and evaluate international cooperation partnership with NGO’s, business and local population.
3. To evaluate the practical and experiential interaction with the actors and the local population.