ASOA15017U Globalization and its Discontents (Summer 2020)
Course package (MSc 2015):
Knowledge, organisation and politics
The term “Globalization” refers to a process of cultural, political, and economic integration resulting from rapid changes in technology and world politics. There is no doubt that we live in a world that is increasingly global, international and even transnational and globalization is one of the defining features of the contemporary world. However, there is considerable controversy regarding its nature, impact, and future trends.
The study of globalization requires a multidisciplinary approach and by no means is limited to sociology. Therefore, this module will also be interdisciplinary by design, in its critical approach as well as in its multidimensional content. We will explore how the process of globalization is shaping and transforming economic, culture and politics around the world and examines the interplay of all three aspects, as they are all mutually dependent on one another.
With this in mind, the objective of this course is to explore
what has come to be known as the sociology of globalization. The
module focus on how the process of globalization has shifted or
changed pre-existing elements of society, new elements of society
that may have evolved in response to globalization, and the social,
economic, political, cultural, and environmental implications
of the process. These include: theories of globalization; the
economic, political, and cultural globalization; the new global
inequalities; transnational civil society/transnational social
movements; globalization and religion; globalization and the
environment, transnational migration; global conflicts and
This module explores the global nature of contemporary social change. It takes globalization as the master trend reshaping social life everywhere. It deals thematically with the main issues in the debate about the meaning, extent, and consequences of globalization. It uses a multidisciplinary approach, and covers the political, economic, historical and cultural aspects of globalization. The interdisciplinary readings emphasise the political-economic, cultural, institutional, and technological, implications of globalization and allow students to evaluate whether these processes pose opportunities or challenges to individuals, societies, and the global community. This course cannot hope to cover all aspects of globalization adequately, and therefore the content is of necessity selective. Yet (without being narrow) it will provide an intellectually stimulating course which will prepare students for a critical engagement with contemporary debates on globalization
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES
Knowledge and understanding
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Discern the many angles of globalization,
- Critically, understand the historicity of globalization, and its character as a socio ‐political project (including its ideological aspects),
- Understand the reasons for, and effects of global economic policies and oppositional movements (anti‐globalist) in civil society
- Appraise the impact of globalization in different contexts through independent research, and appraise national and regional policy responses to the effects of globalization
Intended skill outcomes
Students should also have
- An ability to synthesize, compare and contrast literatures on globalization
- An ability to work independently and as part of team
- An ability to put concepts and ideas into practice
- Wide-ranging familiarity with the ways in which globalization
is experienced, managed and resisted by actors within (and across)
different levels of analysis – global, regional, national and
Intended competence outcomes:
- Ability to obtain, analyze, process and transmit information, either oral or written
- Ability to apply abstract theoretical concepts and other tools in analyzing global issues and processes linked with globalization.
- Skills to critically study and discuss current global issues events and processes.
Course materials: Required books.
Most of the required reading assignments for this course are found in the following required text, available through the University Bookstore and a variety of online retailers:
George Ritzer (2011)Globalization the Essentials, John Wiley & Sons
Also required are supplemental articles and book chapters that have been uploaded to Absalon, or a web link will been provided a month before the classes start. Login at https://intranet.ku.dk. The syllabus is also available upon request.
Teaching will take the form of lectures, student presentations and class discussions based on the assigned readings
Feedback on research proposal. To provide you with an opportunity to develop the topic identified in your initial research proposal into a comprehensive, academic paper
Registration deadline for courses is June 1st for
Autumn semester and December 1st for Spring semester.
Registration deadline for Summer school is June 1st.
The ordinary period for registration for Summer courses is from November 15th to December 1st.
If the course is full after this period, it will NOT be offered for registration again, in the extra period for registration from May 15th to June 1st.
When registered you will be signed up for exam.
International exchange students must sign up by filling in an application form: course registration.
Credit students: klik her
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentIndividual/group.
Free written take-home essays are assignments for which students define and formulate a problem within the parameters of the course and based on an individual exam syllabus. The free written take-home essay must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
- Exam registration requirements
Sociology students must be enrolled under either BSc Curriculum 2016 or MSc Curriculum 2015 to take this exam.
Credit students can be on either bachelor level or master level.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
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Exchange students and Danish full degree guest students please see the homepage of Sociology; http://www.soc.ku.dk/english/education/exams/ and http://www.soc.ku.dk/uddannelser/meritstuderende/eksamen/
The curriculum is currently being revised and because of that, there can be changes in the re-exam types.
We will update the descriptions here on kurser.ku.dk as soon as they are approved by the Faculty.
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see the learning outcome