Geographies of Globalization

Spring 2017

FRPG 2044
Instructor: Madeleine Wong
Meeting Days/Times: Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
This course counts as GS 101 and fulfills the FYS and SS general education requirements.

Globalization refers to increasingly integrated global relationships of culture, people, economic activities and political forces, reflected in trends such as the growth of global “pop culture” and consumerism, the increasing movement of people as labor migrants or refugees, the global sourcing of manufacturing, rising inequalities and social injustices, and new geographies of terrorism. This course will introduce students to how the complex historical, geographical, political, and economic forces–associated with slavery, imperialism, colonialism, development, the Cold War and the technological revolution–have shaped processes and geographies of globalization and their impacts on people, communities, and environments. Finally, students will hone their research, analytical, and communication skills by deploying course materials to examine a specific development or globalization intervention in a final research paper and oral presentation. Furthermore, through an analysis of the impact on globalization on their own home communities, students will develop critical awareness and reflections on global citizenship and how "we" are all connected together.

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