Globalizations: an introduction to society, culture, and politics

This exciting new team-taught course draws on key insights from political science, sociology and social anthropology to explore how large scale global forces both connect and divide nations, communities, and everyday lives. We will show how ‘the global and the local’ come together; how people shape and are shaped by global processes; and how governments and non-governmental groups try to ‘govern’ these dynamics.

Core themes include:

  • changes in global capitalism and related strains on communities, countries, and regions;
  • how global and local institutions respond to transnational challenges of extremism and violence;
  • global pressures that challenge nation states, societies and cultures;
  • global migration – who moves across borders, how, and why?;
  • transnational ecological and environmental challenges, like climate change and food security
  • popular struggles by people and groups who, like the World Social Forum, are convinced that ‘another world is needed’;
  • global (dis)integration seen in popular culture, like sports.

Through these themes, we will probe divisions of class, gender, ethnicity and race; the nature of culture and society; the contemporary relevance of the nation-state; changing forms of governance; prospects for conflict and co-operation; and the many faces of power and authority.

*This course meets the first-year requirement for either Political Science (POLI) or Sociology and Social Anthropology (SOSA). It is a full-year course, taught in a single semester (i.e., it counts as two half-classes).