Credits: 3 credits
Students examine the origins, nature, and impacts of globalization in the contemporary world, and explore how the links between nations, regions, and peoples are increasing at an unprecedented rate. New technologies make possible previously unimaginable forms of interdependence, but the consequences of these changes are not uniform and affect people in different locations in various ways. Students decenter the West and aspire to a cosmopolitan perspective that will allow them to consider the point of view of the non-West. Students also learn theories of globalization to explain how people from different nations experience its effects, the relevance of culture, globalization's links to colonialism and capitalism, the importance of information technologies and the global city, and the efforts of people at dealing with the effects of globalization locally.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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