The course aims at enabling students to analyse in a critical way and explain the salient features of globalization processes and of the world's growing interconnectedness and global networks of power, exchange and culture. In so doing, students will be provided with the conceptual and empirical tools to understand the most relevant changes, and their drivers, affecting society all over the world, in the cultural, economic and political realms. Particular emphasis will be placed throughout the course on the analysis and discussion of the controversial issue of the increasing global convergence toward a "world society".
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will understand the main features of globalization processes and of the world's growing interconnectedness and global networks of power, exchange and culture. They will also acquire the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of the processes of global interconnectedness to specific cases. In particular, students will have developed a number of soft skills, in terms of making judgements, communication and lifelong learning abilities. These skills will be acquired through active participation in classroom discussion, and the preparation and public presentation of a research paper.
Attending students will be engaged in an active way in the learning experience, through weekly readings and in-class discussion. In addition, they will have to write a research paper.
Encyclopedia of globalization / editors-in-chief, Roland Robertson, Jan Aart Scholte, Routledge, 2007.
The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of globalization / edited by George Ritzer, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
The Blackwell companion to globalization / edited by George Ritzer, Blackwell, 2007
The Oxford handbook of global studies / edited by Mark Juergensmeyer, Saskia Sassen, Manfred Steger, and Victor Faessel. - New York : Oxford University Press, 2018
Routledge handbook of global citizenship studies / edited by Engin F. Isin and Peter Nyers. - London and New York : Routledge, 2014.
Assessment methods and Criteria
ATTENDING STUDENTS will be engaged in an active way in the learning experience, through weekly readings and in-class discussion. There will be an intermediate exam. In addition, they will have to write a research paper. Attendance is compulsory. There is an allowance of three non-attendances for REL students and four for GPS students.
Exam for ATTENDING STUDENTS:
COURSE GRADE (weighted average):
Intermediate written examination: 25% Research paper: 60% Active participation/presentation: 15%
For NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS, the exam takes place in written form and consists of open-ended questions, definitions and multiple-choice questions.