This course explores one of the most defining features of today's world, which is 'globalization'. Globalization has brought us a growing sense of interdependence and interconnectedness, and created both opportunities and challenges around the world. By reading the very introductory textbook on globalization, students will learn various aspects of globalization from historical, economic, political, cultural and ecological perspectives. At the end of the course, students are expected to submit a short essay based on what they have learned through this course.
Students completing this course will be able to: 1. Gain wider understanding of globalization and world affairs in general 2. Express their own opinions on the place of Japan in the globalizing world 3. Improve their communication skills in English
This course is basically a 'reading seminar', but combines seminars with lectures. Each session usually starts with a short introductory lecture by the instructor and is followed by discussions on the text among all participants.
1. Introduction 2. Globalization: A Contested Concept (I) 3. Globalization: A Contested Concept (II) 4. Globalization and History (I) 5. Globalization and History (II) 6. The Economic Dimension of Globalization (I) 7. The Economic Dimension of Globalization (II) 8. The Political Dimension of Globalization (I) 9. The Political Dimension of Globalization (II) 10. The Cultural Dimension of Globalization 11. The Ecological Dimension of Globalization 12. Ideologies of Globalization (I) 13. Ideologies of Globalization (II) 14. The Future of Globalization 15. Concluding Session
Attendance and participation: 60% Final essay: 40% *As this course is delivered in a seminar format, your active participation in discussion is essential.
Students are required to come to class having read the assigned text and prepared to discuss.
Globalization : a very short introduction
Manfred B. Steger,Steger, Manfred B, 1961-,
Oxford University Press
This course will be conducted in English. To receive credit, students must attend two-thirds of all classes and submit a short essay at the end of the semester.