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Semester and Year Offered: 2nd year
Course Coordinator and Team: Rohit Negi
Email of course coordinator: rohit[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
Aim: This course introduces students to the varied aspects of and thinking around the contested process of globalisation. It considers globalisation through a historical and critical framework and offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the phenomenon. Each week students will examine a specific global issue from the vantage point of a particular world region (e.g. climate change and Sub-Saharan Africa; migration and Western Europe; economic crisis and South America). The underlying idea is to focus on the connections between places and peoples, as well as the tensions and disjunctures at these intersections.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of globally-important human and physical geographical phenomena
- Thoughtfully consider diverse global concerns from an interdisciplinary perspective
- Appreciate the interrelations and connectedness of social-environmental processes and people
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
- Introduction: Developing a Global Perspective: The key idea behind this unit is to orient students to a global perspective on phenomena through a discussion of the meanings and debates in globalisation, as well what a comparative and cross cultural worldview entails.
- Wealth and Poverty: This unit takes a ‘history of the present’ approach to ask the following question: what explains the unprecedented levels of inequalities that characterise the contemporary human condition?
- Ecology and Society: The unit will work with a political ecology framework, showing the imbrications of environmental concerns with the wider political economy.
- Cultures in Contact: The unit looks at the forms of hybridity and conflict that have emerged as a result of the movement of people, ideas, and cultures across the world.
- State and Democracy: The unit considers the geopolitical realignments that take shape alongside and consequent to globalisation.
- Rethinking Globalisation: The final section of the course invites students to reassemble their understanding of the global after having gone through the course and case studies.
Assessment Details with weights:
Assessment structure (modes and frequency of assessments): Map Quiz—a series of map quizzes, conducted in class, test students on their ability to locate regions, nations, and capitals (20%). Photo-essay—students select a country and theme of choice to narrate a story of global change with the use of a photo essay (30%). Personal Stories—students document the artefacts that they encounter on a daily basis and uncover their relations and connections (20%). In-class final examination (30%).
- Campbell, Patricia J. et al (2010). An Introduction to Global Studies. Wiley-Blackwell.
- Massey, Doreen (2010), ‘A Global Sense of Place’, available from http://www.aughty.org/pdf/ global_sense_place.pdf, accessed 12 September 2016.
- Beinart, William (2001) Twentieth-Century South Africa. Oxford University Press. Part 1.
- Kinder, Kimberley (2016), DIY Detroit: Making do in a city without services. Minnesota University Press. Chapters 5 and 6.
- Steger, Manfred (2013), Globalization: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press. Ch 1 and 2.
- Hochsetler, Kathryn and Margaret E. Keck (2007). Greening Brazil: Environmental Activism in State and Society. Duke University Press. Ch 4.
- Fedora, Shirley A. (2013). Global Issues: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. University of Toronto Press. Ch 5,7.
- Yongshun Cai (2010), Collective Resistance in China: Why Popular Protests Succeed or Fail. Stanford University Press. Ch 1-2.
- Joe Sacco (2001), Palestine. Fantagraphics Books.