Globalization Topics & Questions

Most of these issues relate more to the humanities/religious studies/philosophy side of globalization than the economic side, although it is of course impossible to keep these totally separate. This course will not be able to address all of these equally, but they should provide a good starting point to think about

  1. Globalization of religious movements.
    1. Fundamentalism.
    2. Missionary movements.
    3. How have different faiths globalized differently? Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Marxism, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.
    4. How does religion adjusts in new places?
    5. How does religion resist adjusting (or replicates its forms) in new places?
  2. Globalization of art.
    1. “World” music
    2. Hybrid art
    3. World Theatre
    4. World literature
  3. Globalization and Politics
    1. Cosmopolitanism.
    2. Is globalization the same as internationalism?
    3. Are there any global political structures, e.g., democracy, neoliberalism, socialism?
    4. Exceptionalism (American or otherwise)
  4. Globalization and Economics
    1. Flows of knowledge, capital, labour.
    2. Consumption & commodification.
    3. Worldwide economic collapse/stress
  5. Globalization and the Law
    1. How do we handle pirates?
    2. How do we handle human rights abuses across national boundaries?
  6. Globalization, Justice & Ethics
    1. Global networks: human rights, women’s rights, environmentalism, world peace.
    2. Global ethical & environmental issues (climate change, biosphere degradation, etc.).
    3. What does it mean to be "against" globalization?
    4. Does racism change in a globalized world?
    5. Do social norms and values change in a globalized world (e.g., attitudes toward homosexuality, women, those of other races, etc.)?
  7. Globalized history?
    1. What happens to local history when it "gets out", that is, when it is "integrated" into world history?
  8. The Global and the Local.
    1. Localizing Global power; glocalization.
    2. Translocality.
    3. Local knowledge and practice.
    4. Globalization as an impersonal and inevitable force.
    5. Resisting globalization: Place studies.
  9. Globalization and Culture
    1. Multiculturalism.
    2. Cultural authenticity.
    3. Hybridity, fusion, cultural appropriation.
    4. Cultural dialogue; intercultural philosophy.
    5. Colonization & decolonization; imperialism.
    6. Modernization.
    7. Tradition.
    8. Nationalism, patriotism.
    9. Tourism, travel, migration, exile, refugee.
  10. Global technology.
    1. Global virtual space.
    2. World Wide Web/Web 2.0.
    3. Intellectual property in a globalized world
    4. Global media.
  11. Global Structures and Signifiers.
    1. World’s Fairs
    2. Pan-Africanism - is it globalization at work?
    3. Olympics
    4. World Cup
    5. Shifts and changes in cultural forms: e.g., tea, bicycles