Beyond Globalisation: Social Changes and Global Challenges

Course code SOCA6120Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course explores the ways in which social change happens at the global level and explores the ways through which different aspects of our social life are influenced and challenged by such changes. It helps students to understand the causes and consequences of major globalisation processes and the role of powerful agents behind these processes. Students investigate the root causes of new global risks and crises (such as global inequality, global poverty, global financial crises and environmental degradations). The course will critically review the mainstream theories of globalisation in terms of their ability to explain global social changes and problems.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. understand a set of social processes, conceptualized under the title of 'globalisation', and the various impacts these processes are having on the lives of people in different parts of the world;
2. examine the intellectual debates around current global changes and the theories of globalisation;
3. critique the concept of globalisation, to examine conventional theories of globalisation and to think beyond global vs. local dilemma;
4. analyse the relationships between the processes of global social change and the creation of the global south, global poverty, global inequality and different global crises;
5. develop a sociological understanding of the tensions between local and global processes which shape our lives;
6. review and examine new debates in globalisation studies such as the role of non-state actors, cosmopolitanism, alter-globalisation, post-globalisation, justice globalism etc;
7. develop an appreciation of local cultures;
8. develop an appreciation of the complexity and disorder that characterizes globalisation studies;
9. develop research agenda and projects for studying social issues which cut across geographical and cultural borders and therefore their capacity for collaboration with relevant international NGOs, research institutions and policy organisations.
ContentTopics are likely to include:
1. Contested meanings of globalization: a buzzword or reality? Identifying the key issues, Historical background and ideological dimensions
2. Theoretical overview: globalisation discourses and theoretical approaches
3. Globalisation and capitalism: Neoliberalism, Global Capitalism and free trade
4. Globalisation and national state: Issue of global governance, national sovereignty and democracy
5. Globalization, culture, identity: global hegemony, McDonaldization, modern values, cultural diversity, clash of civilizations?
6.Globalisation and global inequality: global North/global South, global inequalities, global poverty, development, etc.
7. Globalisation, gender, and identity: implications of globalisation for women; global world of fashion, dichotomous positioning of the female body in a global competition of cultures
8. Globalisation or empire? Imperialism / Empire in decline? US hegemony in the post-9/11 era; unilateralism and American exceptionalism: a nationalist agenda for governing global capitalism? Imperialism, Empire or Imperium?
9. Global players: corporations, IFIs, and mass media
10. Globalisation and environment: A shrinking planet? Ecological Imperialism?
11. Globalisation from below? Global civil society, global social movements; transnationalisation of resistance
12. Beyond globalisation: Alternative Globalisations & Alternatives to Globalisation? Four major global projects: global fundamentalism, justice globalism, de-globalisation, cosmopolitanism
Replacing Course(s)SOCA3167- Myth Making and Mythic Experience
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeUndergraduate degree majoring in a Social Sciences or related disciplines
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 1 - 2500 words, 50%. Due in Week 13

Essay 2 - 2000 words, 30%. Due in Week 7
Group/tutorial participation and contribution20%, assessed on the basis of completion of required reading and tutorial tasks.
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term