This textbook introduces students to the basic dynamics and aspects of globalization. Aimed specifically at students embarking upon global studies programs, it instructs and challenges students through concrete examples and practical problem-solving exercises. The text is organised around three basic pedagogic principles:
The chapters connected to each task not only hone students’ critical thinking skills but also help them to respond in their own way to the challenges of understanding our complex and dynamic globalized world.
The text draws on insights from international relations, economics, sociology, cultural studies and other disciplines to provide a comprehensive and accessible introduction to this fascinating subject.
Introduction: Three Principal Tasks for Globalization Students TASK ONE: LEARNING TO THINK ABOUT GLOBALIZATION Chapter 1: How to Approach Our Subject Chapter 2: What History Explains Chapter 3: Why Ideology Matters TASK TWO: UNDERSTANDING HOW GLOBALIZATION WORKS Chapter 4: Why Money and Technology are Important but Not the Whole Story Chapter 5: Why Nation-States are in Trouble but Remain Relevant Chapter 6: How Culture Fits in Chapter 7: Why Higher Education is Going Global TASK THREE: JUDGING GLOBALIZATION Chapter 8: What on Earth is Happening to the Environment? Chapter 9: Is the World Becoming Less Secure? Chapter 10: Are we Getting Healthier? Chapter 11: Are we Winning the Fight against Hunger and Poverty? Conclusion: Global Futures