Introduction to Globalization I-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS05 20038 LE31 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Mainly 1st & 2nd year students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Tue.3
Instructor name LOPEZ,Mario Ivan (Center for Southeast Asian Studies Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course introduces students to some core processes that underlie present day globalization. This is a seminar based course and will act as a stepping stone for students to learn and explore it what ways different aspects on globalization play out in Asia-pacific, Southeast Asia and other regions in the world.
Course Goals Each week will consist of a brief lecture based on readings (and some class notes) followed by a class discussion and group exercises. The main goal of the course is to give students a critical introduction to the way global processes play out in the domains of the economy, ecology, politics, and society. Students will receive a grounding on the various ways in which global issues affect everyday life in the present and future and ask them to think about the different ways we measure them.
Schedule and Contents Week 1. Overview
Week 2. The Politics of Enough
Week 3. The Limits of Growth
Week 4. The De-growth argument
Week 5. Viewing Growth through GDP
Week 6. The Rise of Neoliberal Economies
Week 7. Financial Crises
Week 8. Prosperity as an Obtainable Goal?
Week 9. Sustainable Humanosphere: Assessing the Potentiality of Global Regions (1)
Week. 10 Sustainable Humanosphere: Assessing the Potentiality of Global Regions (2)
Week 11. Measuring Global Conditions: Global Indicators
Week 12. Measuring Potentiality for the 21st Century
Week 13. Producing Indexes to Monitor Global Change (1)
Week 14. Group Presentations
Week 15. Recap
Evaluation Methods and Policy The final semester grade will be decided upon by participation in class lectures (short assignments and attendance) (65%) and a written essay (35%) to be submitted at the end of the course.
Course Requirements Students should be able to participate in discussions, do readings (required for participation), and submit short reflection pieces.
This course accepts students who have good command of English (TOEFL ITP score ≧550).
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Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Readings are prepared for each week along with class notes for some lectures.