Globalization in Practice: Activism in the Global Village
Globalization is considered by many to be the most powerful transformative force in the modern world system. Modernization and technology have effectively made the world a smaller place with respect to the interdependence and interpenetration among nations, which are greater today than at any time in history. But while most agree on the transformative power of globalization, many disagree on its nature and its effects on modern society. Liberals hail globalization as the ultimate means to world peace and prosperity. Leftists see it as a means of reinforcing the inequality and unbalanced division of labor created by modern capitalism. Still others, such as mercantilists and nationalists, see it as a source of political instability and cultural conflict. In the final analysis, globalization carries a variety of malign consequences but also produces abundant means for advancing life on our planet. This class will approach globalization through an activist platform. Each student will be an activist and work on solving real world problems that are produced by globalization. But globalization has also generated a great many resources and outcomes that can be used by activists to solve these problems. Students will learn to use these as building blocks for a better world.
This class is heavily project-based. It applies theories and learning to real life situations. There is also much teamwork involved. The learning goals of this class are based on developing professional skill sets: problem solving abilities, consulting, team work, oral presentations, preparing functional memos, and working in professional activist environments.
|Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Discussion
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-Intl.)(HRAD-MN)
|Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%