Particular attention is paid to the ways market-led macro-economic reforms
associated with globalization (such as free trade agreements and privatization
initiatives) have come together with much more micro innovations in how
personal behavior is organized by market forces (rethinking education as
a personal investment practice, for example, or outsourcing dating to for-profit
companies). Mediating between these macro and micro scales of capitalist
transformation are a wide array of other market-based mechanisms examined
in the course. From bond risk ratings to the market metrics shaping
FICO scores, personalized medicine and online mapping, these market-mechanisms
require close examination. Tracing their influence with an awareness of
their material geographic variation and unevenness, the course offers an
alternative to economistic assumptions about choice-maximizing behavior
on a ‘level playing field’. It explores instead the complex uneven development
dynamics of globalization in ways that allow you to see how your own personal
perspectives on these dynamics are at once outcomes and enablers of economic
and social change. And, by doing so, the course aims in turn at enabling
you to be a more engaged participant in the ongoing debates over the direction
these dynamics should take. Key words that are debated, defined
and/or explained in the course include: globalization, interdependency,
discourse, capitalism, neoliberalism, value, financialization, harmonization,
competition, governance, governmentality, power, citizenship, choice, accountability,
enclaving, geopolitics, biopolitics, biocapital and global health.
Course goal: To enable you to comprehend market-led globalization in ways that allow
you to evaluate how your own life and personal choices are shaped by market
forces and associated global ties.
Course-level learning objectives: At the end of this class you will be able to:
Describe the main debates and controversies surrounding globalization;
Analyze the ties and tensions of uneven global development;
Understand the growing impact of global market integration;
Synthesize knowledge of market globalization with your own experiences
of market forces and market reforms;
Evaluate the way in which market forces define and delimit personal choices
and everyday life globally;
Develop capacity to respond and reflect personally amidst the ties and
tensions of market-led globalization.
Assignment Overview: Here are some of the course assignments and activities:
Video lectures: Most of the course content is delivered
through video lectures. Each video runs 10-12 minutes
Discussion forums: This class thrives on discussion.
Multiple discussion forums are designed to develop out of the lectures.
You will have the ability to articulate your own views on globalization
as well as learn from your fellow students from around the world.
Quizzes: Many video lectures have short quizzes embedded
that allow you to check your grasp of basic knowledge as the course proceeds.
Peer Assessment Assignments - There are peer assessment
activities available for this course. By participating in these,
and reading and responding to the work of others, you can also help improve
your own learning and understanding.