International Studies | Topic: Issues in Globalization
I300 | 26720 | Steuer, K.


Global analysts describe the post-Cold War international system as
the emerging “Age of Globalization,” a system based on a global
capitalist economic system, enhanced communications and
transportation, and the faster dissemination of information and
culture.  Nonetheless, globalization remains a somewhat
misunderstood and theoretically contested term.  Critics of
globalization decry the process’ threat to the world environment,
economic dislocations and expanded poverty, deterioration of
indigenous cultures, and its challenge to human rights.  Proponents
argue the process will enhance living and health standards, promote
economic expansion, and encourage world peace through greater
interdependence.  This course will examine the impact of
globalization on the international system in terms of the role of
international organizations, non-governmental bodies, and the growth
of democracy; the establishment of a global capitalist economic
system;  world health threats; challenges to cultural diversity
through the establishment of a “global monoculture”; advances in
international communication; and the tensions of world population
growth.  This course will be taught via interactive video in
conjunction with other Indiana University campuses.  Assignments
will include a mid-term exam, short analytical papers, a research
paper, and a final examination.