This course aims to introduce students to one of the main drivers of global change: globalization. It will be based in case studies and story-telling, instead of Globalization Theory. The course begins by looking at the history of Globalization, and studying the critical aspects of global transport and communication networks. Subsequently, learners will delve into the contemporary issues related to the globalization process: global flows, poverty and human development, and international political power.
Unit 1) Introduction
Unit 2) The History of Globalization
Unit 3) Transportation and Communication Networks
Unit 4) Global Flows
Unit 5) Poverty and Human Development
Unit 6) Political Power in the 21st Century
Unit 7) Conclusion: What should we expect for the future?
Globalization and World Issues is a self-paced course. You can have lectures, as well as do any assignments, at your discretion. The course is divided in five main units, an introduction, and a conclusion. Each unit contains its own lectures, mostly composed by texts, videos, and images. While readings are mandatory, it is up to you whether to watch the videos or not, unless specified. Every unit will discuss an aspect of globalization, and will give you the means to know more about the topic at hand.
At the end of each lecture: multiple-choice quizzes that should be used by the student to assess his or her understanding of the lecture. These will allow unlimited attempts to be answered, and will not impact on students’ overall grade required for course completion.
At the end of each unit: multiple-choice quizzes that will assess students’ understanding of the respective unit. Students have two attempts to answer to the questions. A minimum score of 50% in each of these quizzes is one of the requirements for course completion.
At the end of the course:
1 – A final exam, consisting of 30 multiple-choice questions that will assess students’ understanding of the course as a whole. A minimum score of 60% in the final exam is one of the requirements for course completion.
2 – An argumentative essay. Students should choose one of the 5 main units of the course (that is, every unit, except the Introduction and the Conclusion) and write an essay about a globalization issue discussed in the unit. Essay details:
Students who achieve passing grades by the following dates will be given Certificates of Completion for this course, issued by Atualizado – The New Press and Thiago Bittencourt:
Coordinators of this course shall issue, at their discretion, certificates in between these dates.