Getting Started! is an introduction to the course. You will have a chance to hear a little bit about the Instructor and learn about the structure of the class.
Foundations of Globalization
This lecture will introduce you to the subject of Globalization. This will include the key types of Globalization.
This lecture will explore historical examples of early human trade, the rise of colonialism, the Industrial Revolution, and early American industry.
Critical Ideologies of the 20th Century
This lecture will examine various key economic philosophies that informed 20th century ideologies. These include discussions about classical and neoclassical economics, Keynesian economics, and neoliberalism.
Functional Aspects of Globalization
This lecture will reveal how industry tends to operate where they can be most profitable. Least Cost Theory will be examined both as an early theory and how it has been applied, over the past half century.
World Bank, IMF, and Neocolonialism
This lecture will explore the global banking, finance, development, and credit systems that resulted from the 1944 Bretton-Woods Conference. The IMF, World Bank, World Trade Organization are key discussions. But we will also examine "neocolonialism," or how the Americans continued a relationship of dependency, in the postcolonial era.
Uneven Landscape of Development
This lecture will explore how economic development has not been even. There will be robust discussions about Wallerstein's World Systems Theory and how the Americans and Europeans became the architects and beneficiaries of modern Globalization, while other nations remain in abject poverty.
Geopolitics is a global chess game played by nations of power. This lecture will not only explore what geopolitics is, but provide real-life examples.
Technology & Communication: Keeping the World Moving
This lecture will explore the technologies that enable the movement of goods and services around the world, as well as the communication and global positioning systems that support Globalization.
Outcomes of Globalization
Globalization and Population: A Demographic Study
This lecture is the first in a new line of discussions about the outcomes of Globalization. Population trends (demography) is influenced by and sometimes drives tangible shifts in population. There will be discussions about "Demographic Transition," population measurements, and the distinguishing population characteristics of both developed and developing world nations.
Culture and Globalization: Winners and Losers
This popular lecture will examine how Globalization has impacted the cultural landscape of the world. Many cultures face real pressures, after opening markets to the West. This lecture will discuss consumerism and marketing, the corporate landscape, and the rejection of Western culture.
Changing Dynamics: The Rise of the BRICs
Brazil, Russia, India, China, and now South Africa are changing the dynamics of Globalization. Whereas once the Americans and Western Europeans dominated and determined the global economic landscape, the BRICS now have great influence over the world economy.
Environmental Problems of Globalization
This lecture will focus on the human behavioral aspects of Globalization, through the lens of Garret Hardin's, Tragedy of the Commons. It will explore how short term economic gains outweigh long term environmental effects, because people, corporations, and nations feel they are only a fraction of the problem.
End of Globalization: Possible Causes, Probable Outcomes
This supplementary link is an illustrated lecture by David Harvey called "Crisis of Capitalism." It looks at Globalization through the lens of capitalism. Enjoy!
Final Thoughts/End of Course
This brief lecture will recap the courses important messages and share some final thoughts.