Globalisation and Localisation

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Globalisation and Localisation

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    • To understand the concepts of globalisation, (reverse) localisation, internationalisation and glocalisation within the domain of language and media.
    • To learn about and reflect on recent developments in the globalisation vs localisation debate.
    • To become familiar with various globalisation and localisation strategies and to be able to identify these strategies in a number of
    (digital) settings (e.g. websites and audiovisual media).

    With the world at their digital fingertips, more and more companies decide to go global. As they expand their business across borders, they will need to define a clear communicative strategy for their new, international target audience. One of the main decisions for companies to make is whether to globalise or localise their communication. Globalisation typically involves offering standardised content in a single language, while localisation often includes (machine) translation of content in various languages and culture-specific (textual)
    adjustments. Both globalisation and localisation have been extensively researched, but the debate about what strategy works best in what
    context is still going strong.

    In this course, you will become acquainted with relevant notions such as globalisation, localisation, and glocalisation. You will learn what it
    means to globalise or localise communication, and you will become familiar with recent developments in the globalisation vs localisation
    debate. You will be able to identify instances of localisation and globalisation in various (digital) genres within the domain of language
    and media.

    Two two-hour lectuers per week, and one two-hour seminar in which you will apply the content of the lectures in a practical assignment.

    A written examination (100%). In order to qualify for the exam, you need to gain a pass for all practical assignments.


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