Globalization 2 - New Forms of Global Belonging and Global Alliances

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Globalization 2 - New Forms of Global Belonging and Global Alliances

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Globalisation 1

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Students who have successfully completed the course "New forms of global belonging and global alliances" will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

    A. Knowledge and understanding
    - students have acquired an understanding of globalization and human security by focusing on new forms of global belonging and global alliances;
    - students understand how these global networks can be both an expression of and a response to global social inequality and widening power disparities;
    - students have acquired knowledge of and insight into formation of global elites on the one hand and global networks of resistance as well as of the disenfranchised on the other; and of the power and cultural dynamics involved;
    - students have acquired insight into the way how new forms of a sense of belonging and concrete global alliances offer an answer to people’s feelings of insecurity;

    B. Applying knowledge and understanding
    - students are able to explain that new alliances can be a solution to some actors, but in doing so pose additional risks to others;

    C. Making judgments
    - students are able to recognize that these new networks should therefore not solely be interpreted as reinforcing societal resilience, but also cause societal friction;
    - students are able to analyse these issues of insecurity, new alliances, new forms of belonging, and societal resilience from multiple perspectives within the social sciences and understand how different disciplines can complement, ignore or contradict each other;

    D. Learning skills
    - students have acquired a multi-disciplinary conceptual theoretical toolbox for analysing new global alliances and global forms of belonging;
    - students are able to develop a written argument about these issues.

    In this course Globalisation 2: New forms of social belonging, we continue the discussion started in the previous course Globalisation 1: Globalization and human security. We discuss problems of globalization for the worlds of work, environment and culture. We discuss these fields as examples in order to show that the problems of globalization are similar in the various fields. We see as a core problem that globalization processes disrupt social organization. Problems of globalization are problems of organization. While in period 4 the emphasis concerned the analysis of the phenomenon, in period 5 the emphasis concerns the response to problems of globalisation. Therefore, in this second course on globalization, we discuss how and to what extent we can organize (using Scharpf’s terminology, lecture 1) negative or even positive coordination?

    Lectures, and one working group every two weeks

    Written and/or oral examination

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