Economy, Society and Globalism
Area of Study
Economics, International Politics, International Relations, International Studies
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
OverviewA clear understanding of economic power and its role in society is essential for anyone in communications. Social, political and cultural life is increasingly shaped by economic forces that have a global reach. In this subject, students investigate these forces, and how they can be changed, by researching an everyday commodity, such as coffee or oil, asking how it is produced, traded, consumed and disposed of. The commodity chain reveals impacts on environments, communities, workers and consumers, and highlights the roles of global corporations, governments and international institutions, and also of international non-government organisations. Students use key concepts from political economy to interpret resulting inequalities across local and global contexts. They analyse various efforts at challenging and changing global markets, for instance to promote social justice and sustainability. They critically assess these interventions to gain an appreciation of global social change and the role of people and organisations in creating and transforming globalisation.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.