|Understanding Globalization: Preparing for the 21st Century
Contact Hours: 10
Globalization is the process of integrating national economies, political structures, and cultures into a single, world-wide, interdependent system.
In this course we will explore the basics of Globalization: what it is and how to understand it as an economic, political and a cultural phenomenon.
This self-paced course examines both sides of the Globalization debate in a unique, interactive learning environment.
The course includes:
- 40 learning modules
- 110 short question/answer exercises
- Links to online resources and databases
- Online quizzes and final exam
- Discussion Board
Modules cover a single topic. Each module uses 2-3 question/answer exercises designed to facilitate learning. Exercises involve data gathering, chart making, research, readings, and links to other sites. Modules take 5 - 20 minutes to complete. The discussion board allows you to share your ideas with other students.
Upon completion of the course the student will be conversant with the basics of the debate on Globalization. The course is designed to bring the student "up to speed" on the fundamentals of this important topic.
The student will learn the following:
- Why critics argue that global economic expansion creates poverty in many countries
- Why the U.N., WTO, and IMF are controversial
- How to define, understand, and use basic concepts in global economics such as:
GDP, GNP and Income per Capita
- How to understand the fundamental economic issues related to Globalization, including:
Tariffs and Protectionism
Policies of the IMF
Free Trade Associations: NAFTA
- How to understand basic arguments on political and cultural issues, such as:
In addition to factual knowledge in the areas listed above, the student will learn researching, communication, and thinking skills.
- Facilitator reviews of student questions and comments on Discussion Board
- Continuous student self-assessment using question/answer exercises
- Online multiple-choice quizzes
- Final exam (objective, multiple-choice questions)
1. Introduction: What is Globalization?
Global Profiles of Dow 30
Unequal Economic Expansion
Global Moral Values
Current Governing Organizations
2. Economic Aspects
2.1 Definitions and Concepts
Trade Balance - Is a Trade Deficit Bad?
Economics: Short Quiz 1
National Debt and Foreign Borrowing
International Capital Flows
GDP, GNP and Income per Capita
The Formula: How to Measure GDP
Economics: Short Quiz 2
2.2 Fact Gathering
What Are the Disparities in Global Incomes?
Does Globalization mean that Countries Compete?
Outsourcing: Do Sweatshops Hurt Developing Countries?
Are tariffs justified?
Structure and Policies of the IMF
Structure and Policies of the WTO
Stiglitz's Critique of the IMF: Does the IMF cause poverty?
Do Free Trade Associations Work?
The Example of NAFTA
A Skeptical View
What Causes Economic Development?
3. Political Aspects
Foundations of Freedom
Increasing Freedom and Democracy
The Case for World Government
The Disappearance of Borders: Mexico/USA
4. Cultural Aspects
Religious Symbols: The Headscarf Ban
Capitalism and Values
The End of Nationalism
5. Personal Aspects: What Does This Mean To Me?
What is My Future?
The New Management