How the World Really Works: Busting the Myths of Globalisation (11147.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
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|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Arts And Design|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|School Of Arts And Communications||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
In this unit, we seek out the answer to a central question that is at the heart of most debates around globalization: has the world been coming together, or has it actually been falling apart? We begin our investigation in 1945, when the world counted its losses at the end of the Second World War and when it seemed like there was a chance for the world to come closer together. Over the course of the semester, we will understand how we got to where we are today. We will examine the origins of some of the most important political, military, cultural, and economic conflicts around the world. We will map the key forces and events that have shaped our world, and how their legacies continue to define our societies, our institutions, and our ways of thinking. Most importantly of all, we will see how the world since 1945 has been, as the political theorist Benjamin Barber put it, "falling precipitately apart AND coming reluctantly together at the very same moment."
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Explain key global processes and their historical context;
2. Critically analyse claims made about 'globalisation' and its impacts; and
3. Interrogate the nature of contemporary events, by contextualising them in relation to relevant global processes.
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2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
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How the world really works: Busting the myths of globalisation
It is frequently claimed that the cause, or agent, responsible for many contemporary social and cultural developments is a force called ‘globalisation’. For this reason, we are told, these developments are ‘inevitable’ and ‘irreversible’. In an attempt to sort myth from reality, this unit examines claims about globalisation with a critical eye. By examining key global developments in their historical context, it will help you to develop an intellectual framework for detecting bogus claims about ‘globalisation’, and making sense of contemporary events and processes at both the global and local levels.
We live in interesting times. Most of our students have grown up through a period in which neoliberalism provided the global ‘commonsense’ about such things as the relationship between ‘the state’ and ‘the economy’, the idea of ‘free markets’, the place of ‘competition’ in social life, the nature of money and debt, and so on. These ‘commonsense’ ideas are now dissolving: old elites are losing legitimacy amidst the rise of new (so-called) ‘populisms’ around the world.
The key purpose of this unit is to equip students with some capacity for understanding the times that they live in – in particular, by providing them with some key historical context. History provides critical leverage, as it shows that things accepted now as commonsense were, in the not too distant past, thought to be preposterous, outrageously unjust, and so forth.
The unit attempts to show that current developments make sense, when placed in such a framework of historical processes. Indeed, many aspects of the students’ lives and societies can be made intelligible in this way: but also simultaneously problematised by this very process (because it shows that there is nothing ‘natural’ about it; after all, we used to do things very differently).
PrerequisitesStudents must have passed 24 credit points.
Assumed knowledgeBasic understanding of issues related to cultural diversity.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Dr Ernest Koh|
Attendence is highly encouraged. Assignment 1 (in-class quizzes) will be run during tutorial time in Weeks 3, 6, 10, 12, and 13.
Required IT skills
Basic computer and internet skills.
Work placement, internships or practicums