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Globalization and Capitalism in the Contemporary World

Start Date

Jan 22, 2024


12 Weeks


About the Course

How will participants learn in this course?

This course will take a seminar approach with guided reading, writing,  and small group activities during sessions. Together, we will develop our knowledge and skills to better consider how globalization and capitalism impact our daily lives.   

What will they learn?

The course is an introduction to globalization and capitalism. Students will be introduced to what is globalization, the historical developments that have led to capitalism, and the liberal market economies of today. The main topics of the course will focus on three themes: The development of capital and capitalism, Global flows of people, things and ideas, and Global governance. Through these themes, students will be introduced to how globalization is shaping everyday lives. This includes the examination of critical perspectives on the concept and the impact of identity, inequalities, culture, natural resources, and the environment, and global governance on how globalization is understood.

What will the projects look like?

A short piece of writing - this will take the form of a 2-page policy brief and the creation of an infographic on a topic of your choice related to our course theme.

Your Instructor

Dale Mineshima-Lowe (Ph.D.)

Dale Mineshima-Lowe (Ph.D.)

Dr. Dale Mineshima-Lowe is an Academic Co-Director for Environmental Education Projects and Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, teaching modules in both politics and environmental geography at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Birkbeck, University of London. She is Managing Editor for the Center of International Relations, a think tank based in Washington D.C., an OSUN-CLASP Fellow (2021- 2023), and visiting faculty at Parami University and Bard College (NY, USA). Her current research interests focus on learning and teaching pedagogies, digital technologies in teaching and use for civic activism, and examining 'bottom-up' networks work in environmental policymaking and for combating corruption. Starting in Autumn 2023, Dale will be part of a group of 20 researchers & practitioners starting a 3-year project (2023-2026) focused on Democratizing Globalization being led by OSUN partner institution Bard College Berlin, Germany, organized with the OSUN-Hannah Arendt Humanities Network (based at Bard College, NY, USA).

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