Challenges of Globalization


Media Studies

4 ECTS; 2º Ano, 2º Semestre, 15,0 T + 15,0 TP + 3,0 OT

- Maria da Conceição Correia Salvado Pinto Pereira Barras Romana
- Ana Cláudia Leal Marques Pires da Silva Mendes Pinto

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At the end of the semester the student will be able to:
A.) Identity and explain the specific features that characterize each cycle of Globalization;
B.) Analyze the political dimension of Globalization in what refers to goals, aims, instruments and contemporary outreach;
C.) Interpret the economic component of Globalization having as reference contemporary concepts and paradigms;
D.) Differentiate the various elements that compose the Cultural dimension of Globalization with a framework set by the triple dialectic: local vs. global; heterogeneous vs. homogeneous and centrifugal vs. centripetal

1. Historical cycles of Globalization
1.1. The Silk Route
1.2. Maritime Expansion
1.3. Industrialization and Colonialism
1.4. Globalization in the post-Cold War era

2. Political challenges of Globalization
2.1. The question of Global Governance and the role of the State
2.2. The relevance of International Organizations
2.3. From Transnational Democracy to Cosmopolitanism
2.4. The idea of Global Civil Society

3. Economy as catalyst for Globalization
3.1. The concept of Commercial Peace and economic interdependence
3.2. The transnational dimension of markets
3.3. The fluidity and ethics of capital in the global era
3.4. From the Washington Consensus to the Beijing Consensus

4. Cultural paradoxes of Globalization
4.1. The emergence of transnational, a-national and pariah Cultures
4.2. From Cultural Relativism to State-centric traditionalism
4.3. Rediscovering the "local" in the "global" era
4.4. Culture as an identity marker and as a social-cultural positioning mechanism

5. Communication in the Global Era
5.1. The uniformity of contents and planetary shows
5.2. Digital sphere empowerment
5.3. Cultural Imperialism in a globalized world
5.5. Introduction to Popular Geopolitics

Evaluation Methodology

- Sousa Santos, B. (2005). Globalização e Ciências Sociais. São Paulo: Cortez Editora
- Waters, M. (2002). Globalização. Oeiras: Celta Editora
- Held, D. e McGrew, A. (2005). The Global Transformations Reader: An Introduction to the Globalization Debate. Cambridge: Polity Press
- Marks, R. (2015). Mundo Global: A História da Época Moderna. Lisboa: Clube do Autor

Method of interaction
The course will have a theoretical-practical nature. The themes proposed by the syllabus will be explored resorting to expositive classes, as well as to exercises done in class and moderated by the instructor.

Software used in class
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