The Geography of Globalization
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The Geography of Globalization

Explore the complexities of Globalization and how it shapes economic relationships and affects culture.
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Created by Brian McCabe
Last updated 6/2013
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 28 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Student will understand the several key aspects of Globalization.
  • Student will understand the history of globalization.

  • Student will be able to discuss the key critical ideologies behind Globalization.

  • Student will be understand Least Cost Theory and its role in shaping the Globalized world.
  • Student will be able to discuss uneven global development.
  • Student will be able to identify globally traded commodities that shape economic and political relationships.
  • Student will be able to identify the benefits and liabilities of Globalization on cultures around the world.
  • Students will be able to discuss how Globalization affects the environment.
  • Students will be able to identify how demographic trends have been shaped by Globalization.
  • Students will be able to discuss what might deconstruct or reverse Globalization.
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This course will explore the complexities related to globalization. It will examine the history of modern globalization, the critical ideologies, theories, and policies that helped to connect the world economies, and the impacts of globalization on culture, development, and the environment.

No textbook is required for this course.

The course is structured in a way that breaks down the concept of Globalization into fifteen (15) lectures (including the Introduction and Conclusion). Most lectures will be in video form and will have an organized PowerPoint to help frame each concept.

I believe this class will really provide perspective about our world, today. The human landscape has and continues to be shaped by the processes of Globalization, both in good ways and bad ways. After this course, you will understand the globalized world much better. I am confident that the lessons learned in this course can be applied at work, will support a deeper understanding of world issues, or just make you a more informed individual.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is intended for anyone interested in how Globalization works or fails to work.
Course content
Expand all 15 lectures 07:28:04
+ Course Introduction
1 lecture 05:20
Getting Started! is an introduction to the course. You will have a chance to hear a little bit about the Instructor and learn about the structure of the class.
Preview 05:20
+ Foundations of Globalization
3 lectures 01:07:35
This lecture will introduce you to the subject of Globalization. This will include the key types of Globalization. 
Preview 13:23
This lecture will explore historical examples of early human trade, the rise of colonialism, the Industrial Revolution, and early American industry.
History of Globalization
This lecture will examine various key economic philosophies that informed 20th century ideologies. These include discussions about classical and neoclassical economics, Keynesian economics, and neoliberalism. 
Critical Ideologies of the 20th Century
+ Functional Aspects of Globalization
5 lectures 01:13:46
This lecture will reveal how industry tends to operate where they can be most profitable. Least Cost Theory will be examined both as an early theory and how it has been applied, over the past half century. 
Least Cost Theory
This lecture will explore the global banking, finance, development, and credit systems that resulted from the 1944 Bretton-Woods Conference. The IMF, World Bank, World Trade Organization are key discussions. But we will also examine "neocolonialism," or how the Americans continued a relationship of dependency, in the postcolonial era. 
World Bank, IMF, and Neocolonialism
This lecture will explore how economic development has not been even. There will be robust discussions about Wallerstein's World Systems Theory and how the Americans and Europeans became the architects and beneficiaries of modern Globalization, while other nations remain in abject poverty. 
Uneven Landscape of Development
Geopolitics is a global chess game played by nations of power. This lecture will not only explore what geopolitics is, but provide real-life examples. 
This lecture will explore the technologies that enable the movement of goods and services around the world, as well as the communication and global positioning systems that support Globalization. 
Technology & Communication: Keeping the World Moving
12 pages
+ Outcomes of Globalization
5 lectures 01:41:23
This lecture is the first in a new line of discussions about the outcomes of Globalization. Population trends (demography) is influenced by and sometimes drives tangible shifts in population. There will be discussions about "Demographic Transition," population measurements, and the distinguishing population characteristics of both developed and developing world nations.
Globalization and Population: A Demographic Study
This popular lecture will examine how Globalization has impacted the cultural landscape of the world. Many cultures face real pressures, after opening markets to the West. This lecture will discuss consumerism and marketing, the corporate landscape, and the rejection of Western culture. 
Preview 20:20
Brazil, Russia, India, China, and now South Africa are changing the dynamics of Globalization. Whereas once the Americans and Western Europeans dominated and determined the global economic landscape, the BRICS now have great influence over the world economy. 
Changing Dynamics: The Rise of the BRICs
11 pages
This lecture will focus on the human behavioral aspects of Globalization, through the lens of Garret Hardin's, Tragedy of the Commons. It will explore how short term economic gains outweigh long term environmental effects, because people, corporations, and nations feel they are only a fraction of the problem. 
Environmental Problems of Globalization
This supplementary link is an illustrated lecture by David Harvey called "Crisis of Capitalism." It looks at Globalization through the lens of capitalism. Enjoy!
End of Globalization: Possible Causes, Probable Outcomes
+ Course Completion
1 lecture 00:00
This brief lecture will recap the courses important messages and share some final thoughts. 
Final Thoughts/End of Course
7 pages