This is a collection of syllabi for university courses focused on aspects of globalization or global issues, including a few which have used the Framing the Global volume as one of their primary texts.

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Undergraduate Courses

Global History (Penn State University)

We live in an interconnected world where cultural forms, commodities, and ideas circulate widely. This course investigates the history of such an interconnected world. It spotlights the elements of our present world in the past such as the movements of people (diasporas, pilgrimage, and travel), flows (long-distance trade in commodities, labor), and circulation of ideas (knowledge and science, religion). The focus will be on comparisons between different regions of the world. But even more so the spotlight will be on showing the interconnectedness in our historical past. This course on global history uses “global” as a hubris to look at the past. Such an approach enables going beyond the currently dominant nationalist frames that shrink the scale on which social reality can be examined. In contrast, global history approach studies the past on the broadest spatial scale possible.



Debating Globalization (Fundan University)

Globalization promises and threatens to change radically the ways in which people work, play, communicate, and collaborate. How are artists, businesspeople, journalists, and theorists documenting, critiquing, or otherwise addressing the issues accompanying transnational dynamics in the overlapping realms of culture, economics, politics, religion, and other dimensions of life? Are globalization and transnationalism equivalent? What happens if we place China at the center of globalization? In this course, we enter this conversation.

A series of key words will animate our inquiry. In creating a shared vocabulary for a specific discussion of globalization, we will explore often-contradictory viewpoints on issues like nationalism and migration in the current historical moment.

Each week, we focus on a different term(s) that will assist us in thinking about a particular aspect of globalization. We will consider each week’s term through comparative case studies: one pertaining to China (or, at least, “Chineseness” and one pertaining to another part of the world). Such a comparative approach is meant to encourage us to think on both local and global scales.

Our “local” learning activities will include reading, film viewing, and field trips. Assignments will include an on-line journal, a short paper, and a group project.



Globalization and Its Discontents (Hamilton College)

Globalization has been taking place for centuries, but its impact has accelerated over the last hundred years. We now live in a world with international flows of capital, services, information, and people. The effects of globalization are widely debated among passionate supporters and critics. This class aims to explore different facets of the complex, evolving phenomenon of globalization. The course introduces the main debates about the global economy and their implications on many aspects of people’s everyday lives. First we will define and discuss what globalization is. Then we will develop an historical perspective on the roots of globalization. Lastly, we will investigate primary dimensions of globalization such as trade, finance, aid, migration, and ideas. We will assess how these global flows support human development as well as how they fall short.

Globalization and Its Discontents Syllabus


Graduate Courses

Issues and Approaches in Global Studies (Indiana University)

*Uses the Framing the Global Volume*

You will be expected to develop an analytical global framework that enhances your academic program and research.  To this end, you will be required to present a critical evaluation of a Ph.D. dissertation of your choice (on a topic relevant to your own research interests), develop a preliminary research design, and compile an annotated bibliography.  You will also be asked to come up with a set of criteria that will help you evaluate global frameworks and approaches and that complement your disciplinary contexts and interests.  You will be expected to present on a specific research method and participate in peer feedback sessions and conversations during class.

The research design will obviously be important, and we will spend some time on considering what makes strong research designs (and competitive research proposals). Ideally, you should create a new framework of understanding that incorporates at least 3-4 established theoretical fields that complement and enhance your research question.  The theoretical approach must work alongside a methodological framework and have applicability on the ground, across regions, and be supported by a literature review and case studies.   The theoretical approach should be original, interdisciplinary, global, and synthesize varied scholarly and applied frameworks.

I701 Syllabus Fall FINAL 2014


Issues and Approaches in Global Studies (Indiana University)

The overall goal of this seminar is to help graduate students generate a transnational research framework that incorporates various disciplinary perspectives and complements and strengthens their own disciplinary and regionally specific academic interests.

It is designed to stimulate you to think critically about a broad range of theoretical and methodological issues involved in global research, including ethics, qualitative and quantitative approaches, the co-production of the global and local, and research designs from different disciplinary perspectives.   In addition to providing a framework for global thinking and learning, the seminar also intends to create a “community of junior scholars” and as such places a strong emphasis on attending regularly, participating actively, and presenting critical analyses in a scholarly manner.

I701 syllabus fall2013


Globalization, Media, and Social Change (Indiana University)

Globalization remains an imperfect, but ubiquitous term that is widely used in academia and in the business, policy, and cultural arenas to define, explain, and justify the economic, political, and technological forces that shape the lives of citizens across the world. This course seeks to critically examine the phenomena that comprise globalization and explore the role that media technologies (newspapers, magazines, television, and online media) and media genres (news and popular culture) play in constituting our identities as global audiences, citizens, workers, consumers, and activists.