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Age of Globalization - University of Texas at Austin

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Identify the historical and cultural systems driving globalization and changing societies around the world.
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Requirements: Undergraduate: Expects familiarity with the general subject matter, but does not expect more than a general understanding of either concepts or vocabulary. The course may expect familiarity with other undergraduate course materials


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What I would highlight Professor Hoberman, in the light of the Brexit vote and the upcoming 2016 presidential election in the United States of America, needs to, if he haven't so already, updated criticism of the current globalization project. I was a graduate of his 2014 online course and learned MUCH for which I am grateful. However, current world wide criticism by intellects, politicians and the people at the bottom of the new economic world order of the globalization project are suffering tremendously and are, in result, in full rebellion. Their standard of living dropped effecting their families and their societies around them. These people right now are fighting for their lives. If Professor Hoberman has not modified his curriculum post 2014, he needs to do so immediately. The regular people of this world in 2016 are rebelling against globalization in this current manifestation expressly favoring the economic elites. The response to current globalization policies favoring multinational corporations and the very wealthy (implemented in te European Union by un-elected bureaucrats) has lead to: 1.) the Brexit vote, 2.)the threat of other European countries leaving the European Union and 3.)the 2016 USA presidential election). The international mainstream press tells us this revolt is because those opposing the current manifestation of globalization are racist and uneducated thugs. This an absolute lie. Hoberman needs to modify his course to address the criticism of a globalization project that is occurring now. The current globalization model is a failure on epic proportions. The people of the world are clearly and firmly rejecting it. Intellectuals need to helpful to the people of the Earth and propose a new model of globalization that is beneficial to all and not just a few select monstrously rich global entities. Thanks.

What could be improved No negative aspects.

Course taken: April 2015 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

What I would highlight The content is really rich and Mr Hoberman's presentation is very good. Especially the question&answer parts makes everything clear.

What could be improved Everything OK.

Course taken: April 2015 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

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Globalization is a fascinating spectacle that can be understood as global systems of competition and connectivity. These man-made systems provide transport, communication, governance, and entertainment on a global scale. International crime networks are outgrowths of the same systems. Topics include national identity, language diversity, the global labor market, popular culture, sports and climate change. However, an increase in integration has not brought increased equality. Globalization creates winners and losers among countries and global corporations, making competition the beating heart of the globalization process. The globalization process exemplifies connectivity. Globalization is unimaginable without the unprecedented electronic networks that project dominant cultural products into every society on earth. Learn how to identify and analyze global systems and better understand how the world works. Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs. 

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John Hoberman John Hoberman holds a Ph.D. Scandinavian Languages and Literature from University of California, Berkeley. He has taught courses on globalization many times over the past ten years. He lectures on the international sports system and the global doping crisis in many countries around the world, and has published almost a hundred sports commentaries in newspapers and popular magazines.