Age of Globalization

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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.

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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.

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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
This course was extremely informative. It gave me so much insight into all of the negative and positive effects of globalization on the world. Dr. John Hoberman was an excellent teacher. He has a thorough knowledge of what the globalization process is all about, and the ability to help me understand how this process works. I look forward to taking more course taught by him.
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6 years, 11 months ago
Excellent course as far as the teaching side goes on many aspects of Globalization in the world today. The course is very well organized which makes it relatively easy to complete while at the same time passing on a great deal of information. They need to get rid of the ridiculous marking tool they use for the Final Essay Exam. It is completely unfair. This represents the down side of MOOC's They can't come up with a fair way to mark essays without reading it themselves so they introduce completely unfair ways to mark essays making the students effort in writing essays a waste of time. Fortunately the mark percentage of the overall grade was low so impact of the unfairness was minimized.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 3 months ago
To date I have finished 14 edX courses and, without a doubt, this has been my favorite for three reasons: \- The information is detailed and not dumbed down \- The way the course is structured gave me complete control on how I learned \- It caused me to look at many things in my life in a completely different way Dr. Hoberman comes across as someone who has thought a long time about how everything in the world is now connected. I felt challenged by the videos, readings and discussion questions. The course itself is setup in a way that I have not experienced in other edX courses. I had to complete the first two introductory units in order, but once done, all remaining units became available so I could take them in what ever order I preferred. This allowed me to decided how I wanted to work through the class while reenforcing one of the central ideas of course, that everything in Globalization is linked, so you cannot look at just one ... To date I have finished 14 edX courses and, without a doubt, this has been my favorite for three reasons: \- The information is detailed and not dumbed down \- The way the course is structured gave me complete control on how I learned \- It caused me to look at many things in my life in a completely different way Dr. Hoberman comes across as someone who has thought a long time about how everything in the world is now connected. I felt challenged by the videos, readings and discussion questions. The course itself is setup in a way that I have not experienced in other edX courses. I had to complete the first two introductory units in order, but once done, all remaining units became available so I could take them in what ever order I preferred. This allowed me to decided how I wanted to work through the class while reenforcing one of the central ideas of course, that everything in Globalization is linked, so you cannot look at just one piece and see the whole picture. As far as the politics of this course, I disagree with anyone who says it is one sided. Everyone will find something they disagree with in this course, but if you are willing to be open-minded, you will learn a great deal and see so much in a new way. This doesn't mean it will change your politics, just that you will have a much fuller picture of how our global system works. If there is a political theory behind this course it is that every person, no matter where they are on our planet, deserves respect and the chance to live a healthy, fulfilling life. Dr. Hoberman presents his thoughts and backs them up with lots of information, but he is also open to debating these topics. Although most of the discussion board is interactions between students (which was great), Dr. Hoberman still posted a number of responses to the best discussions in the course. Overall this is a wonderful course. It could be made even better if Dr. Hoberman was able to respond to more posts on the board, if there were 'debate' videos in addition to the end of unit discussion videos and if there were more readings. If you are interested in learning more about how everything is connected take this course. If you want to just hear someone reinforce what you already think, be it on the left or right side of politics, you will not enjoy or likely finish this course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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7 years, 3 months ago
This course was extremely informative. I do not agree with the other student who claimed the course was "far left propaganda." Dr. Hoberman, the professor for this course, focused on the facts surrounding how the world became globalized. He critiqued the ways in which this came about. This is appropriate, I think, considering the colonization, imperialism, and genocide that comes from an increasingly globalized world. However, the course's entire purpose is to illustrate the good things we can achieve as humans given the right circumstances. I would have been disappointed in the course if Dr. Hoberman had focused only on the positives of globalization. I think he did justice to both sides of the issue and designed a thought-provoking, enlightening, comprehensive course on the subject of globalization. Sign up for the course; you won't regret it!
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years ago
Dr. Hoberman makes you think about all parts of globalization. He is far about his beliefs. I appreciate what he has to say.
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7 years, 1 month ago
Age of Globalization is board overview of globalization that covers a wide range of topics including transportation systems, capitalism, regulation, social justice, the labor market, pop culture and sports. The course starts with a brief overview of the subject of globalization, world exploration, trade and imperialism. After the first two weeks, the remaining 10 weeks of content are released all at once, giving students the ability to skip around and sample topics of interest. Each week of content has an overarching theme and several sections that touch on various aspects of the theme or cite specific cases relevant to the theme. Each section typically starts with one or more short readings followed by a 5-20 minute lecture video, a discussion question and a short comprehension quiz. The content of Age of Globalization is well organized and the video and presentation quality are good. The professor is easy to understand and no ... Age of Globalization is board overview of globalization that covers a wide range of topics including transportation systems, capitalism, regulation, social justice, the labor market, pop culture and sports. The course starts with a brief overview of the subject of globalization, world exploration, trade and imperialism. After the first two weeks, the remaining 10 weeks of content are released all at once, giving students the ability to skip around and sample topics of interest. Each week of content has an overarching theme and several sections that touch on various aspects of the theme or cite specific cases relevant to the theme. Each section typically starts with one or more short readings followed by a 5-20 minute lecture video, a discussion question and a short comprehension quiz. The content of Age of Globalization is well organized and the video and presentation quality are good. The professor is easy to understand and no background knowledge is needed to understand any of the content. The lecturer does speak a bit slowly, and given the non-technical nature of the content, you may want to turn up the video playback speed. The course has a very "liberal arts" feel to it and some of the content may be review for the educated viewer. Sampling the topics that interest you and skipping others may be a better use of your time than trying to complete all the content in order.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 1 month ago
John is just awesome ! Immense knowledge about the subject. You can never get bored. Best part of the course being it starts off from the grass root level. I sure you its time well spent. AshishKumar S
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6/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 3 months ago
in response to last user: "edX student". Then is my course! I am Globalist agenda/Globalization skeptic.. or even against it. Your are more in the ideological line of "Introduction to Global Sociology" curse i think
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2/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 3 months ago
This Course was very boring and sounds like a far left propaganda Course. He just focus to the negative sides of Globalization, but forgot the positives.
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7 years, 10 months ago
Amazing course! Well design (by topics) with a lot of things to learn. Highly recommended!
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