Globalization and regionalization

Since it is extremely difficult to cover such a generous and intricated topic such as globalization, this course examines only some issues related to this topic. By examining the concept itself, as well as its relation so different issues such as the individual, the state, the social movement or social media, this course aims to offer grounding in the most important aspects regarding the tension between globalisation and regionalisation. At the same time, it emphasizes some of the controversial, complex and paradoxical facets of globalization in 21st century, through transversal analyses that regard its political, cultural, economic and social dimensions. 

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1. Conceptualizing globalization and regionalization. What does it mean living in a globalized and regionalized world? 2. Theories of globalization. 3. State and the global governance. 4. Individual and the global governance. 5. Globalization and social movements. 6. Can the protests be regionalized? Case Study 1: The Arab Spring. 7. Case Study 2: The Occupy Movement. 8. Social media and globalization. 9. Globalization and cosmopolitanism. 10. Economic globalization and regional particularities.

Indicative reading: 

Held, David and McGrew, Anthony. Globalization Theory. Approaches and Controversies, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2007; Baylis, John and Smith, Steve. The Globalization of World Politics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001; Clark, John. Globalizing Civic Engagement. Civil Society and Transnational Action. Earthscan, London, 2003; Smith, Jackie. Social Movements for Global Democracy. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2008; Ritzer, George. The Blackwell Companion to Globalization. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 2007; Barber, Benjamin. Djihad vs McWorld, Times Book, New Yok, 1995.

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Reading course in English
Original title: 
Globalizare și regionalizare
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