Online Course

For decades, the rich countries of the West dominated in economic, political and cultural terms, while the countries of what we once called the 'Third World' were systematically underdeveloped. This picture is rapidly changing and the West's dominance is now increasingly challenged.

In this course we study globalization, development and underdevelopment, and international movements for change.

Topics

  • What is global development about?
  • Economic and financial globalization, and the financial crash
  • Political globalization and the development of international institutions
  • Cultural globalization
  • Development and underdevelopment
  • The bigger picture of development
  • The ethics of development
  • Participatory development projects
  • Popular education
  • Transnational social movements
  • Prospects for a global ethic


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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Quick Start

    • Welcome and Introduction

    • Tasks and Assignments

  • 2

    Introduction: Global Development

    • Globalization

    • Key Learning Exercise (GS4601-01)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W6-01)

  • 3

    Economic Globalization

    • Economic Globalization

    • Key Learning Exercise (GS4601-02)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W6-02)

  • 4

    Political Globalization

    • Political Globalization

    • Key Learning Exercise (GS4601-03)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W6-03)

  • 5

    Cultural Globalization

    • Cultural Globalization

    • Key Learning Exercise (GS4601-04)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W6-04)

  • 6

    Development and Underdevelopment

    • Development and Underdevelopment

    • Key Learning Exercise (GS4601-05)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W6-05)

  • 7

    Development: The Bigger Picture

    • Development in Context

    • Key Learning Exercise (GS4601-06)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W6-06)

  • 8

    The Ethics of Development

    • The Ethics of Development

    • Key Learning Exercise (GS4601-07)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W6-07)

  • 9

    Participatory Development

    • Participatory Development

    • Key Learning Exercise (GS4601-08)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W6-08)

  • 10

    Popular Education

    • Popular Education

    • Key Learning Exercise (GS4601-09)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W6-09)

  • 11

    Transnational Social Movements

    • Transnational Social Movements

    • Key Learning Exercise (GS4601-10)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W6-10)

  • 12

    Conclusion: Global Citizenship?

    • Global Citizenship?

  • 13

    Course Completion

    • Assignment 1: Learning Journal

    • Assignment 2: Social Analysis Workbook

    • Assignment 3: Essay