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Global Studies: The Future of Globalization

Grenoble School of Management via FutureLearn


Understand opposition to globalization

Globalization has created countless opportunities in the last century, but it’s also changed international power structures, now we interact with our environment, and supply models around the world. While nobody can stop the pace of globalization, it doesn’t mean they can’t try.

Governments and citizens across the world attempt either to benefit from globalization - and try to limit its negative effect - or they try to avoid it.

On this course, you’ll explore why people are either pro or anti globalization. You’ll discover why some governments and countries choose boundaries and demarcation and others choose integration.

Ce cours peut être entièrement suivi en français. Des traductions françaises sont disponibles, les discussions se déroulant sur un forum francophone.

Is it possible to withdraw from globalization?

Numerous countries have either tried to limit the impact of global markets within their borders - many see this as a refusal of Western culture, while others are subject to authoritarian regimes. You’ll look at a number of examples to review the factors and challenges associated with refusing to build strong international relations.

Explore what we mean by global culture

Refusing global culture means rejecting moral imperatives that have often been created by other cultures or collectives. You’ll review what these include, and consider critiques of humanitarian law and human rights, and how some may choose to refuse universal norms.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in Global Studies who wishes to further their understanding of globalization and global culture.

It is ideal for students with a background in business and international studies, global business professionals, and IGO and NGO experts who deal with intercultural issues and wish to enhance their understanding of international power structures and their approach to globalization.

Though a BA in a related field would be an asset, no experience in Global Studies is required to benefit from this course.


  • Withdrawal: Is it thinkable, is it possible?
    • Introduction: Why this course?
    • What is globalization?
    • Leaving or staying in
    • Refusing the West?
    • Defecting
    • Refusing global culture?
    • Is a break necessary or inevitable?
  • Stay in the race?
    • What are the options?
    • Live alone?
    • Farewell to progress?
    • Join forces to show others the way?
    • A new dilemma
  • World Order and National Disorders
    • Undoing the world?
    • Against democratization?
    • Multipolarity without mutlilaterality?
  • Opening up or Othering
    • Borders or Filters?
    • Major trends: to change or not to change?
    • How to conclude this course?

Taught by

Yves Schemeil


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