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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Globalization: Theoretical Perspectives

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam

Overview

This course aims to introduce students to some of the central debates in social theory on globalization. It aims to engage with the following broad theoretical concerns of globalization: Modernity and late/post modernity; spatial and temporal aspects of globalization; cultural, socio-political and technological transformations in a global world. It engages with these themes by analyzing some of the most important scholars of globalization. The course also examines certain specific themes in Indian society to illustrate their engagement with the process of globalization.
INTENDED AUDIENCE :
PhD, Postgraduate and undergraduate students of social sciencesPREREQUISITES : Familiarity with introductory sociological courses is preferableINDUSTRIES SUPPORT :None

Syllabus

COURSE LAYOUT

Week 1:Introduction to globalization debates and social theoryWeek 2:Cultural globalization: George Ritzer, Samuel Huntington, Arjun Appadurai and othersWeek 3:Cultural globalization: George Ritzer, Samuel Huntington, Arjun Appadurai and othersWeek 4:Globalization and modernity debates: Anthony Giddens, David Harvey and Ulrich Beck
Week 5:Globalization and modernity debates: Anthony Giddens, David Harvey and Ulrich BeckWeek 6:Globalization, spatiality and networks : Manuel Castells, Saskia Sassen etcWeek 7:Globalization, spatiality and networks: Manuel Castells, Saskia Sassen etcWeek 8:Globalization, risk societies and changing forms of nation state: Ulrich Beck
Week 9:Anti-globalization theorization: The Empire and alternate imaginations Week 10:Globalization and Indian society: Substantive themes and illustrationsWeek 11:Globalization and Indian society: Substantive themes and illustrationsWeek 12:Conclusion and summing up of the course

Taught by

Prof. R. Santhosh

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