Technology, Globalization, and Culture Course Outline

ME/WLC 484/584 – Fall 2016
The course, which meets twice weekly, provides a cross-disciplinary examination of the present and future impact of globalization with a focus on preparing students for leadership roles in diverse professional, social, and cultural contexts. We will examine the threats and opportunities inherent in the globalization process as they are perceived by practicing professionals and articulated in debates on globalization. On- and off-campus students will participate in critical analyses and debate through threaded discussions and will work collaboratively on final projects.

Learning Goals
During the course of the semester student learning will be facilitated through a variety of interactions, including: presentations by leading professionals from business, industry, cultural institutions, and academia who confront the challenges of globalization in both theory and practice, readings and research on global issues, threaded discussions on a thematic focus (weekly), critical analysis of presentations and readings, and student project teams which will identify, research, develop, and present a course project. As a result of these activities, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key issues and debates concerning globalization as they shape and are shaped by institutions and professions.
  • Develop an awareness of the complexity and interrelatedness of global issues.
  • Identify issues that directly relate to their profession and how their profession participates in process of globalizing.
  • Develop a critical perspective of how globalization is approached by experts inside and outside of their profession as well as an awareness of multiple approaches to key issues within their profession.
  • Demonstrate their ability to identify, develop, and present a global project by working cooperatively in project teams.
  • Enhance their leadership skills by working collaboratively with students from diverse backgrounds and professions.
  • Refine their communication skills by contributing concise focused analyses presentations and readings, and providing thoughtful, focused commentary to threaded discussions.

Required Textbooks

For undergraduate and graduate students:

  1. Ford, M. (2015). The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future. New York: Basic Books
  2. Rodrik, D. (2011). The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy. New York: W.W. Norton
  3. Longworth, R. (2007).  Caught in the Middle:  America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism.  New York: Bloomsbury USA.
  4. Rivoli, P. (2006).  Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy (2nd Edition).  Hoboken:  John Wiley & Sons

Additional text for graduate students:

  1.  Coyle, D.  (2011).  The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy as if the Future Matters. Princeton: Princeton UP.

Additional Readings/Recommended Readings from speakers will be available on Blackboard Learn.

Lecturers for the course will include on- and off-campus experts on various facets of globalization
(Please click on speaker’s name for biography, click on title of the lecture for Power Point,  click on QuickTime icon for class video)

Acknowledgements:
This course was made possible through grants from Deere & Co., Rockwell Collins, and The Boeing Company.