Unit 1 Assignment Sheet

 

Assignment 1. Globalization According to the Fed Chairman

  • Spend some time familiarizing yourself with this course website.
  • Please fill in and submit this course questionnaire. [LINK]
  • Ben S. Bernanke, “Global Economic Integration: What’s New and What’s Not?” Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Thirtieth Annual Symposium (Jackson Hole, Wyoming, August 25, 2006). [PDF]
  • Dani Rodrik, "Let the Finance Skeptics Take Over," Real Clear Markets, August 13, 2009. [LINK]
  • To be turned in: Type responses to one question of your choice from questions 1-7, question 8, and either question 9 or 10. That's 3 responses in total.

Questions to Consider [LINK]

Assignment 2. Globalization according to Joseph Stiglitz

  • Joseph E. Stiglitz, “Globalism’s Discontents,” American Prospect (Winter 2002). [PDF]
  • If you have not yet done so, fill in and submit the questionnaire. [LINK]

Questions to Consider:

  1. According to Stiglitz what factor enables globalization to benefit a nation and to allow those benefits to be distributed equitably among its citizens?
  2. Describe market fundamentalism, what agency is its biggest promoter?
  3. What are the major criticisms of the IMF?
  4. On page A17 in the last paragraph, Stiglitz wrote, “today there is the beginning of a globalized civil society….” What does this mean?
  5. Explain why the liberalization of financial and capital markets create the most adverse economic effects for developing countries?
  6. Why does lending work against a developing country?
  7. What is biopiracy?
  8. How has 9/11 influenced the globalization debate?

Assignment 3. What is Globalization?

  • Steger, Preface & ch. 1. [PDF] (Thanks  to Theo for copying)
  • If you have not yet done so, fill in and submit the questionnaire. [LINK]

Questions to Consider:

  1. In the Preface, what fundamental argument is Steger offering regarding the character of globalization and the manner in which it has been studied?
  2. What is the greatest challenge for globalization studies according to Steger?
  3. What is Steger's opinion of market globalism?
  4. When did the term globalization explode in popular use? Why?
  5. According to Steger, what were the problems with the first analyses of the globalization phenomenon?
  6. What does the "World Cup" example tell us about the nature of globalization?
  7. What does the Diego Forlan/Shakira example tell us?
  8. In the previous 2 editions of this bookd, Steger used Osama Bin Laden as a quintessential example of contemporary globalization. Why do you think he did that and why has he dropped that example in favor of soccer & Shakira?
  9. Why does Steger harp on making a distinction between "process" and "condition"?
  10. What is "globality"? What is "globalization"? What's the difference between the two?
  11. What are the questions that scholars of globalization ask?
  12. What is the "global imaginary"?
  13. What are some of the different qualities of of "globalization" that make it different from other social proceses?
  14. What is the "working definition" that Steger arrives at? Do you agree?
  15. What are some of the other areas of contestation in the understanding of globalization pointed out by Steger?
  16. Explain his use of the Buddhist parable of the elephant? Does it work?
  17. Is there one dimension of globalization that is transcendent?
  18. Is globalization too uneven a process for scholars, pundits, us, etc. to make the claim that the world is being globalized?

Assignment 4. The Debates Surrounding Globalization

  • Jan Aart Scholte, "Globalization Debates" in Globalization: A Critical Introduction, 2nd Ed. (Palgrave, 2005), 13-48 but focus on 29-48. [PDF]

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is the content of the debate over definition, scale, chronology and underlying factors that propel globalization?
  2. Besides the debate over definition, scale, chronology, and what propels globalization, what are the different facets of the globalization debate according to Scholte?
  3. Describe these various debates and the different camps within each.
  4. When it comes to the debate over what to do about globalization, what are the 4 positions identified by Scholte? Can you provide examples either in American or international politics?
  5. How do you think the recent the economic crisis has changed the globalization debate.

Assignment 5. The Economic Dimension

  • Steger, ch. 3.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is economic globalization?
  2. Which institutions have been prominent in faciltating economic integration?
  3. What are the benefits and deficits of such globalization?
  4. Does everyone benefit from it equally? Who are the winners & who are the losers?

Assignment 6. The Political Dimension

  • Steger, ch. 4.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is politcal globalization?
  2. Which institutions have been prominent in faciltating political globalization?
  3. What are the benefits and deficits of such globalization?
  4. Does everyone benefit from it equally? Who are the winners & who are the losers?

Assignment 7. The Cultural Dimension

  • Steger, ch. 5.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is cultural globalization? Is it possible with out economic or political globalization?
  2. Which institutions have been prominent in faciltating cultural globalization?
  3. What are the benefits and deficits of such globalization?
  4. Does everyone benefit from it equally? Who are the winners & who are the losers?

Assignment 8. The Ecological Dimension

  • Steger, ch. 6.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is the ecological dimension of globalization?
  2. Which institutions have been prominent in bringing to light the issue of ecological globalization?
  3. What possibilities are there for addressing the issue?
  4. Is there a solution in which everyone can benefit from? Who wil be the winners & who wil be the losers?

Assignment 9. The Ideological Dimension

  • Steger, ch. 7.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is the ideological dimensions of globalization?
  2. Which institutions have been prominent in faciltating ideological globalization?
  3. What is neo-liberalism and what is the neo-liberal agenda?
  4. Who benefits from such an ideological perspective?

Assignment 10. The Future?

  • Steger, ch. 8.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What does the future hold?
  2. How has the world economic crisis affected Globalization?
  3. What future obstacles to globalization can you identify?