SemesterFall Semester, 2023
DepartmentGeneral Education Courses in Social Sciences
Course NameGlobal Vision: Understanding the World that Revolves around you
Course TypeSelectively
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Week 1 (9/11): Course overview and introduction / Globalization and its different types

Melina Kolb. 2022. “What is Globalization,” Peterson Institute for International Economics,

Week 2 (9/18): Globalization and Social and Demographic Changes

James Walsh. 2008. “Navigating Globalization: Immigration Policy in Canada and Australia, 1945-2007,” Sociological Forum 23:4, 786-813.

Week 3 (9/25): Neoliberal Globalization and Inequality

Francois Bourguignon. 2016. “Inequality and Globalization: How the Rich Get Richer as the Poor Catch Up.” Foreign Affairs 95:1, 11-15.

Leonardo Gasparini and Guillermo Cruces. 2013. “Poverty and Inequality in Latin America: A Story of Two Decades,” Journal of International Affairs 66:2, 51-63.

Week 4 (10/2): Globalization, Politics and Arts

Satoshi Machida. 2012. “Does Globalization Render People More Ethnocentric? Globalization and People's Views on Cultures,” The American Journal of Economics and Sociology 71:2, 436-69.


Week 5 (10/9): Globalization and its Discontents: Anti-Globalism and Populism (online session due to asjusted holiday)

Thomas B. Pepinski, et al. 2020. “Decompensating Domestically: The Political Economy of Anti-Globalism,” Journal of European Public Policy, 27:7, 1090-1102.

Week 6 (10/16): Environmentalism and Human Rights

Russell J. Dalton. 2015. “Waxing or Waning? The Changing Patterns of Environmental Activism,” Environmental Politics 24:4, 530-552.


Week 7 (10/23):  Globalization, Journalism and Social Media

Lana Wylie and Lisa Glidden. 2013. “The ‘Cuban Spring’ Fallacy: The Current Incarnation of a Persistent Narrative,” The International Journal of Cuban Studies 5:2, 140-167.


Week 8 (10/30): Midterm Exam

Week 9 (11/6): Financial Globalization and Tax Havens

Miroslaw Przygoda. 2022. “Tax Havens as an Inseparable Element of Regional and Global Economy,” International Journal of Operations Management 2:2, 34-44.


Week 10 (11/13): Transnationalism and Humanitarian Intervention (special activity TBA)

Günther Maihold. 2016. “Intervention by Invitation? Shared Sovereignty in the Fight against Impunity in Guatemala,” European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 101, 5-3


Week 11 (11/20): Globalization of Conflict, Crime and Violence

Angélica Durán-Martínez. 2015. “To Kill and Tell? State Power, Criminal Competition, and Drug Violence,” The Journal of Conflict Resolution 59:8, 1377-1402.


Week 12 (11/27): Globalization of Social Movements and Feminism

Roberta Rice. 2020. "Too Little, Too Late: From The Chilean Winter to the Latin American Spring," Journal of International Affairs 73:2, 137-46.


Week 13 (12/04): Globalization and Multinational Corporations

Eero Vaara, et al. 2021. “From Cultural Differences to Identity Politics: A Critical Discursive Approach to National Identity in Multinational Corporations,” Journal of Management Studies 58:8, 2052-2081.


Week 14 (12/11): Globalization and Forms of Soft Power

Cristian Maneiro and Wanderley Marchi. 2015. “Heroes and Villains in Uruguayan Soccer (2010-2014): A Discursive Approach,” Physical Culture and Sport 66:1, 28-42.

Ronald M. Rivas and David Mayorga. 2011. “Internationalization of Peruvian Cuisine: An Analysis of Internationalization Strategies of Peruvian Restaurants,” Innovar 21:39, 205-16


Week 15 (12/18): Multilateralism and International Governance

Zhenbo Hou. 2013. "The BRICS and Global Governance Reform: Can the BRICS Provide Leadership?" Development 56:3, 356-362.


Week 16 (12/25): Final Exam


Week 17 (1/1): Official Holiday (no class)


Week 18 (1/8): Deadline for special assignment

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



1. Attendance and Participation (30%)

Attendance is a key element in the course, as well as constant participation by students. Throughout the semester, students are required to read the indicated materials, as well as trying to read international news from different media outlets in both Chinese and English. The instructor will encourage students to participate and share their thoughts on the content of the readings. For the first couple of hours, the instructor will provide a lecture on the main ideas and concepts for the selected topic of the day, followed by the presentation of a specific study case to illustrate the main points of the lecture. For the final hour of the class, students are expected to present a discuss another study case previously consulted with the instructor and supervised by the course's teaching assistant. It is expected that through these activities, students can also improve their critical thinking, oral and writing presentation skills.


2. Presentation and Special Assignment (30% - 20+10)

Depending on the number of students enrolled in this course, the instructor will ask them to form teams and each one will be making one presentation during the semester. Each team will be selecting a topic from the syllabus, and prepare a presentation based on a selected study case from an assigned region and country. Then, at the end of the semester, they will submit a special report on the same topic, with the instructor giving further details about it after the midterm exam week. The team presentations will start from Week 3. The number of teams and their members will be defined in the first couple of weeks, depending on the total number of students enrolled in this course. Also, depending on the number of members per team, the average length recommended for each presentation will be determined. The presentation will take place during the third hour, and will be supervised by our TA, who will also be in charge of discussion of the topic for each week. The team can use audiovisual materials, such as PowerPoint or Prezi files during the presentation; as well as interactive activities at the end of it, to engage their audience, such as the website Kahoot. The score of the presentation will consist in: organization and coordination of the team members (20pts.); content and coherence of the presentation (40pts.); performance of team members during the presentation and time management (40pts.).


3. Midterm Exam: 15%


4. Final Exam: 25%


Students from all departments are welcome to take this course. This course will be taught in English; therefore, students are encouraged to take this opportunity to improve their English language skills, as well as to increase their familiarity with topics related to International Relations and Globalization.


* Cell phones shall be turned off or put on silent mode during class. Laptops or tablets are not permitted, except with prior permission from the instructor.

*Make-up presentations will not be granted except in case of emergency and in all cases require a note from your doctor.

* The instructor does not accept late assignments.

* This class has a zero-tolerance policy against plagiarism. All assignments are required to be in conformity with NCCU regulations.

Textbook & Reference

Different papers from specialized journals and publications will be selected to serve as the readings for each week, as included in the weekly schedule above. An additional list of supplementary reading materials will be provided at the beginning of the semester in our Moodle platform.

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