2272.21 - Globalization and Societal Changes

Course number
Globalization and Societal Changes
Students must have completed Module 1 (Social science, 5th semester) and Module 2 (Social planning, 5th semester) on the bachelor’s degree in Social Science or have equivalent competence.
The purpose is for students to acquire a deeper understanding of globalization’s consequences for individual lives – identity, life opportunities, goals, etc. The student is also supposed to acquire a broader insight into the linkages between global issues and cultural homogenization/diversification, inequality, ideologies of sameness/difference and value.
 Sociological and anthropological theory on globalization and their relevance for understanding citizenship and mobility, media and cross-cultural consumption of goods and practices.  Theory on globalization “from above” and “from below”.  Examination of the complex flows of people, ideas, images, capital and material goods defining present-day globalization.  Analysis of social, cultural, economic, material and ideological aspects of globalization. Analysis of the relation between the local and the global.
Learning and teaching approaches
Presentations, discussion and exercises. Students will participate actively, for example by presenting their understanding of selected texts and, in general, by contributing to discussions.
Learning outcomes
After completed course, the student:  Demonstrates an understanding of globalization and globalization trends in social science and theory.  Is able to discuss and critically analyze in which way globalization influences essential societal change, in the Faroes and beyond.  Is able to describe and analyze present-day globalization as a representation continuities of international interconnections in the past. Is able to critical analyze globalization discourses in the light of social science research.
Assessment method
Oral examination. the prerequisite for the oral examination is that the student has passed a written assignment (essay) counting approx. 2.000 words.
Marking scale
Distributed bibliography, which is also available at the Department of History and Social Sciences.
Firouz Gaini