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CODE SOC2025

 
TITLE Locating the Global Society

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Sociology

 
DESCRIPTION The study-unit is intended as a critical look at issues of globalisation. The background guiding question will be: Are terms such as ‘translocal’, ‘networking’, and ‘multinational’and indeed ‘global’ itself, so much fashionable hot air, or is there some truth to the view that social life is increasingly globally spatialized? The underlying theme of the unit is the concept of ‘space-time compression’; with Harvey’s and Gidden’s models as the starting point, the discussion moves to recent post-Lefebvrian formulations such as Smith’s and Massey’s. Issues such as cosmopolitanism, flexible accumulation, deterritorialization of culture, and mobilities, will be discussed in light of this heuristic shift.

Reading List

- Appadurai, A. (1996) Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalisation, University of Minnesota Press.
- Castells, M. (1996) The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture, Blackwell.
- Cohen, R. & Kennedy, P. (2000) Global Sociology, Palgrave.
- Falzon, M.A. (2005) Cosmopolitan Connections, Oxford University Press.
- Featherstone, M. (ed.) (1990) Global Culture: Nationalism, globalisation, and modernity, Sage.
- Featherstone, M. (1995) Undoing Culture: Globalization, Postmodernism and Identity, Sage.
- Giddens, A. (1990) The Consequences of Modernity, Polity.
- Hannerz, U. (1996) Transnational Connections: Culture, people, places, Routledge.
- Harvey, D. (1990) The Condition of Postmodernity, Blackwell.
- Inda, J.X. & Rosaldo, R. (2002) The Anthropology of Globalization, Blackwell.
- Lefebvre, H. (1991) The Production of Space, Blackwell.
- Massey, D. (2005) For Space, Sage.
- Nowicka, M. & Rovisco, M. (2009) Cosmopolitanism in Practice, Ashgate.
- Smith, M.P. (2001) Transnational Urbanism: Locating globalization, Blackwell.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Mark Anthony Falzon

 
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