Globalization and its Discontents
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Üleilmastumine ja rahulolematus
Course title in English
Globalization and its Discontents
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To develop a deeper understanding of the discussions and dimensions of the globalising world and ability to operate with chosen theories. Also, to understand resistance to globalisation and moves to retrench regionalism and nationalism.
Brief description of the course
Introduction. Objectives and organisation of the course. The concept and main domains of globalization. Globalisation as historical phenomenon. Economic dimension of globalisation till 1980ies. Economics of the new wave of globalizations. Sustainability of economic globalisation. Transformation of global order and power. The processes of social and cultural globalization. Global formations: social theories on the global condition Political globalisation: world system, states and citizens. The Push Back: the reseurgence of Regionalism and Nationalism.
Independent work
Seminar participation, paper. More specific information can be found in the course program
Learning outcomes in the course
The student is acquinted with a multidisciplinary selection of globalisation theorists, covering economic, social, cultural and political globalisation.
The student is capable of comparing and analysing the theories according to various schools of thought.
The student can associate the theories with empirical developments and potentially apply them in empirical analysis.
Assessment methods
A-E, specific information can be found in the course program.
Terry McDonald
Study literature
Lecture slides, seminar texts.
Replacement literature
The course covers a wide range of literature. The following covers just parts of it that may be of help in individual obtaining of material:
Readers and sources of seminar texts:
Bauman, Z. (1998). Globalization: The Human Consequences. Columbia University Press.
Beck, U. (2005) [2002]. Power in the Global Age. Cambridge, Malden: Polity Press.
Ferguson, Y.H. & R. Mansbach (2008). A World of Polities. Essays on Global Politics. London, New York: Routledge.
Held, D. & A. McGrew (2003). The global transformations reader. Malden: Polity Press.
Jessop, B. (2008). State Power. A Strategic-Relational Approach. Cambridge, Malden: Polity Press.
Juergensmeyer, M. (2014) Thinking Globally: A Global Studies Reader. Berkley: University of California Press.
Khagram, S., & Levitt, P. (2008). The Transnational Studies Reader: Intersections and Innovations. London: Routledge.
Therborn, G. (2000). Globalizations. Dimensions, Historical Waves, Regional Effects, Normative Governance. In International Sociology Vol 15 (2) pp. 151-179.
Stiglitz, Joseph E. (2002), Globalization and its discontents, WW Norton and Company, New York
Stiglitz, Joseph E, (2016), The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe, WW Norton and Company, New York
Klein, Naomi, (1999). No Logo, Random House, Toronto
Adbusters Magazine, any issue.

Good overview books about theoretical debates on globalisation
Axford, B. (1995). The global system: economics, politics and culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Axtmann, R. (2007). Democracy. Problems and Perspectives. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Beck, U. (2005). Power in the Global Age. Cambridge, Malden: Polity Press.
Cerny, P. (2010). Rethinking World Politics. A Theory of Transnational Neopluralism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Dicken, P. (1999) Global Shift. Transforming the World Economy. Paul Chapman Publishing.
Fieldhouse D. K (1999), West and the Third World. Trade, Colonialisn, Dependence and Development. Malden: Blackwell.
Held, D., McGrew, A. et al (1999) Global Transformations: politics, economics and culture. Cambridge: Malden: Polity Press.
Jones, A. (2010) Globalization: Key Thinkers. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Hall, S., Held, D., Hubert, D., Thompson, K. (1996) Modernity. An Introduction to Modern Societies. Malden: Blackwell Publishing.
Robertson, R. (1992) Globalization: Social theory and Global Culture. New York: Sage Publications.
Featherstone, M., Lash, S., Robertson, R. (1995) Global Modernities. London: Sage.
Sassen, S. (2007) A Sociology of Globalization. Brasilia: Analisis Politico.
Sørensen, G. (2004). The Transformation of the State. Beyond the Myth of Retreat. Houndmills, New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
Stiglitz, J. (2007) Making Globalization Work. Penguin Books.
Vertovec, S. (2009) Transnationalism: Key Ideas. London: Routledge.
Waters, M. (2001) Globalization: Key Ideas. London: Routledge.