21F.076 Globalization: the Good, the Bad, and the In-Between

As taught in: Fall 2009

Four-color map of the lands surrounding the Eastern Mediterranean, showing the Ottoman Empire's waves of acquisition from modern Greece and Turkey, south into the Middle East and Egypt, north into the Balkans, and farther west into North Africa.

Map showing the expansion of the Ottoman Empire from 1481 to 1683. (From Shepherd, William R. The Historical Atlas. New York, NY: Henry Holt & Co., 1923.)




Prof. Margery Resnick

Prof. Patricia Tang

Course Features

Course Description

This subject examines the paradoxes of contemporary globalization. Through lectures, discussions and student presentations, we will study the cultural, linguistic, social and political impact of globalization across broad international borders and on specific language communities. We will consider answers to key questions such as: What are the contending definitions of globalization? What are the principal agents of change? How have those agents of change been transformed in our contemporary world? What's new, what's hybrid, and what's traditional? What does it mean to be a world citizen? How can world citizens preserve cultural specificity?