Global Issues I

30 credits

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In recent years, globalization has become a key concept and a whole explanatory dimension in the Social Sciences. During the first course module you will learn about and discuss the impact of globalization from different perspectives, such as development, the evolution of democracy and the nation state, the pursuit of human rights, the social consequences of globalization and the creation of a globalized culture.

The second part focuses on democratization. The main objective of this part of the course is to introduce you to the concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings within the research on democratization. The course begins with a discussion on core concepts, definitions and theories that frames the research on democratization. After that the historical and contemporary trends of democratization in the world will be explored.

Part three brings up international law and you are introduced to the central and basic elements of the area. You will study the system of principles, norms, institutions and procedures of international law, both in an historical and present context.

The fourth and last part of the course focuses on transformations of the world economy. Since the economy is central in understanding the transformations of the world you will learn about issues like inflation, unemployment, trade, welfare promotion, poverty, external shocks such as financial crises, recession, energy supply, environmental problems and the alike. You will also be discussing varieties of capitalism and welfare systems as well as political aspects of the workings of economy.


Roughly 15 minutes with a bike from the city centre, you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. It is like a small society with the university, student accommodation, and student life. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

What will you come across on an excursion in Växjö – the city of contrasts? You will find good restaurants, a celebrated hockey team, and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a latte with lingonberry flavour. In Växjö, beautiful nature is always just around the corner; the city is surrounded by lakes and forests. Students like the combination of the city centre and the active student life on campus. Your dream of the future starts here!

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