Global Issues I

30 credits

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.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.