Perspectives on Globalisation

7.5 credits

Globalisation has become a key concept and an explanatory dimension in the Social Sciences in recent years. This is in part due to the increasing exchanges of economic, political, and cultural life across nation-state, city and community boundaries. The class explores the process of globalisation from different economic, political and cultural perspectives. It analyses the nature of contemporary global changes and their dividing and uniting forces.

During the course, you will discuss the impact of globalisation on development, the evolution of the international system and the nation state, perceptions of security and human rights as well as its social consequences and the creation of a globalised culture. Critical questioning of the main assumptions under which globalisation has traditionally been explained will be encouraged in order to suggest ways to cope with it more creatively.


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.