Local Cultures, Global Forces (ANTH 255)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Aslı İkizoğlu Erensü aikizoglue@sabanciuniv.edu,
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In the new millennium, we are faced with an increasingly globalized economy and culture. This course will seek to lay out the global forces that create this new world order/ disorder and address their unequal impact on particular localities. Institutions that shape the global economy (e.g. IMF and the World Bank), international non-governmental organizations that seek to raise global awareness (e.g. Greenpeace), as well as local organizations that problematize the effects of globalization will be discussed together with the theoretical underpinning of the changing sense of place and time created in these processes. Students will be asked to do research on local, national, and global responses to the different ecological, economic, social, and political aspects of globalization.


To be conversant in debates about globalization and to master multiple approaches to the study of the movement of people across national borders.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the most prominent arguments for and against globalization and compare the relative efficacy of the arguments made by both sides;
2. Identify the ways in which the culture concept gets deployed in debates around globalization;
3. Develop an understanding of the relationship between transnational labor migration and neoliberalism the notion of culture, often deployed in essentialist ways within these debates.
4. Construct well-structured rigorous arguments based on logical deduction
5. Apply theoretical concepts to contemporary events and outcomes