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Introduction to Global Studies - SIMP01

15 credits, Autumn 2021

The aim of the course is to provide students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the field of Global Studies. This involves an understanding of current theories related to processes of globalisation and transformation, as analysed in various disciplinary frameworks.


A Range of Topics in Global Studies

The students will be introduced to major economic, security, cultural, political and gender-based theories and concepts to enable them to make informed, comparative analyses of how globalization and global relations are related to social change and conflict.

Moreover, the students will learn about the wide array of theoretical and empirical approaches to globalization and related processes. Furthermore, they will learn how to approach globalization from multiple global, national and theoretical contextual perspectives. They will also be encouraged to apply their received knowledge to their distinct fields of study.

The course will enable the students to acquire interdisciplinary skills in the study of globalization which will enable them to apply a variety of perspectives to their distinct field of study. This involves a critically evaluating the insights that gender studies, postcolonialism, security studies, the study of crisis, media studies, global governance and development studies can bring to the study of globalization and global relations. Hence, the course will enable the student to acquire theoretical and methodological skills and to expand their understanding of different expressions of globalization. More specifically, the course will examine the following broad areas:

  • Theories of globalization, global governance and media
  • Globalization, the state, security and sovereignty
  • Gender and globalization
  • Globalization and crisis
  • Globalization, development and education

Multi-disciplinary Teaching Team

The teaching team includes Dr Annika Bergman Rosamond (Political Science, Programme Director, Global Studies), Dr Catia Gregoratti (Political Science), Dr Barbara Schulte (Sociology) and Professor Helle Rydström (Gender Studies). Together we offer broad spectrums on global studies and globalization and seek to promote critical engagement with theoretical, conceptual and empirical developments within these broad analytical fields.

Online course platform

This course uses Canvas as the online course platform. The course platform will be opened one week before the course begins to all students who were accepted. Here you will be able to access literature, assignments, announcements, as well as participate in discussions and communicate with teachers. 


The course schedule can be found under the course information on the right. Please note that the final version of the schedule will be made available four weeks before the course begins, and changes may occur until that point. A more detailed schedule will be available on the course platform on Canvas.

Excerpts from student evaluations

“[The most satisfactory aspects of the course were] learning new concepts and seeing globalization from different perspectives.”

“[The part of the course which has been professionally useful is] being introduced to the various perspectives (i.e. the psychological, political, sociological) one on subject (e.g. globalization).”

About the course

Course period: 
2021-08-30 to 2021-10-29

Course schedule:
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Course syllabus

Course literature

Course guide