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2020/2021  KAN-CKOMO1050U  Globalization: Practices, Perspectives and Ideologies

English Title
Globalization: Practices, Perspectives and Ideologies

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory offered as elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Organizational Communication, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Lisa Ann Richey - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Communication
  • Political Science
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 29-06-2020

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Learning objectives
  • Understand the theories and histories of globalization
  • Engage the theories with each other, comparing and contrasting perspectives and understandings
  • Use the theories to analyze globalization processes, as they are expressed in diverse social fields (political, economic, cultural and environmental)
  • Apply theories in analyzing a variety of thematic areas and examples covered in the course
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see s. 13 of the Programme Regulations): 1
Compulsory home assignments
Essay written at home of maximum 5 pages. The students bring the essay to class and receive oral and written peer-feedback.

IMPORTANT: The compulsory assignment must be approved in order to register for the ordinary exam.

If the student makes an attempt to pass the activity, but the activity is not approved, or the student is ill, a replacement assignment (5-page written assignment) must be submitted before the ordinary exam. If passed, the student will be able to attend the ordinary exam.

If the student does not attempt to pass the activity, the student will not be allowed to submit a replacement assignment and cannot attend the ordinary exam or the re-exam which will be registered as exam attempts.
Globalization: Practices, Perspectives and Ideologies:
Exam ECTS 15
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 72 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course will introduce students to major academic perspectives on the practices and ideologies of globalization. The course will provide students with a general overview of the growing globalization literature, as well as acquainting students with some influential scholars on globalization topics through their original texts. Some exemplary studies from the social sciences and humanities have been chosen to expose students to a range of themes and theoretical approaches. But rather than discussing globalization as an abstraction, we will investigate the many links (economic, political, cultural and environmental) between theories of globalization and practices in contemporary contexts.


The course has been designed to introduce students from the first session into the wide range of ideologies underpinning both globalization practices and our scholarly perspectives on these practices in the real world. The relationship between the media and globalization will be highlighted throughout the course, as it is most directly relevant for communications students to understand thoroughly.  Particular attention will be given to relating our course ideas to real world cases and students’ experiences during the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Additional relevant short readings may be added throughout the semester as supplementary to the required texts here.


The course will precede with a section on the environment as the first issue widely considered as ‘global,’ noting the central role played by the communication of the first photograph of the earth from the Apollo 17 spacecraft in inspiring global imaginaries.  How environmental issues have linked both empirical practices and ideologies will be analyzed through the most recent writing of Bruno Latour. Historically, we will move through an analysis of colonialism and how it shaped globalization and business.


Then, the course will take up the links between politics, globalization and business with a guest lecture from the practitioner field in communications. We will move on through the historical transitions of globalization and the study of it by examining America as globalization’s hegemon and the shift of power to Asia. These changes will be analyzed with specific reference to the economy and the global financial crisis of 2007/8, linked to the ideological critiques of neoliberalism.  From this context, we will examine specific practices that link business and communications with ongoing globalization processes and their consequences (corporate helping, nation branding, and media responses).


The last course session will move to consider questions of de-globalization and the future and as such will be a global wrap-up of globalization: practices, perspectives and ideologies, and a preparation for the exam.

Description of the teaching methods
The course will be primarily lecture and discussion around the perspectives introduced in the readings which are expected to have been read before class. Also, students will be expected to prepare very brief summaries for presentation on the key texts and assigned readings. Presentations will be in exercise sessions following the lectures. Students will be assigned groups for discussion of readings and presentations during the group work in exercise sessions. Some exercise sessions will take up case examples which students will prepare together in their groups, while others will be used to analyze more deeply the texts from the lectures and to apply them to real world examples.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback takes place as part of the teaching, via questions and discussion. The case exercises serve as feedback as the students are encouraged to reflect, discuss and develop concepts in relation to an empirical case.
Student workload
Lectures 40 hours
Exercises 20 hours
Preparation 352 hours
Total 412 hours
Expected literature

Globalization and Media: Global Village of Babel (2018-Third Edition) by Jack Lule (London: Rowman and Littlefield)


The End of Development: A Global History of Poverty and Prosperity (2017) by Andrew Brooks (London: Zed Books)


Globalization A Very Short Introduction (2017-Fourth Edition) by Manfred B. Steger (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press)


Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime (2018) Bruno Latour (Cambridge: Polity)

Last updated on 29-06-2020