Globalization Studies

Our world is not for saleWhat is Globalization?

“Globalization” is a relatively new term to describe economic, social, political, cultural, and environmental processes and interactions among peoples and nations around the world. These interactions have been occurring for thousands of years, what is different in the 21st century, is the degree, scope, and intensity of interdependence and interconnectedness that the human community is experiencing globally. These interactions are facilitated by dramatic changes in information technologies, the integration of the world economy, and the reconfiguration of many regions and nations.

From upstate New York to the highlands of Peru, from the flourishing urban centers of China to the endangered habitat of the Amazonian rainforest, globalization processes interconnect livelihoods and communities and are restructuring power and social interactions in a myriad of unforeseen and unexpected ways.

Through migration, trade, new technologies, global environmental and health problems, the flow of capital, music, viruses, and cultures across borders, human communities are facing new types of challenges, opportunities, and perils.

In order to explore the many ways in which our lives and our future is becoming increasingly interconnected, the major promotes interdisciplinary active learning, and introduces innovative forms of teaching, scholarship, and service that focuses on the transnational and community links.

Please send questions or comments about the Globalization Studies site to:
fleiva@albany.edu

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