ELE 3749 Globalization


ELE 3749 Globalization

Responsible for the course
Tor Bang, Steffen Johannessen

Department of Communication - Culture and Languages

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

The development of affordable communication technologies, goods- and passenger transport, has important impacts on migration, international trade, and a number of other defining features of our times. These developments also affect contemporary discourses on globalization. Globalization also includes sub-discourses on political-, cultural- as well as economic integration. It further clarifies the contrast between the particular and the universal. The course aims to provide the students with an awareness of conditions for, and central consequences of, globalization.

Learning outcome
Acquired knowledge
On completion of the course the students shall have:

  • Developed insights into important discourses concerning globalization, including technological, economic, socio-political and cultural discourses.
  • Learned how to identify central triggers in discourses on globalization.
  • Learned how to identify cultural patterns on local and global levels, understand processes of diasporization, as well as the concepts and interconnections between particularity and universality.
  • Acquired basic overview of important migration flows.
  • Acquired a basic overview of central (and emerging) financial markets.

Acquired skills
On completion of the course the students shall be able to:
  • Identify development trends in contemporary globalization.
  • Identify and discuss global geopolitical power structures, and identify development trends in these power structures.
  • Identify and discuss critical relations between political and economic sectors.
  • Account for the changing role of the nation state in regard to critical global issues such as climate change, international trade and migration, terrorism, judicial policy, etc.

On completion of the course the students should be able to reflect critically on the complex field of globalization.

No special prerequisite knowledge is required

Compulsory reading
Eriksen, Thomas Hylland. 2008. Globalisering : åtte nøkkelbegreper. Universitetsforlaget. 208

Collection of articles:
Bang, Tor. 2013. Artikkelsamling til "Globalisering". Handelshøyskolen BI. 143. Artikler fra Goldin, Ian og Kenneth Reinert (eds). (2012) Globalization for Development, fra Palan, Ronen (ed): (2013): Global Political Economy, og fra Brochmann, Grete (ed.) 2011. NOU 2011:7. Velferd og migrasjon. Den norske modellens fremtid.

Recommended reading

Course outline
  • Globalization and distance: processes that restructure social relations in ways that make them less dependent on time and space, for example people’s relations to money as a means of payment
  • Acceleration: compression of time and space
  • Acceleration in mass media
  • Standardization of cultural, humanistic, socio-political scales
  • Translocal networking: ICT-based network societies
  • Network Society, NGO influence, power and powerlessness
  • Mobility: tourism, migration, diaspora communities, creolization and hybrid societies
  • Vulnerability: natural disasters, terrorism, climate change, vulnerability of transport and digital networks
  • Reactions: identification processes and self-understanding
  • Global trade
  • Migration with particular focus on immigration to Norway
  • Labour-market structures in respect of Norwegian diasporas
  • New economic power structures

Computer-based tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Learning process and workload

The course consists of 45 hours, divided into classroom teaching, project work and supervising. The content of the course is theory-based.

Preparation for lectures
Exercises and group work
Colloquia and peer tutoring
Self-study/reading literature/exam preparations
Total recommended workload

    A 72-hour home examination on a given topic concludes the course. The examination can be taken individually or in groups of maximum 3 students.

    Examination code(s)
    ELE 37491 - 72-hour home-examination, counts 100% towards the grade in the course ELE 3749 Globalization, 7.5 credits.

    Examination support materials
    All examination support materials allowed.

    Re-sit examination
    A re-sit examination is offered in connection with the next regular course

    Additional information