CCGL9022 Global Issues

Globalization in Question:
Human and Economic Consequences


Non-Permissible Combination:
CCGL9019 Economic Globalization: Issues and Challenges

Course Description

This course explores how globalization affects developed and developing countries and cities around the world. It enables students to understand how their own lives and personal choices are shaped by market forces and global interconnectedness. The first part of the course has two components. First, it overviews globalization: what it is, how it started, and its positive and negative effects. Contemporary Marxist, capitalist, and liberal orientations towards globalization are highlighted. Then it examines today’s global governance system (including the United Nations, World Bank, and World Trade Organization), and how international, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) drive globalization, and respond to world challenges, such as economic slowdown and environmental degradation.

The second half of the course investigates concrete examples of how various contexts and regions have been influenced by globalization. Case studies focus on development issues in rural and urban areas in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, as well as the rise and sustainability of world cities. In this part of the course, students will compare and analyze how diverse individuals’ lives are impacted by globalization. Major factors include migration; market forces; global climate change; technology; education; and movement of cultures, values, religions, and ideologies… for better and for worse. The cases invite students to reevaluate the major theoretical orientations to globalization discussed in the course, reflect on major debates about globalization, and hypothesize its future impacts.

Course Learning Outcomes

On completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Compare and evaluate major theoretical orientations towards globalization.
  2. Reflect on how diverse individuals’ lives and choices are impacted by markets and global interconnectedness.
  3. Hypothesize about the future impact of globalization and how to respond to it.

Offer Semester and Day of Teaching

Second semester (Wed)


Study Load

Activities Number of hours
Lectures 24
Tutorials 12
Reading / Self-study 60
Assessment: Essay / Report writing 24
Assessment: Presentation (incl preparation) 12
Total: 132

Assessment: 100% coursework

Assessment Tasks Weighting
Group project 25
Term paper 55
Participation in tutorial discussions 20

Required Reading

Course Book

  • Lechner, F. J., & Boli, J. (Eds.). (2008). The globalization reader (3rd ed.). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. (Newer edition is also acceptable.)

Further, a course pack with key readings will be made available to students.

Recommended Reading

  • Beck, U. (2000). What is globalization? Cambridge, UK; Malden, MA: Polity Press.
  • Eagleton, T. (2007). Ideology: An introduction. London; New York: Verso.
  • Escobar, A. (1995). Encountering development: The making and unmaking of the Third World. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • Friedman, T. (2006). The world is flat: The globalized world in the twenty-first century. New York: Penguin Press.
  • Friedman, T. (2008). Hot, flat and crowded: Why the world needs a green revolution. New York: Allen Lane.
  • Fukuyama, F. (1989).  The End of History. The National Interest.
  • Guthrie, D. (2006). China and globalization. New York: Routledge
  • Holst, J. D. (2002). Social movements, civil society, and radical adult education. London: Bergin & Garvey.
  • Huntington, S. P. (1996). The clash of civilizations and the remaking of the world order. New York: Penguin Press.
  • Robertson, R. (1992). Globalization: Social theory and global culture. London: Sage Press.
  • Sachsenmaier, D. (2006). Global history and critiques of western perspectives. Comparative Education, 42(3), 451–470.
  • Schumpeter, J. A. (1994). History of economic analysis. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Stiglitz, J. E. (2003). Globalization and its discontents. New York: Norton.

Course Co-ordinator and Teacher(s)

Course Co-ordinator Contact
Dr L. Yiu
Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education,Faculty of Education
Tel: 2859 2792
Email: liyiu@hku.hk
Teacher(s) Contact
Dr L. Yiu
Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education,Faculty of Education
Tel: 2859 2792
Email: liyiu@hku.hk