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IDS 101: Globalization 5.0: Getting Started

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Globalization 5.0 ?

Globalization has been transforming the world we live in. From the products we buy to the ideas we share and debate and to the income we divide, globalization affects every aspect of our lives. Globalization is driven by a confluence of cultural, economic, political and technological forces and it has generated far-reaching benefits and harms. Nonetheless, the most recent, digital-driven globalization 4.0 is under intensifying challenges. From the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, to Brexit, to the US-China “trade war” and to the Russia-Ukraine war, globalization seems retracted and even may come to an end “as we know it”, some commenters argue. In this course, students will undertake an interdisciplinary approach to study the major driving forces of globalization since the 15th century; investigate how globalization affects trade, supply chain, income distribution, environmental sustainability and many other aspects; analyze the current counter-globalization issues and events; and map out the possible paths to globalization. Through critical reading, informed discussions and thoughtful writing, we will together explore the important and timely topic of globalization.

                                Course taught by: Yan Liang                                                               Colloquium Associate: Jazmin Hurtado-Cortes

Authoritative Reference Sources vs Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a great resource for getting general info about something, but because anyone can contribute or change its content, it is sometimes considered unreliable.  It is a good place to start your research, but it is best to double check what you find against other sources.  

Consider consulting the library's print or electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books to backup the basic information of your paper.  Reference books can provide a general overview of a topic and help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data; these sources often include references and lists of further readings.  Additionally, these resources have typically gone through an editorial process to check for accuracy.  To the right and below are some resources that may be of use.

Online Collection of Reference Resources

Reference Print Books

Below are key reference books that provide a general overview of a topic or help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data. These sources often include references and lists of further readings.