GEOG 123 Introduction to Globalization • 5 Cr.


Globalization considers the dynamic processes and consequences of human contact over time that cross traditional economic, cultural and geographic boundaries. The course examines the ever increasing flows of goods, people, ideas, capital and services and the subsequent challenges that have emerged for humankind. Same as INTST 123. Either GEOG 123 or INTST 123 may be taken for credit, but not both.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Define the process of globalization and explain the factors behind the creation of a series of new socioeconomic networks and activities that cross over traditional economic, cultural and geographic boundaries.
  • Analyze the regional inequalities in the rate and degrees of globalization.
  • Evaluate the significance of the physical landscape as it influences both opportunities and limitations in economic development.
  • Assess the role played by globalization in the diffusion of cultural attributes.
  • Analyze the impact that societal mores have on globalization as well as changes in attitudes over time.
  • Evaluate the ways by which globalization is a 'multi-layered process' and the ways by which it affects all parties involved in the exchange process.
  • Analyze the role played by inter-governmental organizations in fostering or encumbering trade and economic growth and development.
  • Critically evaluate the various component parts of globalization and the impact on the environment and the subsequent challenges to humankind.