Introduction to Globalization

Study Board of Market and Management Anthropology, Economics, Mathematics-Economics, Environmental and Resource Management

Teaching language: English
EKA: B500002102
Censorship: Second examiner: None
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Bachelor

Course ID: B500002101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 19-02-2019

Duration: 1 semester

Course ID


Course Title

Introduction to Globalization

Teaching language


ECTS value


Responsible study board

Study Board of Market and Management Anthropology, Economics, Mathematics-Economics, Environmental and Resource Management

Date of Approval


Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Ian Woodward

Offered in




Offered in



1 semester

Mandatory prerequisites


Aim and purpose

The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to fundamental economic, political, and cultural dimensions of globalization processes. Such knowledge is necessary as both public and private organizations are challenged by the complexity and dynamism stemming from globalization and the increasing interconnectedness of global markets and institutions. These challenges are faced both by organizations which operate across national boundaries but also by locally situated public and private market actors who experience the consequences of a global political economy. The course offers a variety of perspectives upon globalization processes which provides the students with a conceptual toolbox for understanding the complexity and multidimensionality of contemporary globalization and localization processes related to the intensified flow of money, people, technology, media and symbols. Furthermore, the course addresses globalization processes as these are experienced in both developed and developing economies. Such a foundational introduction enables the student to describe various aspects of and perspectives upon globalization. The course prepares the student for more analytic and critical engagement with topics related to and shaped by globalization in later courses of the study program, as well as of understanding more general processes of socio-cultural exchange and mobilities. This preparation also includes teaching the student about the basic principles of academic conduct in writing papers, enabling him/her to correctly and critically structure and reference his arguments.


  • Global systems (political, economic, cultural)
  • The interdependence of politics, economy and culture in a global world
  • Globalization and its historical legacy
  • Global networks, connections and flows
  • Globalization and localization
  • Globalization in developed and developing economies.

Learning goals

The student is expected to:

Description of outcome - Knowledge

  • Describe and relate key economic, political and cultural aspects of globalization processes
  • Describe, explain and exemplify basic interdependencies between political, economic and cultural aspects of globalization processes
  • Describe the historical trajectories of globalization processes and relate these to various perspective upon globalization
  • Discuss and analyze political, economic and cultural aspects of globalization with reference to contemporary society 

Description of outcome - Skills

  • Describe and analyze the mutual constitution of globalization and localization in specific real-world cases and examples
  • Interpret statistical and diagrammatical representations commonly used in analyses of globalisation processes
  • Interpret material and symbolic representations of globalization processes

Description of outcome - Competences

  • Be able to write academic papers corresponding to the expected ethic standards of the university in terms of structuring, referencing and respect for others' work.


For example: George Ritzer and Paul Dean (2019), Globalization: The Essentials. 2nd edition. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Teaching Method

Lectures, class/group discussions and exercises.


Scheduled classes:

2 hours weekly in 13 weeks (weeks 36-49) lectures. 

2 hours weekly tutorial hours (weeks 37- 39, 46-48).

Examination regulations





Exam: January
Reexam: February
Internally evaluated for guest- and exchange students. Re-examination in February.





Form of examination

Home assignment


Second examiner: None


7-point grading scale


Student Identification Card - Exam number




Date for submission will appear from the examination plan.


Max 15 pages of 2,400 characters (excluding reference list)

Examination aids

All exam aids allowed.

Assignment handover

During the semester.

Assignment handin

Via SDU-assignment in the course page in Blackboard.

ECTS value


Additional information

Semester project report. 

For the reexam, a revised report can be handed in. In some cases, the examiner might suggest that the subject is changed. 



External comment

NOTE - This course is identical with the former course 8111401 Introduction to Globalization.
Used examination attempts in the former identical course will be transferred.
Courses that are identical with former courses that are passed according to applied rules cannot be retaken.

The student is automatically registered for the first examination attempt when the student is registered for a course or course element with which one or more examinations are associated. Withdrawal of registration is not possible, and students who fail to participate in an examination have used one examination attempt, unless the University has made an exemption due to special circumstances. 

The student is responsible for registering for 2nd and 3rd examination attempt. 

Examination form at the re-exam may be changed.

Courses offered

Period Offer type Profile Programme Semester
Fall 2019 Optional Tilvalg i Marketing, Branding og Kommunikation Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Economics and Business Administration | Esbjerg, Soenderborg, Slagelse, Odense, Kolding
Fall 2019 Mandatory BSc Market and Management Anthropology - Year 2018 BSc in Market and Management Anthropology | Bachelor of Science in Market and Management Anthropology | Odense 1
Fall 2019 Exchange students


Name Email Department City
Jens Kjaerulff Odense
Mathias Sosnowski Krabbe Odense

Student teachers

Name Email Department City
Caroline Josefine Hirse Odense
Jonas Vestergaard Odense
Mette Klint Odense

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08 - 09
09 - 10
10 - 11
Class OD
11 - 12
Class OD
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