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University of Toronto Scarborough Fall Session, 2011 GGRA02H3F The Geography of Global Processes Instructor: Professor Michael Bunce Office: [email protected] Teaching Assistants: Zach Anderson Anil Bhattarai Kinson Leung Michelle Majeed Renata Ramasra (Contact information for the TA’s will be posted on the Intranet) The teaching assistants are a key part of the teaching team for the course. All are currently studying for their Masters or PhD degrees in the UofT Dept of Geography. They lead tutorials, mark assignments and provide advice. ALL QUESTIONS RELATING TO TUTORIALS AND ASSIGNMENTS SHOULD FIRST BE ADDRESSED TO YOUR TA. WHOM YOU WILL MEET AT YOUR FIRST TUTORIAL. _________________________________________________________________________ CONTEXT As we move into a new century, the world seems more confusing than ever. One the one hand it is becoming integrated through the forces of corporate economics, global trade and finance, information technology, international politics and mass culture: what is generally now called "globalization". On the other hand, it is divided by great disparities in levels of living, by war and conflict, by pressures for ethnic and national autonomy, and growing local frustration over the social, economic and environmental consequences of global-scale processes. And underlying these contradictions is a persistent sense of unease about the sustainability of globalization, especially as it is confronted by growing populations, increased consumption, resource depletion and climate change. Human geographers have made significant contributions to the study of global processes and the phenomenon of globalization, through their emphasis on spatial scale, global-local relations, changes to places and regions, and human/environment relations. This course examines the application of the main concepts and approaches of human geography to the understanding of the factors and consequences of globalization.
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_________________________________________________________________________ COURSE OBJECTIVES The overall aim of this course is to introduce you to ways of thinking critically and geographically about globalization both as a concept and a reality. But it’s also intended to offer you an opportunity to explore some of the big issues and questions of our times. Specific objectives include • explaining the main concepts and methods of human geography in terms of their application to the analysis of the globalization of economic activities, political institutions and processes, social systems and cultural values. • examining the main points of tension over the impacts of globalization, especially in terms of relationships between global and sub-global scales of activity and how these affect social, economic and environmental conditions in particular localities and regions • discussing the main issues generated by the increasingly global scale of human activities. By the end of this course, students should have acquired:
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