Course Descriptions

01:013:285 Language and Globalization, Spring 2017

Course Offered: Spring 2017

This course explores the intersection and intersectionality of language and globalization. It answers questions like: What is globalization? What dimensions does it include? How has globalization changed the world around? Since the concept of globalization has been examined by scholars across academic disciplines, the course has a multidisciplinary approach. It is divided into three parts:

  • PART 1 introduces the students to the concept of “globalization” along its diverse but inter-related dimensions, including economic, political, and socio-cultural.
  • PART 2 introduces the students to the “linguistic” and “sociolinguistic” dimensions of globalization and the current debates surrounding language and globalization. It covers theories of functionalism, neo-Marxism, and post-modernism.
  • PART 3 examines the linguistic implications of globalization in various parts of the world.

The geographic focus of the course is as global as its central topic. Yet, special attention will be paid to selected cases in Asia, the European Union, African, Latin America and the US depending on students’ geographical interests. 

This course satisfies the SAS Core Curriculum Goal "Twenty First Century Challenges" (21C).