Globalization, Culture and Power

(Thematic, disciplinary)

Program Requirements:

Specialization in Globalization, Culture and Power

Stream in Globalization, Culture and Power

Sample Course Selection:
First Year: Globalization, Culture and Power
Second Year: Globalization, Culture and Power

Affiliated Faculty Members:
Globalization, Culture and Power

Sponsoring Unit Website:
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

“The interdisciplinary nature of the Global and International Studies (BGINS) program has allowed me to hone a broader understanding of the world around me, which in turn has informed my calling, identity, and values. Where my specialization in Globalization, Culture, and Power draws me ever deeper into the anthropological ether, my core courses pull me out again, urging me to apply my learning to many areas of analysis. Perhaps most importantly, the format of the BGINS curriculum is a constant reminder that all these not-so-separate spheres of learning are most powerful when understood in relation to one another.”

Paloma Callo

Globalization, Culture, and Power

The Specialization in Globalization, Culture and Power will attract students interested in cultural change, cross-cultural understanding, international development, human rights, and social justice. This program will provide students with diverse opportunities for deep engagement with questions of global change.

Anthropology has been at the forefront of the study of globalizing processes –from the analysis of the rise of global institutions, the critique of development practices, and the ongoing documentation of cultural change as economies and populations move and transform.  Our concentration, Globalization, Culture, and Power, reflects this tradition. It aims to give students substantial exposure to the main complementary aspects of globalization as we know it today; large transnational movements and institutions, on the one hand, and particular cultures, contexts and struggles on the other.

The Specialization in Globalization, Culture and Power focuses on understanding globalizing processes as deeply historical and spatially situated. Students will learn to use the conceptual and methodological tools of anthropology to tackle contemporary issues including cultural survival, shifting racialized, gendered, sexualized, religious, ethnic, and national identities and cultural meanings.  The program will allow students to understand the intersection of globalization with growing economic inequality, ecological vulnerabilities, colonial legacies, health practices and institutions, and new visions of human rights with reference to a vast array of ethnographic research.

Management in the 21st century is the management of diversity.  Students will develop career competencies that include transferable competencies in research, analysis, written and oral communication as well as capabilities in cross-cultural research and analysis that prepare them for Canadian multi-cultural, as well as international, work environments.