GEOG 2200 T - Global Connections

Globalization and global environmental change as linked processes. Geographical analysis of economic, cultural and political transformations acting at global, national and local scales. Choices and constraints underlying economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Prerequisite(s): second-year standing or permission of the Department.

Whether you see your university years as a period of personal development or as time invested in developing employable skills (or both), your future is already being significantly influenced by global change. You will be better equipped to pursue your own goals if you have some conception of what drives these wide patterns of change, and with what consequences.

The purpose of this course is not simply to introduce you to the nature of globalization, but to encourage you to think critically about issues raised by various kinds of heightened connectivity shaping the world today.

This course is about making connections between different aspects of human activities around the world; between the changes and challenges emerging in different regions; and between conditions in the past, the present and the future. A wide range of issues and questions regarding the dynamics of globalization will be covered. Linking people and places, often across vast distances, globalization involves a complex set of cultural, political, and economic interactions embedded within our somewhat volatile relationship with the 'natural' environment. By the end of the course, you will have acquired a broad understanding of how differences between specific places and broader regions drive global connections, and how the global shapes, but also is itself shaped, by the local.

CRN for section T: 32821

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 32822

In-class lecture time & location:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:35am to 9:55am, 103 SC

Instructor: Pablo Mendez

Pablo Mendez

About the instructor: I received my PhD in geography at the University of British Columbia, where I subsequently carried out postdoctoral work in association with the Global Suburbanisms project at York University. My research has focused on the evolution of suburban ways of living, the geography of housing, and the settlement process of transnational migrants in metropolitan Canada. As a new faculty member here at Carleton University, I am interested in exploring how contemporary forms of urbanization and globalization are continuously shaping and reshaping one another. In particular, I will be critically examining the relationship between international development and low-income mortgage finance in Latin America.

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