Coursebooks

Global perspectives, local realities I

HUM-440

Lecturer(s) :

Hoesli Eric
Laperrouza Marc
Lutzelschwab Claude Henri

Language:

Français

English

Remarque

This course is strongly recommended for students enrolled in the Minor in Science, Technology and Area Studies - HUM-498(a, b, c)

Résumé

Cet enseignement aborde des problématiques actuelles en privilégiant des éclairages d'ordre historique, économique, technologique ou géopolitique. Il permet aux étudiants de développer une réflexion critique sur le processus de mondialisation en intégrant la question de l'autre et de l'ailleurs.

Contenu

The course focuses on contemporary issues from both a global and a local perspective. The circulation of people, goods and ideas is used to highlight spatial and temporal dynamics.

 

During the autumn semester students are introduced to specific themes (e.g., inequality and development, global production networks, global climate negotiations). Each theme is addressed through a lecture and critical reading of texts. 2 sessions are devoted to anthropology and one session is devoted to preparing the project in the spring semester. A keynote speaker is invited to discuss a timely topic related to globalization.

The session breakdown is as follows:

  1. Introduction to the course
  2. Introduction to critical reading and anthropology
  3. Anthropology of globalization
  4. Economic history I (lecture + seminar)
  5. Economic history II (lecture + seminar)
  6. Economic history III (lecture + seminar)
  7. Political economy I (lecture + seminar)
  8. Political economy II (lecture + seminar)
  9. Political economy III (lecture + seminar)
  10. Keynote speaker (date to be confirmed)
  11. Geopolitics I (lecture + seminar)
  12. Geopolitics II (lecture + seminar)
  13. Geopolitics III (lecture + seminar)
  14. Project methodology

 

During the spring semester students work in groups either on topics specific to climate change in Russia or technology/manufacturing in China. Lecturers provide guidance on semester projects.

Mots-clés

globalisation, alterity, diversity, comparison, economic history, geopolitics, political economy

POLY-perspective :

https://www.epfl.ch/schools/cdh/cdhs-vision/

Compétences requises

Cours prérequis obligatoires

None

Acquis de formation

A la fin de ce cours l'étudiant doit être capable de:

Compétences transversales

Méthode d'enseignement

Autumn semester: ex cathedra lectures, oral presentations and discussions, guest lecture(s)

Spring semester: Group work under lecturer supervision

 

Travail attendu

Students are expected to participate actively during the autumn semester (questions, comments), to discuss orally a reading (in groups of 3) and to critique another text. At the end of the semester students have to produce an analysis of a text integrating the global and local perspectives of the circulation of people, goods and ideas.

During the spring semester students work in groups to produce a written report on a topic agreed upon with the lecturers.

Méthode d'évaluation

Autumn semester:

Spring semester:

' Intermediary oral presentation of the report (groupwork): 20%

' Final report (groupwork): 80%

Assignments can be written in English or French.

 

Encadrement

Office hours Non
Assistants Non
Forum électronique Non

Ressources

Bibliographie

Provided by lecturers during the semester

Liens Moodle

Préparation pour

Global perspectives, local realities II - HUM-460

 

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17  BC01  
17-18    
18-19  BC01  
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German