Theme 1: Economy and Trade

On the economic dimensions of globalization.

  • Global markets in an era of neoliberalism
  • Free trade and fair trade
  • Transnational corporations
  • Megabusinesses, mircobusinesses and globalization
  • Patterns of global investment
  • Logics of accumulation
  • Engines of growth in the developing world
  • The international division of labor
  • Trade flows and current account balances
  • Global financial flows and institutions
  • Inequality – patterns and trends
  • Global Production Networks
  • Multi-National Corporations
  • Trade Agreements
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Money Laundering

Theme 2: Politics, Power, and Institutions

On the political dimensions of globalization.

  • Imperialism and neo-colonialism
  • ‘Soft power’ and the structures of hegemony
  • Neoliberal politics and policies
  • Global regulation and deregulation
  • Social movements
  • Flashpoints of social conflict
  • Welfare in a global context
  • International structures and institutions of governance
  • Global NGOs
  • Nations and sovereignty in the ‘New Globalization’
  • Drones
  • War Conflict
  • Arms
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Social Movements
  • Governance and Reform
  • Democratic Practices and Human Rights

Theme 3: Society and Culture

On the socio-cultural dimensions of globalization.

  • Inequality
  • Poverty
  • Development and underdevelopment
  • Globalism as ideology
  • Nationalism and post-nationalism
  • Cultural imperialism and post-colonialism
  • Migrations
  • Diaspora
  • Cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism
  • Cultural Hybridization
  • Forced Migration (Refugees, Human Trafficking, Statelessness, Internally Displaced Persons)
  • Voluntary Migration (Migrant Workers, Labor Markets, Urbanization)
  • Big Data
  • Internet
  • Art, Architecture, and Literature
  • Transnational Crime
  • Sports


Theme 4: Resources and Environment

On the ecosystemic dimensions of globalization.

  • Resource access
  • Environments in a global context
  • Agriculture and food supply
  • Sustainability
  • Urbanism
  • Climate Change
  • Growth and its limits
  • Global Health
  • Global Environment
  • Resource Curse and Management