Globalization: The Good, the Bad and the In-Between

A photo of a McDonald's in Tokyo, Japan with passersby in the foreground.

The popular fast food chain McDonald's—seen here in Shibuya, Tokyo—is often regarded as a symbol of globalization. This course will examine the cultural, linguistic, social, and political impact of globalization. (Image courtesy of Stephen Cannon on flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.)


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21L.020J / 21G.076 / WGS.145

As Taught In

Fall 2016



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This subject examines the paradoxes of contemporary globalization. Through lectures, discussions and student presentations, we will study the cultural, linguistic, social and political impact of globalization across broad international borders.

We will pay attention to the subtle interplay of history, geography, language and cultural norms that gave rise to specific ways of life. The materials for the course include fiction, nonfiction, audio pieces, maps and visual materials.

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Margery Resnick, and Joaquín Terrones. 21L.020J Globalization: The Good, the Bad and the In-Between. Fall 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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