In this course, the human consequences of globalization were analyzed. The three main sections of the course studied political economy, cultural politics, and intersections of development issues. Both conceptual and analytical skills were used to examine development within a global context, paying particular attention to the global structures and processes that affect individuals. In-depth class discussions about popular concepts such as capitalism, neoliberalism, and post-colonialism were held. The emphasis in this course was on using this knowledge to respond to real-world issues, such as the global division of labour, the effects of neoliberalism, racism, gender discrimination and on-going efforts at de-colonial re-imaginings.
Relation to my focus on clean water access
Understanding global inequalities and especially how such inequalities are perpetuated is vital in order to combat this injustice. Becoming more familiar with the economic and political processes that can cause and perpetuate poverty will help identify the specific needs that water systems must address in helping to pull families out of poverty. Learning how to analyze development problems in the context of geography, history, economy, politics, and culture will help me to better design technological solutions to suit the needs and challenges of a community. Finally, comparing and contrasting these issues across the world will help in contributing to the conversation about addressing the water access problem on a global scale.
Study abroad course taken at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia
Professor: Tanya Jakimow
Start date: July 24, 2017
End date: November 20, 2017
Hours to complete: 70