China, Shanghai (Fudan Universtiy)

China and the Dynamics of Globalization

when 18 July 2016 - 29 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1645

The aim of this course is twofold. First, to give a holistic and multilevel analysis of globalization, connecting the economic to the political and cultural, and interrelating different local, regional, and global arenas, with a strong emphasis on China. Mainly Asian/Chinese, African and European worlds and their interactions will provide materials for the analysis. The course will be focused on the global division of labor and power (migration, multiple diasporas, marginalization), and coping with globalization by researching globalization from below. Our emphasis will fall on the interaction between global structures and local outcomes and realities. What anthropologists offer in the understanding of the dynamics of globalization is that what is often lacking in other disciplines is a concrete attentiveness to human agency, to the practices of everyday life, in short to myriad ways in which subjects mediate the process of globalization. This is stressed in the reader students have to study. Lectures will supplement the readings and focus on wider processes and theories of globalization.

This course discusses different theories and perspectives of globalization and its dynamics from a socio-economic anthropological perspective. Students learn to understand that globalization is not a single unified phenomenon but a syndrome of processes, and will attempt to capture its ontology. Manifestations of globalization include the reorganization of production and cultural consumption, which will be studied in different settings. Students will also learn to understand the impact of the dynamics of globalization on the discipline of anthropology.

This course is taught at Fudan University (Beijing, China) as part of the China Europe International Summer School (CEISS). CEISS is a collaboration between Fudan University (China), Peking University (China), Utrecht University (Netherlands), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy) and Edvance Education International (China), offering summer courses that explore the world's main economic, social and political trends and themes and the way they impact on the economies and societies of Europe and China.

This course can be combined with
- Dynamics of the Chinese Economy (Fudan University, 4 - 15 July 2016)
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Europe and China (Fudan University, 4 - 15 July 2016)
- The Chinese Marketplace: Globalization and Local Transformation (Fudan University, 4 - 15 July 2016)
- China, the US, Europe and the Rise of Asia: Ideas, Culture and Perceptions (Peking University, 4 - 15 July 2016)
- Intellectual Property Law and Policy in China (Peking University, 4 - 15 July 2016)
- Highlights of Law and Economics (Utrecht University, 4 - 15 July 2016)
- European Cultures and Identities (Utrecht University, 4 - 15 July 2016)
- European Politics and Economy (Utrecht University, 4 - 15 July 2016)

Course leader

Dr. Herman Tak

Target group

Students of social sciences (incl. law, economics, business), sciences and engineering at senior undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in politics, governance, commerce and sustainability. A general background in business or the social sciences is desirable, but no specific expertise is required.

Fee info

EUR 1645: tuition fees + study materials + accommodation + social programme

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