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Engage and discuss

Week 1 addresses two big questions: what is globalisation and why is it so controversial?

Much of our time this week will be spent listening to a wide range of voices sharing their experiences with globalisation.

No definition of globalisation is perfect – indeed people often use the word precisely because it has so many different meanings – but at the end of the week, we’ll try to develop a workable definition of globalisation.

To get things started: What do you think? How would you define globalisation?

Share your definition of globalisation in the comments (try to get your definition down to 25 words or fewer). Then read and discuss the definitions that other learners have posted.

This is a great way to learn. When I was at university, I always found that I learned at least as much from my fellow students as I did from my professors. Given the diversity of your background, reading through these definitions will be a real eye-opener. And this is a live discussion. You can probe and question. You can, for example, ask other learners to expand on some points. In previous runs of this course, we had hundreds of definitions and comments and replies to comments. Remember, the more you put into sort of discussions, the more you’ll get out of this course.

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International Affairs: Globalisation

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