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The many faces of globalization

The goal of this minor is to provide an introduction to the many aspects and dimensions of globalization. The daily challenges faced today by a wide array of professionals are not entirely local or national, but are also connected to developments occurring in Europe and in the rest of the world.

In the context of higher professional education, this means that future professionals are becoming critical world citizens. In order to become a critical world citizen, it is necessary to acquire specific knowledge, competences and skills.

At the end of this minor the student is able to:

- analyse and distinguish issues regarding globalization

- use the differences between the students while working together

- formulate a substantiated opinion on issues regarding globalization


Summary of contents

Graduates of The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) will work in a globalized world and need to have an understanding of global processes and global development.

Globalization is an irreversible process. Globalization comprises many processes that simultaneously affect different areas: economy, media, politics and identities, migration and the environment. Globalization is a complex process that is not yet complete; it continuously evolves at a fast pace.

It remains difficult to fully grasp what globalization entails; especially to predict worldwide developments based on all-embracing theories and analyses of globalization. Everything is still open and far from determined: an unexpected event in one location can produce changes overnight throughout the globe.

However, there are clear patterns and developments that deserve attention. Yet, in order to analyse and understand why a certain issue has specific characteristics it is necessary to bring in a multi-disciplinary perspective. Today’s professionals possess knowledge from several disciplines, but it is her/his consciousness as world-citizens that allow her/him to look into a certain issue from different sides, perspectives and disciplines.

In this minor, the following themes are dealt with:

1)   What is globalization? Historical contextualization: what are the core characteristics of the current stage of globalization? Can current-day globalization processes be equated to a second modernization wave? Is the world converging towards a western-centred capitalist model? Or is this the beginning of the end of the power of Western countries, as alternative economic models and political systems spring up in other regions of the World, like South, East and Southeast Asia?

2)   World Population and food security. There are about 6 billion people in the world and the predictions point to 9 or 10 billion in 30/50 years from now. Access to water and food is not the same everywhere and population growth threatens to widen the gap even more between those who have plenty and those who have none. Are we heading towards an catastrophic situation or are there sustainable alternatives?

3)   Climate change, ecology and the environment. Current challenges and possible scenarios.

4)   ICTs as agents of globalization processes. The characteristics of knowledge economies and their output. Network societies and globalization.

5)   Global capitalist economy. Relations of production, distribution and consumption in the E-Economy. Cycles of economic growth and crisis.

6)   Globalization and labour. World division of labour, migration and the re-location of industries and labour markets across the globe.

7)   Globalization and poverty. The rise of the “fourth world” or the world’s poorest nations. The gap between rich and poor is widening in every nation, as well as between rich and poor nations.

8)   Global Cities. More than half of the world population lives now in cities or major urban areas. What is the impact of urban growth and development on rural areas, migration and the environment?

9)   World Governance . Is international cooperation among states being replaced by cooperation networks located below the state-level and cutting across national boundaries? Is globalization bringing an end to the nation-state? What is its role in a context of more economic and financial interdependence among states?

10) Human Rights and global justice. Protection of Human Rights, the cause for war. The majority of armed conflicts in the world today are internal or civil conflicts. The role of international organizations such as the UN is re-evaluated in the current globalization era.

11) Globalization and Identities. Identities evolve and are contested in 4 major areas: religion (and the sharpening of fundamentalist doctrines); nationality (sharpening of nationalism and extremism), culture (migration and the multicultural society) and gender.

12) Globalization and the role of education, sports and music

Globalization and Post-Modernity. Can we draw a parallel between the foundations of industrial modernization period with the current process of globalization? Are there any moral limits to processes of rationalization, and technological evolution?



In this minor, students should become familiar with the following competencies:

1)   Ability to operate from an international and multicultural perspective (HOP7);

2)   Ability to cross over disciplinary and professional boundaries, languages and cultural backgrounds and ability to bring people together (HOP7);

3)   Ability to define what globalization is and to differentiate the multiple processes that play a role in globalization.

4)   Ability to make a critical use of the many disciplines that contribute to an understanding of globalization.

5)   Ability to select a relevant subject matter and to conduct research and analysis in a case-study format.

6)   Ability to connect specific issues and questions to global developments, from a perspective of world citizenship.

7)   Ability to adopt a critical approach to global problems (e.g. climate change, poverty, migration, etc)

8)   Ability to differentiate among the local, national, European and global aspects of a given theme.

Ability to contribute to the globalization debate by formulating and answering questions that are fundamentally linked to the process of globalization.

Aanvullende informatie


Indication of target group

Due to the diversity of subjects offered by this minor, all 3rd and 4th year students from the HHS qualify, in principle, to attend this minor.


Teaching methods + studyload 

The successful completion of this minor is equivalent to 15 ECTS. 

Each week: 

Guestlectures: 6 hours 

Seminar: 2 hours 

Coaching: 2 hours 

Movie/documentary: 4 hours 

Up-to-you workshop: 2 hours 

Course on globalisation: 4 hours 

Working on case study: 15 hours 

Preparation on course and seminar: 3 hours 

There will be one or two excursions as well during the period. 




Lectorate International Cooperation 

Teachers from The Hague University 

Guestspeakers from outside The Hague University (Like NGO’s, ministry of foreign affairs, Public administrators, Private businesses) 


Minimum- and maximum participation 

Minimum students required:20 

Maximum students: 48 


No entry requirements


Description of tests and minimum pass rate 

Written tests, oral presentations, reports and a case study. Minimum pass rate is 5,5 for each element. 


Study aids 

A very short introduction to globalization, M. Steger  

Intercultural sensitivity, Nunez 


Ten days before the start of the minor students receive an email with information about scheduling.