Globalization is a fascinating spectacle that can be understood as global systems of competition and connectivity. These man-made systems provide transport, communication, governance, and entertainment on a global scale. International crime networks are also outgrowths of the same systems. In this course, you will learn how to identify and analyze global systems and better understand how they are changing societies around the world.
Presenting the course material through video, audio, and text, these enhanced e-books will provide a useful summary for enrolled students, but they are also designed for nonstudents with a general interest in the topic. They are available through Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Google, and other retail e-book vendors. Readers who prefer using a desktop or laptop with a standard web browser can purchase them from Vook.com.
Through its newly launched UTAustinX, the University of Texas at Austin is offering tuition-free massive open online courses (MOOCs) to students around the globe who want to explore some of the most topical issues of our day with some of the university’s most distinguished faculty. Created by the College of Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services and distributed by the University of Texas Press, the content from two of the initial MOOCs being offered will be available as reasonably priced enhanced e-books.
UTAustinX is a partnership with edX, an online nonprofit learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2012. UTAustinX’s first set of nine showcase courses were selected by the UT System’s Institute for Transformational Learning with support from the Provost’s Center for Teaching and Learning. They are taught by faculty from the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts, Engineering, and Pharmacy. For more information on UTAustinX visit: www.edx.org/school/UTAustinX/allcourses.
John M. Hoberman, Instructor
John Hoberman, Professor and former Chair of the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, has taught courses on globalization many times over the past ten years.