Living with Globalization

Living with Globalization

An interdisciplinary program Living with Globalization is an open minor subject to all students of the University of Jyväskylä. It consists of five to seven courses that provide students an overall view on globalization as a many-sided, multicentric, and multiscalar set of processes. Globalization has triggered, or at least complicated, many kinds of political and moral challenges, for instance, in terms of equality, sustainability, and wellbeing. In order to explore, understand and explain these challenges concretely there is often a need to rethink the conceptual and methodological starting points of social sciences. Thus, challenges people (including researchers and students) are currently facing in their daily lives around the globe, and in different cultural, political, and economic conditions, are simultaneously challenges for contemporary social sciences and philosophy.

In order to complete Living with Globalization interdisciplinary program (25-35 ECTS), the student should complete at least five (5) courses, of which three (3) are “Core Courses”. The student is free to choose the other two (2), or up to four (4) from the “Other Courses” to tailor an individual study program.

After completing this program student is able to understand why globalization is a challenging research topic for social sciences and philosophy. A student also is able to describe what globalization is about, and of what types of thematic topics globalization consists of.


Living with Globalization25-35 ECTS

Core Courses

  • SOSA510 Introduction: Sociology of Globalization (5 ects)
  • FILA510 Ethics of Global Responsibility (5 ects)
  • YFIA510 Seminar on Living with Globalization (5 ects)

Other Courses

  • YKPA110 Globalization and Social Justice (5 ects)
  • YFIA520 Perspectives on Finnish Society in Interconnected World (5 ects)
  • MCPS200 Media and Globalisation (5 ects)
  • SPTA501 Women’s Finland (5 ects)
  • MCPS065 Multiculturalism, Immigration, Minorities and Citizenship (5 ects)
  • SOSA407 Environmental Sociology I (5 ects)
  • YFIA205 Basics of Research Methodology in Social Sciences (5 ects)
  • DEVS222 Globalization: Perspectives from development, culture and civil society (5 ects)
  • Alternative Courses (0-20 ects)
10-20 ECTS



SOSA510 Introduction: Sociology of Globalization (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course, students are able to compare different globalization theories and understand the complex nature of globalization. Students also understand challenges involved in the study of globalization.
This course introduces different globalization theories, and discusses similarities and differences between them. Such topics as a shift from world economy to global economy, global governance, and implications of globalization for everyday life will be covered. Also methodological issues are taken into consideration.
Completion mode:
lectures, learning log, and essay or book exam

  • Held, David & A. McGrew (2007): Globalization/Anti-Globalization. Beyond The Great Divide (2nd edition)
  • Ray, Larry (2007): Globalization and Everyday Life.


FILA510 Ethics of Global Responsibility (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: Students will gain an understanding of the nature of global ethical problems and their special characteristics. Students will become familiar with the basic concepts and arguments used in the philosophical discussions related to these problems.
The course studies the nature of collective ethical problems, which differ from "paradigmatic" ethical wrongs (such as physical violence) where the violator, the wronged party and the causal relationship between them is easy to establish. The course discusses issues such as climate change, global poverty and inequality, examining the main concepts and arguments relevant in addressing these issues from the applied philosophy viewpoint.
Completion mode:
text seminar, book exam and possible lectures

  • Pogge & Moellendorf (eds.) (2008): Global Justice. Seminal essays.
  • Pogge & Horton (eds.) (2008): Global Ethics. Seminal essays.


YFIA510 Seminar: Living with Globalization (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: Students will be able to complete a short seminar paper on the themes that are learned on Living with Globalization courses. They also will be able to act as an opponent in a seminar setting.
This seminar will provide knowledge on the basics of academic communication, finding the sources, forming the research questions, and analyzing the collected material and scholarly literature.
Completion mode:
Students participate in the seminar in autumn or spring semester. They submit a short seminar paper (10-15 pages) on the theme they select and present it in a written and spoken form at the seminar. Students also work as an opponent to others’ papers.


YKPA110 Globalization and Social Justice (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course a student has a comprehensive understanding of the complexity and social context of major current problems from the North-South perspective.
The lecture series Globalization and social justice addresses social issues and policy problems of contemporary societies in terms of sustainable development, livelihoods, social identities, and the living environments.
Completion mode:
lectures and examination, and book exam or essay

  • Pogge, Thomas (2008): World poverty and human rights: cosmopolitan responsibilities and reforms.


YFIA520 Perspectives on Finnish Society in Interconnected World (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course, students have a broad based understanding of characteristics of, and trends within Finnish society in interconnected world.
This course provides an overview on Finnish society and its different sectors, such as labour markets, political representation, social policy, migration and families.
Completion mode:
lectures, learning log, essay


MCPS200 Media and Globalisation (5 ECTS)

Content: The course examines how globalisation, media technologies and cultural convergence have transformed human communication and social experience in various ways. The course introduces students to the circulation of images and narratives in transnational media environments and global networks. Spectatorship and engagement with mediated narratives are also analysed. Mediation is examined through various case studies that discuss issues such as celebrity in humanitarian communication, gender in news on migration and the construction of cultural identity in social media.
Learning outcomes:
Students understand the concepts of cultural identity, participation, and citizenship in the context of larger social processes of mediation and globalisation.
Completion mode:
The course includes lectures, readings and working groups. The course can also be completed by writing an essay based on the literature or by taking a book exam.
Choose four of the following readings:

  • 1. Chouliaraki, Lilie (2013): The Ironic Spectator: Solidarity in the Age of Post-Humanitarianism
  • 2. Couldry, Nick (2012): Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice
  • 3. Horsti, Karina, Gunilla Hulten & Gavan Titley (2014): National Conversations? Public Service Media and Cultural Diversity in Europe
  • 4. Lounasmeri, Lotta (toim.) (2011): Näin naapurista. Median ja kansalaisten Venäjä-kuvat
  • 5. Madianou, Mirca & Daniel Miller (2012): Migration and New Media. Transnational Families and Polymedia
  • 6. Silverstone, Roger (2007): Media and Morality: On the Rise of the Mediapolis


SPTA501 Women's Finland? (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course, students will have an overall view on women in Finland both from the point of view of theory and practice. They will also have an opportunity to discuss and debate the topics with other students from various cultural backgrounds.
This basic level course on women in Finland is taught by different researchers and lecturers from the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Arts. Both Finnish and international students are welcome to join the course, which gives an overall view on women in Finland both from the point of view of theory and practice.
Completion mode:
lectures, workshop, reading material


MCPS065 Multiculturalism, Immigration, Minorities and Citizenship (5 ECTS)

Content: The course familiarises the participants with the concepts of and social scientific approaches to multiculturalism and introduces students to recent empirical studies. The framework consists of manifold approaches to citizenship, ethnic and cultural identity, migration and governance of ethnic relations and minority affairs.
Learning outcomes:
Students are familiar with the European models of multiculturalism and their key issues and challenges. Students are able to analytically apply this knowledge on the basis of theories of social scientific multiculturalism research. Students recognise the differences and similarities between the approaches and are able to critically evaluate them. The course also provides students with tools to follow and analyse debates on multiculturalism as well as to express views and arguments on multiculturalism.
Completion mode:
Lectures, working groups and essay. The course can also be completed by taking a book exam.

  • 1. Kymlicka, Will (1995): Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights OR
    Parekh, Bhikhu (2000/2006): Rethinking Multiculturalism: Cultural Diversity and Political Theory
  • 2. Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2002/2010): Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • 3. Koopmans, Ruud et al. (eds.) (2005): Contested Citizenship: Immigration and Cultural Diversity in Europe OR
    Rex, John & G. Singh (eds.) (2004): Governance in Multicultural Societies OR
    Saukkonen, Pasi (2007): Politiikka monikulttuurisessa yhteiskunnassa
  • 4. Hall, Thomas D. & James. V. Fenelon (2009): Indigenous Peoples and Globalization. Resistance and Revitalization OR
    Rechel, Bernd (ed.) (2008): Minority Rights in Central and Eastern Europe OR
    Voss, Kim & Bloemraad, Irene (eds.) (2011): Rallying for Immigrant Rights. The Fight for Inclusion in 21st Century America OR
    Saukkonen, Pasi (2010): Kotouttaminen ja kulttuuripolitiikka OR
    Martikainen, Tuomas ym. (toim.) (2013): Muuttajat. Kansainvälinen muuttoliike ja suomalainen yhteiskunta


YFIA205 Basics of Research Methodology in Social Sciences (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course student is acquainted with scientific method and empirical research process in social sciences, understands the relationship between method and theory, has a general understanding of qualitative and quantitative research orientations and methodology, and is able to read and evaluate empirical studies and use basic methods in qualitative and quantitative methodology.
The module is aimed at students who are about to start their BA or MA thesis. It consists of lectures on qualitative and quantitative research methods and related tutorials. Lectures consist of themes such as: different stages of empirical research process, differences between qualitative and quantitative methodology, different methods of data collection and analysis, research ethics and scientific writing.
Completion mode:
lectures and tutorials, two short papers

  • Bryman, Alan (2012): Social Research Methods (4th Edition). (exact chapters will be announced later)


SOSA407 Environmental Sociology I (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: On completion of the course the participants should be able to identify some sociological approaches to society’s relationships with the environment and define and discuss key concepts. Participants also would have ability to participate effectively in discussions of environmental problems and risks, ability to formulate relevant sociological research questions in regard with environmental issues, and ability to examine environmental questions by using some sociological analytical frames
The course consists of lectures on environmental sociology and environmental social sciences with a special focus on environmental risks and technology, adaptation to climate change, food chains and consumption. The lectures provide a basis for discussions and debates on the topics.
Completion mode:
lectures, learning diary, and an essay or book exam

  • Hannigan J.: Environmental Sociology (II ed.)
  • Sutton P.W.: The Environment. A Sociological Introduction


DEVS222 Globalization: Perspectives from development, culture and civil society (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: Students learn the basic processes and concepts related to globalization and are able to analyze the elements constituting it in the contexts of development, culture and civil society.
Content: This course familiarizes students with the current research, theories and concepts of globalization. The course presents theoretical perspectives and empirical case studies of both global and local civil society action in regard to globalization.
Completion mode: The course includes lectures, workshops and an essay on
Held & McGrew (eds) (2007): Globalization theory: approaches and controversies. Polity Press, and on additional readings assigned by lecturers.
In case lectures and workshops will not be arranged, completion mode: exam/essay/reading circle on the additional books assigned by lecturers.

  • 1. Held & McGrew (eds) (2007): Globalization theory: approaches and controversies. Polity Press
  • 2. Additional readings assigned by lecturers

Note: This is a joint course of the Master’s Programme for Development and International Cooperation, Master’s Programmes in Cultural Policy and in Civil Society.