Creating A Conceptual Framework for Teaching Globalization at the University Graduate Level

Authors: Valerian Melikidze*, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbiisi State University
Topics: Development, Higher Education
Keywords: globalization, conceptual framework, manifestation, repercussion
Session Type: Virtual Paper
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This is the second presentation which deals with the development of core definitions and concepts for teaching various subjects of Human Geography at the university graduate level. The first such presentation, devoted to modelling “human society”, was made at the 2017 Annual AAG Meeting in Boston. The current presentation deals with the conceptual framework (and associated terms and definitions) for teaching globalization.
We assume that many concepts and ideas are taken for granted and applied almost by default in the academic environment. This leads to a rather wide fluctuations in teaching approaches and interpretations. In the case of globalization, this recently led to an abrupt shift from “the earth is flat” to “the end of globalization” approach.
The core idea of such a conceptual framework is that from the practical standpoint, globalization is not an independent phenomenon, but rather the worldwide manifestation of actions by various actors.
Consequently, it does not matter who initiates such actions (individual, firm, state, etc.), nor to what end they are initiated (for profit or not, legal/illegal, etc.); globalization as a such has no purpose, but actions, which manifest themselves globally, have; hence, globalization per se cannot be positive nor negative, actions are; actions, manifesting themselves globally, may not be originated as such (they manifest themselves this way as a result of unintended consequences); even actions deliberately downshifting some activities from global to regional/local levels affect globalization if their results have worldwide repercussions (localization of production for instance).

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