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Soc Sci: Globalization

Calculating Consequences: The Social and Ecological Dimensions of Globalization

Markets are commonly believed to promote efficiency in two ways: through competition and the division of labor. “But markets do not necessarily ensure that the benefits of increased efficiency are shared by all.” (IMF 2008) Globalization has brought about a drastic reorganization of the global economic, political and socio-ecological landscape, and “the commons” are experiencing significant alterations and rapid decline as a result. Without a doubt, globalization dramatically affects the resilience, well-being and sustainability of our planet, its ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as human societies and diverse social groups. Join Professor Andreas Rechkemmer, American Humane Endowed Chair at DU’s Graduate School of Social Work, to explore the interplay of globalization with things such as climate change, species extinction and the loss of natural resources, as well as social injustice, violent conflicts and the growing disparity between privileged and oppressed nations, groups and populations. Several case studies will be examined. Class three meets at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts to hear from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman whose writings (e.g. Hot, Flat, and Crowded; That Used To Be Us) deal with the pros and cons of globalization, global social and environmental change, and the meaning of place and identity. Return to class to focus on solutions and What We Can Do to further global and local sustainability, prosperity and justice.

Update: The title and focus of Thomas Friedman’s presentation has changed to “Crisis and Clarity: The U.S., Middle East, and Beyond.”

Five sessions
Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 2014
Friedman event, Sun., 7 pm, Oct. 26
CRN 1197 / $200

Andreas Rechkemmer, University of Denver American Humane Endowed Chair and professor at DU’s Graduate School of Social Work, has held senior positions with the United Nations, including as executive director of the International Human Dimensions Programme. He’s also advised government agencies and published extensively on global social and ecological sustainability and justice.

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