The Age of Globalization

Course Code: UT.3.01x

Prerequisites: None, except for intermediate fluency in English reading/writing.

Classes Start September 1, 2013

Faculty: John Hoberman


Identify the historical and cultural systems driving globalization and changing societies around the world.

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 outgrowths of the same systems. Topics include national identity, language diversity, the global labor market, popular culture, sports and climate change.

However, an increase in integration has not brought increased equality. Globalization creates winners and losers among countries and global corporations, making competition the beating heart of the globalization process.

The globalization process exemplifies connectivity. Globalization is unimaginable without the unprecedented electronic networks that project dominant cultural products into every society on earth.

Learn how to identify and analyze global systems and better understand how the world works.





John Hoberman
John Hoberman

John Hoberman holds a Ph.D. Scandinavian Languages and Literature from University of California, Berkeley. He has taught courses on globalization many times over the past ten years. He lectures on the international sports system and the global doping crisis in many countries around the world, and has published almost a hundred sports commentaries in newspapers and popular magazines. His books include Sport and Political Ideology (1984), The Olympic Crisis: Sport, Politics, and the Moral Order (1986), Mortal Engines: The Science of Performance and the Dehumanization of Sport (1992), Darwin's Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race (1997), Testosterone Dreams: Rejuvenation, Aphrodesia, Doping (2005), and Black & Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism (2012). In addition to being full professor and past chair of the Department of Germanic Studies, he has held appointments at The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies; and The African and African Diaspora Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He's also taught at Harvard University and University of Wisconsin, Madison.


This course is being offered with the support of The University of Texas at Austin's Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services (LAITS). A version of this course is also offered in person on the University of Texas at Austin campus as a Signature Course in the School of Undergraduate Studies.