Globalization Challenges: Recognize the Critical Importance

Localizing Global Changes

Dr. Erin Wilson
Erin K. Wilson
Dt. Victoria Stead
Victoria Stead


Erin K. Wilson is the Director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen. Her research focuses on the intersection of religion with various dimensions of politics and public life at the local, national and global levels. Her current research interests include the interconnections between religion, secularism, global justice and human rights, with a particular emphasis on forced migration, gender equality etc.

Victoria Stead is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalization of the Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Ms. Stead’s background is in politics and history, and her primary area of interest is contemporary social movements and political mobilization. Her particular interest concerns the changing forms of social connection to land and transforming relationships to power in the context of the processes of change. 

Module Summary:

Some of the major developments in global politics today are being discussed under the umbrella term 'globalization.' This Module provides you with an introduction to the major transformations occurring in global economics, politics, culture, and ecology. It will introduce you to various tools assisting in the interpretation and assessment of these transformations. Starting from this theoretical basis, you will discuss real-world situations of political conflicts and thus link the theory to the practice.

Educational Goals:

  • You will be familiarized with theoretical approaches to globalization process and the occurring consequences all over the world.
  • You will get the opportunity to link your theoretical knowledge to practical tasks concerning real-world situations and to discuss your point of view with other participants.
  • You will be provided with practical skills concerning active participating in controversial discussions, presenting and supporting your own arguments, treating complex theoretical and practical questions and developing your own hypothesis.


  • Writing a Policy briefing paper for a finance minister or an op-ed piece and a research proposal in order to prepare your final assessment.
  • Preparing the final research paper about a particular conflict, based on your previous work. For the final grade only the final paper counts.

Key Facts:

  • 8 ECTS
  • 12 weeks
  • 1.195 Euro
  • Optional On-site Workshop in February each year

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