CUS508/592A Globalization and Contemporary Social Change First Semester, 2005-06 (Elective: MCS-1, MCS-2 and PDLS-1) Quota: MCS  + PDLS  Instructor: Dr. Mirana SZETO, Dr. HUI Po-keung and Dr. CHEN Yun-chung Time: Monday, 6:45-9:45 pm Venue: World Trade Centre, Causeway Bay Course Description This course will introduce a cultural studies approach to social change of the contemporary world. Particular attention will be paid to how various processes of social polarization—urban/rural, rich/poor, developed/underdeveloped—are conditioned by forces that have global reach. Tracing those forces, in particular those of nation-states and transnational corporations, the course will examine the resistance and complicity of people drawn into such processes of polarization. The course will also consider how negotiated boundaries between the “local” and the “global” are culturally established and/or unsettled. Topics to be discussed may include war, development, poverty, cultural identities, science and technology, alternative practices, transnational cultural politics and the role of global media. Aims and Objectives To provide students with a basic understanding of the contemporary global context; To examine the validity and implications of various discourses of globalization; To facilitate students’ understanding of how political and cultural practices are structured, negotiated and contested in the changing global context; To foster reflection on how alternative practices and interconnections are possible within that context. Indicative Contents Discourses on globalization: Marxist schools, neo-liberal perspectives, feminist perspectives, cultural studies; Globalization: myth, reality and representations; Selected issues of social change. Assessment 100% continuous assessment.