SANT3508 - Globalisation Theory and Culture


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Group examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

Globalisation is the buzzword of the 21st century. Yet the global is not a given and must be reproduced through intense and highly unequal exchanges. Today the Internet, mobile phones, and cheaper airplane tickets are accelerating and complicating these exchanges. Multinational corporations, financial markets and free-trade agreements are producing global flows of merchandise, capital, movies and advertisements on a scale and speed as never before. The global movement of images and ideas is no longer impeded by the maintenance of a costly infrastructure that once separated the “developed” from the “underdeveloped” worlds. Thus, the world is undergoing a transition in which communities are becoming interconnected through a myriad of economic, political, and technological change. Many of these changes are induced from several centers, especially “the West,” and that this process affects people’s lives and cultures in new and often unpredictable ways.

This course examines how local cultures, ecologies, and people’s lives are being affected by “globalisation” in multiple and not necessarily positive ways. For analytical purposes, we reflect on globalisation through three distinct processes:

1. The emergent Anthropocene reflects a historical break from a world composed of a natural order to a highly-managed human-centric world characterized by imposing unsustainable risks to the global environment.
2. Statecraft and the post-national order examines the rise of our current geopolitical formation by examining the transformations in the global order that bind people, states, and territories as well as the challenges of transnational processes and institutions.
3. Digital worlds and flows draws attention to the rising amounts and faster deliveries of information that accompany the movements of people and things, suggesting a new knowledge-driven economy, one that is fragmented by its reliance on end users as much as on its producers.

Learning outcome

The candidate has attained
- insight into a) the emergent Anthropocene, b) state craft and the post-nation order, c) digital worlds and flows
- a broad understanding of how local cultures, ecologies, and people’s lives are being affected by a, b, c

The candidate has acquired skills to
- asses the implications of globalisation for people’s everyday life
- analyse the construction of meaning, identity and subjectivity in a globalised world

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars.

Compulsory assignments

  • Plenary presentation of group assignment

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Either 60 ECTS in Social Anthropology or a bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Course materials

See reading list available at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SANT3507 5.0 01.09.2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 2

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Globalization
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Anthropology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Anthropology



Examination arrangement: Group examination

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Autumn UTS Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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