This course examines the definitions of and debates about globalization. Students will consider how globalization has come about and will examine the interlocking political, economic, and social forces that increasingly bind all people together. Students will become familiar with institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and explore the arguments for and against their policies. Through examination of recent scholarly and popular work, we will engage in the complex and passionate debates concerning globalization, from the “Battle in Seattle” to the Slow Food movement. Additionally, students will examine how the processes of globalization affect everyday life for both Americans and people in developing nations, considering the extent to which it introduces “diversity” and new choices or erodes traditional cultures. Finally, students will sample recent works of literature and music deemed to represent the coming wave of our new global culture.