HUM-427 / 3 credits

Teacher: Eichenberger Pierre

Language: English

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Globalization is the linguistic omnivore of our times. This course addresses the long history of worldwide encounters and goes behind the rosy vision of a global village. It gives particular attention to inequalities and to the men and women who fought for alternatives to capitalism.



History - Globalisation - Inequalities  - Capitalism


POLY-perspective :

  • global perspective
  • citizen perspective


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Define and construct a case study using as a starting point a general question.
  • Formulate a specific question related to the topic of the course
  • Situate the question temporally and spatially.
  • Identify, analyse and explain the principal characteristics of your question
  • Respond appropriately to a critical comment
  • Draft a coherent argument.
  • Give an oral presentation explaining the issues relevant to the subject of the written report.
  • Formulate and suggest constructive criticism of another report.

Transversal skills

  • Set objectives and design an action plan to reach those objectives.
  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Give feedback (critique) in an appropriate fashion.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Take feedback (critique) and respond in an appropriate manner.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
  • Make an oral presentation.
  • Write a scientific or technical report.

Teaching methods

The course will be divided into two related semesters. During the fall, we will become acquainted with the vast literature on globalization. We will also visit some international organizations in Geneva to become familiar with those crucial actors of our globalized world. In the spring, students will use the knowledge they gathered during the previous semester to write an original historical research paper investigating one aspect of globalization.

Expected student activities

Class attendance; reading and oral presentation of books and scientific articles; written report investigating one particular aspect of globalization in a historical perspective. Further details will be provided at the start of the course.

Assessment methods

Evaluation on a semester basis (grade associated to 3 ECTS). During the fall semester, the evaluation will be based on an oral presentation and a reading note. The evaluation of the spring semester is based on the written report and an oral presentation.


Assistants Yes
Others The teacher and the assistant can be contacted at all times by e-mail. 

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Number of places: 60
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: History of globalization I
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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