PHEB704 Globalization


The course has two main objectives:

• To provide a thorough grounding in the philosophical and theoretical debates on globalization

• To examine the economic, political, social, cultural issues covered by the debate and their impact on contemporary cultures

This course critically examines the subject of globalisation from a sociological perspective. It aims to give the student grounding in the most fundamental aspects of globalisation. The course suggests an interpretation of the concept itself, the central themes of changing communications, social networks, and experiences of space and time, and the major economic, political and ideological dimensions of globalisation. The view taken in this course is that, while there have been distinctive social changes associated with globalisation in recent decades, to understand this process we need to regularly relocate it in a long-term historical perspective. We also need to be careful about talking of globalisation as if it were one thing. In fact, this very broad term encompasses an array of different social processes that need to be distinguished in order to be better understood.

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Prof. Kolyo Koev, DSc
Asst. Prof. Teodora Karamelska, PhD

Course Description:


After completing successfully this course the students will:

1) know:

• the several key aspects of Globalization

• the history of Globalization

The main theoretical debates on Globalization issues

2) are capable of:

• to discuss the key critical ideologies behind Globalization

• to identify the benefits and liabilities of Globalization on cultures around the world

• discuss what might deconstruct or reverse Globalization


Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:


  1. Modernity and Globality as Epochal Configurations
  2. The (Unfulfilled?) Promises of the Modern Project: The Nation-State Society
  3. Unilinear and Reflexive Modernity
  4. The Postmodern Challenges
  5. Are We Really Facing the End of History?
  6. What is Globalization? Globalization or Globalizations? Political, Economic, Cultural Globalization. Capitalism and Globalization
  7. Globality and Everyday Life. Locality and Globality
  8. Globalization and Risk. The World Risk Society
  9. Globalization and the Future of Democracy. Nation State and Global State. Performative Citizenship
  10. Media in the Global Age. The Social Impact of Global Media
  11. National, Transnational and Global Institutions
  12. Globalization and the Rethinking of the Public Sphere. The so-called “Transnationalizing” of the Public Sphere
  13. Current Control


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Beck, U. The Reinvention of Politics: Rethinking Modernity in the Global Social Order. Polity Press: Cambridge, 1996

Beck, U. Risk Society. Towards a New Modernity. Sage: London, 1992

Featherstone, M. Consummer Culture and Postmodernism. Sage: London, 2007

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Fukuyama, F. The End of History and the Last Man. Free Press: New York, 1992

Sassen, S. Losing Control? Sovereignty in an Age of Globalization. Columbia University Press: New York, 1996

Sassen, S. The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo. Princeton University Press: Princeton, 1991.

Archibugi, D. and David Held (eds). Cosmopolitan Democracy. Polity Press: Cambridge

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Giddens, A. Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age. Polity Press: Cambridge, 1991

Robertson, Roland. Globalization : Social Theory and Global Culture. London: Sage, 1992

Sklair, L. Sociology of the Global System. Harvester Wheatsheaf: London, 1991