Globalization 101

Our textbook’s introduction offers some first thoughts about globalization and its definitions.Our text is The Globalization Reader, edited by Frank J. Lechner and John Boli. This is identified as “L&B” below and in all future assignments.


After studying the text, students should be able to summarize the authors’ answers to the following questions:

  1. What does globalization involve?
  2. Is globalization new?
  3. Is globalization driven by the expanding market?
  4. Does globalization make the world more homogeneous?
  5. Does globalization determine local events?
  6. Is globalization harmful?
  7. What does globalization mean?


  • “General Introduction” (L&B 1-5)
    [Note that this is pages 1-5, not chapters.]
  • Lecture Slides: General Introduction

In-Class Quiz

  • Globalization 101