Semester I: 2012-2013




7 August 2012 (tentative)


Lecturer:        Professor Henry Yeung

                        Room: AS2 03-04; Tel: 6516 6810; E-mail:;



Venue:           Department Meeting Room


Time:             Monday 2:30 – 5:30 pm




*    To develop an in-depth understanding of the material and discursive processes of globalization.


    To evaluate the distinctive contributions of geographical research to globalization studies.




By the end of the module, graduate students should have a sound understanding of:


    The constitutive processes of globalization;

    The complex relationships between material manifestations of globalization and the discourses of globalization; and

    Different approaches to and perspectives on globalization in the social sciences and the distinctive contributions of human geography.




This module examines the complex debates on economic globalization and assesses the contributions of human geography to these debates. In particular, we will discuss and evaluate the spatial processes and ramifications of global economic change that is associated with globalization tendencies. We will also analyze the role of states, labour, capital, technology, and politically contested discourses of globalization in shaping global economic change. This module will be a graduate seminar comprising student presentations and discussions. Attendance and full preparation are the basic requirements. Ph.D. candidates will be expected to cope with additional written materials, as well as added responsibility in the seminar context.




The module comprises 11 three-hour seminars during each Monday 2:30pm from 13 August 2012 onwards.  With the exception of the first and the last classes, each session will comprise a one-hour seminar presentation on a pre-arranged topic by a selected graduate student, a one-hour discussion of a particular reading, and a one-hour group discussion.


The following is a list of seminar topics and assigned readings.  Each graduate student will take responsibility for preparing TWO research papers (3,000-4,000 words). All graduate students are also expected to study the readings in advance of each seminar.




The final mark will be derived from seminar presentations (30%) and research papers (70%).  There is no examination for this graduate module.




Seminar 1. Introduction to globalization (13 August 2012)


* Dicken, Peter (2011), Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy, Sixth Edition, London: Sage. Please read the whole book and familiarize yourself with the key thrusts and content of the book. AVAILABLE CL RBR (Loans Desk 1) -  HD2321 Dic 2011


* Yeung, Henry Wai-chung (2009), ‘Globalization - Economic’, in Rob Kitchen and Nigel Thrift (eds.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Oxford: Elsevier. Obtain the PDF copy from me please.


Ritzer, George (2011), Globalization: The Essentials, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.


Video: Globalisation is Good, England: Electric Sales Ltd., Call No: HF1359 Glo 2005  DVD (c. 2005 and 49 minutes)



Seminars 2-4. Globalization: key thinkers (3-17 September 2012)


Core Text:


* Jones, Andrew (2010), Globalization: Key Thinkers, Cambridge: Polity. CL RBR (Loans Desk 1) JZ1318 Jon 2010


Additional Readings:


Held, David, McGrew, Anthony, Goldblatt, David and Perraton, Jonathan (1999), Global Transformations: Politics, Economics and Culture, Cambridge: Polity.


Mittelman, James H. (2000), The Globalization Syndrome: Transformation and Resistance, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.


Ritzer, George and Atalay, Zeynep (eds.) (2010), Readings in Globalization: Key Concepts and Major Debates, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.


Rosenberg, Justin (2000), The Follies of Globalisation Theory, London: Verso.


Sassen, Saskia (ed.) (2007), Deciphering the Global: Its Scales, Spaces and Subjects, New York: Routledge.


Seminar topics:


1. How does the conception of globalization vary among different thinkers? (Keo)

2. What are the main points of contention in the still evolving globalization debate? (Augustin)

3. What are the ways through which the divergent thinking about globalization can be reconciled? (Guanie)


Research paper topic: (Min Hye)


Critically evaluate the current state of “thinking about globalization” described in Andrew Jones’ (2010) book and offer your proposal for a future research agenda in globalization studies.



Seminars 5-7. Geographies of globalization (24 September and 1-8 October 2012)


Core Text:


* Herod, Andrew (2009), Geographies of Globalization, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. CL RBR (Loans Desk 1) JZ1318 Her 2009


Additional Readings:


Cameron, Angus and Palan, Ronen (2004), The Imagined Economies of Globalization, London: Sage.


Sokol, Martin (2011), Economic Geographies of Globalisation: A Short Introduction, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.


Warwick, Murray (2006), Geographies of Globalization, London: Routledge.


Seminar topics:


1. How “global” is the global economy? (Minhye)

2. What are the discursive imaginations of globalization? (Augustin)

3. How can globalization be manufactured and governed? (Keo)


Research paper topic: (Augustin)


Critically evaluate Andrew Herod’s (2009) spatial explanations of geographies of globalization.



Seminars 8-10. Making globalization work (15-29 October 2012)


Core Text:


* Stiglitz, Joseph (2006), Making Globalization Work, New York: W.W. Norton. CL RBR (Loans Desk 1) HF1359 Sti 2006


Additional Readings:


Bhagwati, Jagdish (2004), In Defense of Globalization, Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Büthe, Tim and Mattli, Walter (2011), The New Global Rulers: The Privatization of Regulation in the World Economy, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.


Gills, Barry K. (2011), Globalization in Crisis, London: Routledge.


Munck, Ronaldo (2011), Globalization and Contestation: The New Great Counter-Movement, London: Routledge.


Rodrik, Dani (2007), One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions and Economic Growth, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.


Rodrik, Dani (2011), The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy, New York: Norton.


Rudra, Nita (2008), Globalization and the Race to the Bottom in Developing Countries: Who Really Gets Hurt? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Seminar topics:


1. Is globalization really a good phenomenon? (Keo)

2. What are the key players in globalization? (Minhye)

3. What is the impact of globalization on political and economic governance? (Guanie)


Research paper topic: (Keo and Guanie)


Assess the core argument(s) for globalization in Joseph Stiglitz (2006) and explain the extent to which you concur with them.



Seminar 11. Remaking the global economy (5 November 2012)


Core Texts:


* Dicken, Peter (2004) ‘Geographers and “globalization”: (yet) another missed boat?’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Vol.29(1), pp.5-26.


* Harvey, David (2011), ‘Roepke lecture in economic geography - Crises, geographic disruptions and the uneven development of political responses’, Economic Geography, Vol.87(1), pp.1-22.


Additional Readings:


Amin, Ash (2002), ‘Spatialities of globalisation’, Environment and Planning A, Vol.34(3), pp.385-99.


Amin, Ash (2004), ‘Regulating economic globalization’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Vol.29(2), pp.217-33.


Barnett, Clive, Cloke, Paul, Clarke, Nick and Malpass, Alice (2011), Globalizing Responsibility: The Political Rationalities of Ethical Consumption, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.


Cox, Kevin R. (2004), ‘Globalization and the politics of local and regional development: the question of convergence’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Vol.29(2), pp.179-94.


Domosh, Mona (2010), ‘The world was never flat: early global encounters and the messiness of empire’, Progress in Human Geography, Vol.34(4), pp.419-35.


Economic Geography, Vol.78(3), 2002. Special issue on global economic change, pp.253-386.


Elden, Stuart (2005), ‘Missing the point: globalization, deterritorialization and the space of the world’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, New Series, Vol.30(1), pp.8-19.


O’Dowd, Liam (2010), ‘From a ‘borderless world’ to a ‘world of borders’: ‘bringing history back in’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol.28(6), pp.1031–1050.


Peck, Jamie and Yeung, Henry Wai-chung (eds.) (2003), Remaking the Global Economy: Economic-Geographical Perspectives, London: Sage.


Scott, Allen J. and Storper, Michael (2003), ‘Regions, globalization, development’, Regional Studies, Vol.37(6/7), pp.579-93.


Smith, Neil (2004), The Endgame of Globalization, London: Routledge.


Sidaway, James D. (2012), ‘Geography, globalization, and the problematic of area studies’, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol.102.


Taylor, Peter J. (2007), ‘Problematizing city/state relations: towards a geohistorical understanding of contemporary globalization’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Vol.32(2), pp.133-50.


Yeung, Henry Wai-chung (1998), ‘Capital, state and space: contesting the borderless world’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, New Series, Vol.23(3), pp.291-309.


Yeung, Henry Wai-chung (2002), ‘The limits to globalization theory: a geographic perspective on global economic change’, Economic Geography, Vol.78(3), pp.285-305.


Seminar topics:


1. To what extent does globalization serve as a causal explanation of empirical events?

2. How do geographers link global processes to place-based geographies?

3. Does globalization lead to the end of geography?


Research paper topic:


What are geographers’ distinctive contributions to the debate on globalization and how might your own work advance those contributions?