Globalization and cultural mosaic: An Asian perspective

Offer semester
2nd semester

Lecture time
Monday 19:00 – 21:50

Lecture venue

Course description

Globalisation refers to the increasing flow of people, goods, commodities, economic activity, technologies, media, values, and belief systems on a global scale. People are becoming more aware of the global connectivity of economic, cultural, political, and social activities in different parts of the world. Recent studies focus on the dynamics of this global flow in shaping the emerging world order. This course takes a serious look at this emerging global map by examining the social, cultural, and creative interface of global, domestic, and trans-border cultures in Asia.

The lectures of this course are arranged under three major themes, which included (1) city and state (which evaluates the functions and roles of city and nation-state in the global context); (2) new communities (which examines the changing meaning of communities amid an increasing amount of people’s flow and cultural exchanges); and (3) globalisation vs. regionalisation (which examines the possibilities of the rise emergence of Pan-Asian identity and global citizenship).

This course aims to provide students with a broader and deeper understanding of the issues related to globalisation from an Asian perspective. Specific Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Taipei, Tokyo, and Singapore will be investigated.

Course learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the impacts of globalisation on different domains of life, especially the city and culture.
  • Know the general background of globalisation.
  • Apply the basic concepts and theoretical perspectives to an analysis of the impacts of globalization in social life, especially in the context of Asia; and
  • Appreciate the impacts that globalisation has on everyday life.


Class Participation20%
Observation Report20%
Individual Essay40%

Required reading

There is no textbook for this course. However, the following titles will give you a comprehensive review of the current debates on globalisation and its relevance to Asia.

Busà, A. (2017) The Creative Destruction of New York City: Engineering the City for the Elite. New York: Oxford University Press.

Harvey, D. (2012) Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution. London: Verso.

Gottdiener, M. and Hutchison, R. (2011). The New Urban Sociology. Boulder: Westview Press.

Held, D. and McGew, A. (eds.) (2005) The Global Transformations Readers: an Introduction to the Globalization Debate (2nd edition). Cambridge: Polity.

Ritzer, G. (ed.) (2010) Globalization: A Basic Text. Chichester; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Course co-ordinator and teachers

Student view

A fun course! Very practical ideas and theories were presented to students, I was happy to be able to think critically about our world and crucial global issues.

-Nora Wong, 1st year MSocSc student in Media Culture & Creative Cities