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Globalization – глобализация
Interconnectedness – взаимосвязанность
Interdisciplinary – междисциплинарный
Consequence – (по)следствие, результат (чего-л.)
Identity – идентичность, тождество, одинаковость
Holistic – холистический, глобальный, единый
Interpretation – интерпретация, истолкование, трактовка
Removal – перемещение, переезд
Diminution – уменьшение, снижение, спад
Transnational – транснациональный

To facilitate – облегчать, содействовать, способствовать
To protect – защищать, охранять, ограждать
To integrate – включать, совмещать, интегрировать
To exchange – обменивать
To develop – развивать, совершенствовать
To increase – возрастать, увеличиваться, усиливаться
To associate – объединять, соединять
To measure – измерять, мерить, отсчитывать
To reduce – понижать, сокращать, уменьшать
To replace – заменять, замещать

1. To integrate – to make someone become a full member of a group or society and be involved completely in its activities.
2. Holistic – based on the idea that you should take care of your whole body and mind, rather than just treating a part of the body that is ill.
3. To reduce – to make something smaller or less in size, amount, importance etc.
4. Diminution – a reduction in the size or amount of something.
5. To associate – to form a connection in your mind between different people or things.
6. There was one University, the University of Chicago, where there existed an interdisciplinary program in "Analysis of Ideas and Study of Methods".
7. That may facilitate the resumption of negotiations in Geneva.
8. Young people had strayed from their cultural and religious roots, and lost their identity.
9. Postfix continues to be actively developed today, and is the default MTA in many modern Linux distributions.
10. Having planted these mines, Israel must bear the responsibility for their removal.


We’re covering topics like wealth and poverty, cultural identity and immigration. We want to encourage them to see the world as broadly as possible, to understand different cultures , different societies, what life is like in different places, and also have a sense of interconnectedness of the world today, of globalization of why what happens in other countries matters to them, and vice versa. It’s an interesting topic because it’s naturally interdisciplinary . It’s a topic that requires that you understand different economic, political, and social issues. So in the course we want to talk about ways in which globalization does benefit certain people and ways in which it also has some consequences . Both of us think it’s a very interesting topic, we come at it from an interdisciplinary perspective, and as Gabe said, sociology is an interdisciplinary kind of discipline. My background in Geography is also a discipline that prides itself on being interdisciplinary or looking at things from a variety of perspectives. There are some famous books out there like Fareed Zakaria’s book called "The Post American World," and so we’ll be reading an article by him called "The Rise of the Rest" and in that article he’s making the argument that other places like India and China have been rising over the past couple of decades economically . In a way that they’ve essentially caught up with the United States as being economic power houses, so to speak. It’s a very interesting time to be a freshman in college. There are changes happening in our world, that will certainly shape our future in ways that didn’t necessarily, we didn’t see as important issues or as looming as they were when we were in college. This is a small class, this will be a seminar, so expect a lot of participation. We don’t want to lecture too much, I think we both lecture a lot. Generally, this is a chance to have a lot of class participation and students should feel free to express their ideas openly. It should be a very open and comfortable forum. If we think about social identities and cultural identities around the world, some have described globalization as a paradox, it has shrunken the world in terms of bringing people closer together. Through our communications, trade relations and so forth, it brings us closer together. It makes the world smaller. At the same time it rips people apart, because it creates tensions when people feel as if their social identities or cultural traditions are being threatened. The rapid consumption of goods and services has been another impact of globalization . I really enjoy reading about the world, about what’s going on in other places, and talking about how our American way of seeing the world is not necessarily, and certainly not the way everyone else around the world sees things. I think we’re both pretty curious, naturally curious. We’re interested in how the world works, and seeing it from different angles, and that’s what gets me up in the morning, trying to figure out, answer difficult questions , complicated questions, about topics that seem abstract, like culture and globalization, that when you think about it carefully, really have a big impact on people’s lives and on the world. So if students come out of my classes with a little bit of a broader sociological imagination, I’m happy. And you don’t have to be a sociologist to have a sociological imagination, of course.

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In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Do you know what I just heard about your friend?"
"Hold on a minute," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test."
"Triple filter?"
"That’s right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"
"No," the man said, "Actually I just heard about it and ..."
"All right," said Socrates. "So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?"
"No, on the contrary…"
"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?"
"No, not really …"
"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?"

List of questions for discussion

1. What images spring to mind when you hear the word "globalization"?
2. What are the good things and bad things about globalization?
3. How long has the term "globalization" been around?
4. Do you think it’s possible to ignore globalization?
5. How has globalization affected your life?
6. Is globalization good for the world?
7. What will globalization look like fifty years from now?
8. Do you think globalization will make us all the same in the future?
9. Which countries do you think like or hate globalization most?
10. What concept do you think will come after globalization?
11. Do you think globalization could end in a world with just one giant country?
12. What do you think indigenous tribes think about globalization?
13. Can you measure globalization?
14. Do you think globalization will reduce or increase the poverty gap?
15. How has popular culture added to globalization?

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