Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Globalization: More Than a Three-Credit Course

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Globalization: More Than a Three-Credit Course

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The concept of globalization encompasses a wide range of issues, from the economic impact of international trade agreements and the protests against them to the influences of corporations, technology, media, tourism and immigration. Such issues have the potential to engender positive cultural exchange but also spark fears of cultural hegemony, especially fears of global "Americanization."

Higher education has certainly not been untouched by these issues. In this Catholic Colleges and Universities special section, NCR takes a look at just a few aspects of globalization as it affects the lives of faculty and students.

For the opening article on Page 2a, reporter Renee LaReau spoke with professors at Catholic institutions who are grappling with whether globalization should be examined through an ethical lens in the classroom--questioning the economic exploitation of developing nations, for instance, or the cultural risks posed by the American media. While some scholars raise these questions with students, others, especially in business disciplines, maintain that humanities and liberal-arts courses are better suited to deal with them. "There is a significant majority that thinks these are issues we should discuss, but it's not unanimous," according to Patrick Murphy of the University of Notre Dame. …

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