Globalization: Theoretical Perspectives

By Prof. R. Santhosh   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 505
This course aims to introduce students to some of the central debates in social theory on globalization. It aims to engage with the following broad theoretical concerns of globalization: Modernity and late/post modernity; spatial and temporal aspects of globalization; cultural, socio-political and technological transformations in a global world. It engages with these themes by analyzing some of the most important scholars of globalization. The course also examines certain specific themes in Indian society to illustrate their engagement with the process of globalization.

PhD, Postgraduate and undergraduate students of social sciences
PREREQUISITES : Familiarity with introductory sociological courses is preferable
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:Introduction to globalization debates and social theory
Week 2:Cultural globalization: George Ritzer, Samuel Huntington, Arjun Appadurai and others
Week 3: Cultural globalization: George Ritzer, Samuel Huntington, Arjun Appadurai and others
Week 4:Globalization and modernity debates: Anthony Giddens, David Harvey and Ulrich Beck
Week 5:Globalization and modernity debates: Anthony Giddens, David Harvey and Ulrich Beck
Week 6:Globalization, spatiality and networks : Manuel Castells, Saskia Sassen etc
Week 7: Globalization, spatiality and networks: Manuel Castells, Saskia Sassen etc
Week 8:Globalization, risk societies and changing forms of nation state: Ulrich Beck
Week 9:Anti-globalization theorization: The Empire and alternate imaginations
Week 10:Globalization and Indian society: Substantive themes and illustrations
Week 11: Globalization and Indian society: Substantive themes and illustrations
Week 12:Conclusion and summing up of the course

Books and references

Castells, Manuel. 2010 The Power of Identity. Sussex. Blackwell Publishing.
Coleman William D and Alina Sajed.2013. Fifty Key Thinkers on Globalization. London. Routledge Publication.
Giddens, Anthony. 2003. The Consequences of Modernity. London. Polity Press.
Harvey, David. 1992. The Conditions of Postmodernity. London. Blackwell Publication.
Johns, Andrew. 2010. Globalization: Key Thinkers. London. Polity Press.
Lechner, Frank J and John Boli. 2014. The Globalization Reader. London. Wiley-Blackwell.
Mooney, Annabelle and Betsy Evans. 2007. Globalization: Key Concepts. New York. Routledge Publication.
Ritzer, George. 2007. The Blackwell Companion to Globalization. New York: Blackwell Publication.
Stager, Manfred. 2013. Globalization: Greatest Hits. London. Oxford University Press.

Instructor bio

Prof. R. Santhosh

IIT Madras
Dr. R. Santhosh teaches sociology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. He specializes in field of sociology of religion, focusing on Hindu and Islamic religiosity in the late modern contexts in India.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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