Globalization and Transcultural issues

Lecturer(s): Cécile LACOIN
Course ⋅ 28 hAutonomy ⋅ 4 h


Globalization subverts our time. We are cooperating with partners from other countries. Companies multiply their exchanges, they delocate and relocate permanently. Movies, series and sport events have a global audience. Under the visible standardization carried by globalization, local peculiarities stand out and maintain economical and social processes within the cultural field. Therefore, globalization can be characterized by a process of « glocalization ». The course analyses all forms of globalization (which is neither a recent phenomenon, nor a simple one) and enables to develop skills in cross-cultural understanding by analysing various issues, such as economy, nature, culture, languages,body….


Globalization, glocalization, cross-cultural issues, economy, labour, nature, body, culture, modernity, languages


The course presents concepts and methods for the analysis of globalization issues today, by putting them into perspective. Specifical themes are being analyzed in order to understand the cross-cultural stakes such as: the various stages of globalization across the centuries, the diversity of the forms of capitalism, the relationship to work, the transformation in the perception of bodies and exchanges between people, the various meanings of nature, the cultural events (series, sport events), the languages, the modernity (with a visit to the “Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon”). The course is presented by five lecturers in human sciences and languages.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding globalization and its issues.
  • Developing critical thinking and raising awareness of the own culture.
  • Identifying the differences between several cultures and their interactions.
  • Developing abilities to communicate and interact with people from other cultures.


50% Knowledge - 50% Know-how Knowledge : 50% final exam - 50% continuous assessment Know-how : 50% final exam - 50% continuous assessment