Option A: Effects of Globalization on Cities and Communities 


Option A: Effects of Globalization on Cities and Communities 

Option A  will require you  to develop a research-based and well-written responsive essay concerning the effects of globalization on cities and communities.  There is much research on the topic of globalization; however, you  should be able to synthesize the wealth of information and to present a clear and well-researched responsive essay.  

In Option A of this assignment, you should develop a responsive essay that addresses (at a minimum) the following: 

· Define globalization.

· Discuss the historical origin of globalization

· Identify at least one theoretical perspective used to analyze globalization.

· Discuss general dimensions of globalization (please access the link below for an explanation of the general dimensions, which are interconnection, intensity, integration and institutionalization, pace, and level of impact).

· Identify major debates concerning globalization (e.g., hyperglobalizers; transformationalists).

· How have social institutions (or processes) in cities been affected by globalization?  Here, you can discuss what some call “dimensions”.  These include: the economy, politics, culture, technology and international trade relations.

· What are some successes, failures, and consequences of globalization?

· Identify current and/or future trends of globalization and its affect on cities.


Be sure to follow all requirements concerning citations and requirements for submitting a well-developed responsive essay.  The length of the responsive essay should not exceed 3-4 pages.  Please double space your response.  You can use the questions as an outline (or format) for your responses.