The History of Globalisation; a Commodities Prospective

Carolyn Biltoft

MINT095 | Autumn | 6 ECTS

By tracing the production and consumption of a range of goods from sugar, to coffee, to cell phones, this course provides a concrete point of entry for understanding some of globalization’s economic, social, political and cultural consequences. Beginning in 1500 and ending with the present era, the course will use specific commodities to explore such themes as conspicuous consumption, global market integration, economic inequality, and the international division of labor. It will equally explore the range of meanings that commodities acquire and the consumption practices that take shape in different cultural and political contexts.