Saturday, May 9, 2009

Globalisation

Recently was truly busy with my assignments and thesis. After completing those coursework, now I have to prepare for my upcoming final exams which are just around the corner. I hope my this final exams, I would be doing well. I would say "Contested Globalisation and Governance" module is the most difficult because you must have a vast knowledge in order to answer in that paper which according to my Professor.

Anyway, starting from today, I will do more revision and books by Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Krugman, Anita Roddick, Anthony Giddens, Naomi Klein and Thomas Friedman, I have to read all of them to give me a complete picture about globalisation. I find that this globalisation module is very interesting as it covers the whole spectrum what has been happening around the globe. For this module, you will be exposed to how the labour or people are actually suffering in their daily working life in terms of the products that you buy in the market, the clothes you are wearing, foods, and other stuffs especially in the third world countries. One thing for certain is that Sweatshops are still prevail in every corner of the world. Ones cannot deny its non-existence even we live in a highly civilised world. This module has opened up my mind that so much happenings around the world which I don't even aware of in the first place. In addition, with my Professor's wit and being as a very knowledeable lecturer, he gave numerous articles and examples in this module to further support our learning.

The main objective for this module is that, ones have to argue and give a thorough understanding of globalisation. Thomas Friedman's bestseller book "The World is Flat" and his statement is he believes that the world is flat. But based on the course and my understanding, I cannot fully agree with his statement. They are other authors like Pankaj Ghemawat, Nancy Birdsall and the like, they don't agree fully with the statement that the world is flat. In my opinion, I believe certain thing is yes but there are certain facts that the world is flat theme cannot be related at all. I will post my further thoughts more about globalisation after I read all the books as I mentioned above. Thomas Friedman's "The World is Flat" book is worth a read if you want to know more how globalisation affects our daily life drastically.

Andrew Loh

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