A World Without Borders

a Discovery Core Experience

BCORE 107 (Social Sciences)

What is Globalization?

Globalization refers to the interdependence and connectivity of countries, economies, cultures, and societies. Many believe it others many benefits to society, such as rapid technological advancements, trade and investment liberalization, societal integration, and increased global wealth. Yet, others argue that globalization has only exacerbated financial inequality, spurred political and ethnic conflict, helped spread diseases such as COVID, and increased the scope and size of global crime, to mention a few of its consequences.

Whether good or bad, you are becoming more globally connected and interdependent, from the imported shoes you wear to the diversity of people you meet daily. President Obama said: “The world is becoming more and more interconnected. Globalization is not just a trend; it’s our reality.”

Your challenge to understand and take advantage of globalization’s reality while learning how you, as a global citizen, can positively impact your increasingly connected world.

Why Should I Take This Course?

  1. You will obtain an understanding of global trends, challenges, and opportunities that touch various parts of your life, such as politics, economics, culture, and the environment.
  2. You will comprehend current global events involving political strife, commercial disputes, social unrest, and environmental hardship.
  3. You will enhance your resume by learning to deal with cross-cultural communication, international trade, global supply networks, and multinational business environments.
  4. You will learn to identify and respect various cultures, customs, and points of view and how to become a successful, ethical, and responsible global citizen.

Professor James Reinnoldt

School of Business


  • BBA: International Relations
  • MBA: International Management


James Reinnoldt, the course instructor, has over 25 years of global experience in commercial aviation, executive management, consulting, education, charities, and public health care in over 30 countries. Students will be exposed to and learn from his numerous real-world examples, professional cases, and personal experiences from his time abroad—some of which have been featured in the New York Times, CNN, and Bloomberg Business News. You will also learn from his experiences with 13 UW Study Abroad Programs he has directed and taught countries over the years.


Email: jreinn@uw.edu