This course introduces students to the contemporary world by examining the multifaceted phenomenon of globalization. Using the various disciplines of the social sciences, it examines the economic, religious, social, political, technological and other transformations that have created an increasing awareness of the interconnectedness of peoples and places around the globe. To this end, the course provides an overview of the various debates in global governance, development and sustainability. Beyond exposing the students of VSU to the world outside the Philippines, it seeks to inculcate a sense of global citizenship and global ethical responsibility-making for better learning, generating a new appreciation for the learning process, and developing a more critical and reflective attitude towards contemporary issues and problems that concern them and the society where they belong.