• globalization;
  • visual sociology;
  • pedagogy

How do students ‘see’ globalization? How do they understand visual representations of its political, social and ethical dimensions? This article discusses the use of visual materials as a tool for teaching globalization theory. Images convey specific values and beliefs, frame understandings of global problems, provide access to distant locales and offer a form of resistance. Such media allow students to consider how images may reproduce inherently politicized articulation, and to gain a better understanding of models of and concepts related to globalization. The article discusses a specific exercise, learning outcomes and pedagogical barriers to students’ understanding of visual representation of space and place. It provides both specific images related to globalization and student analyses which illustrate how visual analyses may facilitate integration, synthesis and retention of otherwise abstract theories and concepts.