SOC 340C • Globalization
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
This course provides an overview of the interrelated economic, political, and cultural components of globalization. Particular attention will focus on multinational corporations, international financial institutions (i.e., the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization), and the role that these corporate and financial entities play in influencing the distribution of income between the worlds rich and poor nations. The social and political consequences of this distribution will be examined, including the potential for global instability and terrorism. Addressing the cultural components of globalization, attention will focus on the multiple ways in which economic and political changes impact national cultures, as well as how these changes are filtered through diverse cultural lens. In each of the aforesaid areas, we will consider what role the United States should play in the global arena, given its status as a military, economic, and cultural superpower. The course has three main objectives. One concerns giving students the theoretical tools needed to critically analyze globalization and its challenges from a sociological perspective. A second involves providing factual information relevant to the globalization process. A final objective centers upon evaluating social policy, with special reference to questions of international social justice and the establishment of democratic processes. Class format will be a mixture of lecture and discussion.
Grading: Exams: 75% Paper: NA Quizzes: 25% Other: NA Homework: NA