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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Fall 2007

SOC 308 • Introduction to Social Problems: Globalization

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47561 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
NOA 1.102

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts and some of the keys issues of globalization from a sociological perspective. We will address various controversies surrounding globalization as we discuss a variety of topics related to the increasing interconnectedness of our world. Topics covered will be organized under the major themes of the global economy, cultural diversity, gender, and the environment. In addition to exploring how contemporary global processes affect people outside of the United States, this course will emphasize the relevancy of globalization to Americans' daily lives and the relationship of the local to the global.

Grading Policy

Students understanding of and critical engagement with course materials will be evaluated based on examinations, essay papers, and participation on in-class assignments. Students will be expected to thoughtfully apply the concepts learned in the course to the world around them, including their immediate environment, and to effectively communicate their ideas on the topics covered.


Readings for the course include the required textbook and additional articles, which will be made available to students throughout the course.


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