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

Spring 2008

SOC 308 • Introduction to Social Problems: Globalization

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46365 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
GEO 2.102

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts and some of the keys issues of globalization and international development from a sociological perspective. We will address various controversies surrounding globalization and development 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, politics, cultural diversity, gender, and the environment.

Students will be expected to critically engage with challenging course materials, to thoughtfully and insightfully apply the concepts learned in the course to the world around them, and to effectively communicate their ideas on the topics covered. Students are expected to attend all classes, keep up with readings, maintain an open mind, and work diligently throughout the semester.

Grading Policy

Final evaluations are based on examinations, essays, participation on in-class assignments, and attendance.


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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