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

Summer 2008

SOC W340C • Globalization ADDED COURSE

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
89197 MTWThF
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
BUR 108
GREEN

Course Description

SOC 321K (TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION) AND 340C MAY NOT BOTH BE COUNTED.

This course provides an overview of the interrelated processes of economic, political, and cultural globalization. Under the heading of economic globalization, we will focus on multinational corporations, international financial and trade institutions (i.e., the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization), and the manner in which they facilitate globalization by reducing the economic and political sovereignty of nation states. We will also consider these economic entities' impact on global inequality and its consequences, including the potential for political instability and terrorism. Continuing with a more political focus, we will examine strategies for addressing global problems (e.g., terrorism, human trafficking, global warming, AIDS), paying particular attention to need for cooperation between nation states, NGOs, and grassroots social movements. Addressing the cultural side of globalization, we will look at some of the ways in which economic and political changes impact national cultures, as well as how these changes are localized when filtered through diverse cultural lenses. In each of the aforesaid areas, we will examine the role of the United States in the global arena, given its status a dominant economic, military, and cultural force.

Grading Policy

Attendance:
You're allowed three (3) absences during the session without penalty (excluding our introductory class meeting). If you miss more than three classes, regardless of the reason for the absences, your semester grade will be reduced by one full percentage points for each absence beyond the three allowed. The one exception to this policy concerns absences for religious holidays, assuming proper notification is given.

*Grading Policy:

Three exams 80%
Pop quizzes 20%

OR

Three 3-4 page papers 70%
Class participation 15%
Pop quizzes 15%

*I will decide which grading system to use based on class enrollment.

Texts

Stiglitz, Joseph E., Globalization and Its Discontents, Norton, 2003, (paperback)
Hertz, Noreena, The Silent Takeover, Harper Collins, 2003, (paperback)
Nye, Joseph S. The Paradox of American Power, Oxford, 2003, (paperback)
Berger, Peter L. and Samuel P. Huntington, Many Globalizations, Oxford, 2003, (paperback)

A small packet of prepared readings (To be purchased at Paradigm on 24th St.)

Additional readings on Blackboard will be assigned.

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