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

Summer 2009

SOC s340C • Globalization

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
87895 MTWThF
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
MEZ 2.124
Green

Course Description

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. 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 political focus, we will examine strategies for addressing global problems (e.g., widening inequality, human trafficking, human rights, global warming, water privatization), paying particular attention to need for cooperation between nation states, NGOs, and especially 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 an important economic, political, and cultural force. Class format will be a mixture of lecture and discussion, with a healthy sprinkling of videos and DVDs.

Grading Policy

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.

Three exams 80%
Pop quizzes 20%

OR

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

Texts

Stiglitz, Joseph E., Globalization and Its Discontents, Norton, (paperback), 2003
Smith, Jackie, Social Movements for Global Democracy, Johns Hopkins, (paperback), 2008
Berger, Peter L. and Samuel P. Huntington, Many Globalizations, Oxford, (paperback), 2003
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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