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

Fall 2009

SOC 340C • Globalization

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46583 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
WRW 113

Course Description

The catalog describes this course as a sociological analysis of the interrelated economic, political and cultural aspects of globalization, and an examination of the consequences of globalization for nations around the world and for groups within these nations. We will touch on all these topics but more attention will be given to the social and cultural aspects of globalization. The class will include topics on globalization and health.  We will also spend a couple of classes on the environment.

This section will use writing as a means of learning about globalization and, at the same time, will take the topic of globalization as an opportunity for you to practice and improve your writing. Thus, the course has a dual focus: It will emphasize substantive sociological content crucial to your understanding of the world today, and it will also emphasize the honing of writing skills that will be useful to you as a student, a professional, and a citizen.

The course will introduce the major dimensions of globalization and the main questions that the topic raises for scholars and activists. I hope that you will approach the topic with an open mind, and that you will leave the course with a determination to continue thinking and learning about globalization.

Grading Policy

Informal writing:
In class writing, quizzes and class participation 15%
Responses to classmates' writing ("peer reviews") 10%

Formal writing:
Formal papers, including revisions (Length: 250-750 words) 30%
(First draft 15%)
(Final version 15%)
Final book review essay, in lieu of a final exam (Length: 1000-1250 words) 30%

The writing assignments are intended to help you develop greater skill, versatility and confidence as a writer, by practicing different writing strategies and techniques for giving and receiving feedback on written work.

The assignments for the course should take an average of about six hours per week to complete.

Hour exam at midterm 7.5%
Second hour exam 7.5%

Grading Scale
94-100+ A
90-93 A-
87-89 B+
84-86 B
80-83 B-
77-79 C+


Ritzer, George, The Globalization of Nothing, Thousand Oaks: Pine Forge Press, 2007
Eitzen, D. Stanley and Maxine Baca Zinn, eds., Globalization: The Transformation of Social Worlds, 2nd ed. Belmont: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009

There are also assignments from:
New York Times ( )
Yale Global Online Magazine (

Recommended if you plan to continue in sociology:
American Sociological Association, Style Guide, 3rd. ed. (order from the ASA at; excerpts are posted on your course page under "Course Documents."


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