TimeDaysLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS Class NumberSyllabus (Tentative)
HSC. 41088 TBA.

January 12, 2011- April 25, 2011

Catalog Description: Introduction to the study of globalization. Describes and explains development of the modern world system. Provides global perspectives on major institutions and conflicts.

Semester Details:

Sushi restaurants popping up in Atlanta, Doctors Without Borders aiding refugees in Darfur, China as the factory of the world, global warming as a growing worldwide concern – these and other aspects of globalization are the focus.  Making sense of global change, and understanding global processes in everyday life, is the goal.  Important topics include connections between the global and the local; globalization’s homogenizing and diversifying effects; sports, popular culture, and the mass media; global politics and social movements; and global problems, such as inequality, environmental degradation, and ethno-nationalist conflict.  Throughout the course, theories of global structures and processes will guide the discussion.

Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources

  1. Iyer, Pico. Video Night in Kathmandu.
    ISBN: 9780679722168.
  2. Florini, Ann. The Third Force: The Rise of Transnational Civil Society.
    ISBN: 9780870031793.
  3. Boli, John, & Lechner, Frank J. World Culture: Origins and Consequences.
    ISBN: 9780631226772.
  4. Lechner, Frank, & Boli, John. The Globalization Reader.
    ISBN: 9781405155533.
  5. Articles and other supplementary material on electronic reserve.


Assignment/ExamDetails% of Total Grade
"thought pieces" based on the reading materials
exercises on the world economy and global media flows
short assignments about global processes and organizations
final exam

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