SOC 36 Globalization

This course surveys a range of major global social trends over the last few centuries in order to better understand contemporary globalization processes. We will draw on large-scale historical transformations from the past and compare their similarities and differences to current global transitions. Specifically, we examine the rise of bureaucracy, industrial capitalism, and national social movements/revolutions to assist us in comprehending current world trends such as the network society, neo-liberal economic restructuring, international social movements, and global conflict. The course is divided into the following nine themes:

Basic Concepts and Theories of Social Change

  1. The Global Diffusion of Bureaucratic and Network Organizational Structures
  2. The Historical Rise of Capitalist Society
  3. The Transition from Fordism to Neo-Liberal Globalization
  4. The Debt Crisis in the Developing World
  5. Democratization as a Global Pattern
  6. Cultural Explanations of Change and International Conflict in the Post-Cold War Era
  7. Social Movements in International Perspective
  8. Environmental Issues and Urbanization in a Globalizing World