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1 Fall Semester 2018 Michigan State University Integrative Studies in Social Science ISS 315-002-003: Approaches to Globalization and a Cultural History of Capitalism 002: Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 AM 9:50 AM, G008 Holden Hall 003: Tuesday and Thursday 10:20 AM - 12:10 PM, G008 Holden Hall Professor: Seven Mattes E-mail: [email protected] Office location: Berkey Hall 6E Office hours: Thur 1:30pm 3:30pm Teaching Assistant - 002: Mari Isa Teaching Assistant - 003: Livy Drexler E-mail: [email protected] E-mail: [email protected] Office location: 404 East Fee Hall Office location: 404 Baker Hall Office hours: Wed 10:00am 12:00pm Office hours: Tue 1:30pm 3:30pm --Only contact the TA associated with your section (002 or 003)-- COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is an introduction to social science perspectives for understanding the cultural dimensions of globalization, global diversity, and capitalism. We will trace the history of globalization and how the concept intersects with variables such as the economy, politics, culture, and ecology. Moreover, we will explore the invention and development of cultural practices such as trade, mercantilism, and markets and examine how they relate to our current notion of Capitalism. One of the main goals of the course is to help students understand the diversity and interconnectedness of the human experience by exploring the emergence and transformation of economic systems across time and how these changes have affected societies all over the globe. You will become more reflexive about your own notions and perspectives by examining the experiences of others through our textbook, readings, and films. For most class sessions you should expect a lecture based on textbook readings (Steger), Coursepack modules (TopHat), other assigned readings, and brief films. In-class discussions will complement the topics examined in class. COURSE OBJECTIVES Throughout this course you will: Build familiarity with key theoretical frameworks for globalization and the global economy and apply, evaluate, and compare these frameworks using course materials. Critically interrogate concepts such as globalization, interdependence, capitalism, and political economy and their implications for human communities. Study how power relations, on both local and global scales, matter for understanding how economic trends differ. Build critical thinking, analysis, and communication skills.
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