GLOBAL 2: INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL
SOCIOECONOMIC AND POLITICAL PROCESSES
Teaching Assistants: Kathryn Farquhar
Office: Girvetz 2306
This interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce students to the growing field of global studies. Most
social scientists agree that, over the past few decades, the world has increasingly operated as a single integrated society
rather than a mosaic of independent countries separated from one another by national borders.
commonly referred to as “globalization,” has had profound social, cultural, political, and economic effects on people
around the world. Unfortunately, many long-standing social scientific theories provide little insight into these important
For this reason globalization has, and still is challenging both scholars and policymakers who are
trying to understand its myriad and far-reaching effects. In this class, which is one of the gateway courses for the global
studies major, we will explore some of these developments in their regional and global contexts.
We will also evaluate
the ways that scholars have tried to analyze world systems and global processes and trends.
There are four required texts for the course:
Patrick O'Meara, Howard D. Mehlinger and Matthew Krain (eds.),
Globalization and the Challenges of a New
Century: A Reader
(Bloomington, Indiana: University of Indiana Press, 2000).
This book also contains an
excellent resource bibliography on globalization, including a long list of useful websites (see pp. 461-482)
Sarah Anderson, John Cavanaugh, and Thea Lee (eds.),
Field Guide to the Global Economy
(NY: New Press,
This is an excellent primer on economic globalization (with a point of view, of course), that concludes with
some current response.
Degiuli Glob 2 Reader available at Grafikart in IV
Additional required materials, which will be assigned from time to time, will be posted to the course website, as
will supplementary materials (see below, under course website).
There will be one midterm multiple choice exam on Wednesday April 30th, and a multiple choice
exam on June 9
from 4 to 7 pm.
There will be no early final examinations, and no make-ups, except for medical reasons supported with a letter from
a doctor. If you plan to leave on spring break early and cannot take the final on the scheduled date, you should not
take the course.
There is no extra credit possible, so your grade will depend entirely on the scheduled examinations
and the policy brief.
is due in the final class (June 4).
The policy brief must be 7-10 double-spaced
pages (preferably towards the shorter end), with a bibliography and footnotes for information used or quotes cited.
is information given to a policy-maker (such as the U.S. State Department, an agency of the United