I B 440
(PL SC 440, AFR 440)
Globalization and Its Implications (3) This course explores the socioeconomic implications of globalization.
I B (AAA S/PL SC) 440 Globalization and Its Implications (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
This course explores the socioeconomic implications of globalization and some fundamental changes that have taken place in the global socioeconomic system. The bipolar configuration of global power has been radically altered, market-state relations have been reformulated, and global systems of production and finance have been reorganized.Given these recent changes in the world's structure, globalization as a socioeconomic force is examined with a special emphasis on its implications on social issues, capital-labor relations, the roles of unions and trans-nationals, unemployment issues, poverty and inequality, gender and ethnicity issues, race relations, and democratization around the world. This course also allows students to explore how different countries, communities, social classes, business firms and even institutions are affected differently by globalization. The implications of globalization on Africana communities is given special attention.
The course is organized into three parts: A) The first part of the course attempts to define globalization and identify its essential characteristics in light of social and economic change. This part attempts to answer questions such as what constitutes globalization, how do we know if glonalization is taking place, and what aspects of it are new. B) The second part of the course attempts to assess the implications of the different aspects of globalization (identified in the first part) on many critical social issues, including capital-labor relations, the roles of unions and transnational corporations, problems of unemployment, poverty and inequality, gender, ethnic, and race relations, and democratization. C) The third part of the course examines the implications of globalization to African communities.
This course exposes students to the economic, social, political, and cultural implications of the unfolding global order. It allows them to explore how different countries, communities, social classes, business firms and even institutions are affected differently by globalization. Evaluation will be based on daily attendance, along with a class presentation of a design of a research paper; an actual research paper, a mid-term exam and a final exam.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.