Oct 03, 2022  
2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GPS 6121 - Globalization & International Developmen

Cross-Listed As: GPS 4121

This course on globalization and international development examines the social, economic, political and cultural causes and consequences of the long-term historical changes in the world since the end of World War II from a sociological perspective. We will discuss the issues, methods, paradigms and leading figures in the Sociology of Development and Globalization, as well as several substantive topics of empirical research. We will address macro issues of social structure and changes as well as how these impact individuals and groups in developing societies. This course demonstrates that globalization is not uni-directional: the developed world is also greatly influenced by events and trends in the developing world, although this is still not widely recognized or acknowledged. It presents alternate and competing viewpoints, as well as the reflections of many scholars and practitioners involved in formulating and implementing policies. We will address such questions as: What explains the differences in the rates of economic growth, the structures of economies, types of political systems, popular and official reactions to globalization, the ability to build viable political institutions, changes in social structure and social relations? How should we think about these issues? What standards, measures and terminology should be used to evaluate changes? What is the appropriate role (and who decides?) of the developed world - states, militaries, non-governmental organizations, multinational corporations, mass movements, multilateral institutions - in addressing many of these topics? How should the Western world adjust to its diminished status and clout? Is there a “best” form of development to strive for, and who decides this as well as how to achieve it for each society? Are the experiences of some societies transferable to others?

3 Hours Lecture
3 Credits

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