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- SOC 221
- Course Title:
- Globalization & Int. Relations
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Provides an introductory survey of economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions of globalization and evaluates their impacts on international relations. Examines patterns of conflict and cooperation among countries including the influence of international institutions, NGOs, and global corporations. Introduces selected issues such as war and peace, global security, environment, elites and concentration of power, wealth and income distribution, cultural and ethnic identities and explores possible peaceful solutions to these global problems. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivlant placement test scorses. PS 221, EC 221 and SOC 221 are equivalent and only one may be taken for credit.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
1. Recognize characteristics of global systems, including the specific structure and functions of
various international institutions as well as the roles played by nation?states, multinational corporations, and a wide variety of non?governmental organizations and social institutions.
2. Examine arguments for and against economic and cultural globalization, noting how these arguments reflect a range of culturally based assumptions and preferences with regards to different approaches to international political economy (IPE) and security.
3. Explore the evolving context of international relationships, including the impact of diverse cultural ideas, behaviors, and issues upon these relationships, taking care to show sensitivity and empathy toward those holding viewpoints different from your own.
4. Analyze the impacts of international policies upon local realities, developing the ability to conceptually organize information while practicing ethical and social requirements of responsible global citizenship.
5. Recognize and understand the role and influence of global media and technological changes upon the quality of information available to us, while evaluating environmental and other consequences associated with a diversity of points of view in dealing with global issues.
Course Activities and Design
This course will be consistently cross?listed for credit in the three disciplines of political
science, economics, and sociology – to be taught by interested instructors meeting the minimum requirements for teaching in any of these disciplines at PCC.
Course activities and design may make use of combinations of methods and tools
including lectures, classroom discussions, texts and supplementary readings, films, guest
speakers, and other classroom aids at the discretion of the instructor.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Different techniques may be used for assessment which will be determined by the
individual instructor. They may include:
*Exams consisting of essays, multiple choice, or other methods that integrate and require
application of concepts, themes, and issues covered in this course.
*Written assignments such as papers, reports, reviews, journals, or other exercises that
demonstrate a critical capacity to evaluate information relating to this course
*Individual or group projects where students identify resources that provide information and
utilize these resources to evaluate policies reflecting conflicting beliefs, goals, and strategies.
*Oral presentations, debates, roleplaying, or other exercises intended to provide a more
comprehensive understanding of issues and how they may be addressed.
*Research projects using standard research techniques, acceptable formats, and specified rating
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
1. Explaining Globalization
*Definitions and global trends
*The modern world systems of capitalism and socialism
*Socio?economic and politics of the global system
*Nation?States in the era of globalization
2. Globalization and the World Economy
*International trade and strategic foreign policies
*Trade agreements and trading blocks
*WTO, NAFTA, IMF, WB, APEC
*China, India, EU, Russia, U.S., Brazil, Turkey
*Globalization and financial systems
*Economic performance and income distribution
*Corporations, social accountability, speculative investment, booms and busts
*Technological changes: costs and benefits
3. Globalization, Nation?State, and Global Governance
*The changing role of nation?state
*The new world order
*Political elites and concentration of power
*Foreign policies, economic and political rivalries, and strategic interests
*Military alliances and rogue states
*Democracies, dictatorships and NGOs
*Social Change and movements
4. Globalization, Information, and Culture
*Going global: sushi, Big Mac, and popular culture
*Internet, global media, and information flows
*Clash of civilizations, cultural and ethnic identities
5. Global Threats and Challenges
*Environment, sustainability, and energy supplies
*Food and population
*Terrorism and wars
*Diseases and cyber crimes
*Poverty and income distribution
Competencies and Skills
1. Identify the changing forces of globalization
2. Explain the changing role of nation?state
3. Express knowledge about factors that lead to regional and global conflicts
4. Identify and understand major global environmental threats
5. Analyze the socio?economic and political structures of the global system
6. Demonstrate knowledge of the interdependencies of foreign policies, economic rivalries, and strategic interests
7. Analyze the roles of global corporations, international organizations, and NGOs