Social Problems in Global Context Soc 202 Social Problems in Global Context GE Core: GSB GE Marker: GL Instructor: Stephen

J. Sills Email: Office: GRAM 204 Office Hours: T R 1:00-3:00 Class Times: M W F 1:00-1:50 Required Text: Sernau, Scott (2005) "Global Problems: the Search for Equity, Peace, and Sustainability.” Pearson Education Course Description: This course examines causes of and responses to critical social problems in different world regions with a focus on the dimensions and impacts of globalization. This course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts that sociologists use to analyze various aspects of social life while discussing current global social issues. The goal is not to have you accumulate "facts" about societies, but rather to give you the tools that to think critically about important current social issues. Topics in this course will include: challenges of global inequalities in life chances, wages and work, gender and education; conflict and violence at all levels (from crime to politics, terrorism to war); and finally issue of sustainability and the problems of urbanization, crowding and environmental destruction. Evaluation: There are 1000 pts available. Grades are will be calculated as the sum of the following assignments: 1. Homework 20% (200 pts) 2. Exam 1 15% (150 pts) 3. Exam 2 15% (150 pts) 4. Final Exam 15% (150 pts) 5. Current Events Log 15% (150 pts) 6. Current Events Presentation 10% (100 pts) 7. Attendance 10% (100 pts) 8. Attendance Bonus and other Extra Credit +5% (50 pts) Homework: For each chapter in the text and selected supplemental readings, students will be expected to write an outline of the reading (10 pts each). The outline should cover the major themes (designated by headings and subheadings in the text) and key terms (bold). Write 1-2 sentences for each section. You will submit your outlines must be made prior to class. Assignments received after the class will be considered late and penalized 10% each day. For example a 10 pts assignment turned in 3 days late would be worth a maximum of 7 pts. AFTER TEN DAYS NO CREDIT WILL BE POSSIBLE. Exams: There will be three exams, one for each section of the text. Each exam is worth 150 pts (15% of overall grade). Exams will cover the information from readings, lectures, discussions, and inclass assignments. Attendance is imperative for success on exams! Exam format includes multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. An exam study-guide will be provided the

class before the exam to help you focus your studies. Missed exams must be completed within one week of the missed exam. Missed exams must be re-scheduled to be taken during nonlecture hours. Ability to take a missed exam relies on a documented excuse. Current Events Log: A central component of this course is to learn about current global social problems. Each student will develop expertise on a particular global social problem by following current events on that problem throughout the semester. The Current Events Blog will be an on-going weekly assignment. Each week you will write an entry (about 250 words) on a newsworthy topic in your problem area (these correspond to the 12 topic areas of the text and will be randomly assigned on the first day of class). Your goal is to become an expert on the problem. Each week you will find at least one event in the news and write a summary and brief analysis of the significance of the event(s). You will provide a citation (weblink) to your source(s) for that week. You will need regular access to a serious news source. Many online news sources, including online news databases (such as lexisnexis) and major national newspapers, are available through the library ( ) or through Your current events log will be posted here on the class blog. Your posting must be made by Friday 5 pm to be counted for the week. Late submissions/postings will result in -1 point per day. After ten days no credit will be given. There are approximately fifteen weeks in the course. Each event entry will be worth 10 pts for a total of 150 points (15% of final grade). You will also be expected to comment on at least one other person's blog each week. No comments will result in -1 point per week.

Entry 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 NO 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Due Date 1/18/2008 1/25/2008 2/1/2008 2/8/2008 2/15/2008 2/22/2008 2/29/2008 3/7/2008 3/14/2008 3/21/2008 3/28/2008 4/4/2008 4/11/2008 4/18/2008 4/25/2008 5/2/2008

Current Events Presentations: During the last week of class you will present 3-5 Power Point slides recapping the major current events in your topic area. The class will be involved in scoring your presentation. A selection of test questions on the final exam will be generated from these presentations. This assignment is worth a total of 100 points (10%of final grade). Attendance: Attendance is required. Attendance is vitally important for the understanding of the material and participation in the class discussions. Attendance will be taken on five random occasions throughout the semester. Four of these attendance checks will count for 25 pts each for a total of 100 pts (10% of the final grade). Thus, if you are present for four of the five random checks, you will receive full credit for attendance. The fifth will count as an extra 10 pt bonus for perfect attendance. If you are out for official reasons, sick, or absent for any other prearranged reasons, you will be given an attendance make-up assignment worth 25 pts. If you are absent for any other reason, you will not receive credit for that day and no make-up will be provided. Official absences are those, which occur when you are involved in an official activity of the college, i.e., field trips, tournaments, athletic events, and present an official absence excuse. If you must miss a class for an official reason, present the written excuse to me before the

absence. Other official absences include jury duty and subpoenas. Appropriate documentation will be required. If prior arrangements have been made, you will not be penalized. Religious/Cultural Holidays: You have the right to observe major religious/cultural holidays without penalty. At least one week before the holiday, you should submit a written statement that includes both the date of the holiday and the reason why class attendance is impossible. Prior arrangements must be made. If prior arrangements have been made, you will not be penalized. Illness: If you are absent due to personal illness, or illness of a dependent, you must provide written documentation to that effect. Acceptable documentation includes doctor’s note (on office letterhead), hospital record, or records from a recognized medical/healthcare agency. Extra Credit: You will be given the option of up to four 10 pts extra credit assignments (40 pts total or +4% to final grade). Throughout the semester there will be the possibility of writing 2-3 page (typed) reaction papers for outside lectures and presentations, special TV programs, and other events that will be announced in class. ALL EXTRA CREDIT IS DUE BY 5/7/2008 Special Needs and Considerations: Please let me know at the beginning of the semester if you have a physical or learning disability that may need accommodations. The college will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students should also notify Student Services of any special needs.

OVERVIEW OF COURSE SCHEDULE Course content may be adapted from this outline to meet the needs of this particular class. All dates are tentative; we may need to make adjustments to the schedule as the course progresses. All readings from Global Problems: the Search for Equity, Peace, and Sustainability unless otherwise indicated. Additional information about topics/assignments will be available in class and from the course Blackboard website.
Lec 1 2 3 Subject Course Overview What is Globalization World Systems Date 14-Jan 16-Jan Reading Introduction: The Global Century 1 Class: A World of Rich and Poor
pg. 16 pg. 73-2





NO CLASS Neoimperialism

18-Jan 21-Jan Chapter 1 of Against Empire by Michael Parenti 2 Work: The Global Assembly Line 2 Work: The Global Assembly Line 28-Jan 30-Jan Behind the Brand Names Women and Migration: Incorporating Gender into International Migration Theory Philippine Labor Migration to Taiwan 3 Gender and Family: Overburdened Women and

Current Event Due


23-Jan 5 Globalized Labor 25-Jan 6 Export Processing Zones Maquilopolis (Film) Women on the Move

pg. 33-61

Current Event Due HW3

pg. 33-61

7 8

HW4 Current Event Due

1-Feb 9 Philippine Labor Migration to Taiwan The Impact of Work and the Economy on Family Life

pg. 63-88





Social Welfare and Family Policy

8-Feb 12 Education 11-Feb 13 The Educational Gender Gap 13-Feb 14 Universal Primary Education 15-Feb 15 Review and Recap EXAM 1 Defining Crime 18-Feb 20-Feb

Displaced Men Family Policy Welfare State Development Welfare Regimes Feminist Critiques Of Welfare Regimes Demographic Trends And Family Policy 4 Education: Access and Success Women’s Empowerment: Measuring the Global Gender Gap Chapter 1 Literacy: the core of Education for All

Current Event Due

pg. 89-114



Current Event Due


EXAM 1 5 Crime: Fear in the Streets Global Crime Report UN 2007 World Drug Report (Summary) 2007 Trafficking Learning More: The Forms and Impact of Human Trafficking 1828 World Report Prisons Violence Overview

pg. 117-136


22-Feb 17 18 Crime reporting 25-Feb International Drug Trade 27-Feb 19 Human Trafficking

Current Event Due


Current Event Due

29-Feb 20 21 Prisons around the world Collective Violence 3-Mar 5-Mar



Global Terror and Global War NO CLASS NO CLASS NO CLASS 7-Mar 10-Mar 12-Mar

6 War: States of Terror NO CLASS NO CLASS NO CLASS

pg. 137-171


Current Event Due


14-Mar 23 Iraq for Sale: the war Profiteers 17-Mar 24 The Privatization of War 19-Mar NO CLASS 21-Mar 25 26 Global Arms Trade Rights of the State Human Rights 28-Mar 28 Universal Human Rights 31-Mar 29 The Myth of Race 2-Apr 30 Global Race and Ethnic Relations 4-Apr 31 The Continuum of inter-ethnic relations Exam 2 24-Mar Arms Trade a major cause of suffering 7 Democracy and Human Rights: Having Our Say 7 Democracy and Human Rights: Having Our Say History of the Human Rights Movement (Parts 15) The Myth of Race: America's Original Science Fiction 8 Ethnicity and Religion: Deep Roots and Unholy Hate Public policy and ethnic conflict pg. 173-198

NO Blog Due

War Profiteers: Profits Over Patriotism in Iraq A government in search of cover: PMCs in Iraq


Current Event Due


26-Mar 27

pg. 173-198

Current Event Due HW14

Pg. 199-224


Current Event Due


7-Apr 9-Apr


Urbanization 11-Apr

34 35 36

Megacities and Sprawl New Urbanism Demographic Transition Model

9 Urbanization: Cities Without Limits Megacities Principles of New Urbanism Demographic transition 10 Population and Health: Only the Poor Die Young Life After the Oil Crash 11 Technology and Energy: Panacea or Pandora's Box? The determinants of the global digital divide: a crosscountry analysis of computer and Internet penetration 12 Ecology: How Much Can One Planet Take? Presentations

Pg. 225-252


Current Event Due

14-Apr HW17 Current Event Due HW18 16-Apr

18-Apr 37 Global Pandemics 21-Apr 38 39 Peak Oil 23-Apr Alternatives to Oil 25-Apr 40 The Global Digital Divide Closing the Gap
pg. 253-288 pg. 291-320


Current Event Due

28-Apr 41 Global Pollution and Global Warming Presentations

pg. 323-349



Presentations Presentations Exam 3

2-May 5-May 7-May 9-May

Current Event Due

Presentations Presentations Final Exam

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