Sociology 344 Global Society Dr. Stephen Sills sjsills@uncg.


344-01 Global Society (3:3) GE Marker: GL Instructor: Stephen J. Sills Office: GRAM 320 Office Hours: M W 1000-1200 Email: Location: GRAM 302 Class Times: T R 1100 - 1215

Required Texts: Steger, Manfred. (2003) Globalization: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press, USA. Eitzen, D. Stanley and Baca Zinn, Maxine (2006) Globalization: the transformation of Social Worlds Thomson/Wadsworth, USA.

Much of this course addresses the topic of “globalization” and falls under the subheading of “global sociology.” This course will introduce you to some of the main issues and debates on the topic. There are two required texts that introduce the theoretical and historical background of globalization. The readings focus on the process of globalization and how it shapes our emerging global society. Articles are drawn from scholarly as well as popular sources and will be supplemented by online materials. Catalog Course Description: Pr. 101 and two additional sociology courses or permission of instructor Examines the interdependent development of formal organizations, communities, and societies as large scale social systems. Special attention is given to intersocietal relationships and the world system. Application to contemporary social issues is stressed. Course Goals: In this course the students will • recount the history of globalization • explain the dimensions of globalization • explain the dominant theories of globalization • critically evaluate the core-periphery relations in global sphere • discuss the anti/alter-globalization movement • develop writing and speaking skills Evaluation: There are 1000 pts available. Grades are will be calculated as the sum of the following assignments:

Homework - Reaction Papers 20% (200 pts) Online Quizzes 50% (500 pts) 3. Research Paper 20% (200 pts) 4. Presentation 5% (50 pts) 5. Attendance and Participation 5% (50 pts)
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Reading Questions: As indicated on the course schedule, students will be expected to write ten reaction papers for course readings (minimum 300 words - and I do count). The paper should recount and synthesize the major themes and key terms from the readings. Prompts will be provided on Blackboard. You will submit your reaction papers prior to class on the day they are due. Assignments received after the class will be considered late and penalized 10% each day. For example a 20 pts assignment turned in 3 days late would be worth a maximum of 14 pts. AFTER TEN DAYS NO CREDIT WILL BE POSSIBLE. Quizzes: There will be seven timed online quizzes. Five quizzes are worth 60 pts and two quizzes are worth 75 pts for a total of 450 pts. You will have ninety minutes in which to complete the quiz. You may not log off and on. Quizzes must be completed in one sitting. If you have inconsistent internet connections, I suggest going to a lab on campus. You will not be allowed to collaborate, though you may use the text and online resources. However, plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students will be required to acknowledge the UNCG Honor Code before beginning the quiz. You may see the UNCG Academic Integrity Policy at for details. Quizzes will cover the information from readings, lectures, discussions, and in-class assignments. The format includes multiple choice, short answer, and 2-3 essay questions. A study-guide will NOT be provided (don’t ask). Your reaction papers should serve as very effective guide to the texts and your notes will cover what we discuss in class. There is no excuse for missing a quiz as they are offered online and with a 48 hour window. Research Paper: A central component of this course is to develop expertise in a particular area of globalization. Thus, there will be one assigned research paper due at the end of the semester. You will have a chance to choose a topic from the major areas covered in the course (history of globalization; theories of globalization; economic globalization; political globalization; cultural globalization; the anti-globalization movement; terrorism and globalization; global social movements; and global environmentalism). Papers are required to be between 2000-3000 words (not including citations), typed, double-spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman font. Please pay careful attention to grammar and structure of your paper. Be sure to begin with an introduction, with a clear thesis statement, move through a body section with logical support for your argument, and finally conclude with a restatement of the thesis and an explanation of how it was proven in the paper.

At least five scholarly sources are required, these may included journal articles, conference papers, scholarly books, and textbooks (beyond those used in class). Sources beyond the five required may also include magazine and newpaper articles (from well-know, respected sources only). Please use the ASA Format (see ASA Style Guide at when citing materials. Elements of the paper will be due throughout the course: 1. Topic selection (10 pts) 2. Subtopic selection (10 pts) 3. Bibliography of initial five sources (formatted in ASA style) (25 pts) 4. Thesis statement (5 pts) 5. Rough draft of paper (50 pts) 6. Final paper (100 pts) Presentations: During the last week of class you will present a brief summary of your research paper using no more than 3 Power Point slides. The class will be involved in scoring your presentation. This assignment is worth a total of 50 points (5% of final grade). Scoring will be based on the following criteria: Content Knowledge 25 pts
Student demonstrates full knowledge of topics with explanations and elaboration.

Thoroughness 15 pts
Recounts topic area, gives clear examples of major issues, draws meaningful conclusions about the issues. Shows evidence of thorough research.

Visuals 5 pts
Student used visuals to reinforce presentation. Presentation has no misspellings or grammatical errors. Presentation is visually appealing

Oral presentation 5 pts
Student used a clear voice and correct, precise pronunciation of terms, shows confidence and polish. Was engaging and made eye-contact with audience.

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 10 pts each for a total of 50 pts (5% of the final grade). 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 10 pts. It is your responsibility to contact the instructor regarding make-up. This must be completed within one week of the absence. 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 five 10 pts extra credit assignments (50 pts total or +5% 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 THE LAST DAY OF CLASS. 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. 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. Additional information about topics/assignments will be available in class and from the course Blackboard website.
Date Lecture Topic Readings Reactio n Paper Other Assignments

Module 1: Globalization - The new world order

8/26 Introduction and Overview Globaloney: Does globalization really exist?

Sills "Overview of Globalization" Globalization_edited_11-252006_Sills.pdf Steger Ch 1 Eitzen & Baca Zinn Ch1 Giddens “Gloablisation” (watch the lecture) /video/events99/reith_lectures /globevi.ram (requires Real Media Player) Eitzen & Baca Zinn Ch 2 Steger Ch 2




Topic selection for paper

9/2 Dimensions of Globalization 5. 6. 9/4


EC Opportunity 3-Sep Apaga y Vamonos (Switch Off )

Globalization for 7. Eitzen & Baca Zinn Ch 3 whom? Complete Quiz #1 Online between 9/5 and 9/8 Module 2: Theories of Globalization 9/9 Ideologies of 8. Steger Ch 6 Globalization

EC Opportunity 10-Sep Aimee

and Jaguar 9. 9/11 World Systems Theory The Modern World-System as a Capitalist World-Economy (Immanuel Wallerstein) [Blackboard] /Imperialism101.html Howe “American Empire: The History and Future of an Idea” mpire/history/2003/0612idea. htm Newman “History of Oil” play?docid=5267640865741878159 2

10. Parenti “Imperialism 101” 11.
9/16 NeoImperialism EC Opportunity 17-Sep Beyond the Border EC Opportunity Write a reaction to the video “History of Oil”


13. McDonaldization
http://www.mcdonaldization.c om/whatisit.shtml 14. Rationalization and McDonaldization Rationalization and 9/18 McDonaldization m-data/16567_Chapter_2.pdf 15. Does globalization diminish cultural diversity? http://www.sociology.emory.e du/globalization/issues05.htm l Complete Quiz #2 Online between 9/19 and 9/22


Subtopic selection for paper

Module 3: Globalized Economy Economic 16. Eitzen & Baca Zinn Ch 4 9/23 Globalization 17. Steger - Ch 3

EC Opportunity 24-Sep OffSide EC Opportunity Reaction Paper No Sweat “The Case For Solidarity” m/videoplay?docid=44 37068924602860186

18. Blanding “Coke: The New
Nike” /20050411/blanding Global Labor - Global 9/25 19. Columbia: The Coca-Cola Supply Controversy. Watch Video Segments Chapters 1-5: orld/fellows/colombia0106/ 20. Eitzen & Baca Zinn Ch 7 21. Sills “Philippine Labor Migration to Taiwan: Social, Political, Demographic, and Economic Dimensions.” Women and work: http://www.migrationletters.c 9/30 the feminization of om/200701/20070101_sills.pd transnational work f Women and Migration: Incorporating Gender into International Migration Theory http://www.migrationinformati =106 Complete Quiz #3 Online between 9/31 and 10/1


Module 4: Global Governance & Political Globalization 23. Steger - Ch 4 10/2 Who’s in charge? 24. Eitzen & Baca Zinn Ch 5 23. World Society and the Nation-State (John W. Meyer, John Boli, George Are countries M. Thomas, and Francisco 10/7 doomed? O. Ramirez) 24. The End of the Nation State (Kenichi Ohmae) [Blackboard] 25. Realism and Complex Interdependence (Robert O. Keohane and Joseph S. Nye) [Blackboard] 10/9 A complex system 26. Globalization’s Achilles’ Heel m/id/145864/output/print Complete Quiz #4 Online between 10/10 and 10/13 Module 5: Globalized Culture Global Culture Cultural Homogeneity, Hybridization 27. 28. 29. Steger - Ch 5 Eitzen & Baca Zinn Ch 6 Watch Ghana: Baseball Dreams neworld/rough/2007/07/g hana_baseball.html


EC Opportunity 1-Oct Black Girl

EC Opportunity 8-Oct View from a Grain of Sand


Bibliography of initial five sources (formatted in ASA style)



EC Opportunity 10/14 Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Sons. War Memorial Auditorium, 7 PM

10/21 NO CLASS - FALL BREAK 30. Fowler “Converting the Masses: Starbucks in China” http://www.globalpolicy.or g/globaliz/cultural/2003/0 710starbucks.htm 31. Young and Restless in China pages/frontline/youngchin a/view/main.html 39. Bollywood versus Hollywood: Battle of the Dream Factories (Heather Tyrrell) 8


The Westernization of China

EC Opportunity 23-Oct Ezra


Reversing the Flow

27. Doshi "Reversing Flows: Pop Culture, East to West" AsianPopcult.htm Complete Quiz #5 Online between 10/28 and 10/30 Module 6: Reactions Against Western - Globalization 10/30 The Rise of the Rest 23. The Rise of the Rest m/id/135380/output/print 24. Fareed Zakaria Video: /services/link/bcpid15117 92808/bclid1540999423/ bctid1541038678 25. The Post American World

EC Opportunity 28-Oct Blood Diamond

(Mp3 lecture) /publicLecturesAndEvents /20080630_1830_thePost AmericanWorld.mp3 22. Steger - Ch 7 23. The Port Huron Statement: An Agenda For A Generation Anti-Globalization orthuron.htm 11/4 and other Social 24. Meyer “How Social Movements Movements Matter” nk?did=546092131&sid=1&F mt=2&clientId=15109&RQT= 309&VName=PQD 11/6 NO CLASS THESIS STATEMENT DUE 25. Eitzen & Baca Zinn Ch 8 26. Maisami “Islam and Globalization” http://www.fountainmagazine. com/print.php?SIN=04092398 Globalization of 1c&k=33&1916678321&show 11/11 Terror =part1 27. Jihad vs. McWorld (Benjamin Barber) [Blackboard] 28. Al-Qaida at 20 904/ Complete Quiz #6 Online between 11/11and 11/13 Module 8: What’s in store for the future? 29. Steger - Ch 8 30. "The Future of The Future of Globalization"Prof. Jeffrey 11/13 Globalization Sachs UTm0zRZ7E


EC Opportunity Reaction Paper Parenti “Terrorism, Globalism, and Conspiracy” m/videoplay?docid=65 73660441809242121 EC Opportunity 12-Nov Closer to the Truth

31. Global Call for Action
http://www.globalcalltoaction. org/ 32. UN Millennium Development Goals cs.shtml 33. A Better World is Possible: International Forum on Globalization. [Blackboard] 34. Future Shifts: The Voice of the Next Generation Eu3KFsUkk


Global Call for Action


EC Opportunity 19-Nov S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine


Human Rights and Being Better People

35. Peterson Wunder and Mueller 36. 37.
Epilogue Reimagining the Future [Blackboard] Donnelly Cultural Relativism and Universal Human Rights [Blackboard] Universal Declaration of

Human Rights ghts.html Complete Quiz #7 Online between 11/21 and 11/24 11/25 NO CLASS WORK DAY ROUGH DRAFT DUE 11/27 NO CLASS - THANKSGIVING BREAK 12/2 Student Presentations EC Opportunity 3-Dec China Blue

12/4 Student Presentations 12/9 NO CLASS - READING DAY - FINAL PAPER DUE

All Films EC Films 6 PM in McIver Room 28 as part of the Second Annual International Human Rights Film Festival

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