GLOBALIZATION AND CAPITALISM

Credits: 
4.0
Term: 
Fall
Course Description: 

GENERAL INTRODUCTION:

 This course investigates the most recent profound and unsettling global change––the so-called globalization, largely through the macro-historical lens. By reading and discussing writings from Arrigi, Cooper, Polanyi, Wallerstein, Harvey, Negri, Tsing, Schiller, and others, we trace the historical development of capitalism and explore its current trend of globalization. In other words, we place globalization within the larger social order of capitalism, analyze its controversial origination and uneven development, and dig into its inner power structure and contradiction. The aim of this course then is for students to develop a critical and historical understanding of this great transformation in our contemporary era.

Learning Outcomes: 

PARTICIPATION:

Regular attendance is mandatory in all classes. Students who miss more than two units without a verified reason beyond the student's control must submit an extra 8-10 page paper assigned by the Professor. The paper is due no later than 3 weeks after the missed class. Over fifteen minute of lateness will be considered as absence.

READING DISCUSSION:

Students need to read all the assigned materials before coming to class for productive discussions. Also, everybody should bring with her/him one or two questions/comments for each reading each week to our class. The questions/comments should be posted on the e-learning before the class.

Assessment: 

FINAL PAPER:

Every student is required to do a research project in this class. You can choose your topic freely, as long as it is relevant to the issues discussed in the class. Paper should be: 10-12 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12. You are welcomed to discuss your paper with me by appointment.

COMPOSITION OF YOUR GRADE:

Class participation:                                                                                          20%

  • Reading Discussion:                                                                                         30%
  • Final paper:                                                                                                      50%

 CLASS SCHEDULE: (* for optional readings)

Prerequisites: 

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