Inequality in the Age of Globailization - Not offered in AY 2022-23

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Course Description: 

The rise of globalization has been accompanied by the debate of whether it comes at the cost of growing inequality. This graduate seminar will focus on the contemporary theoretical and methodological debates in the field of global inequality and globalization. The course will begin with an overview of globalization, and debate on globalization, poverty and inequality. Then the course will turn to major theoretical approaches on globalization, including explanatory theories, which range from the Marxist systems approach to the sociological approach that modernity implies globalization, transformational theories and critical theories. Then, we will discuss the North-South Divide and a diverse range of substantive topics and measurement on global inequality, including income inequality, migration and immigration, work and labor markets, and globalization and economic transformation.

Learning Outcomes: 

After completing the course, students who complete the course will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of globalization and global inequality
  • Examine the theoretical underpinnings, justifications and criticisms of


  • Strengthen their capacities to gauge the impacts of globalization on various

global inequalities

  • Investigate issues on global inequality based on their research interests and

complete an original paper

  1. Reading Memos (20%): The weekly reading memos are important for the development of good writing habits and research ideas by identifying gaps in the literature. All students are expected to do all the assigned readings and write reading memos before class. Each reading memos must be at least one full page long (double-spaced). Your reading memos will be evaluated based on how well you summarize and evaluate the concepts and arguments in the readings and the quality of the writing.
  2. Class Participation and Attendance (30%): All students will be expected to come to each session with their own questions based on the reading and knowledge about different countries around the world. You should actively engage in class discussions. Participation is highly valued. All students will serve as discussion leaders who are responsible for the assigned reading at least one time during the course. During the assigned week, each discussion leader will be expected to give a 20-minute presentation on the indicated readings and lead a 20- minute question and answer session (40 minutes total time) that engages and involves their peer students. Discussion leaders should come prepared with three or four discussion questions. I will help you develop a sound agenda if necessary, and will act as co-discussion leader in class if requested.
  3. Presentation and Final Paper (50%): One class is set aside towards the end of the term for final paper presentations. Each student will make a 15-minute presentation of your final paper. This will be followed by questions and discussion. Each student must submit an original paper on an approved topic related to globalization or global inequality. It can be a critical analysis or an extended research proposal. Final paper must be at least 15 pages, double-spaced (not including references, tables, or figures), and use 12-point Times Roman fonts. Paper must be supported by proper attribution of sources. The final paper will be evaluated based on: 1) the quality of the argument; 2) the quality of the research; 3) the quality of the writing. Late submission will be penalized a grade increment per day. A failure to attribute sources will have adverse consequences on the grade of the paper.