This course aims to assist students in their efforts to understand the phenomenon called globalization, by taking a multi-disciplinary approach that employs alternative integrating themes. Central to the course is the view that globalization relates as much to a way of thinking as it does to a description of the dynamics of political, economic, social and cultural relations and changes.

The greater portion of the course will examine a wide range of issues in relation to globalization and its various dimensions and impacts. Some of the issues/problems include: the global, regional and local expression of the organization and restructuring of capital; perceptions and realties of time and space (in terms of worldviews, communications, etc.); the role of the nation-state as a sovereign structure and a community of belonging and identity in an era of globalization; globalization and culture; migration and displacement; and the challenges that global processes pose to individuals and collectives at the levels of the state, class, gender and race.

Assignments include:

• Students will be required to write three short papers.

• The research project entails a survey of the UMD student population on their knowledge and views of issues of globalization. Students will be divided into groups and will engage in the formulation of interview questions, generate representative samples of the population, carry out interviews, analyze the data, and present their findings to the class.

• In order to encourage critical thinking and active participation, there will be a weekly discussion question based on the readings. Students will take turns to submit discussion questions on Blackboard before the class meets AND lead the class discussion. More details will be provided.

Readings include:

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, New York: Verso, 1991, Excerpts

Arcaro, Thomas & Rosemary Haskell, Eds. Understanding the Global Experience: Becoming a Responsible World Citizen, Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2010

Eitzen, D. Stanley & Maxine Baca Zinn, Eds. Globalization: The Transformation of Social Worlds, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009, Selected Readings

Hebron, Lui, & John Stack, Jr. Globalization: Debunking the Myths, New Jersey: Pearson Education, 2009

Kesselman, Mark. Ed. The Politics of Globalization: A Reader, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007, Selected chapters

Kiely, Ray. Rethinking Imperialism, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, Selected chapters

Kiely, ‘From Bretton Woods to Neo-Liberal Globalization’ from The New Political Economy of Development: Globalization, Imperialism, Hegemony, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007

Petras, James and Henry Veltmeyer, Neoliberalism and the Dynamics of Capitalist Development in Latin America, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009

Stiglitz, Joseph E. Globalization and Its Discontents, New York: W.W. Norton, 2002, Excerpts

Annual Editions: Global Issues, 10/11. McGraw-Hill/Dushkin

Viewings include:

Life video series, Bullfrog Films, examines the issue of globalization and its effect on ordinary people and communities around the world