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Seminar on Globalization

Fall 2008, Tue-Thu 12:30-2pm

What's New?

11/24: Provided detail for the oral presentations on December 2-4.
REMEMBER: final paper is due (Thur. 12/11, 10:30am)

Instructor: Jim Jones
Email: jjones@wcupa.edu;
Telephone: 610-436-2168
Office: 519 Main Hall
Office hours: Mon. 12-1:00pm, Tue. 11am-12:30pm
Wed. 12-1:00pm; Thu. 11am-12:30pm

OBJECTIVES: This course examines a complex topic -- globalization -- from a variety of perspectives and asks students to produce a scholarly analytical paper using secondary sources from history, geography, economics and anthropology. Successful students will achieve positive learning outcomes for information literacy, general education, and knowledge of history by demonstrating skill in written and oral communication, critical thinking, and life-long learning.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The professor must deliver interesting and relevant introductions to the readings, facilitate meaningful classroom discussion, maintain regular office hours, write fair assignments and provide written feedback. Students must read assignments before coming to class, participate in class discussion, show respect for opinions that differ while exercising critical judgement of sources and logic, and complete all written and oral assignments.

ATTENDANCE: I follow the University's attendance policy which permits a grade reduction for excessive unexcused absences. Attendance in a seminar is especially important because every class member contributes to the group's understanding of the assigned readings and discussions. An excused absence is one that occurs as the result of a documented medical condition, legal proceeding, university-sanctioned event or death of an immediate family member (i.e. parent, sibling or child). All other absences are unexcused. If you believe that you have an extraordinary circumstance that merits special consideration, make an appointment to speak to me during my office hours to discuss it before you are absent. Requests for special consideration made after an unexcused absence has occurred will not be considered.

CHEATING/PLAGIARISM: Cheating is any act that "defrauds, deceives or employs trickery" in order to obtain credit for work which has not been completed. Plagiarization is the act of "passing off the ideas of another as one's own work." Anyone who cheats or plagiarizes will receive a zero (i.e. a grade much lower than F) for that examination or assignment. Anyone who commits a second offense will receive an F for the course and be referred to the University's judicial system for additional sanctions.

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Assignments Percent of final grade Due Date
In-class reading presentation 10% Schedule
Scholarly opinion paper * 20% Oct. 7
Outline for week 13-14 discussion 10% Nov. 18
Outline due week 15 discussion 10% Dec. 2
Oral presentation in week 15 20% Dec. 2-4
Analytical paper on the final problem announced on Nov. 25 * 30% Dec. 11, 10:30am
* All papers must include abstract, footnotes, & bibliography. They are due before class begins.


* Peter L. Berger & Samuel P. Huntington, "Many Globalizations: Cultural Diversity in the Contemporary World" (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002), 374pp. (textbook available at SSI Bookstore)
* Vaclav Smil, "The Two Prime Movers of Globalization: history and impact of steam engines and gas turbines" in Journal of Global History, vol. 2, no. 3 (November 2007), 373-394, (photocopy provided by professor).
* Numerous other articles (see below, available from JStor database at the WCU Library web site).


Week Date Topic
Reading Assignment
1 Aug. 26-28 What is globalization?
Search Berger & Huntington (textbook) for definitions of globalization
2 Sep. 2-4 Some historical antecedents
* R. H. Britnell, "The Towns of England and Northern Italy in the Early Fourteenth Century" in The Economic History Review, New Series, Vol. 44, No. 1 (Feb., 1991), pp. 21-35. (JStor)
* Andre Gunder Frank, "Development and Underdevelopment in the New World: Smith and Marx vs. the Weberians" in Theory and Society, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Winter, 1975), pp. 431-466. (JStor)
3 Sep. 9-11 Some Factors in Globalization
* Ergun Ozbudun and E. Fuat Keyman, "Cultural Globalization in Turkey: Actors, Discourses, Strategies" in Berger & Huntingdon, pp296-319. (textbook)
* Vaclav Smil, "The Two Prime Movers of Globalization: history and impact of steam engines and gas turbines" in Journal of Global History, vik. 2 no. 3 (November 2007), 373-394. (photocopy)
4 Sep. 16-18 Some Theories About Globalization
* Simon Kuznets, "Population and Economic Growth" in Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 111, No. 3, Population Problems (Jun., 1967), pp. 170-193 (JStor).
* Paul Krugman, "Cycles of Conventional Wisdom on Economic Development" in International Affairs (Royal Institute of International Affairs 1944-), Vol. 71, No. 4, Special RIIA 75th Anniversary Issue (Oct., 1995), pp. 717-732. (Jstor)
5 Sep. 23-25 Proponents of Globalization
* W. W. Rostow, "The Stages of Economic Growth" in The Economic History Review, New Series, Vol. 12, No. 1 (1959), pp. 1-16. (JStor)
* Thomas Friedman and Robert Kaplan, "Debate: States of Discord" in Foreign Policy, No. 129 (Mar-Apr 2002), pp. 64-70. (JStor)
6 Sep. 30-Oct. 2 Critics of Globalization
* Tulasi Srinivas, "A Tryst with Destiny: The Indian Case of Cultural Globalization" in Berger & Huntington, pp89-116 (textbook).
* Fontaine Talavera, "Trends toward Globalization in Chile Arturo" in Berger & Huntington, pp250-295 (textbook).
7 Oct. 7-9 Globalization in Asia (Paper due Tuesday)
* Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, "Coexistence and Synthesis: Cultural Globalization and Localization in Contemporary Taiwan" in Berger & Huntington, pp48-67 (textbook).
* Tamotsu Aoki, "Aspects of Globalization in Contemporary Japan" in Berger & Huntington, pp68-88 (textbook).
8 Oct. 16 (no class on 14) Globalization in Latin America
* Oscar & Ruth Lewis, "A Day in the Life of a Mexican Peasant Family" in Marriage and Family Living, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Feb., 1956), pp. 3-13 (JStor).
9 Oct. 21-23 Globalization in Africa
* Ann Bernstein, "Globalization, Culture, and Development: Can South Africa Be More than an Offshoot of the West?" in Berger & Huntington, pp185-249 (textbook)
Friday Oct. 24 is the last day to withdraw from this class or change to Pass/Fail.
10 Oct. 28-30 Globalization in Europe
* Hansfried Kellner and Hans-Georg Soeffner, "Cultural Globalization in Germany" in Berger & Huntington, pp119-145 (textbook).
* János Mátyás Kovács, "Rival Temptations and Passive Resistance: Cultural Globalization in Hungary" in Berger & Huntington, pp146-182 (textbook).
11 Nov. 4-6 Globalization in USA
* Fernando Henrique Cardoso, "The Consumption of Dependency Theory in the United States" in Latin American Research Review, Vol. 12, No. 3 (1977), pp. 7-24 (JStor).
* James Davison Hunter and Joshua Yates, "In the Vanguard of Globalization: the World of American Globalizers" in Berger & Huntington, pp323-357 (textbook).
12 Nov. 11-13 Obstacles to globalization
* Jim Granato, Ronald Inglehart & David Leblang, "The Effect of Cultural Values on Economic Development: Theory, Hypotheses, and Some Empirical Tests" in American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 40, No. 3 (Aug., 1996), pp. 607-631 (JStor).
* John R. Meyer, "Transport Technologies for Developing Countries" in The American Economic Review, Vol. 56, No. 1/2 (Mar. 1, 1966), pp. 83-90 (JStor).
13 Nov. 18-20 What do you think? Part I (outline due Tuesday)
* Douglas Kellner, "Theorizing Globalization" in Sociological Theory Vol. 20, No. 3 (Nov., 2002), pp. 285-305. (Jstor)
14 Nov. 25 (no class Nov. 27) What do you think? Part II (final problem announcement)
15 Dec. 2-4 Globalization and [final problems] (outline due Tuesday)
Tuesday: presentations on food and hunger
Thursday: presentations on emigration and immigration
16 Dec. 11 Analytical paper due by 10:30am

Visit Jim Jones' other course web sites at courses.wcupa.edu/jones .