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ANT 117 - Globalization


Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Description
This course is a study of the causes and consequences of the globalization process. Causes are explored in social-evolutionary, historical and macrosociological contexts. Major consequences for the quality of contemporary life on earth are examined. Those consequences include: global degradation and hyper-exploitation of human labor; global poverty and hunger; consumerism and global environmental degradation; global public health crises; internal wars and the international refugee problem; ethnocide, genocide and the global assault on human diversity; and militarism, wars and the threat of global destruction. In addition, implications for governance, national sovereignty and the future of democracy are explored. Resistance to globalization and prospects for the future are also examined.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Define human sociocultural evolution and the positive and negative effects of globalization dynamics.
  2. Interpret globalization within the broad context of sociocultural evolution. Identify the historical precursors of globalization such as colonialism and imperialism.
  3. Identify the causes and positive and negative impacts of capitalism from a social-critical perspective both in its mercantile and present forms.
  4. List the genesis and contemporary impacts of multinational corporations and their internationalized finance and investment to include promotion of increasingly global commercialization and consumerism.
  5. Account for the widening international inequality gaps and their international consequences.
  6. Analyze issues of governance, sovereignty and democratization on the national, regional and global levels.
  7. Define and interpret resistances to globalization such as the September eleventh attack.
Listed Topics
  1. Globalization: the ideological justification for contemporary terrorism as resistance to Internationalism and transnationalization
  2. Capitalism types: mercantilism, colonialism, imperialism, neocolonialism, proletarianization, industrial, competitive vs. monopoly and transnational/multinational corporation
  3. Transnational capitalist class Council on foreign Relations
  4. International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  5. World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development)
  6. United Nations (UN)
  7. Trilateral Commission and trilateralism
  8. Transnational Migration: refugees (transnational homeless), genocide, ecocide and ethnocide
  9. Modernization: modernity vs. post-modernity
  10. Consumerism: transnational culture/ideology of international inequality
  11. Core nations vs. peripheral nations and their hyperexploitation of human labor
  12. New World Order
  13. Fundamentalism vs. modernism/secularism
  14. Global: poverty, hunger and public health crisis
  15. Militarism, arms races, international and internal wars and threat of global destruction
  16. Grave global environmental damage and resource depletion
  17. Global assault on human cultural diversity
Reference Materials
Library databases, internet resources, recordings, tapes and films as appropriate.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 05/05/2011


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