Sociology | Global Society
S308 | 26732 | Hung

This course introduces students to the origins, dynamics, and impacts
of contemporary globalization, a process characterized by the
spectacular increase in the flow of capital, labor and goods across
national borders in the recent two decades.  The classes are divided
into three parts.  The first part deals with the historical
development of the capitalist world order since its inception, and
discusses why and how it encountered a crisis in the 1970s, paving the
way for the globalization process in the 1980s as a solution to this
crisis.  The second part discusses how the globalization process
unfolded in the 1980s and the 1990s, and what actors were involved in
the promotion of this process.  The last part of the course deals with
a num ber of specific challenges to our globalized world today.  These
challenges include world income inequality and global poverty, clash
of civilizations, the role of US in the world, rise of Asia,
anti-globalization activism, among others.  Many of these issues are
controversial.  Students are expected to get acquainted with what the
debates are about, tan to develop their own critical, independent
judgment on the issues.