Sociology | Development and Globalization
S660 | 13584 | Hung

S660 Advanced Topics:
Development and Globalization
11:15A-1:10P, W

This course is an introduction to the methodologies, major
theoretical approaches, and ongoing debates in the sociological
study of global political economy. The goal of the course is to
equip students with the necessary knowledge to either (1) devise
research projects that addresses any of the key issues in the field
of development and globalization, or (2) enrich their micro- or meso-
level research in any other fields of sociology by putting the
particular social processes in question in the context of global
political economy.

The course is divided into two parts. The first part covers
established theories and research traditions in the sociology of
development, with a special attention to how they address the trend
of contemporary globalization. The second part deals with cutting-
edge research on novel phenomena which are emerging under

Particular themes in the first part include (1) classical and
ongoing debates about the historical origins of capitalism; (2)
survey of major development theories including modernization school,
world-system analysis, statist theory, and social capital theory of
development; (3) the system of inter-country stratification and the
debate about how globalization affects this system; (4) Commodity
chains and the new international division of labor under
globalization; (5) the “varieties of capitalisms” school, with a
focus on comparing American, European and Japanese capitalisms; (6)
gender and development.

Themes in the second part include (1) the origins and dynamics of
the globalization process; (2) global/world cities, with a focus on
the research about the hierarchy and network of world cities, as
well as the debate about whether world cities are replacing national
economies as the most salient spatial units of global capitalism;
(3) neo-institutionalist theories and the debate on whether
institutions and cultures in different parts of the world are
converging or diverging under globalization; (4) issues of global
governance, with a focus on the emerging research on transnational
business elite and transnational state formation; (5) impact of the
rise of Asia as a new “growth pole” on the global capitalist system;
(6) research on transnational social movement networks.

The class will be run in a seminar format. Intensive engagement with
the readings and active participation in class are required.