Sociology | Advanced Topics: Global Networks (3 CR)
S660 | 15848 | Lloyd
9:05AM-11:00AM M S7 100
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Globalization is often treated as a singular, unifying process, but
we will approach it as plural and conflict-ridden.We will separate
out and analyze ideological, economic, military and political power
relations in globalization. We will also examine the connections
between the global and the local and how global change encourages
both homogeneity and diversity. We accomplish this through the lens
of social network analysis.
The social network paradigm is gaining recognition and standing in
the general social and behavioral science communities as the
theoretical basis for examining social structures. This basis has
been clearly defined by many theorists, and the paradigm
convincingly applied to important substantive problems in
psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics,
education, organizational science, and physics. This paradigm
requires a new and different set of concepts and analytic tools,
beyond those provided by standard quantitative (particularly,
statistical) methods. The social network approach is particularly
useful for a study of globalization processes. Please note that
previous knowledge of social network analysis is not necessary.
Much attention will be given to global systems, ideologies, and
doctrines, and to global and international organizations. Topics
include the global economy, world culture, global social movements,
the globalization of law, the development of the human rights
regime, decolonization and state formation, international
organizations, and global civil society,. Empirical investigations
and critical theoretical analysis will be prominent.
The class will be run in a seminar format. Intensive engagement with
the readings and active participation in class are required. The
main course requirements include weekly reading summaries,
participation in the class discussions, a presentation, and a paper.
This course is inherently interdisciplinary and allows for a wide
range of topics for papers.