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Students in this course study globalization as an ongoing, dynamic process as it affects societies, cultures, environments, communities, organizations, groups, and individuals. Debates over these effects are addressed by various theoretical perspectives, including structural-functionalism, conflict analysis, interactionism, cultural studies, and postmodernism. Issues include technological advances, free-market capitalism, cultural homogenization, national policies and programs, international relations, global institutions and organizations, social inequality, demographic trends, asocial problems, social conflicts, and opposition to globalization.
Ali, S. Harris. 2008. "Stigmatized Ethnicity, Public Health, and Globalization", Canadian Ethnic Studies, vol. 40 (3), pp. 43-64.
Beck, Ulrich. 2008. "Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity", pp. 428-434 in Social Theory: Roots and Branches. 3rd ed., edited by Peter Kivisto, New York: Oxford University Press.
Beck, Ulrich. 2005. "The Cosmopolitan State: Redefining Power in the Global Age", International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, vol. 18 (3).
Bhagwati, Jagdish. 2004. "Coping with Anti-Globalization". In In Defence of Globalization, Oxford University Press.
Fregoso, Rosa. 2007. "Towards a planetary Civil Society." In Srigley, et al. 2013. Dreams of Perfection: Globalization and Its Critics, Don Mills: Oxford University Press.
Giddens, Anthony. 2003. Runaway World: How Globalization is Reshaping our Lives, N.Y. Routlede.
Lappe, Frances. 2008. "World Hunger: its Roots and Remedies", in John Germov and Lauren Williams (eds.), A Sociology of Food and Nutrition: The Social Appetite, Oxford University Press.
Micklethwait, John and Adrian Wooldridge. 2012. "The Hidden Promise: Liberty Renewed." pp.9-15 in The Globalization Reader (4th edition). Edited by Frank J. Lechner and John Boli. West-Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.
Robinson, Barber. 2012. "Globalization: Nine Theses on Our Epoch." pp.22-27 in The Globalization Reader (4th edition). Edited by Frank J. Lechner and John Boli. West-Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.